COLUMBIA, Mo. ‚Äî Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown finally feels good.
After missing the Georgia‚Äôs season opener against Buffalo with a strained hamstring, Brown returned with a big performance in the Bulldogs‚Äô 41-20 victory over Missouri Saturday night.
‚ÄúIt feels wonderful,‚Äù said Brown after the win. ‚ÄúIt feels real good to be healthy. It definitely feels good to be making plays.‚Äù
The senior was on the receiving end of Georgia‚Äôs only touchdown in the first half, a two-yard pass from junior quarterback Aaron Murray in the final minute of the second quarter. For the half, Brown finished with 47 yards on four catches ‚Äî tying his career-best set against Vanderbilt in 2011.
‚ÄúWe could pass the ball,‚Äù said Brown. ‚ÄúIn the second quarter, we figured it out. I don‚Äôt know what happened, but we just started clicking more. (Murray) threw the ball in the air. He trusted me and I made a play for him.‚Äù
In the second half, Brown and Murray continued to click.
‚ÄúWe went into the locker room, refocused, went out there and made plays,‚Äù Brown said.
Brown caught a four-yard pass on the first play of the third quarter and was instrumental on Georgia‚Äôs drive to take the lead later in the quarter. The Memphis, Tenn., native had two catches for 44 yards on Georgia‚Äôs final series in the quarter and capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception to give Georgia a 24-20 lead that the Bulldogs never relinquished.
‚ÄúJust keep grinding,‚Äù Brown said of the team‚Äôs attitude when trailing the Tigers 20-17. ‚ÄúJust keep grinding it out. Just keep being tough and things will fall into place. That‚Äôs what happened tonight. Things fell in place.‚Äù
Brown finished with eight catches for 106 yards and the two touchdowns.