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Media Day Notes: Penton returns, Steward undergoes surgery

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Tigers two games away from SEC East crown: Repeating as champions of the Southeastern Conference’s East Division was unthinkable for Missouri midway through its regular season schedule.

Division rival Georgia had just rolled into town and smacked the Tigers 34-0 in their own stadium. Quarterback Maty Mauk committed five turnovers and the defense allowed a Bulldogs’ rushing attack for 210 yards, despite missing star running back Todd Gurley. The loss was Missouri’s second in three games — the other one coming against lowly Indiana — dropping it to 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in SEC play.

But flash forward a little more than five weeks and somehow, some way, the Tigers (8-2, 5-1) are in prime position to play in the SEC Championship game for the second straight year. Read more of this post

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5 turnovers doom Missouri in 34-0 loss to Georgia

The Missouri defense collapses on Georgia tight end/running back Quayvon Hicks (48). Georgia had 58 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2014 at Faurot Field.

The Missouri defense collapses on Georgia tight end/running back Quayvon Hicks (48). Georgia had 58 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2014 at Faurot Field.

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

A Missouri offense that had been up-and-down through the first five games of the season finally exhibited some consistency Saturday. Unfortunately for the No. 23 Tigers (4-2, 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play), it was not the type of consistency head coach Gary Pinkel sought from the group.

Quarterback Maty Mauk committed five turnovers — including four interceptions —and the Missouri offense managed just 147 total yards and 10 first downs in a 34-0 loss to No. 13 Georgia (5-1, 3-1) at Faurot Field.

“If you have that stat that extreme on one side, it’s very difficult to win any any game,” Pinkel said after the game. “Five-to-nothing on turnovers — most likely you don’t have a chance to beat anybody.”

Mauk’s first miscue of the day came midway through the first quarter Read more of this post

Georgia’s Gurley suspended indefinitely, likely big impact for game against Mizzou

By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely on Thursday while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

The stunning announcement came two days before the No. 13 Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) face No. 23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0) in a crucial Eastern Division game, a huge blow to both the team and Gurley’s Heisman Trophy Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Timing is everything, containing Gurley and early kickoffs

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Good time for a bye:

Missouri (4-1) went into the bye week with momentum after picking up a much-needed 21-20 win over South Carolina.

“The bye was at a very good time,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We played five games, had a bye and play four more (before Missouri’s next bye). In this league, I think that’s a great setup. I think you would probably take that every year.”

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Missouri players. Senior receivers Darius White and Jimmie Hunt were not able to play against South Carolina because of injuries. White was out with a torn groin muscle and Hunt was out with a burst bursa sac in his knee.

“I’m not trying to rush anything,” White said. “I’m just trying to get back (to being) healthy. Get back out there to help the team. But I really feel like I’ll be out there this weekend.”

Hunt expects to be back this weekend as well. He was hoping to play against South Carolina, but Read more of this post

2014 Missouri Tigers football preview: Georgia

Correction: Hutson Mason’s name was incorrectly spelled in a previous version of the story. KBIA Sports regrets the error.

Missouri v Georgia

Date: Oct. 11
Record: Georgia finished 8-5 in 2013 including a 42-26 loss to Missouri in Athens. Bulldogs lead series 2-1

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

The Bulldogs were a disappointing 8-5 in 2013, with losses to Clemson, Mizzou, Vanderbilt, Auburn and a bowl loss to Nebraska. Three of those five teams finished in the top 10 in the final USA Today/Coaches poll (Auburn at No. 2, Missouri at No. 5, Clemson at No. 8.) The MU defeat was the Bulldogs’ only home loss. They had home wins over very strong teams from LSU and South Carolina.

Georgia fans will be quick to point out the injuries that plagued their season, but it’s worth noting that Mizzou beat the Dawgs in Athens with E.J. Gaines on the bench and with James Franklin out for a significant part of the second half.

Returning is Todd Gurley, one of nation’s top RBs and a Heisman favorite. In addition to 989 yards rushing (in spite of Read more of this post

Bittersweet victory for Mizzou: Franklin out with shoulder injury

By The Associated Press

Quarterback James Franklin walks off the field after Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26 Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Franklin injured his shoulder in the game and could be our for the rest of the regular season.

