- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are three things we learned in Georgia's 41-26 loss to Missouri on Saturday:
Defense isn't good enough yet: To this point, Georgia had won four of its first five games simply because its explosive offense could outscore the opposition. Sure, the defense had made a couple of key plays to secure wins -- a late goal-line stand against South Carolina and a fourth-down stop against LSU, for instance -- but Todd Grantham's group had been a liability overall. Grantham's defense made stops here and there against Missouri's exceptional offense, and Georgia was even dominant during the third quarter, but the defense still wasn't good enough to win on a day where an offense missing multiple key players was not playing up to its usual high standard.
Offense isn't hopeless: We wouldn't argue if you were to contend that Saturday's outcome would have been different if Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had Todd Gurley and the numerous missing offensive pieces at his disposal. Despite their absence, Georgia still gained 454 yards of total offense against Missouri, including 242 total yards by freshman tailbacks J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas. Douglas had a key fumble inside the Missouri 10, but the Bulldogs' other three turnovers were by senior quarterback Aaron Murray. The missing personnel certainly affected Georgia's big-play ability and likely reduced Bobo's play-calling aggressiveness, but the turnovers and occasional mistakes by the offensive line were the difference in the outcome.
Team won't quit: Say what you will about Georgia's flaws -- and the injury-riddled team has plenty as it is currently constructed -- but you can't say the Bulldogs aren't resilient. They imploded in the second quarter and seemed to be on the verge of getting blown out by one of the best offensive teams in the SEC when Mizzou went up 28-10 in the second quarter. But the Bulldogs were a dropped two-point pass away from tying the score early in the fourth quarter. And they had another chance to tie it before Murray's interception with just over four minutes to play. Georgia battled through the nation's toughest schedule to win four of its first five games, but it ran out of fourth-quarter magic on Saturday. That's the danger in relying so heavily on one side of the ball to win games.
Here are three things we learned in Georgia's 41-26 loss to Missouri on Saturday:Defense isn't good enough yet: To this point, Georgia had won four of its first five games simply because its explosive offense could outscore the opposition.