UPDATED: On historic night in Missouri, Jarvis Jones makes history for Georgia

COLUMBIA, MO. – On a historic night for the Missouri Tigers, Jarvis Jones made history for the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs’ decorated outside linebacker stepped up and intercepted the first pass of his collegiate career midway through the fourth quarter of what had been a see-saw game. Jones returned it 21 yards to the Missouri 1, only an official’s review of his dive and stretch keeping him out of the end zone.

No matter. Freshman Todd Gurley was more than happy to take a hand-off at right guard and slam the ball in the end zone, “Old Man Football” style. That gave the Bulldogs a 34-20 lead and provided an exclamation point on what would end up being a 41-20 Georgia victory.

“I actually thought it was a touchdown; they didn’t give it to me,” said Jones, mocking anger. “But you have to take what you can get and we came out of here with a big win. A lot of people thought we were going to come in here and get upset.”

If there was any doubt, Jones would erase it a minute later. His sack of James Franklin caused a fumble, which Jordan Jenkins recovered at the Missouri 5. Georgia’s Ken Malcome dotted the I-formation and ran the ball right up the gut from six yards out to set the final margin with 5:16 to play.

At the end of that flurry, Georgia had scored 24 unanswered points to seize the game in the second half. When the outcome was no longer in doubt, the Bulldogs’ boisterous contingent began chanting “Old Man Football” as the clock ticked down on this historic night. It was their retort for Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who infamously used that phrase to mock the Bulldogs and their boring style of football.

“We were not trying to send a message,” Georgia coach Mark Richt insisted. “We were trying to win an SEC game.”

The Bulldogs were, however, bent on not letting Missouri send a message.

“We didn’t want them to make a statement on us,” sophomore cornerback Malcolm Mitchell said. “Missouri’s a great team, but we knew they were going to try to build their reputation off beating Georgia and we weren’t going to let that happen.”

Georgia’s late-in-coming domination spoiled what Missouri fans were calling the most anticipated game in their program’s history. The Tigers hadn’t played in a conference other than the Big 12 – or its previous incarnations of the Big Six and Big Eight – since 1907. But they and Texas A&M joined the SEC after last season, and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was on hand for the coin toss of both games.

“It was real treat for me,” Slive said in the Faurot Field press box at halftime. “In both stadiums, you could just feel the energy, you could feel the euphoria, you could feel the pride and how excited everybody is. These are the third and fourth teams we’ve added to the league in 80 years. So it’s a historic day, and everybody wants to be a part of that history.”

It was a consummate team effort by Georgia. The Bulldogs gave up 371 yards, but only 91 in the fourth quarter. Aaron Murray was off-target early, but finished strong with 3 touchdowns and 242 yards on 22-of-35 passing. Georgia had a few drops, but Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett made 8 catches each, with Brown’s going for 106 yards and a pair of TDs.

Gurley wasn’t the beast he was in the opener with 65 yards rushing, but he combined with Malcome and Keith Marshall for 130 yards, and used a late 44-yard run to get the Dogs out of a hole.

“I’m proud of the boys and the job they did,” Richt said. “Two things we talk a lot about at Georgia, ‘G.A.T.A.,’ or getting after it, and finishing the drill. I thought the guys did a good job of that.”

The game turned in Georgia’s favor on what will go down as a coaching mistake by Missouri’s Gary Pinkel.

The Bulldogs had taken their first lead of the game, 24-20, on an 11-yard pass from Murray to Brown with 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter. On its ensuing possession, Missouri faced fourth-and-11 at its own 35. Pinkel got impatient and called for a fake punt. But it was sniffed out by Georgia senior Richard Samuel, who tackled punter Trey Brown after a three-yard gain.

The Bulldogs took over at the Missouri 38 and could only advance the ball 13 yards. But that was all freshman Marshall Morgan needed to convert  a 41-yard field goal attempt to increase Georgia’s advantage to 27-20 with 7:33 to play. Marshall had made a career-best 52-yarder earlier in the game.

“I have been doing this a long time and a coach never calls something that he thinks will not work,” Pinkel said. “When they work, they are good calls and when they don’t they are bad calls and I will take responsibility.”

