Todd Gurley who?

The Georgia Bulldogs defense has helped fans forget all about No. 3’s absence today with a dominating first half performance.

In six offensive possessions, Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk and the Tigers offense put up a whopping 55 total yards of offense, two interceptions and one fumble.

Jeremy Pruitt has dialed up the blitz throughout the first half and Missouri just hasn’t been able to stop it. Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and others have all been in the backfield making Mauk rather uncomfortable. Even when Mauk has some time in the pocket, he’s clearly rattled as evidenced by some terrible throws, including an overthrown ball right to the Georgia defender.

Coming into the game, Georgia’s defense was expected to have some trouble with Missouri’s passing game, thanks to a vulnerable secondary and a lack of ability to defend the middle of the field. But it’s been the constant pressure, even with four-man rushes, that has bailed out Georgia’s battered secondary. The Tigers’ offensive line simply cannot handle the likes of Jenkins, Floyd, Mike Thorton and Toby Johnson in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

Missouri has run only one play across midfield in the first half and is currently 0-for-5 on third-down conversions.

If Georgia’s defense can keep this up, the Bulldogs are on their way to a rout in Columbia and will sit comfortably in the driver’s seat of the SEC East title race.

Georgia leads Missouri 20-0 at the half.