The Missouri Tigers hung with Georgia into the second quarter Saturday night before the Bulldogs rolled to a 53-28 win in Athens, Ga. (U. of Missouri) 

By Spencer Gleason

For one-and-a-halfquartersSaturday night, the Missouri Tigers went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. But after keeping pace for 23 minutes, the wheels began to come off for Missouri and they never recovered.

Down 24-21 in the second quarter, Tigers’ quarterback Drew Lock threw downfield into a trio of Bulldogs, as he tried to pinpoint the ball to wide receiver Johnathan Johnson, in a third-and-eight situation. But his throw sailed high and Georgia’s Dominick Sanders picked it off.

Just six plays later the Bulldogs found the end zone, as Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm put an exclamation mark on the 41-yard drive. He rushed the ball in four yards to put the Bulldogs on top, 31-24, starting a surge that sent Georgia to a 53-28 win in Athens, Ga.

It was the eighth time this season that one of Missouri’s 15 turnovers has turned into a touchdown for the opposition. The loss drops Missouri to 1-5 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. They have not won on the road against a SEC opponent since November 2014.

The 1-5 start is Missouri’s worst record after six games since 1992, when they were also 1-5.

On the flipside, Georgia sits at 7-0 for the first time since 2005. They won the SEC Championship that year.

The Tigers’ defense allowed 696 total yards – the most yards the Bulldogs have tallied all season, and extended their streak of giving up at least 31 points in every game this season.

Although the Bulldogs have two of the top running backs in the SEC in Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, Georgia gave the Tigers a steady dose of both the air and ground game. They tallied 326 yards passing and 370 yards rushing, with six different backs getting at least one carry.

Fromm finished the day 18-for-26 for 326 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. That interception, picked off by Missouri’s Cale Garrett, turned into the first points for the Tigers.

Lock flipped the ball to Albert Okwuegbunam on a shovel pass from four yards out, tying the game at seven apiece. The fast-paced Missouri offense tied the game again when Lock connected with Emanuel Hall for a 63-yard touchdown later in the first quarter, evening the score at 14.

Lock and Hall teammed up for another 63-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, tying the score at 21, before Georgia began to steadily pull away.

Those two explosive plays helped give the Tigers 173 passing yards in the first half. But minus those two 63-yard touchdowns, Missouri only had 47 passing yards in the first two quarters. They finished the game with 312 total yards – 253 of which came through the air and 59 yards on the ground.

Lock completed 15-of-25 attempts, including four touchdowns and throwing that lone interception.

The Tigers will return home to host the Idaho Vandals in a non-conference matchup next Saturday. Kickoff for their homecoming game is scheduled at 11 a.m.