Said Richt: “Richard Samuel’s stop on the fake punt might have been the biggest play in the game. I know it was the one that made me the happiest.”

Playing in its rarely-used gold jerseys, the Tigers got off to an ideal start in the second half. Leading 10-9 at halftime, the Tigers had to kick off to Georgia. But the mistake-prone Bulldogs continued their bumbling ways and had to punt away after a net gain of zero.

Missouri made quick work of its good fortune. On third-and-eight at its own 32, Franklin hit L’Damian Washington over the middle on a post route in which he beat Devin Bowman to the middle without any safety help. That gave the Tigers a 17-9 lead just 3:12 into the second half.

Georgia responded with an “old man-style” offensive drive. The Bulldogs went 75 yards in 12 plays and converting on third down four times, including five yards on a touchdown pass to Tavarres King from Murray. Because Morgan missed an extra point in the first half, the Bulldogs went for two and converted on a pass to Bennett. The game was tied at 17 halfway through the third quarter.

Missouri answered with a long drive of its own. But Georgia’s defense bowed at the 7-yard line. That’s where they stopped T.J. Moe on a third-down pass. The Tigers settled for a 25-yard field goal and a 20-17 lead with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Georgia took its first lead of the game on the ensuing possession. The Bulldogs zipped down the field, covering 73 yards in five plays, including a 40-yard reception by Brown. A 23-yard catch by Bennett was followed by and brave grab by Brown over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown. After the PAT, Georgia lead 24-20.

Both teams seemed to start the game a little tight. Missouri bobbled a couple of snaps and gave up a sack to lose 23 yards on its first possession.

Georgia did similarly. After taking over at the Missouri 37, the Bulldogs lost 12 yards in three plays, including eight on a sack of Murray given up by gimpy right tackle John Theus.

Theus got off to a rough start. Starting despite an ankle injury that kept him out of practice most of the week, Theus was called for a false start on Georgia’s second series. It basically resulted in a 40-yard penalty because it nullified a long first-down completion deep in Missouri territory.

The teams finally settled down after that and started to play some offense. Missouri used 10 plays to get down to the Georgia 8 before James Franklin and Kendial Lawrence fumbled an exchange. The ball was kicked around for 20 yards before Georgia’s Amarlo Herrera finally recovered at the 28.

The Bulldogs gave the ball right back. On first down, Missouri linebacker Donovan Bonner was not fooled on a play-action fake and intercepted Murray’s pass for Marlon Brown on a quick slant. He returned it to the Georgia 25.

Georgia’s defense stiffened and Malcolm Mitchell batted away a pass on third and five at the 20. The Tigers had to settle for a 37-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with 12:03 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs blew an opportunity to answer on their ensuing possession. Murray hit Michael Bennett in the hands inside the Missouri on what would have been a first-down pass. Then, on third-and-five, Bennett was called for a false start, which nullified a first-down run by Gurley. Georgia lost five more yards on third and long and had to punt.

The Bulldogs would finally get on the board on their next possession. It came after the officials on the field ruled Franklin had fumbled when Jarvis Jones grabbed his arm on a pass play. The call was overturned via replay, but Missouri still had to punt and Georgia took over at the 41, about 10 yards further away than it would have been.

The Bulldogs managed just six yards. But that was enough for freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan, who boomed through a career long 52-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-all with 5:52 remaining in the first half.

The game cranked up considerably in the last two minutes.

Taking over at their own 37 with 2:02 left in the first half, the Tigers needed just three plays to score. Franklin hit Marcus Lucas with a 41-yard touchdown over the middle. The PAT with 1:31 to go put Missouri ahead 10-3.

Turns out that was plenty time for Georgia to answer. The Bulldogs went 71 yards in five plays, scoring on a 2-yard pass to  Brown. King had set up the Bulldogs with a 34-yard reception. But Morgan missed the point-after kick wide right and Georgia trailed 10-9 at halftime.

“I feel like after that first touchdown, everybody just calmed down, settled down,” Brown said. “We thought, ‘OK, it’s going to be a four-quarter game. We started playing well and, on the defensive side [for Missouri], they started looking kind of sluggish, not moving around so much like in the first quarter when they were all hyped up. We kept grinding and grinding, and I think we just wore them out.”

