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Tigers falter late in loss to Bulldogs

Tigers falter late in loss to Bulldogs

September 9th, 2012 in News

Missouri's Marcus Lucas races his way to an 81-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of Saturday night's game with Georgia in Columbia. (Sarah Hoffman/News Tribune photo)

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers had the Georgia Bulldogs right where they wanted them Saturday night.

Leading the Bulldogs 17-9 in the third quarter, Missouri appeared to moving in on a possible first victory in the Southeastern Conference.

Then the game snowballed.

A pair of turnovers led to two short touchdowns for Georgia, and a questionable fake punt call added up to a 41-20 Bulldog victory on Saturday night at Faurot Field.

"You can't make the kind of mistakes we made in games like that and survive," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "You're not going to win games like that against people like that and survive."

In a matter of minutes, the Tigers went from competing with the No. 7 team country to dealing with a three-touchdown deficit.