Brilliant fourth quarter by Daijun Edwards ‘was the difference in the game’ for Georgia football

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Georgia Bulldogs running back Daijun Edwards (30) runs for yards runs against Missouri Tigers defensive back Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (2) during the fourth quarter in a NCAA Football game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, October 1, 2022, in Columbia, Mo. Georgia won 26-22. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

COLUMBIA, MO., — When Georgia absolutely needed to pick up yards on the ground, it turned to Daijun Edwards.

That should say a lot about how the Bulldogs view the junior running back. He had just 51 yards rushing on the night, making the most of his 10 carries. Yardage-wise, Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton both topped him with 65 yards and 61 yards respectively.

Milton had a fumble on the second drive of the game. Edwards contributed to another fumble as there was a botched exchange between himself and Stetson Bennett. Both turnovers led to Missouri field goals, helping them establish a double-digit lead.

For Edwards and the Georgia offense, they just kept chopping. And eventually, the Missouri front couldn’t hold up and Edwards was there to take advantage.

“It was a beautiful thing,” Sedrick Van Pran said of Edwards. “Just seeing all the hard work he’s put in over the last three years. Coming out here and finally excelling, I just want to say that’s awesome. I’m glad I was able to be a part of that.”

McIntosh also deserves praise here, as he put up 58 rushing yards in the final quarter for Georgia on just four carries. He had only one reception on the night, where he was far less effective than he had been in prior games.

The senior running back was questionable entering the game due to a thigh injury he reaggravated against Kent State.

“Kenny is out there like a wounded man,” Smart said. “I mean the guy was running for the team. Great effort, great toughness, running over people.”

“The physicality at the end of the game was really impressive by our offense,” Smart said. “We do that drill every Friday and say you have to get two first downs on the defense and they’re allowed to put every guy they have in the box. I’ll be danged if they put every guy in the box and we still got two first downs and we couldn’t do it all night.”

Sedrick Van Pran proud of Daijun Edwards performance

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