Missouri stuns No. 7 Georgia, 41-26
The Associated Press
ATHENS, Ga. — Gary Pinkel said No. 25 Missouri won more than a second straight SEC road game when it upset No. 7 Georgia.
“I just think we earned a little more respect,” said Pinkel, a former Washington offensive coordinator under Don James. “The respect level just went up a couple notches.”
Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia’s comeback attempt to beat the short-handed Bulldogs 41-26 on Saturday.
Pinkel said Franklin separated his right shoulder and expects the quarterback to miss at least one week.
Freshman Maty Mauk, who replaced Franklin in the fourth quarter, could start when Missouri (6-0, 2-0 SEC) plays No. 17 Florida on Saturday.
Missouri led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia (4-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns, despite losing Franklin.
Missouri’s first road win over a top-10 team since 1981 helped continue the Tigers’ recovery from a 5-7 finish in 2012, their first in season in the SEC. The Tigers have scored 38 or more points in each of their six wins, including last week’s 51-28 win at Vanderbilt.
“There is no question that one of the goals for this team is to get back to Missouri’s winning ways,” Pinkel said. “It is a big deal to them. ... They want to get back to competing for championships.”
The Tigers ended Georgia’s streak of 15 straight home wins.
After Franklin was taken to the locker room, Mauk threw a lateral to Sasser, who stopped and tossed a high, deep pass to the end zone for Washington. Washington, who outfought cornerback Damian Swann for the catch, had 115 yards and two touchdowns.