SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – Missouri took to the road on Saturday to face its toughest test of the 2013 season at No. 7 Georgia, and the Tigers passed with a 41-26 defeat of the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. The Dawgs (4-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) outgained the Tigers on the day, but four turnovers ultimately helped Mizzou pull off the upset.
Mizzou (6-0, 2-0 SEC) ran out to a 28-10 lead at the half before UGA managed to scrape its way back into the game and make it 28-26 in the second half. With the Bulldogs needing a stop, Missouri quarterback James Franklin left the field with a shoulder injury. Just a few plays later, however, wide receiver Bud Sasser tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide-out L’Damian Washington that put the Tigers up by eight, and they never looked back.
Georgia put up 454 yards of total offense while holding Mizzou 375, but the Tigers forced four turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Michael Sam in the second quarter.
J.J. Green carried 12 times for 87 yards for Georgia in relief of the injured Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, but he was unable to find the end zone. Franklin threw for 170 yards for Missouri while scoring two total touchdowns, one on the ground and one on a 16-yard pass to Washington.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 25-for-45, 290, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – J.J. Green, 12 car, 87 yards
Receiving – Rantavious Wooten, 4 rec, 83 yards, TD
Passing – James Franklin, 18-for-27, 170 yards, TD
Rushing – Marcus Murphy, 5 car, 57 yards, TD
Receiving – L’Damian Washington, 7 rec, 115 yards, 2 TD
• Saturday’s trip to Athens was the first ever for Missouri.
• It was the third meeting between the two teams, and the first win for Missouri after losing the previous two.
• The loss for Georgia snapped a 15-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs.
• Saturday was the 84th anniversary of the first ever game at Sanford Stadium, which took place on Oct. 12, 1929.