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Self inflicted wounds and questionable officiating was too much to overcome second ranked Georgia

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Everything is still on the table despite yesterday’s miss against the Bulldogs.

Missouri is still on schedule, right? I don’t know anyone who was picking Missouri to win this game so being 3-1 at this juncture in the season means everything is still on the table. The Tigers got what they needed from Georgia in order to win. The problem? Missouri needed their own best day and it just wasn’t there.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Losing to the #2 team in the country isn’t the worst thing in the world and if you’re the optimist-type you can find plenty of positives following the game.

Missouri basically gifted the Bulldogs at least 17 point cushion with their miscues and a questionable call on a “missed” field goal. If you remove the 17 point cushion on a 14 point loss you get a point differential of plus-3.

Whether you blame the Okwuegbunam fumble on the refs or Albert O. it was still a costly mistake which provided the more talented team an early push when the Tigers had a chance to land the first punch after their own interception. It wasn’t the referee’s fault Johnathan Johnson let a soft pass bounce off his chest and into the hands Tae Crowder setting up a short field goal. It wasn’t the officials who let Eric Stokes through the punt formation for a block and a returned touch down. But it was the officials (and a lack of cameras) who offered no solution to a potential fumble at the goal line on Jeremiah Holloman’s long touch down catch.

Missouri left a lot of opportunity on the field yesterday and in someways they can feel good about the progress made yesterday. Drew Lock had a decent day but not a great one, and they still moved the ball on the ground with Larry Rountree III and Damarea Crockett against a stout defense.But they still need to capitalize in two weeks when they head to South Carolina.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Still, credit to the Bulldogs. They limited the Tigers big plays which has been a hallmark the last few years. Emanuel Hall was held without a catch and the Tigers longest play from scrimmage was just 25 yards. Georgia made Missouri work for their points and it wasn’t enough. I think explosive plays is one of those things Bill always harps on, and Georgia had several: three deep passing plays, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touch down, an interception return. The explosion came from Georgia and it was too much for the Tigers to overcome.


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Other SEC Scores:

  • Florida 47, Tennessee 21
  • South Carolina 37, Vanderbilt 14
  • Kentucky 28, Mississippi State 7
  • Auburn 34, Arkansas 3
  • Alabama 45, Texas A&M 23
  • LSU 38, La Tech 21
  • Ole Miss 38, Kent State 17

So Kentucky might be good. Got it. Ok.