It's time to recognize the top contributors in each phase of the game from Georgia’s 43-29 win over the Missouri Tigers. These are your MVDs: most valuable ‘Dawgs.
Offense: Riley Ridley. Woof. The playcalling was questionable. The execution was just as bad.
But Ridley was a genuine bright spot. He totaled 5 catches for 87 yards on the day, but his biggest contribution came on a single drive in the third quarter. Ridley caught three passes on the drive, one to convert a first down, and one a 33 yard touchdown strike that pushed the Bulldog advantage to 27-7. Mizzou would score on the ensuing drive. Were it not for Ridley things could have easily gone sideways at that point.
Defense: D’Andre Walker. The Bulldog defense has 3 sacks on the season. D’Andre Walker made all of them. That’s both sad and awe-inspiring. 2 of those sacks came against Missouri and resulted in fumbles by Drew Lock, one of which was recovered by the good guys.
Honorable mention: Tyson Campbell/Deandre Baker. Campbell’s strip/score in the first quarter may well have represented a 14 point swing, and kept this one from going in a bad direction from the get-go. Baker was truly a lock down corner, first on leading receiver Emanuel Hall, then on the Tiger tight ends when it became clear an injured Hall wasn't a threat.
Special teams: Eric Stokes. With Rodrigo Blankenship missing a makeable field goal and having his touchback streak come to an end, there's a new MVD in town. Stokes isn't even on the first team punt return unit. But he stepped in for Tyler Simmons and made one of the biggest plays of the game, blocking a Mizzou punt and returning it for a touchdown. It was a huge day for one of Covington’s finest.