Quarterback James Franklin walks off the field after Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26 Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Franklin injured his shoulder in the game and could be our for the rest of the regular season.

ATHENS, Ga. — Gary Pinkel said No. 25 Missouri won more than a second straight Southeastern Conference road game when it upset No. 7 Georgia.

“I just think we earned a little more respect,” Pinkel said. “The respect level just went up a couple notches.”

Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington  in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia’s comeback attempt to beat the short-handed Bulldogs 41-26 on Saturday.

ESPN reports that Franklin has a separated right shoulder (throwing arm) and will miss six games. Franklin watched the remainder of the game from the sideline with his arm in a sling.

Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who replaced Franklin in the fourth quarter, could start when Missouri (6-0, 2-0 SEC) plays No. 17 Florida next week.

Missouri led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia (4-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns, despite losing Franklin.

Missouri’s first road win over a top 10 team since 1981 helped continue the Tigers’ recovery from a 5-7 finish in 2012, Read more of this post

Big plays not enough in Missouri’s loss to No. 7 Georgia

Story by Joe Vozzelli
Photo by Peter Marek

Four Georgia defenders including cornerback Blake Sailors and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons swarm Missouri wide receiver Gahn McGaffie during the Bulldogs 41-20 victory over the Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2012 at Faurot Field. The Bulldogs scored 14 points off of three Missouri turnovers. Photo by Peter Marek

L’Damian Washington was running at full speed with Georgia defenders at his heels. But no one was catching the speedy 6-foot-4 junior wide receiver.

With Missouri and No. 7 Georgia locked in a defensive battle and the Tigers holding onto a 10-9 lead, Washington streaked across the middle of the field where quarterback James Franklin threw a pinpoint pass to the receiver. Washington caught the ball around the Bulldog 45-yard line and ran away from two Georgia defensive backs on his way to 69-yard touchdown reception. The reception was Missouri’s longest play in its 41-20 loss to the Bulldogs.

Washington may be Missouri’s big play threat in the pass game this season. The wide receiver averaged 18.2 yards per reception last season, a team best.

“He’s the fastest player on our team,” Franklin said of Washington. “So anything vertical on him, I know he’s going to beat his guy. I missed him on one play but I know he’s going to get open down field.”

Washington said he didn’t expect to be that wide-open on his touchdown catch and run.

“Yeah, I was surprised. The SEC supposedly has the best defensive backs. So anytime you can get separation like that one of the best defenses in the SEC, that’s always great,” he said.

Washington said there were times when Missouri’s up-tempo, speedy offense had the Georgia defense in trouble of giving up more big plays.

“We pushed the tempo,” he said. “It’s always hard to push the tempo when guys supposedly catch a cramp. Mizzou’s going to do what we do and that’s push the tempo against SEC schools.”

Washington referred to a situation late in the third quarter when Missouri had moved the ball down the field to the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line. A Georgia defender went down with what looked like a cramp. Georgia called a timeout and Missouri’s drive stalled. The Tigers ended up with a 25-yard Andrew Baggett field goal.

Washington wasn’t the only receiver to provide a big play threat in Missouri’s Southeastern Conference opener.

Junior wide receiver Marcus Lucas caught a slant pass from Franklin and weaved in between Georgia defenders for a 41-yard touchdown reception. It was Missouri’s first touchdown of the game and gave the Tigers a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.

Quarterback James Franklin reaches for a snap during Missouri’s first SEC conference game on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2012 at Faurot Field. Franklin and the offense could not keep up with the Georgia Bulldogs as Missouri fell 41-20. Photo by Pete Marek

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said those big plays weren’t enough to overcome turnovers in bad positions on the field.

“You will never ever win a game like that. You can’t make mistakes like that. A one-yard drive and a three-yard drive, you can’t do it,” he said.

