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UGA holds off upset-minded Mizzou to take control of SEC East race

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In a closely contested SEC matchup, No. 1 Georgia edged past No. 14 Missouri 30-21, extending their unbeaten streak to 26 consecutive wins. Georgia (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 College Football Playoff) faced a tough challenge from Missouri (7-2, 3-2, No. 12 CFP), who led 13-10 early in the second half.

Georgia responded with two quick touchdowns, a 15-yard run by Kendall Milton and a 5-yard pass from Carson Beck to Oscar Delp. Beck completed 21 of 32 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite struggling with their running game, the Bulldogs managed to maintain their lead.

Defensive tackle Nazir Stackhouse’s crucial interception in the fourth quarter helped secure Georgia’s victory. However, a penalty pushed them back to their 30-yard line. Despite this setback, a 48-yard field goal by Peyton Woodring extended Georgia’s lead. Georgia’s defense sealed the win with safety Javon Bullard’s interception in the final minutes.

Missouri’s Cody Schrader and Luther Burden III made significant contributions, but their efforts fell short against Georgia’s resilient defense. Missouri’s kicker, Harrison Mevis, set the school’s career scoring record with a 42-yard field goal.

Georgia struggled to run the ball consistently, putting pressure on their passing game, especially with injured tight end Brock Bowers sidelined for the second straight game. Beck, despite facing three sacks, rose to the challenge.

In the upcoming games, Missouri (7-2) will face No. 19 Tennessee, while Georgia (9-0) continues its tough schedule, hosting No. 11 Mississippi next Saturday. Georgia is likely to maintain its No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll, but their position in the College Football Playoff rankings remains uncertain.