Georgia Shuts Out Missouri

ATHENS, Ga. — Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes to George Pickens and No. 6 Georgia posted its third shutout, dominating a Missouri offense missing two of its biggest playmakers in a 27-0 victory Saturday night.

Georgia (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 6 College Football Playoff) moved closer to its third straight berth in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East by beating No. 12 Auburn next week.

Missouri (5-4, 2-3) fell to 0-4 in road games with its third straight loss. Quarterback Kelly Bryant and leading receiver Johnathon Johnson did not play.

Fromm capped Georgia’s opening drive with a 25-yard scoring pass to Pickens. The freshman also made a leaping grab for an 18-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs bolstered their claim as the league’s top defense. Georgia leads the SEC in total defense and scoring defense.

Between Pickens’ touchdown catches, the Bulldogs relied on Rodrigo Blankenship‘s four field goals.

 

Thanks to the dominant defense, little offense was needed. The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 198 yards and 11 first downs, including only five through three quarters.

Bryant’s status had been in doubt due to a hamstring injury suffered in a loss at Kentucky two weeks ago. He participated in pregame warmups and then watched as backup Taylor Powell and Connor Bazelak led the offense.

Powell started and played the full game before Bazelak, a freshman, led the Tigers to their only red-zone appearance late in the game.

Bazelak, playing in only his second game, led the Tigers to the Georgia 1. The Bulldogs’ defense made a stand, stopping Dawson Downing for a loss of three yards. Bazelak’s passes on third and fourth down were incomplete.

The team did not announce a reason Johnson did not play.

The Tigers face another top 10 SEC rival when they play No. 10 Florida next Saturday.