Mississippi St 24

(2-6, 0-4 SEC)

Georgia 27

(6-2, 3-2 SEC)

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006

Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 7 0 10 724
UGA 7 14 0 627

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (UGA) - 269 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (UNKWN) - 12 CAR, 38 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: K. Harris (UGA) - 4 REC, 108 YDS

Sloppy Georgia overcomes 5 TOs, scrapes past Miss. St.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Charles Johnson forced a fumble and recovered it with three seconds left to end Mississippi State's final comeback attempt Saturday, when Georgia overcame five turnovers for a 27-24 win that ended a two-game losing streak.

Mississippi State began its final possession at its 20 with 45 seconds left. Michael Henig completed passes of 23 yards to Jamayel Smith and 34 yards to Tony Burks for a first down at Georgia's 22 with 18 seconds left.

On second down, Henig was looking for a receiver and was poised to throw when Johnson, a defensive end, stripped the ball and made the recovery. A review upheld the ruling on the field that the play was a fumble and not an incomplete pass.

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes, but also had three interceptions in his return to the starting lineup for Georgia. A freshman making his third start, Stafford completed 20 of 32 passes for 267 yards. Stafford took over for senior Joe Tereshinski, benched after losses to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Mikey Henderson and Mohamed Massaquoi fumbled after receptions as Georgia (6-2 overall, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) helped keep Mississippi State (2-6 overall, 0-4 SEC) close.

Henig was 14-for-31 passing for 234 yards with two interceptions and the fumble.

Stafford completed a 34-yard pass to Kenneth Harris in an 11-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that ended early in the fourth quarter. Andy Bailey's extra-point attempt hit the left upright, leaving Georgia's lead at 27-17.

Anthony Dixon rushed for 37 yards and three touchdowns for Mississippi State, which lost its 23rd straight SEC road game, a streak dating to 2000. Dixon scored on 5-yard runs in the first and third quarters and added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cut Georgia's lead to 27-24.

Mississippi State couldn't capitalize on an interception by cornerback Keith Fitzhugh that gave it possession at the Georgia 48 with 7:38 left. Georgia's defense held without giving up a first down.

Georgia's Kregg Lumpkin rushed for 80 yards, including a 2-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Stafford threw second-quarter scoring passes to tight end Tripp Chandler and Massaquoi for a 21-7 halftime lead.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1516
Total Yards00
3rd Down Conversions2-135-10
4th Down Conversions2-21-1

Passing Leaders

Mike Henig14/322327.302
Matthew Stafford20/322698.423

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brandon Thornton15543.6011
Antwon Dixon12383.2313
Kregg Lumpkin15795.3126
Matthew Stafford3155.0011

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tony Burks410626.5046
Eric Butler24321.5023
Kenneth Harris410827.0042
Mohamed Massaquoi34314.3125

Scoring Summary

4:34Georgia rush for a touchdown.06
0:43Mississippi St rush for a touchdown.67
7:20Georgia pass complete for a touchdown.714
0:45Georgia pass complete for a touchdown.720
9:35Mississippi St rush for a touchdown.1321
FG5:28Mississippi St 37 yard field goal GOOD.1721
14:58Georgia rush for a touchdown.1727
10:26Mississippi St rush for a touchdown.2427