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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers stumble late in conference opener against Georgia

Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 7:25 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team was unable to hold off the Georgia Bulldogs in its first conference game in the Southeastern Conference.

Missouri kept the game competitive against Georgia, even having a 17-9 lead over the Bulldogs after James Franklin's 69-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the third quarter. However, Georgia responded with a touchdown of its own and went on to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers 41-20.

Most of the trouble for the Tigers came in trying to contain Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones. In the fourth quarter, Jones intercepted Franklin's pass and ran the ball all the way back to the Tiger's 1 yard line. On the next Missouri drive, after Georgia had taken a 34-20 lead, Jones blitzed through the line and was able to force Franklin to fumble the ball. Georgia recovered the fumble and removed any chance the Tigers had at winning the game. 

What others are saying

Despite the loss, people were able to draw a lot of positives from Saturday's game. "Mizzou's defense showed up in a major, major way," Bill Connelly of SB Nation wrote on the Tigers blog, Rock M Nation. 

Missouri linebacker Sheldon Richardson made a lot of news after he compared Georgia's offense to "old-man football." Georgia blog Dawgnation.com wrote that "Georgia's brand of 'old man football' is appearently potent enough to beat Missouri at home that many Tigers proclaimed as the biggest in program history." 

High School Football

Rock Bridge and Hickman each moved to 3-0 on Friday night. The Bruins defeated Har-Ber High School 27-16 in a comeback victory at home. The game came after the news that Rock Bridge Senior defensive linemen A.J. Logan had orally committed to the Missouri Tigers.

The Kewpies defeated Smith-Cotton 56-7 on Friday night. Despite the success, Hickman was quick to point out ways to improve. "We weren't playing as hard as we need to play," head coach Arnel Monroe said after the game. The team plans to not let up.

Columbia College Soccer

The Columbia College Men's and Women's soccer teams each had their first home games on Saturday. The women's team defeated Mount Mercy 2-0 off the back of Amanda Caldwell's 32-minute goal and Taylor Goddard's second-half strike. 

The men improved to 3-0-1 after a 6-2 victory over Mount Mercy. The Cougars had fallen behind 2-0 early in the first half but stormed back to score six unanswered goals. Two of the goals scored came off the foot of defender Nikola Velickovic.  


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