What started as a defensive grudge match finished with a lopsided final score, as Georgia defeated Missouri Saturday night 41-20 behind a dominating defensive effort. Jarvis Jones had a monster game for the Bulldogs, while Marcus Lucas stood out for the Tigers on offense.
Jones, the All-American junior outside linebacker for the Bulldogs, frustrated the Tigers all night. With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the 2011-2012 Butkus Award finalist intercepted quarterback James Franklin at the Missouri 22 yard line, leading to a quick score. In Missouri's next offensive series, Jones showcased his pass rushing abilities by blowing by the left tackle and forcing a fumble on an unaware Franklin. Jones had 8 tackles (5 solo), a sack, a forced fumble and an interception for a Georgia defense missing four starters. He is considered to be one of the best defensive NFL prospects in the country, and this game only helped his stock.
Perhaps Missouri's biggest play of the night came from junior wide receiver Marcus Lucas. In a first half dominated by defense, Lucas got the fireworks going with the game's first touchdown. With 1:31 remaining in the first half, Lucas caught a 14-yard pass over the middle at the Georgia 27-yard line and did the rest on his own to gives the Tigers a short lived 10-3 lead. Check it out below:
Lucas also lead the Tigers with six receptions and 88 yards receiving. The 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Liberty, Missouri currently leads all Tiger receivers with nine catches for 118 yards for the season.