Dawgs Hold On: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's narrow win over Missouri.

Bulldogs Win Without a TD: For the first time since 1995 against Kentucky, Georgia won without scoring a touchdown, posting a 9-6 victory tonight. In 1995, the Bulldogs registered a 12-3 win over UK in Athens. 

Series History and Homecoming: With the 9-6 win, Georgia takes a 4-1 lead in the series with Missouri. Also, the Bulldogs extend their winning streak on Homecoming to nine and overall are 75-17-2 on this day. The Tigers were the 10th different SEC team that the Bulldogs have faced on Homecoming. 

Morgan Accounts For All Nine Points: Senior PK Marshall Morgan connected on a 29-yard field to tie the score at 3-all. He then knotted the score at 6-all at the end of the third quarter. He missed a 26-yarder with 5:40 left in the game. Then, he made a 34-yarder for a 9-6 edge with 1:44 left. It was Morgan’s second career game-winner to go with a 42-yarder to beat Tennessee in overtime in 2013 in Knoxville. He is 9-for-13 this year on field goals and 55-for-71 in his career. Morgan is tied for fourth on the SEC all-time list with 371 career points (Tennessee’s Jeff Hall). 

Total Defense: The Bulldog defense held the Tigers to a pair of field goals as they ran just 48 plays and tallied 164 yards plays, gaining just 37 yards in the second half. The Tigers had -1 yards rushing in the first half and 21 for the game. The Tigers made three trips to the Red Zone and came away with two field goals. Missouri’s defense was equally strong as the Tigers came into the game leading the league in Scoring Defense at 13.5. Georgia ran 77 plays and gained 298 yards. They were averaging 37 points a game but nine was enough tonight. Senior Jake Ganus led the Bulldogs with nine tackles, one sack and 1.5 TFL. 

Mitchell Comes Up Big All Over the Field: Senior Malcolm Mitchell was the leading receiver with seven catches for 49 yards. He now has 151 career receptions (6th in school history) and 1,990 career yards (9th in school history). Mitchell also caused a fumble on the punt coverage teams, and it was recovered by UGA and led to a field goal. Mitchell made a key tackle on a Tiger interception on the first series of the game. 

Career High For Godwin: Georgia freshman receiver Terry Godwin posted career highs with six catches for 78 yards (four for 64 in the opening half). Godwin also returned the first punts of his career and finished with 49 yards on three returns. 

Third Downs: Coming in, Georgia’s third down conversion rate was 29 percent. Tonight, the Bulldogs finished 9-for-19 (47 percent). Missouri came in at 36 percent and they ended the game 2-for-13 (15 percent). 

Points Off Turnovers: The Bulldogs collected a turnover and gave up one on Saturday night. Lambert threw an interception on a tipped ball on the game’s first play that Missouri returned 39 yards to the Bulldog 1. The Tigers went for -1 yard on three plays and settled for a field goal. In the third quarter, senior Malcolm Mitchell drilled Missouri’s punt returner, forcing a fumble, and sophomore Malkom Parrish recovered it. Morgan kicked his second field goal on the following drive. For the year, the Bulldogs are +1 in turnover margin. Georgia has scored 34 points off 10 turnovers while opponents have scored 17 points off nine Bulldog miscues. 

For Starters: Freshman DT DaQuan Hawkins, freshman OLB Chuks Amaechi and senior SE Kenneth Towns all started for the first time. Georgia has had 14 first-time starters this year, including six freshmen. Senior OLB Jordan Jenkins did not start due to a hip flexor strain. This breaks his team-best streak of 32 consecutive starts. He has started 38 in his career. Senior OT John Theus owns the longest streak now with 27 straight (42 overall). 

Homecoming King and Queen: The 2015 Homecoming King was senior Johnelle Simpson (native of Donalsonville, Ga., majoring in Risk Management & Insurance and Political Science) and the Queen was senior Amanda Turner (native of Kennesaw, Ga., majoring in Human Development and Family Science). 

Up Next: The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 SEC) are off next weekend before traveling to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) on Oct. 31. CBS will televise the annual matchup at 3:30 p.m.

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