Kicker Morgan has up-and-down game

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan personified the up-and-down first half for the Bulldogs in Saturday’s 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 — and Georgia — 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’s 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’s 52-yard field goal earlier in the half — 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.

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