194 comments Add your comment

d

September 8th, 2012
11:53 pm

d

September 8th, 2012
11:57 pm

Jones is amazing! Good job Dawgs. Too many false starts, fumbles, and dropped passes, but our depth and talent proved to be too much. Not bad for some old man football.

norris

September 8th, 2012
11:57 pm

Old Man Football! Go Dawgs!!!

North Alabama Dawg

September 9th, 2012
12:00 am

Jarvis Jones is an absolute Beast. Wonder if Kiffin ever stays awake at night rethinking his position on J J. Thanks Lane

Kevin

September 9th, 2012
12:00 am

Mizzou – What happened???? You’re not used to playing 4 strong quarters. You better get used to it.

UNION CITY DAWG

September 9th, 2012
12:01 am

OLD MAN FOOTBALL HUH? LOL…. GO DAWGS!!!!! 41 TO 20. JARVIS JONES IS A BEAST!!!!!!!

lol

September 9th, 2012
12:03 am

I still want Mark Richt fire!

bob

September 9th, 2012
12:03 am

Jarvis Jones…maybe one of the best games I have ever seen one individual play on the defensive side of the ball.

steven

September 9th, 2012
12:11 am

GO DAWGS NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE RED AND AND BLACK WE ALWAYS MAKE A COMEBACK!

Miami Dawg

September 9th, 2012
12:14 am

CMR failed again to get his team ready to play from the beginning. Is he worth $3 million?

SCDawg

September 9th, 2012
12:14 am

As good as this D looked tonight, just imagine when we are back to full strength…they will dominate.

Miami Dawg

September 9th, 2012
12:16 am

With talent like we have we shouldn’t need to make a come back. Should dominate from the beginning. Poor coaching will cause us to lose games just like last year.

GA DAWG

September 9th, 2012
12:19 am

Just think he took the whole 3rd qtr off! lol Thank God they let him rest up alil bit, cause he had a monster 4th Qtr! Go DAWGS!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!! I’ll be BETWEEN the HEGDES next weekend!

Just Asking?

September 9th, 2012
12:29 am

Doesn’t anyone else think that it was an UGLY game? I was expecting Mizzou to win until we put it away in the 4th.

gainesvilleredelephantneck

September 9th, 2012
12:33 am

Gurley is burley. Let the big dog eat! Jarvis = unstoppable. Murray needs some work. Looked pretty darn sloppy at times. Huge win. Old man football. Wonder what munson would have done with that….

Uncle Kirk

September 9th, 2012
12:33 am

Shut up Miami jackass…it is getting old and you are a loser

fire bobo

September 9th, 2012
12:34 am

Wonderful win. Glad we pulled it out. Glad Richt told Bobo to go have a beer somewhere halfway through the third. Big win, and we did it on the road. We ain’t Bama so be happy with the win. Well done CMR

StopTheNonsense

September 9th, 2012
12:39 am

Miami Dawg stop being negative its early in the season no team has played a perfect game of football yet. Every team has things they need to work on so shut up about Mark Richt! He is a better coach than any of you basement dwellers could be!

simply hooligan

September 9th, 2012
12:41 am

If anyone needs to go, it is Bobo. His offense looke lethargic at times. Too wlling to abandon the run. Otherwise, great win Dawgs! GATA!

ATLNTA

September 9th, 2012
12:41 am

Great win,congrats DAWGS next game please

SatillaDawg

September 9th, 2012
12:43 am

Jarvis Jones for President!

Great game Dawgs. You had me worried for awhile, but by the end, it looked like good old Smash Mouth Football….aka “Old Man Football!”

Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou, boo, hoo. Next time you spout off, be sure to be ready to back it up.

Go DAWGS! Sic ‘Em! Woof, Woof, Woof!

TossSweep

September 9th, 2012
12:45 am

With a little over a minute left in the first half, Mizzou went for a touchdown. If Bobo was in the same position, do anyone think he would have enough gonads to go for a touchdown? Based on past history, he would have ran the ball and go into half time. I think Mizzou’s coaching staff is better than Georgia’s. Georgia won because of more talent tonight, not coaching.

