Missouri beats Tennessee, puts Bulldogs’ fans hopes on hold

Josh Dobbs tried to rally Tennessee Saturday night, but Missouri held on for the win. (AP photo)

Josh Dobbs tried to rally Tennessee Saturday night, but Missouri held on for the win. (AP photo)

Georgia fans will have to wait another week.

They were crossing their fingers and praying that Tennessee would have defeated Missouri on Saturday night, but will now have to call the Hogs.

Instead, Missouri knocked off the Volunteers 29-21, leaving Arkansas as the Bulldogs’ only hope to reach the SEC Championship game.

Missouri (9-2, 6-1 in the SEC) can wrap up its second straight SEC East crown and trip to the conference title game with a win over the Razorbacks (2:30 p.m. Friday), but an Arkansas victory would send the Bulldogs to Atlanta.

Bulldogs fans were hopeful Missouri would lose one of their final three SEC games, but the Tigers have won the first two. They defeated Texas A&M on Nov. 15 and then stretched their road win streak to 10 consecutive games by knocking off the Vols on Saturday.

Missouri has won five straight games.

If there’s hope for Georgia, the Tigers have lost their only two games at home,  to Indiana on Sept. 20 and to the Bulldogs on Oct. 11.

Tennessee was close until Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt, which is Missouri’s longest play all year.

He then threw a TD pass to Bud Sasser, which put the game out of reach and delayed Georgia’s hopes.


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