Athens, GA, United States (4E Sports) – James Franklin tossed for 170 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score while L’Damian Washington had two touchdown catches to carry No. 25 Missouri to a 41-26 upset win over No. 7 Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
Franklin completed 18 of 27 passes before leaving the game in the fourth period with a shoulder injury while Washington matched his career-high in catches with seven grabs for 115 yards.
Wide receiver Brian Sasser also completed a crucial 40-yard touchdown pass to Washington in the fourth period while Marcus Murphy and Henry Josey each rushed for a touchdown for the Tigers.
With the victory, Missouri improved to a 6-0 record (2-0 SEC) for the third time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s 13 seasons with the Tigers. The 6-0 start to the 2013 season is the first for the Tigers since 2010.
For the first time since 1981, Missouri defeated a Top 10 team on the road. The Tigers won 14-3 at No. 9 Mississippi State on Oct. 3 of that season.
Aaron Murray hit 25 of 45 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns but he was picked twice as the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1 SEC) saw their four-game winning run come to an end.
Rantavious Wooten caught four passes for 83 yards and a score while Chris Conley and Brendan Douglas received the other two touchdown heaves from Murray. JJ Green led the Bulldogs’ rushing corps with 87 yards on 12 carries.
Murphy’s 36-yard touchdown run and Michael Sam’s 28-yard fumble return put the Tigers ahead by 28-10 at the break.
The Bulldogs came back to life behind Marshall Morgan’s 28-yard field goal and two touchdown passes by Murray to Wooten and Conley, cutting the deficit to 28-26.
However, the Tigers completed a trick play with Sasser throwing the ball to Washington for a 40-yard score and a 34-26 advantage.
The Bulldogs had a chance to close the gap Murray’s pass was picked by Randy Ponder, which eventually led to Josey’s touchdown rush.