TossSweep

September 9th, 2012
12:49 am

Jarvis Jones saved the jobs of UGA coaches tonight. Bobo really needs to go.

GB's Hamburgers

September 9th, 2012
12:51 am

Some of our superior athletes took matters in their own hands. We win a lot of games that way. As a team, the effort was full of mistakes and penalties and didn’t even resemble the smooth first game Bama played. I believe we could have run it but we wouldn’t stick to it to wear them down.

Russell Hall

September 9th, 2012
1:08 am

Old men rule!

Left Coast Dawg

September 9th, 2012
1:13 am

@miami dawg – STFU, please!

Left Coast Dawg

September 9th, 2012
1:15 am

@TossSweep – please do the same as referenced to miami dawg.

Eric

September 9th, 2012
1:25 am

41-20 and that’s without 2 of your best players on the defensive side, # 9 should be back next week then you won’t be able to key in on Jarvis Jones. Florida and Auburn look terrible, Carolina and Tennessee should be the only tests left for the Dogs.

Pj

September 9th, 2012
1:28 am

43 points per game so far. Bobo needs to go is silly until we throw up 10 points and lose – fire richt? Yeah maybe not after a three touchdown win over a quality opponent under extreme circumstances.
Haters – I suppose the only 2 possibilities are: you are drinking and wanna get a rise out of other drunk uga supporters to make a fight – OR – you believe the vitriol you spew – which puts you in the company of many who end up arrested wearing face paint and pink hair.

MAJ DAWG

September 9th, 2012
1:31 am

Live from Bagram, Afghanistan, awesome win, despite some challenges! Great teams always find a win. As far as coaching…terrific courage and leadership in not allowing “stars” to hold the team hostage b/c of their off-field conduct! What a great example for UGA to the SEC Boss at the game!

Las Vegas Dawg Fan

September 9th, 2012
1:33 am

Good to see the Dawgs fighting to win the game but not what I want to see. Jarvis is a machine and Jenkins was a beast pushing the line around. It appeared as though we still had issues maintaining gaps and containing the ends on the runs. We know the secondary should get better when everyone returns from suspensions. The plus is that we are getting good experience to add depth as the season progresses to the defense. The offensive line has played rather well and props to Theus giving it everything he has a freshman with a bum ankle starting his 2nd game in the SEC. I am still concerned as others are about Murry not settling down in big games and trying to be the man which caused the interception when he could have thrown it out or hit the turf willingly. Having possession with a short loss versus the turnover is always a win in that situation. The dropped passes by Bennett are unacceptable, one is ok but not 3 when they are all key parts of a drive or a potential TD. The run game is progressing very well and the group looks very good with our line, my only thought here is that I would have liked to have seen Richard Samuel pound the ball for the last 7-8 minutes. He is a workhorse and this is what he does best especially if we are going to play conservative Bobo ball.

Another thought I have is why we never see Georgia dominate a game from all aspects like an Alabama or LSU. Many have said similar comments that we recruit the same kids, practice the same amount, lift the same amount of time ie…what is aloud by the NCAA but our kids do not look or play as physical on the field. A perfect example is the SEC Championship against LSU, MIch St. or the start of this year.

Not sure exactly what needs to change but a piece or two of the puzzle is still missing. I have loved the Georgia Dawgs for 35+ years and pray we continue to make progress and start to lead by example.

Triple Shot of JJ

September 9th, 2012
1:39 am

Jarvis Jones – sacks, interception, 8 tackles, dominating All American;
John Jenkins – many tackles for a loss, future 1st round draft pick;
Jordan Jenkins – fumble recovery, 5 star Freshman.
If the Dawgs need Defense, all we need to do is order a Triple Shot of JJ !!!

bamadawg

September 9th, 2012
1:47 am

PJ , perfect

Pj

September 9th, 2012
1:49 am

Anyone who complains after a 21 point victory in the SEC opener against the most excited crowd and most versatile qb and best coach in Missouri history can – to quote Jack – shampoo my crotch. If you complain about what happened tonight, then you are a loser at life.
To quote herm edwards: “you play to win the game”
We won big. Anyone who would call for coaching changes or try to break the game down like they know more than the highly trained coaches – is the same guy I want keeping my trash picked up every Thursday morning.
In otherwards – stfu

bamadawg

September 9th, 2012
1:53 am

I just read a blog that was a “little bit of a “negative” L V Dawg get real, we played with about 38% of our defense. GO DAWGS GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake

September 9th, 2012
1:55 am

Sick of all the hating! This was a great win and it’s GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!