Pinkel is referring to two Missouri turnovers in the fourth quarter. With the Bulldogs up 27-20, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones intercepted a Franklin pass at the Missouri 22-yard line. Jones returned the ball to the Missouri 1-yard line and the Bulldogs scored on a 1-yard touchdown run from freshman tailback Todd Gurley.

Jones struck again on the next Missouri drive. He forced a Franklin fumble, which Bulldogs nose guard Jordan Jenkins recovered. The turnover led to another Georgia touchdown. The Bulldogs had a 41-20 lead and the Georgia fans at Faurot Field knew just how to celebrate.

Chanting “Old Man Football,” Georgia fans jeered Missouri with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson’s comment about Georgia’s style of play after last Saturday’s Missouri win over Southeastern Louisiana.

Pinkel said Jones was hard to defend. He also added that it was hard to make adjustments in the middle of the game to deal with him.

“You can’t change our whole offense,” Pinkel said of Jones. “Obviously, he’s a great player. You try to adjust calls. You try to get yourself in position to get rid of the football quicker.”

Franklin wasn’t the only person who was second-guessed after the game.

Pinkel was asked about his decision to attempt a fake punt play on a fourth down in the fourth quarter. Missouri punter Trey Barrow took the snap and only gained three yards, turning the ball over on downs at their own 38-yard line. Georgia was able to score a couple of plays later on a 41-yard Marshall Morgan field goal.

“A coach never calls something that he thinks won’t work. When they work, they’re good calls. And when they don’t work, they’re bad calls. I’ll take responsibility for it,” Pinkel said of his decision.

Missouri (1-1) will look to bounce back on Sept. 15 when the Tigers face Arizona State (1-0) at 6 p.m. at Faurot Field.

Storylines abound for Missouri’s inaugural SEC matchup

by The Associated Press

A key match-up will be quarterback James Franklin against Georgia’s defensive line.

No. 7 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Missouri (1-0, 0-0), 6:45 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Line: Georgia by 2.5
Series record: Georgia leads 1-0, won 14-0 in 1960 Orange Bowl.

WHAT’S AT STAKE
Missouri totaled 48 wins in its last five seasons in the Big 12, yet there’s a perception it must prove itself worthy all over again in the SEC. This is the first step, and an overflow crowd is expected to witness a game coach Gary Pinkel said “will go down in history.” Georgia seeks to build momentum after dropping one notch in the polls following an unimpressive 45-23 opening victory over Buffalo, who was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Mid-American Conference. Several players missed the opener due to injury concerns or disciplinary suspensions and getting some back will help Georgia.

KEY MATCH-UP: Missouri quarterback James Franklin vs. the Georgia defense
Franklin is as dangerous with his legs as he is with his arm after rushing for 15 touchdowns last year. He’ll put pressure on a defense that will be without cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser, expected to serve two-game suspensions for offseason arrests. No word yet whether safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree, two others suspended for the opener, will be back this week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: Freshman tailback Todd Gurley was SEC co-freshman player of week after rushing for 100 yards and two touchdowns in eight attempts and returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Aaron Murray is the active SEC career leader in total offense, completions, touchdown passes and yards passing.
Missouri: Marcus Murphy was SEC special teams player of week after setting a school record with punt returns for touchdowns of 70 and 72 yards in the opener. Murphy is the backup tailback behind Kendial Lawrence, who had career bests with a 76-yard touchdown and 121 yards rushing overall. Linebacker Zaviar Gooden had a 20-yard interception for a touchdown in the opener and has an interception in each of his last three games.

FACTS & FIGURES
NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton was Georgia QB in only meeting between schools. … Georgia has lost its last two SEC openers, both times against ranked South Carolina teams. The last time Georgia faced a school other than South Carolina in the SEC opener was in 1991. … Georgia had seven NFL draft picks last season, tying Oklahoma for second most in nation. … Missouri plays its first four games at home, where it’s 2-1 the last two seasons vs. ranked opponents including a win over No. 3 Texas in 2010. … Missouri has won five in a row. … Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is 9-2 against SEC members, including 5-1 against fellow ex-Big 12 member Texas A&M. … Tigers scored five TDs on offense, two on defense and two on special teams in opener.