Recap: Mizzou's valiant upset bid comes up just short in 26-22 loss to No. 1 Georgia

by 24USATVOct. 2, 2022, 5 a.m. 19
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There was some October magic in the air Saturday night at Faurot Field as Missouri came close to stunning a college football giant.

Here are live updates from Missouri hosting No. 1 Georgia at Faurot Field.

After Missouri exhausted its timeouts, Georgia converts a third-and-2 with about a minute remaining to escape Columbia with a 26-22 win.

More:Three takeaways as upset eludes Mizzou's grasp against No. 1 Georgia

Missouri punts the ball back to the Bulldogs, who take over at their own 36 with 3:39 remaining.

Georgia takes its first lead of the night

For the first time all night, Georgia has pulled ahead of the Tigers with 4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs lead 26-22 as Missouri enters its biggest possession of the season.

After Mevis hits his fifth field goal of the game, Georgia drove down to the field and punched in a short rushing touchdown.

It's 22-19, Missouri is still leading.

End of the third quarter: Missouri 19, Georgia 12

The Tigers' defense failed to break again. Georgia has settled for a field goal again as it's 19-12.

The last time Georiga was held without a touchdown through three quarters was against LSU in 2019. Missouri is a few minutes away from accomplishing that.

Opening the second half, the Bulldogs went down the field on their first drive of the third quarter to cut the Tigers' lead to 16-9.

Mevis, continuing his bounce-back game, hit his fourth of the game. This time from beyond 50 yards.

It's 19-9. Missouri remains in the lead with the third quarter ticking away.

Who, and I mean who, could have seen this coming?

The Tigers that lost to Auburn in overtime and to Kansas State in a blowout, are leading the No. 1 overall team and the defending national champions at halftime.

This is thanks to a defense that has played beyond what many have expected.

Hello, Cody. Mizzou is up 13 again

After holding Georgia to a field goal, the Tigers get all the way down to the Georgia one. After three tries at the end zone, MU settles for a Mevis field goal, his third.

Cody Schrader set that kick up with a 63-yard gallop that stopped mere inches shy of the end zone.

A false start marred the drive, bringing it back to the six. The Tigers are back up 13, but could have made it 20-3.

Georgia gets on the board

The champs are talented, but the Tigers' defense held strong. Georgia nails a 40-yard field goal to make the score 13-3.

Give MU's defense credit. It bent a bit, especially on a long throw to Brock Bowers, but the defense never broke. Forcing a field goal is a win.

Mizzou adds to its lead on Georgia

Daylan Carnell recovered a fumble on third down in Georgia territory. That led to another Mevis field goal. This time, he hits from 49 yards out.

The defense is giving MU's offense chances to score and the Tigers' are taking advantage so far. However, touchdowns, not field goals, puts this game away.

The Tigers are up 10 on No. 1

Tyler Stephens, in his first meaning full action since the season opener, has caught a 10-yard touchdown against the defending champs.

Missouri, yes, THOSE Tigers, are up 10-0 on Georgia.

End of the first: Missouri 3, No. 1 Georgia 0

The defense came to play as MU holds a lead on the Bulldogs.

Missouri gets on the board first

Eli Drinkwitz took his first timeout of the game at the Georgia 29. The Tigers were threatening.

Dominic Lovett got MU down to the 24 with a 27-yard reception but stalled at the 23-yard line. Harrison Mevis nails the 42-yard field goal to give the Tigers a lead. It's the first time Georiga has trailed in a game this season.

After two three and outs, Gary Pinkel was honored at the first timeout for entering the MU Hall of Fame. The first play after that honor, Ty'Ron Hopper punched the ball out and Ennis Rakestraw recovered.

The defense has come to play so far. Still no score five minutes in.

MU will be without Chad Bailey, Elijah Young and Luke Griffin tonight, as all three were ruled out prior to Saturday night's game.

Luther Burden was listed as questionable but is dressed and going through pregame drills.

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