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Dawgs Rally Late As Eason And McKenzie Team Up For A Georgia Win Over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jacob Eason threw a 20-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie with 1:29 remaining Saturday night, rallying No. 16 Georgia to a 28-27 victory against Missouri.

On the next play after the Eason touchdown pass, Missouri wide receiver J'Mon Moore caught a 18-yard pass but fumbled at the Tigers' 48-yard line, and Juwuan Briscoe recovered for the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 in the SEC).

That was the fourth second-half turnover for Missouri (1-2, 0-1).

Drew Lock threw three touchdown passes, including a 6-yarder to J'Mon Moore early in the third quarter that appeared to be the game winner for Missouri until Eason's dramatic TD pass.

Cam Hilton's interception of Eason with 13:59 remaining in the third period gave the Tigers a first-and-goal at the Georgia 6. On the next play, Lock hit Moore on a slant in the end zone. Moore finished with eight receptions for 196 yards and two TDs.

Missouri was gunning for its first victory against a Top 25 opponent since defeating then 25th-ranked Minnesota 33-17 on Jan. 1, 2015 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Georgia struggled in the kicking game when William Ham missed 23- and 38-yard field goals -- each wide left -- in the second half after interceptions of Lock, but found a way to win, driving 80 yards in 10 plays for the winning TD.

Eason and Lock staged a passing clinic during the first half, which ended with Georgia clinging to a 21-20 lead.

Eason completed 18 of 28 opening-half passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns while Lock was 19 of 29 for 322 yards and two TDs, including a 79-yarder to Moore that gave Missouri a 20-14 lead with 6:30 remaining in the second quarter.

But the Bulldogs countered with a five-play, 74-yard drive to take the 21-20 halftime lead. Eason capped that drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie with 1:43 left in the second quarter.

McKenzie scored on a 6-yard run after Missouri raced to a quick 10-0 lead, including Lock's 15-yard touchdown pass to Jason Reese. Tucker McCann kicked field goals of 33 and 46 yards for the Tigers.

Eason's 2-yard, second-quarter touchdown pass to Christian Payne gave Georgia a brief 14-10 advantage before Missouri scored the game's next 10 points.

Missouri's 40 first-half plays produced 343 yards, and Georgia ran 47 opening-half plays for 250 yards. Georgia's 6-for-9 on third-down conversions helped the Bulldogs possess the ball for 18:59 during the first 30 minutes.

NOTES: Since joining the SEC in 2012, Missouri entered Saturday night's game 2-2 in conference openers, including a 21-13 loss last season at Kentucky. ... When the Tigers scored 61 points in a Sept. 10 victory against Eastern Michigan, it was more points than Missouri had scored in its previous six games combined. ... When Drew Lock passed for 450 yards against Eastern Michigan, it was the third-highest total in school history. ... Beginning with the 1992 season, Georgia opened SEC play against South Carolina every year except 2012, 2015 and Saturday night. ... Before closing with three consecutive home games in Athens, the Bulldogs play six of their first nine on the road or at a neutral site. ... Entering Saturday's game, Georgia was 4-1 all-time against Missouri, including a 1960 Orange Bowl victory.

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