Howdy folks and welcome to another weekly edition of NCAA Football 14 Previews. UGA is 3-2 (2-1) on the year and faces the Missouri Tigers. I've made a few updates to the roster to reflect current changes. I've created JJ Green, Brendan Douglas, and Reggie Davis, and I've put them above Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall, and JSW/Michael Bennett on the depth chart for this week, so I'm assuming no Gurley/Marshall/JSW/Bennett. As usual, I play 10-minute quarters with Heisman difficulty on Offense and Defense.
I'm not going to go as in-depth in this one, simply because it went into 3 overtimes.
Mizzou won the coin toss and deferred to the 2nd half. UGA's first drive ended in a 45-yard punt. For Mizzou's first drive, a few good runs of 12 yards, 11 yards, and a 15-yard scramble by James Franklin yielded nothing, and a 58-yard field goal attempt was missed wide left with 6:06 left in the first quarter. In UGA's next drive, a few small passes and runs yielded nothing, and it ended in a 32-yard punt by Collin Barber with 3:22 left in the 1st quarter. Mizzou made good on the next drive, with passes of 13 yards, 7 yards, and a 56-yard pass for a touchdown to make it 7-0 Mizzou with 2:01 left in the 1st quarter.
UGA's next drive carried into the 2nd quarter and started off strong, with a 9- and 6-yard rush by Brendan Douglas. Some small passes to JJ Green, a 14-yard pass to Rhett McGowan, a 5-yard rush from Douglas, and an incomplete pass yielded a 40-yard field goal from Marshall Morgan to make it 7-3 Mizzou with 7:00 in the 2nd quarter.
Mizzou's next drive yielded only 1 first down and a 3 & out. However, they fake punted it on 4th & 3 but failed at the pass, turning the ball over to UGA with 5:33 left in the 1st half. Douglas and Green really turned it up--a 5 yard rush from Douglas, a 7 yard pass to Arthur Lynch, a 13 yard rush from JJ Green, a 4 yard rush from Douglas, and an 8 yard touchdown rush from JJ Green gave the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead over Mizzou with 2:37 left in the 2nd quarter.
Mizzou's next drive went absolutely nowhere, with a sack by Jordan Jenkins highlighting it for the Dawgs. The drive ended in a 43-yard punt that was returned 9 yard by Reggie Davis with 1:19 left in the 1st half. Aaron Murray dominated the next drive, with a 3-yard rush, a 13-yard pass to Rantavious Wooten, but with 4 incomplete passes mixed in, yielding a 43 yard field goal by Marshall Morgan to make it 13-7 Dawgs with 0:47 left in the half.
Mizzou's next drive went absolutely nowhere again, with an incomplete pass, a 9 yard pass, a -4 yard rush from James Franklin, yielding a 38 yard punt returned 8 yards by Reggie Davis with 0:28 left. The very next play was an interception of Aaron Murray, giving the Tigers one more chance to score before halftime. A 12-yard rush by James Franklin and a 36 yard pass gave the Tigers a chance for points, and they made good on it, kicking a 25-yard field goal to make it 13-10 Dawgs at halftime.
Mizzou received the kickoff, and immediately made an impact, with a 40-yard pass. But, 2 sacks and an incomplete pass to Dorial Green-Beckham stopped the drive, and it ended in a 45-yard punt for a touchback, giving UGA the ball with 8:35 left in the 3rd quarter. The next drive lasted 12 plays, 55 yards, including a 9 yard pass to Chris Conley, a 15 yard rush from Douglas, an 11 yard rush from JJ Green, and an 11 yard pass to Wooten yielded a 42-yard field goal from Captain Morgan, to make it 16-10 Dawgs with 3:27 left in the 3rd quarter.
Mizzou's next drive received strong plays from many players. A 9- and a 17-yard rush from Franklin, and 5-yard, 9-yard, and 7-yard passes to 3 different receivers, a 7-yard rush from Franklin, and a 5-yard touchdown rush by their running back gave Mizzou a 17-16 lead with 1:36 left in the 3rd quarter.
UGA's next drive carried into the 4th quarter. JJ Green rushed for 20 yards in 3 rushes, a 2 yard rush from Quayvon Hicks, a 16 yard pass to Conley, an 8 yard pass to Conley, a 10 yard rush from Douglas, but the drive ended in an interception at Mizzou's 10 yard line to deny the Dawgs a score, when they were just outside the red zone, giving Mizzou the ball with 6:59 left in the 4th quarter. Mizzou did not make good use of that turnover, however, ending the drive in a 41 yard punt that was returned 15 yards by Reggie Davis, to give the Dawgs the ball with 5:42 left in the 4th quarter.
