Drew Lock fires a pass down field

Missouri’s Drew Lock fires a pass downfield during the first half of Saturday’s game against No. 4 Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Lock completed two 63-yard touchdown passes to Emanuel Hall during the first half.

ATHENS, Ga. — Missouri’s wide receivers are “speed guys,” junior Emanuel Hall said.

He showed that Saturday during the Tigers’ 53-28 loss to No. 4 Georgia.

Hall sprinted down the field for a 63-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and again in the second for another 63-yard touchdown. He gave credit to the Georgia defense for covering senior wide receiver J’Mon Moore well, which created space for his two scores.

Drew Lock’s rocket of an arm helped, too.

“When J’Mon is hot, it opens up me. When Damarea (Crockett) is hot, it opens up me. And then, when I’m doing well, it opens up other things,” Hall said.

With the two long passes and a 4-yard touchdown shovel pass to Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri put up more points against Georgia than any other team has this season. It only took the Tigers two quarters.

“I fully expected that,” Lock said. “Going into it, we were thinking that there wasn’t much difference in the defense than the year before, so that’s the mindset we attacked it with.”

The Tigers (1-5, 0-4 SEC) faded in the second half, but Lock’s comfort with the long ball against the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0) is something to build on.

“Without a doubt,” Lock said. “Being another year in the offense, feeling the defenses better, knowing when guys are getting over our receivers, I think that makes me a little more confident being able to throw it out there.”

But Lock’s long-ball strategy failed a few times. In the end, the Tigers’ offense wasn’t able to find the end zone enough to keep up with the Bulldogs. Georgia’s Dominic Sanders forced the only turnover of the night when Lock threw into triple coverage and was picked off in the second quarter.

Lock wasn’t able to complete a pass longer than his 27-yard touchdown to senior tight end Jason Reese during the second half.

“We’re not satisfied the least with scoring 28 points, even against that team and who they are in the public eye,” Lock said. “I’m not happy with how we played.”

Locker room is ‘where it needs to be’

Despite having only one win game this season, Odom said after the game he’s happy with the feel of the locker room. His quarterback agreed.

“I think we have a lot of guys stepping up that you might necessarily think would be stepping up vocally-wise,” Lock said. “I think one thing you can’t do is turn on each other, because if you start turning on each other now, the six games to go can go downhill really fast.”

Secondary struggles lead to Fromm’s career night

Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm knew Missouri’s weakness heading into Saturday night, and he didn’t shy away from taking advantage of it en route to a career night.

In his five previous games as Georgia’s starting quarterback, Fromm had never thrown for more than 230 yards. But, against Missouri’s spotty secondary, the freshman showed why he was a five-star recruit by throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns and running for a score as well.

The Tigers gave up passes of 28, 21, 30, 22 and 19 yards in the first quarter. Missed tackles resulted in a 35-yard touchdown run from wide receiver Mecole Hardman to open Georgia’s scoring and a 36-yard run from senior running back Sony Michel early in the second quarter.

Three different Georgia players hurdled a Missouri defensive back over the course of the game.

“Our man-to-man coverage wasn’t very good, and, in our zone concept, we didn’t get enough rush in time to be able to cover up all of the zones,” Odom said.

Ross ejected for targeting

Missouri redshirt junior linebacker Tavon Ross was ejected for targeting in the middle of the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Hardman, who was returning a kickoff.

The ejection marks the Tigers’ third targeting penalty of the year. Ross will sit out the first half of Missouri’s homecoming game against Idaho next week.

Injury report

Damarea Crockett went down in the third quarter after taking a hit near Missouri’s sideline. The sophomore tried to get up and walk off to the sideline but ended up sitting down and being helped off by the Missouri training staff.

Crockett did not return for the rest of the game and was seen with ice on his right shoulder.

Supervising editors are Brooks Holton, Ron Davis and Pete Bland.

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