Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan personified the up-and-down first half for the Bulldogs in Saturday‚Äôs matchup with Missouri.
Morgan put the first points on the board for Georgia, tying the game 3-3 with a 52-yard field goal, but it was a missed extra point attempt near the end of the half that left the young kicker ‚Äî and Georgia ‚Äî disappointed.
After Missouri took a 10-3 lead with 1:31 remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs drove 71 yards in five plays for a touchdown. Morgan‚Äôs attempt at the extra point sailed wide-right, and the Tigers escaped the half with a 10-9 lead. The miss was the first missed extra point for a Georgia kicker since Blair Walsh against Kentucky in 2010.
The missed extra point may have overshadowed Morgan‚Äôs 52-yard field goal earlier in the half ‚Äî a record-long for the freshman in just the third attempt of his young career. The kick was also the longest on the road for a Georgia kicker since Walsh booted a 53-yarder against Oklahoma State in 2009.
Morgan, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native, added another field goal from 41 yards out in the second half Saturday to give the Bulldogs a 27-20 lead and improve to 3-for-4 for the year.