Mizzou beats battered UGA

Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham pulls in a catch over Georgia safety Quincy Mauger.

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Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham pulls in a catch over Georgia safety Quincy Mauger.

ATHENS, Ga. — Gary Pinkel said No. 25 Missouri won more than a second straight SEC road game Saturday when it upset No. 7 Georgia.

"I just think we earned a little more respect," Pinkel said. "The respect level just went up a couple notches."

Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia's comeback attempt to beat the shorthanded Bulldogs 41-26.

But the win came at a steep price: Pinkel said Franklin separated his right shoulder; ESPN reported that the senior is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Freshman Maty Mauk, who replaced Franklin in the fourth quarter, could start when Mizzou hosts No. 17 Florida this week.

Missouri led by 18 in the first half before Georgia cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns, despite losing Franklin.

Missouri's first road win over a top-10 team since 1981 helped continue a recovery from a 5-7 season in 2012, the Tigers' first in the SEC. The Tigers have 38 or more points in each of their six wins.

"There is no question that one of the goals for this team is to get back to Missouri's winning ways," Pinkel said. "It is a big deal to them. … They want to get back to competing for championships."

The Tigers ended Georgia's streak of 15 straight home wins.

After Franklin was taken to the locker room, Mauk threw a lateral to Sasser, who stopped and tossed a high, deep pass to the end zone for Washington. Washington, who outfought cornerback Damian Swann for the catch, had 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Aaron Murray, a former Plant High star, threw two interceptions and lost one of Georgia's two fumbles.

Georgia almost filled a bench on its sideline with injured players who wore their red game jerseys over black warmup pants. Among them was star tailback Todd Gurley (ankle).

Gamecocks dominate

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Even Steve Spurrier felt badly about ruining Arkansas' homecoming fun — at least a little bit.

But the South Carolina coach wasn't about to complain about a complete-game effort in a 52-7 win over the Razorbacks.

Led by Connor Shaw's four touchdowns, the No. 14 Gamecocks won their fourth straight after a Sept. 7 loss to Georgia. They scored the final 52 points and didn't let a big lead slip away for a fourth straight week.

"I do feel badly for Arkansas," Spurrier said. "It's no fun getting your butt beat like this, at home on homecoming and all that."

All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned for South Carolina after missing a game. He had just one tackle.

No. 1 'Bama 48, Kentucky 7: T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns and the visiting Crimson Tide brushed off a few early mistakes to blow out the Wildcats.

After a scoreless first quarter thanks to fumbles by running backs and dropped passes in Kentucky territory, Alabama scored on its final eight drives and outgained Kentucky 668-170.

AJ McCarron shook off the handful of drops to throw for a career-high 359 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Kevin Norwood.

Yeldon scored from 24 and 3 yards and finished with 124 on 16 carries; Drake added 106 yards and a pair of 1-yard TDs on 14 attempts. Alabama's defense rang up four sacks, though it did allow its first TD in four games.

Auburn 62, W. Carolina 3: The host Tigers broke the school record with 712 total yards, including 201 passing by freshman Jeremy Johnson in his debut, in a rout of the Division I-AA Catamounts. Johnson, who threw for four touchdowns, was announced as the starter Friday night with Nick Marshall (knee injury) out.

Miss. St. 21, Bowling Green 20: Dak Prescott rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the host Bulldogs, who held on late. After MSU failed on fourth and 1, Bowling Green had the ball with 4:21 left but couldn't get inside field goal range.

Manziel returns: Defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who left No. 9 Texas A&M's late game at Mississippi with an apparent injury, returned to the game later. See tampabay.com/sports for the game result.

Mizzou beats battered UGA 10/12/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 12:20am]

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