Dawgs Go With Mason

COLUMBIA, MO - Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason took every meaningful snap Saturday.

There was no need for Bulldogs coaches to turn to backup Brice Ramsey for a first half series like last week the way Mason was playing.

He completed 22 of 28 passes for 156 yards and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett.

With tailback Todd Gurley suspended, Mason scored the first rushing touchdown for Georgia on an 11-yard run in the Bulldogs' 34-0 win Saturday at Missouri.

“I’m just happy about not turning the ball over and being more consistent in the passing game,” said Mason, who had thrown a total of three interceptions in the last two games.

“I feel he played exceptional this game,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said.

On the touchdown run, he faked to tailback Nick Chubb, stumbled briefly at the 7-yard line and then fumbled after crossing goal line but had already scored.

“They weren’t really expecting my ability to pull it at all,” Mason said of a play that gave Georgia a 20-0 first half lead. “I don’t know if you’d consider that an ability. I feel like sometimes I can pull and get it at least four or five and that’s a good play. It keeps them honest. I saw that sam linebacker just flying down the line and I pulled it and I don’t think anyone in the stadium knew I had it. I felt like it took me 10 days to get to the end zone.”

Mason was sacked twice, but Georgia still was effective in what it did in the passing game.

“Anytime you have the best pass-rushing team coming at you, you have to get the ball out and they did,” Missouri defensive end Markus Golden said. “They did their job.”

“Hutson did very well,” coach Mark Richt said. “He took care of business. He did the things we needed to do. No turnovers.”

Ramsey came in with six minutes to go with Georgia leading 34-0.

“We didn’t say no matter what were playing Brice,” Richt said. “He could still end up playing a little bit in the first half of games as we go.”

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