COLUMBIA, Mo. — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm said it was a matter of the offense coming together in the second half, but it sure looked like it might have to do with taking deeper shots downfield.
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Fromm was 13-of-23 passing for 260 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs’ 43-29 win at Missouri on Saturday.
First-half Fromm was 6-of-14 passing for 66 yards and an interception — but second-half Fromm was 7-of-9 passing for 194 yards with three touchdowns.
“Coach talked to us and said, ‘Hey we have to get things going,’ and collectively, we got together and got things going,” Fromm said, asked about the second half surge. “We just came together as an offensive unit, really focused, really determined and striving toward that one goal.”
The first half, Fromm said, was not up to par.
“We left a lot of plays and a lot of points out there,” Fromm said. “So we needed to play better on offense in the first half, and just really execute better.”
Fromm said “winning is a blessing,” but also, that he expects improvement moving forward.
“We need to play better,” Fromm said. “We have a high standard here at the University of Georgia, so we need to come out and practice better this week, and play at the level we can play at.”
Fromm entered the game 0-for-6 on third down conversions of third-and-10 or more. On the first instance of such Saturday, he threw an interception from the Missouri 39 in the first quarter.
On the second circumstance on Saturday, a third-and-11 at the Missouri 42 in the fourth quarter, Fromm went downfield and found Riley Ridley for a 27-yard gain.
Fromm was not sacked again Missouri despite the Bulldogs losing two starters to injuries in the game.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas limped off in the fist quarter, and right guard Ben Cleveland was helped off the field by teammates after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury in the third quarter.
“You hate to see any guy go down, but [no sacks] is a testament to our football team, it’s a next man up mentality,” Fromm said. “Coach [Sam] Pittman does a great job of recruiting and then coaching as well, so we just roll guys in there and continue to play as a unit.”
The Bulldogs play host to Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
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