Number one Georgia took it down to the wire in its 26-22 come-from-behind win on the road Saturday night against Missouri.
Junior running back Daijun Edwards scored on a one yard run with just over four minutes remaining as the Bulldogs overcame a ten point fourth quarter deficit.
Georgia improves to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC, while the Tigers fall to 2-3 on the year and 0-2 in the conference.
Missouri’s Harrison Mevis kicked five goals, the last coming early in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 22-12 lead, but the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their next two drives to get the come-from-behind win.
“It’s never easy. We tried to convince our guys all week. We played together. We stayed together. We showed two of our core DNA traits tonight. Resiliency and composure,” said Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. “At halftime I told our guys, ‘when we come back in here, we are going to be celebrating because we won this game’. We had a hell of an opportunity and every single one of them believed.”
Georgia’s triple threat backfield of Edwards, Kenny McIntosh, and Kendall Milton combined for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Milton’s score came with just under 10 minutes remaining before Edwards scored the go-ahead TD on the Bulldogs’ next possession, giving Georgia its first lead of the game.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett finished the night 24-44 for 312 yards with tight end Brock Bowers his leading receiver with five catches for 66 yards.
Reigning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, Jack Podlesny, kicked four field goals and is now 12-for-13 this year with the lone miss coming on a 54-yard attempt against Samford.
Georgia improves to 11-1 all-time in the series having now won nine straight against the Tigers. The Dogs are also 6-0 in Columbia.
The Bulldogs get back in action next Saturday at home against Auburn. The Tigers are 3-2 on the year and 1-1 in the SEC. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.
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