All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones was everywhere last night, forcing two turnovers that led to touchdowns as Georgia defeated SEC newcomer Missouri 41-20. “Old Man Football” prevailed.
Georgia got off to a slow start offensively and didn’t score until Marshall Morgan hit a 52-yard field goal late in the second half to tie the game. After Missouri scored a touchdown, Aaron Murray found Marlon Brown in the end zone to cut the lead to 10-9. Morgan missed the extra point.
The Tigers extended their lead to 17-9 on their first possession of the second half. But the Dawgs answered again when Murray hit Tavarres King for a 7-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion tied the game at 17.
Barely a minute into the final quarter, Georgia stopped Missouri on 4th and 11. UGA’s drive would stall, but the Dawgs extended their lead to 27-20 on a 41-yard field goal.
With just over seven minutes left in the game, Jarvis Jones picked off Missouri’s quarterback James Franklin’s pass and returned it to the one yard line. Todd Gurley punched it in and the Dawgs led 34-20.
Jarvis Jones struck again on Missouri’s next possession. Jones sacked Franklin and forced a fumble that was recovered by Georgia’s Jordan Jenkins at the Missouri five yard line. Three plays later, Ken Malcome scored from six yards out to seal the victory.
Murray finished the game 22 of 35 for 242 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Marlon Brown was the leading receiver with eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
On the ground, Todd Gurley led the Dawgs with 65 yards on 10 carries. Ken Malcome rushed for 33 yards while Keith Marshall added 32.
Jarvis Jones, who could conceivably be a Heisman candidate, had five tackles, eight assisted tackles, one sack, one interception, one pass break-up and a forced fumble.
The win extends Georgia’s record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC. Next week, Georgia hosts Florida Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by CSS and ESPN3.com.
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