WCM87

September 9th, 2012
2:55 am

How bout them dawgs!!

Jarvis Jones and Todd “the Gurley-Man” Gurley, DAMN GOOD DAWGS

Dmac17

September 9th, 2012
3:31 am

Hey Chip, Jordan Jenkins picked up the fumble caused by Jarvis Jones. Not Damian Swann although I bet he would have loved to get that one.

Lowcountry Brave

September 9th, 2012
3:36 am

Great second half! Go Dawgs!

Chip, please check your use of the word ‘historical’. You got it right in the headline and screwed it up in the first sentence.

TossSweep

September 9th, 2012
3:57 am

Some of you are so blind. There are four quarters in football and the offense only played the last one. They couldn’t school a touchdown the entire length of the field most of the night. They were spotted good field position by the defense. To give credit to Bobo the 41 points and say there’s nothing wrong with the offense is a one-eyed Johnson. Defense saved the offense yet again. Mizzou was even more undermanned than Georgia yet they kept the game close ’til the end. We’ll se if the same people praising Richt anf Bobo feel the same way by the end of the season.

TossSweep

September 9th, 2012
3:59 am

….score a touchdown

#chickenlittle

September 9th, 2012
4:19 am

Lol at the negative nancies

Get a friggin clue

GREAT WIN DAWGS!

drbasic1

September 9th, 2012
4:20 am

@toss sweep

you sir, are a moron!

and I am not to blind to see that!!

collegedude

September 9th, 2012
4:29 am

“The Bulldogs gave up 371 yards, but only 91 in the fourth quarter.”

371 yards is an average of 92.75 yards given up per quarter, so why even bother making this statement? You’re just saying the D gave up as much in the 4th as they did every other quarter on average.

Columbus

September 9th, 2012
4:42 am

Haters show how little they know about UGA football and should not be taken seriously because they dont know jack.. GREAT HUGE win tonight. JUST WIN BABY! Dawgs did!

“was sniffed out by Georgia senior Richard Samuel” Just like a good Dawg ! And Samuels is one of the best ever….GREAT job Richard…Great job!

Teams only going to get better and better. See you in the SEC championship game and with our defense. we can compete and beat anybody. Thats right. Anybody. Because by then, our defense might be shutting everybody out! Bring it ON! GATA!

Bama Fan#2

September 9th, 2012
4:44 am

Jarvis Jones is the best linebacker in the SEC!!!
Good victory for the dawgs and when the other 4 players comes
back from the boys being boys problem WATCH OUT SEC East!!

TossSweep

September 9th, 2012
5:05 am

Moron for telling the truth as it is? You people are in denial about the Offensive coaching staff. Georgia getting pushed around by a bunch of undersized and undermanned white guys for three quarters and you all gloat about this win. Behind that W are some major weaknesses that will be exposed by a much better team down the road. The same one-eyed Johnsons will be asking for coaches heads once that L is on Georgia’s record.

Old Boy

September 9th, 2012
5:29 am

Georgia had better depth, but Missouri was winning up until fatigue took over. I am really hoping that Murray is able to find his groove early in games down the stretch, because SC is not going to get as winded early.

The AlphaDawg

September 9th, 2012
5:31 am

Good win for the Dawg Nation . I still want CMR to show more fire

Larry

September 9th, 2012
5:46 am

Wow! The ‘Dawgs are definitely the powerhouse that their top-10 ranking implies! Too much for us! When you have all your D back, you’ll really be something!

Congratulations, and I hope Tiger fans in Columbia were gracious in defeat and tipped their caps to victorious and celebrating Georgia fans there.