ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri nearly let an 18-point halftime lead slip away in the second half against Georgia, but a pass from wide receiver Bud Sasser to L'Damian Washington was enough to hold off Georgia in the 41-26 win.
The Tigers overcame the loss of quarterback James Franklin (shoulder) and cornerback E.J. Gaines (quad), both of whom left the game with injuries.
After a dominant first half for Missouri, Georgia clawed its way back into the game, pulling within two points. That's when Franklin left the game with an injury, and Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson was forced to get creative on offense.
The 49-yard wide receiver pass from Sasser to Washington gave the Tigers an eight-point lead, but a missed extra point from Andrew Baggett gave Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs a chance late in the game.
With just over four minutes to play in the game, Murray was intercepted by Randy Ponder, which proved to be the decisive play.
The win improves Missouri's record to 6-0, including 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Missouri is in first place in the SEC East with Florida coming to town next week.