Georgia did not do much to set the tone of the match.
The Bulldogs forced Missouri quarterback Taylor Powell and the offense to a quick three goals. The Tigers went three and a half times before finding a first try.
In Georgia's first offensive possession, it functioned as a well-oiled machine, revealing a surpassed Missouri high. Six minutes of play and 2:47 of road culminated in a 25-yard touchdown of quarterback Jake Fromm to receiver George Pickens.
The coordinator of the offensive, Derek Dooley, has shown himself grateful to Albert Okwuegbunam. The American striker was targeted seven times in the night and amassed 24 yards. Even an increase in the number of targets could not help the offensive as Missouri fell to sixth place, Georgia, 27-0, on Saturday.
Just when Missouri saw hope in the second quarter, it collapsed.
Taylor Powell tried to find Okwuegbunam only for the ball to be blocked in the air by Richard LeCounte III. The Georgian security team returned the ball to 71 yards from the Tigers' 18-yard line, only tackle from catcher Jonathan Nance preventing him from bringing him home.
But the Tigers' defense managed to push the Bulldogs far enough to limit Georgia to a goal.
As the offense still can not escalate, the defense has assumed responsibility for it. The unit played well in the second quarter, allowing only 27 yards for the Bulldogs.
But the strong performance of the defense could not save a difficult attack. An open Kam Scott could not pick up a deep Powell ball in the team's last run in the first period. The next play, Scott again made a mistake, being called to behave unsportsmanlike.
These last two records of the first half were a microcosm of the match. Missouri, unable to convert to third and long, broke and gave Georgia a solid field position. Fromm found Lawrence Cager, the main Georgian receiver, for a total of 30 yards (although the impact of the catch forced the receiver to leave the match without a return). Missouri forced Georgia to three fouls to cause a fourth try, but with time running out Georgia sent the ball back between the posts.
Missouri entered the half 16-0.
The defense of the Tigers was a perfect example of "do not bend." Georgia was moving hand-in-hand to the Missouri territory, but the Tigers were doing everything they could to ensure that the Bulldogs were perfectly placed. And while the defensive unit was playing about as well as the fans hoped, the attack was largely unable to move the ball. All night, the Tigers could not convert during the third run, with only 4 against 14. What about reverse passes, falls or the impossibility of 39, establish the race, the Missouri offensive was difficult to monitor.
The second half continued in the same way as the first half. Georgia has been able to drive practically as it pleases, this time by engaging in running. Andre Swift led the Bulldogs to rush into the night with 83 yards.
Nick Bolton was the only brilliant place for the Tigers. The second and last leader of the defense had nine tackles, two for a loss and a sack.
But nothing of the defense has prevented the inevitable. Missouri was blown away, losing again on the road, and the attack was nothing like the one that dominated for five straight games earlier in the season.