Stetson Bennett threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns to lead top-ranked Georgia to a 43-6 victory over visiting Missouri on Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Bennett went 13-for-19 passing and JT Daniels came off the bench to complete 7 of 11 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0 SEC), who overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm the Tigers (4-5, 1-4).
Jermaine Burton caught three for 76 yards and a score, while running back James Cook rushed for a team-high 41 yards and a score on nine carries. Georgia outgained Missouri 505-273.
True freshman quarterback Tyler Macon made his first start for the Tigers, filling in for the injured Connor Bazelak. Macon went 3-for-7 passing for nine yards before being replaced by redshirt freshman Brady Cook late in the second quarter. Brady Cook went 14-for-19 passing for 78 yards, with running back Tyler Badie, the SEC’s leading rusher, being held to 41 on nine carries.
Macon re-entered the game in the final minutes and led Missouri to Georgia’s 1-yard line in the final seconds to finish the day 6-for-13 passing for 74 yards and another 42 rushing.
Burton caught a 12-yard pass from Bennett to open the third quarter and push the lead to 33-3, ending Bennett’s day. He was replaced by Daniels, who saw his first action since the first quarter of Georgia’s win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 25.
Daniels capped his first series with a 5-yard scoring strike to Ladd McConkey for a 40-3 lead with 7:26 left in the third quarter.
Georgia began taking over the game after Missouri took a 3-0 on Harrison Mevis’ 36-yard field goal with 5:50 left in the first quarter.
Bennett threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Arian Smith on a fourth-and-six to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive with 42 seconds left in the quarter.
Georgia pushed the lead to 9-3 after Nolan Smith blocked Missouri’s punt, with the ball rolling out of the end zone after several Bulldogs failed to grab it in the field of play for what would have been a touchdown with 14:12 left in the half.
Georgia scored on its next three possessions to end the half. Zamir White’s 1-yard run capped a five-play, 62-yard drive with 11:37 remaining before Jack Podlesny pushed the lead to 19-3 with a 20-yard field goal with 5:05 left in the half.
The Bulldogs pushed their advantage to 26-3 on Cook’s 1-yard run to end a nine-play, 74-yard drive with 18 seconds left in the second quarter.
–Field Level Media