I immediately went on a rushing spree, and Mizzou did nothing about it. 3 yards from Douglas, 10 yards from Douglas, 6 yards from Green, 6 yards from Douglas, 9 yards from Douglas, 4 yards from Green, 6 yards from Douglas, 11 yards from Green, 9 yards from Aaron Murray, and a 2-yard rush from Green gave the Dawgs a touchdown and the lead. Aaron Murray passed to Reggie Davis on a slant route for a 2-point conversion to give the Dawgs a 24-17 lead with 0:36 left in the 4th quarter.
Mizzou got lucky however on the next drive. After passes of 5 yards and 21 yards, Franklin made a 49-yard touchdown pass with 0:27 left and I attempted some ill-timed tackles, making it a tied ballgame at 24-24 with 0:19 left.
Murray made 2 incomplete passes and an interception to send the game into overtime, with the score at 24 apiece.
Mizzou won the toss and chose defense. I went right back to running on the first drive, with 3 yards from Green and 8 from Douglas. However, I made a pass for -1 yards, 7 yards, and an incompletion to result in a 25 yard field goal to make it 27-24 Dawgs. Mizzou faltered as well, with an incompletion and a 5 yard and 4 yard pass, to force a 32 yard field goal to tie it back at 27-27, starting a 2nd overtime.
UGA and Mizzou flipped positions, with Mizzou going on offense first in the 2nd overtime. Mizzou's drive was saved with a 20-yard rush from Franklin, which then gave way to a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, with an extra point, to give Mizzou a 34-27 lead. Georgia matched them, though, with 6 yards from Douglas, 15 yards to Lynch, and after two rushes of -1 yards each, a 5-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Davis, with a good extra point to tie it back at 34-34 each, forcing a 3rd overtime.
UGA and Mizzou flipped positions again. Green and Quayvon Hicks chipped in, with rushes of 6, 1, 7, 5, and 2 yards. A sneak from Murray gave the Dawgs a touchdown. A pass to Reggie Davis on a slant route made the 2-point conversion successful, and the Dawgs had a 42-34 lead now. The door was slammed on Mizzou's next drive. A 8-yard loss on a sack of James Franklin by Garrison Smith and a 6 yard pass to a receiver made it 3rd & 12. Then this happened:
Missouri 34 UGA 42
First Downs: Mizzou 16 UGA 26
Total Offense: Mizzou 436 UGA 420
Rushes-Yards-TD: Mizzou 28-106-1 UGA 54-259-3
Completions-Attempts-TD: Mizzou 26-36-3 UGA 20-39-1
Passing Yards: Mizzou 330 UGA 161
3rd Down: Mizzou 6-14 (42%) UGA 8-17 (47%)
Turnovers: Mizzou 1 UGA 3
Kick Return Yards: Mizzou 0 UGA 70
Total Yards: Mizzou 439 UGA 520
Punts - Average: Mizzou 4-42.5 UGA 2-39.0
Time of Possession: Mizzou 10:37 UGA 29:23
Aaron Murray: 20-39, 161 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 79.0 QBR
Brendan Douglas: 26 rushes, 119 yards, 4.5 AVG
JJ Green: 23 rushes, 120 yards, 5.2 AVG, 2 TD
Aaron Murray: 3 rushes, 13 yards, 4.3 AVG, 1 TD
Quayvon Hicks: 2 rushes, 7 yards, 3.5 AVG
Reggie Davis: 4 catches, 27 yards, 6.7 AVG, 1 TD
Rantavious Wooten: 4 catches, 48 yards, 12.0 AVG
Chris Conley: 3 catches, 33 yards, 11.0 AVG
Arthur Lynch: 3 catches, 26 yards, 8.6 AVG
JJ Green: 2 catches, 8 yards
Rhett McGowan: 1 catch, 14 yards
Amarlo Herrera: 8 tackles, 1 TFL
Josh Harvey-Clemons: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack
Jordan Jenkins: 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks
Sheldon Dawson: 5 tackles, 1 TFL
Ramik Wilson: 4 tackles, 2 TFL
Corey Moore: 2 tackles, 1 INT
Tray Matthews: 2 tackles
Marshall Morgan: 4-4 FG
Collin Barber: 2 punts, 78 yards, 39.0 AVG
Reggie Davis: 3 kick returns, 70 yards, 23.3 AVG
Reggie Davis: 3 punt returns, 30 yards, 10.0 AVG
Mizzou: James Franklin: 26-35, 330 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 176.0 QBR
Mizzou: James Franklin: 17 rushes, 61 yards, 3.5 AVG
Mizzou: Henry Josey: 10 rushes, 47 yards, 4.7 AVG, 1 TD
Mizzou: Dorial Green-Beckham: 6 catches, 51 yards, 8.5 AVG, 1 TD
Mizzou: Marcus Lucas: 4 catches, 139 yards, 34.7 AVG, 1 TD