Notebook: Brown returns with stellar game

Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown finally feels good.

Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown finally feels good.

After missing the Georgia's season opener against Buffalo with a strained hamstring, Brown returned with a big performance in the Bulldogs' 41-20 victory over Missouri Saturday night.

"It feels wonderful," said Brown after the win. "It feels real good to be healthy. It definitely feels good to be making plays."

The senior was on the receiving end of Georgia's only touchdown in the first half, a two-yard pass from junior quarterback Aaron Murray in the final minute of the second quarter. For the half, Brown finished with 47 yards on four catches—tying his career-best set against Vanderbilt in 2011.

"We could pass the ball," said Brown. "In the second quarter, we figured it out. I don't know what happened, but we just started clicking more. [Aaron Murray] threw the ball in the air. He trusted me and I made a play for him."

In the second half, Brown and Murray continued to click.

"We went into the locker room, refocused, went out there and made plays," Brown said.

Brown caught a four-yard pass on the first play of the third quarter and was instrumental on Georgia's drive to take the lead later in the quarter. The Memphis native had two catches for 44 yards on Georgia's final series in the quarter and capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception to give Georgia a 24-20 lead that the Bulldogs never relinquished.

"Just keep grinding," Brown said of the team's attitude when trailing the Tigers 20-17. "Just keep grinding it out. Just keep being tough and things will fall into place. That's what happened tonight. Things fell in place."

Brown finished with eight catches for 106 yards and the two touchdowns.

Playing cornerback ‘fun' for Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell wasn't completely pleased with his performance Saturday night, but he won't deny he had fun playing defense for the first time in a college game.

"It has been a while," said Mitchell, who played some defensive back at Valdosta High. "It was fun. It's just one of those things you have to get back in the flow of."

The sophomore missed Georgia's game against Buffalo with a sprained ankle that he suffered the Thursday prior in a walk-through. After starting nine games at wide receiver last season, Mitchell believes he can improve and build on his highly-anticipated debut at cornerback Saturday.

"I had an ‘OK' game," said Mitchell. "I could've played better. The more I play the better I'll get."

Georgia coach Mark Richt has said he plans to use Mitchell on offense this season, too, but Mitchell said he must get fully healthy before playing both sides of the ball.

"I'm taking it one game at a time," said Mitchell, who acknowledged his ankle was sore following Saturday night's win. "I gotta let my ankle heal all the way up first before I do any two-ways, that's for sure."

Mitchell also looks forward to the return of cornerback Sanders Commings, who was suspended for the first two games of the season.

"[Sanders] is back, and it's definitely a positive," said Mitchell. "He's been playing and starting for years now. He's going to come back and bring a lot of experience. He's a very good player, so we'll be better in the secondary."

Slive pleased with Mizzou's transition to SEC

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was a busy man on Saturday.

To commemorate Texas A&M and Missouri's SEC debuts, Slive handled the coin toss at the Texas A&M-Florida game in College Station, Texas, before boarding a plane bound for Columbia, Mo. to flip the coin at the Georgia-Missouri game.

Slive said that he spoke with Georgia fans about Missouri's reception and hospitality, calling the Tigers handling of hosting such a highly-anticipated matchup "terrific."

The commissioner shared the coin toss with administrators from both Missouri and Georgia, including Georgia president Michael Adams and athletic director Greg McGarity.

When asked if he was tired after his busy day, Slive responded, "At my age, 9 o'clock is about my limit."

UGA's Morgan sees first half highs, lows

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan personified the up-and-down first half for the Bulldogs in Saturday's matchup with Missouri.

Morgan put the first points on the board for Georgia, tying the game 3-3 with a long field goal, but it was a missed extra point attempt near the end of the half that left the young kicker—and Georgia—disappointed.

After Missouri took a 10-3 lead with just 1:31 remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs drove 71 yards in five plays for a touchdown. Morgan's attempt at the extra point sailed wide-right, and the Tigers escaped the half with a 10-9 lead. The miss was the first missed extra point for a Georgia kicker since Blair Walsh against Kentucky in 2010.

The missed extra point may have overshadowed Morgan's 52-yard field goal earlier in the half—a record-long for the freshman in just the third attempt of his young career. The kick was also the longest on the road for a Georgia kicker since Walsh booted a 53-yarder against Oklahoma State in 2009.

Morgan, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native, added another field goal from 41 yards out in the second half Saturday to give the Bulldogs a 27-20 lead and improve to 3-for-4 for the year. Quick Hits

Captains for Saturday's game were Murray, senior strong safety Shawn Williams, senior wide receiver Tavarres King, and redshirt sophomore linebacker Kosta Vavlas…Along with Mitchell's first start on defense, freshman tailback Todd Gurley received his first career start…Michael Bennett caught a career-high eight passes for 79 yards. He also caught a two-point conversion pass from Murray to tie the game at 17 in the third quarter…Sophomore linebacker Armarlo Herrera racked up a career-high 10 tackles against the Tigers…Several Bulldogs wore different jersey numbers to avoid having multiple players with the same numbers on the field concurrently. Wide receiver Rhett McGowan wore No. 27 (instead of No. 25). Vavlas wore No. 38 instead of No. 48, and Corey Campbell sported the No. 28 instead of his normal No. 49.

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