Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – No Todd Gurley, no problem.
Georgia went to Missouri without its Heisman Trophy candidate, but a stout
defensive effort and a 143-yard rushing performance from freshman Nick Chubb
lifted the 13th-ranked Bulldogs to a dominating 34-0 victory over the 23rd-
ranked Tigers in an SEC East showdown on Saturday at Faurot Field.
Gurley was suspended by the school earlier this week while an investigation
into possible extra benefits is conducted. The running back reportedly was
paid for signing items and memorabilia.
Chubb ran the ball 38 times to lead a Georgia ground attack that racked up 210
yards. Brendan Douglas rushed for a score, as did quarterback Hutson Mason,
who also threw for 156 yards with a touchdown on an efficient 22-of-28 passing
for the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC), who have won four in a row since a 38-35 loss
at South Carolina.
The Georgia defense intercepted Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk four times,
twice by Quincy Mauger, and also forced him to fumble. Mauk finished the
contest just 9-of-21 passing for 97 yards.
Missouri (4-2, 1-1), coming off a bye after a 21-20 win at South Carolina,
managed just 147 total yards and only 10 first downs. The Tigers had a stark
differential in time of possession, holding the ball for just over 17 1/2
minutes, while Georgia controlled it for nearly 42 1/2 minutes.