Streaks are made to be broken, but for Georgia fans , losing to Mississippi State is a bad sign.
For the first time since 1974, Georgia lost to Mississippi State as turnovers continue to haunt the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf was able to manage the offense and make timely pass and run plays in a 17-point fourth quarter that helped the Bulldogs of Starkville make a breakthrough under second-year coach Dan Mullen.
Relf’s 97 rushing yards and Vick Ballard’s season-high 77 yards and two rushing touchdowns spearheaded Mississippi State’s rushing attack and propelled the Bulldogs to a 24-12 victory.
For Georgia Washun Ealey, he had a very uneventful night for the Bulldogs. The 5’11 sophomore had 36 yards on 10 carries, and caught two passes for 31 yards. However, Ealey’s fumble of a Aaron Murray touchdown pass on a third down and 9 yards to go in the first quarter cost Georgia seven points and kept the Bulldogs scoreless with Mississippi State still leading 7-0.
However, Ealey caught a Murray pass for 10 yards which led to a Georgia field goal to make the score 7-3.
Statistically, Murray had a nice night. He completed 18 of 31 passes for 274 yards.
Mississippi State’s defense was stout and made plays on third down to keep Georgia out of the endzone until the final minutes when Tavarres King caught a 40 yard pass from Murray to make the score, 24-12.
Mississippi State improves to 2 and 2 and picks up their first SEC win this year. Georgia drops to 1 and 3 and 0 and 3 in the SEC.
The road doesn’t get easier for the Bulldogs as they travel to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, October 2nd. Mississippi State will face Alcorn State next Saturday.