Score – Georgia: 34 Missouri: 28 | Overtime
As only he can, Aaron Murray led the Dawgs to another incredible victory in an offensive shootout. Despite playing without five of his primary offensive options, Murray still managed to throw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns and led the team to another second half comeback.
It didn’t look good early for Georgia as Missouri scored on its opening drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass from James Franklin to Dorial Green-Beckham. Fortunately, in what became a theme for the day, Aaron Murray responded with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Chris Conley to tie the score.
The teams would trade scores again in the second quarter and it looked like they would be tied at halftime before Murray threw a terrible interception that was returned for a touchdown with under two minutes remaining. UGA moved back into position to kick a field goal as the half expired, but Missouri blocked the 44-yard attempt. The Tigers held a 21-14 lead at the break and appeared poised to pull the upset at Sanford Stadium.
The Dawgs eventually broke through to tie the score in the third quarter on a four yard touchdown pass from Murray to Arthur Lynch, but again Missouri answered with a scoring drive of its own to open the fourth quarter.
It didn't matter as Murray proved he wouldn’t be denied, converting some huge third-downs on a drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with Brendan Douglas pounding the ball into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown run with under four minutes remaining.
Once the game went to overtime, Missouri had the first possession and was unable to convert a first down and a costly holding penalty forced them to attempt a 47-yard field goal. The kick was wide right and UGA only needed a field goal to win. Aaron Murray didn’t even give Marshall Morgan the chance as he found Chris Conley for a 13-yard touchdown pass that gave the Dawgs the win.
Georgia may have been missing a number of players, but the offense still proved it’s one of the best in the country. Mike Bobo and his unit racked up over 450 yards of total offense and even managed to churn out 149 yards on the ground and overcame two turnovers. And yet again, the Georgia defense made just enough plays to win.
Aaron Murray: 21/27, 309 yards, 4 TDs
Georgia needed Murray to be great and he came through once again. He showed his resolve and leadership by leading the offense on multiple scoring drives that came immediately after Missouri had scored to take the lead.
Chris Conley: 5 receptions, 99 yards, 2 TDs
Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, and Justin Scott-Wesley were all out because of injuries, so Conley took advantage of the opportunity and came through in a big way. He showed great hands and carried the team to victory with his touchdown reception in overtime.
The win moved Georgia to 4-2 and 3-1 in the SEC, which is still one game behind Tennessee. The Dawgs now head on the road to face a 2-4 Vanderbilt team that has been one of the bigger disappointments in the league. However, an upset over Georgia would go a long way toward correcting that. Hopefully Todd Gurley will be healthy enough to get back in the starting lineup and the depth chart will begin to look a little more normal.