Photo of the Day: Old Man Football

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COLUMBIA, MO - Aaron Murray celebrates after No. 7 Georgia's 41-20 win over Missouri on September 8, 2012. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Legge’s Thoughts: A lot of folks don’t remember, but Georgia was only a one-point favorite over Missouri in what was the Tigers’ first SEC football game ever. A slew of experts thought that Georgia would lose the game.

In the week running up to the game Missouri DL Sheldon Richardson said that Georgia played “Old Man Football” and that he’d turned off the TV during Georgia’s win over Buffalo the week before because he was unimpressed with the way the Bulldogs played.

Georgia didn’t look very impressive for the first three quarters of the game, either. Missouri held a 17-9 lead midway through the third quarter. Faurot Field, which isn’t the loudest place on earth, was in a magical state that night with the Tigers coming into the SEC. It looked like Georgia might lose to Missouri, but that’s when Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jone took over.

Murray hit Tavarres King and Marlon Brown for touchdowns on consecutive drives to give Georgia a 24-20 lead. Marshall Morgan added a 41-yard field goal to push Georgia’s edge to seven points.

Jones then picked off Missouri’s James Franklin and returned the ball to the one-yard line where Todd Gurley punched in a one-yard score to make it 34-20. Three plays later Jones striped Franklin on a sack to set up an easy Georgia score from the 5-yard line.

The game was out of reach, and Georgia’s fans in the corner chanted: “Old Man Football! Old Man Football!”

After the game, Murray and company grabbed the dry erase board and jumped into the crowd with Bulldog fans.

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