Georgia Bulldogs: Injuries Hamper Championship Hopes

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The rash of injuries finally caught up with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, as the 25th-ranked Missouri Tigers pulled the upset, beating Georgia 41-26 between the hedges in Athens.

After losing running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, as well as wide receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett to injury, the Bulldogs simply did not have enough offensive weapons to help standout quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray had rallied Georgia past the LSU Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers over the past two games, but even this task was too big for the Heisman Trophy candidate.

The game appeared to be on its way to a blowout in the first half, when Missouri scored 14 points within 10 seconds to take a 28-10 lead, which was the halftime score. However, Murray brought Georgia back to within 28-26 early in the fourth quarter after throwing touchdown passes to Rantavious Wooten and Chris Conley. However, the Bulldogs would get no closer.

Georgia was setup to accomplish big things, especially after surviving a tough early-season schedule. The latter portion of the slate appeared to be very manageable for the Bulldogs, but injuries proved to be the undoing of Mark Richt’s team.

The Bulldogs are still very much alive in the SEC’s Eastern Division, but there must be players who step up to help Murray and the offense if Georgia is to make any kind of run in the second half of the season. If Gurley can return, which is expected, that would help Georgia quite a bit. But the injuries have probably already taken Georgia out of the running for the BCS.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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