The key: Drew Lock went 10 of 12 for 130 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown to junior tight end Jason Reese, on the first two Missouri drives in building a 10-0 lead. He finished 19 of 29 for 322 yards in the first half with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The key: Georgia freshman quarterback Jacob Eason went 7 of 9 for 86 yards on third down in the first half, including six first downs, in leading the rally to a 21-20 halftime lead.
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The key: Sophomore safety Cam Hilton’s interception, which he returned 27 yards to the Georgia 6-yard line, set up the only third-quarter points when Lock connected with junior wide receiver J’Mon Moore for the go-ahead score one play later.
The key: Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie grabbed his third touchdown with 1:29 remaining and Moore committed the Tigers’ fifth turnover 19 seconds later on the game clock. It was a microcosm of the game.
Drew Lock astounded again until he got confused by some Cover 2 looks in the second half and threw three interceptions. He finished 23 of 38 for 376 yards with three touchdowns as well, but the run game managed a meager 95 yards on 37 carries.
High marks for bottling up junior running back Nick Chubb at the running game. Low marks for struggling to lock down McKenzie and not rattling freshman quarterback Eason more.
Tucker McCann continued to be a touchback machine and hit confidence-inspiring field goals of 33 and 46 yards. Corey Fatony had a monster night. Except for Johnathon Johnson’s muffed punt, it was a terrific night.
Missouri had 12 players on the field coming out of a timeout for a critical third-and-1, negating a big stop and possible field-goal try. There were also some play calls that, while not executed properly, proved detrimental.
Player of the game: Junior defensive end Charles Harris, who entered the game with five tackles in two games, had seven tackles with three sacks and four tackles for a loss.
Reason to hope: This wasn’t Eastern Michigan and the Tigers’ offense still looked explosive. The defense also made some clear strides.
Reason to mope: Missouri lost. The offense had a chance to win, but Lock threw an interception. The defense had a chance to win, but couldn’t get a stop.
Looking ahead: Not even five turnovers are likely to dent the Tigers next week against Delaware State, but quickly regrouping and refocusing will be a priority in the the coming days to ensure a productive week of practice.