Sunday, September 9, 2012
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Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown, right, is congratulated by Todd Gurley after catching an 11-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as No. 7 Georgia recovered from a shaky start with 32 second-half points that spoiled Missouri's SEC debut in a 41-20 victory on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) trailed 17-9 early in the third quarter before turning Missouri's SEC debut into an unsatisfying initiation for the Tigers (1-1, 0-1) and a sellout crowd of 71,004 clad in yellow and waving yellow pom-poms.
Up by 21 points with the clock winding down, Georgia's fan contingent, mostly concentrated in one corner of the end zone, chanted "Old Man Football!, Old Man Football!" That was in reference to comments by excitable Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who said he turned off the TV last week during Georgia's opening victory over Buffalo because he was unimpressed with the Bulldogs' no-frills style of play.
Sophomore Michael Bennett and senior Marlon Brown had a career-high in catches. Bennett finished with 8 catches for 79 yards while Brown had eight catches for 106 yards and two TDs, his 2nd career 100-yard game. Bennett also caught a 2-point conversion to tie the contest at 17-all with 7:27 left in the third quarter. It was Georgia's first 2-point conversion since the South Carolina game last year.
Georgia forced its first turnover of the season to thwart a Missouri scoring opportunity inside the red zone early in the second quarter. Sophomore Amarlo Herrera recovered the fumble at the Georgia 28. It led to an interception on the next play to give Missouri the ball at the Georgia 25. The Tigers turned the interception into a field goal. It was Georgia's first turnover of the year. Then late in the second quarter, Malcolm Mitchell fumbled on a punt return and Missouri recovered at the Georgia 32. It led to a missed field goal. In the second half, junior Jarvis Jones notched his first career interception and returned it 21 yards to the Missouri goal line. leading to a touchdown by freshman Todd Gurley to put the Bulldogs ahead 34-20. Then, Jones struck again as he forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Jenkins at the Missouri 5. Ken Malcolme then scored a touchdown for a 41-20 advantage.
Georgia forced three turnovers and turned them in to 14 points while the Tigers got 3 points off two Bulldog miscue.