#7 Georgia Postgame Notes vs. #25 Missouri
Oct. 12, 2013
#7 Georgia Postgame Notes vs. #25 Missouri - Oct. 12, 2013
*Home Streak Ends: With the 41-26 loss to No. 25 Missouri, seventh-ranked Georgia dropped to 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the SEC and saw its 15-game home winning streak. It was the third longest streak in school history and longest in the SEC. It began on Sept. 17, 2011.
*New Look Receiving Corps: With three of Georgia's top receivers sidelined with knee injuries, the Bulldogs featured a new host of receivers against the Tigers. Five different players had at least two catches in the game. One of the regulars still in the lineup, senior receiver Rantavious Wooten had four catches for a career-high 83 yards, including a career-long 48-yarder and a touchdown. His previous career high was 64 yards against Kentucky in 2009. The freshman tailbacks - J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas also helped out. Douglas got into the act with a 7-yard TD to put Georgia up 7-0. After having his first catch against UT, Douglas had six catches for 43 yardson Saturday. Green hauled in five balls for 42 yards. Senior receiver Michael Erdman also snagged his first career catch, a 6-yarder, in the first quarter and redshirt freshman Blake Tibbs had his first, an 11 yarder.
*On The Ground: Green picked up the slack on the ground with Georgia's top two tailbacks out. Green finished with 87 yards on 12 carries (7.3 avg.), including a 57-yarder. Douglas finished with 14 carries for a career-high 70 yards. Missouri finished with 142 yards rushing after coming into the game with the SEC's best average (258.8).
*Murray Moves Up In SEC Record Books: Senior QB Aaron Murray (25-for-45, 290 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT) took over the No. 2 spot in the SEC all-time record books for touchdown responsibility with 124. He has 112 career touchdown passes, which is also second in the conference record books. Murray set a career high for passing attempts with 45. His previous high was 40 attempts against LSU in 2011.
*Breaking The Streak: Missouri had scored in every quarter of the 2013 season (22 quarters) until the Bulldogs broke that streak in the third period.
*Points Off Turnovers: The Bulldogs have a minus-4 turnover margin. Georgia has scored 24 points on five turnovers while opponents have tallied 28 points off eight Bulldog miscues. QB Aaron Murray was sacked and fumbled in the second quarter. Missouri recovered the fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. Near the end of the second quarter, Douglas fumbled on the Missouri 7-yard line. The Tigers then punted on their next possession. Murray threw an INT with4:15left in the contest at the UGA 33. It led to a TD. Murray's 2nd INT of the day came with 49 seconds left as the Tigers ran out the clock. Georgia came in with 5 turnovers on the year and had four today.
*Sack Attack: Georgia tied a season high with four sacks (also against LSU). A pair of those came from junior DE Ray Drew, who also had two at Tennessee and now has a team high five on the year. True freshman OLB Leonard Floyd picked up his fourth sack in the game's opening quarter. Later in the period, senior DE Garrison Smith sacked James Franklin for loss of 9 yards. The Bulldogs now have 16 sacks on the year. Drew finished with 7 tackles.
*Starters: Green and freshman ILB Reggie Carter got their first career starts. Seven true freshmen have started for the Bulldogs this season. Wooten started the sixth game of his career and the first of 2013. He started two games last year (first start since Tennessee 2012) and three as a freshman in 2009.
*Injury Report: Sophomore TB Todd Gurley missed his second straight game due to an ankle injury sustained in the win over #6 LSU.
*Up Next: Georgia travels to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt onOct. 19. CBS will televise the game atnoon ET.