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Critics may have chortled to themselves at Missouri's non-conference schedule, but after Saturday's 41-26 upset of No. 7 Georgia, who's laughing now?
Certainly not the Bulldogs, who saw their home winning streak snapped at 15, while Missouri defeated a top-10-ranked team at home for the first time in 32 years.
The Tigers improve to 6-0 overall, 1-0 in the SEC while Georgia falls to 4-2, 3-1 in SEC play.
Missouri was already playing with house money before Saturday's game began.
Georgia kicked off already minus running backs Todd Gurley (ankle) and Keith Marshall (ACL), along with Malcolm Mitchell (ACL), Justin Scott-Wesley (ACL) and Michael Bennett (MCL) - the team's top-three wideouts.
At least quarterback Aaron Murray was feeling just fine. At least early on.
Trailing 28-10 at the half, Murray brought the Bulldogs back with a pair of touchdown passes, including a 10-yarder to Chris Conley with just over 12 minutes to play.
The two-point conversion failed, but after being seemingly out, Georgia found itself back in the game, trailing just 28-26.
This time, however, the Tigers would find an answer, scoring on their next possession on a 40-yard pass from wide receiver Bud Sasser to L'Damian Washington, his second of the game.
The Bulldogs would get no closer.
On Georgia's next possession, Murray was intercepted by Randy Ponder with just over four minutes later. Moments later, the Tigers tacked on a final score to win, despite an earlier injury James Franklin which knocked him out of the game.
Missouri couldn't have asked for a better first half.
After the Bulldogs opened the scoring midway through the first on a 6-yard pass from Murray to Brendan Douglas.
But the Tigers answered right back, driving 79 yards in just nine plays to tie the game at 7.
The second quarter was all Mizzou.
A 17-yard pass from Franklin to L'Damian Tomlinson preceded a beautiful 36-yard run by Marcus Murphy enabled the Tigers to push the lead to 21-10.
But it was about to get even worse from a Bulldog perspective.
On Georgia's very possession, left tackle Kenarious Gates and tight end Arthur Lynch were beaten by defense end Shane Ray who sacked Murray, resulting in a fumble that resulted in a 21-yard scoop-and-score by defensive end Michael Sam with 5:46 in the quarter.
It appeared the Bulldogs were about to answer three minutes later, but after driving 65 yards, Douglas fumbled at the Tigers' 7 enabling Missouri to go into halftime with a 28-10 lead.
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