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No. 25 Missouri answers late challenge to upset No. 7 Georgia, 41-26, remain unbeaten

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    Missouri running back Marcus Murphy (6) breaks a tackle from Georgia cornerback Damian Swann (5) for a touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITThe Associated Press

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    Georgia wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (17) makes a catch for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITThe Associated Press

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    Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley (31) and quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrate a Georgia touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITThe Associated Press

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    Missouri running back Marcus Murphy (6) celebrates a touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georiga Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITThe Associated Press

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    Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington (2) makes a catch for a touchdown while defended by Georgia cornerback Damian Swann (5) and defensive back Quincy Mauger (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITThe Associated Press

Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and No. 25 Missouri held off No. 7 Georgia's comeback attempt to upset the Bulldogs 41-26 on Saturday.

Missouri (6-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia (4-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns despite losing Franklin to a shoulder injury.

After Franklin was taken to the locker room, freshman backup Maty Mauk threw a lateral to Sasser, who stopped and tossed a deep to the end zone for Washington. Washington, who outfought cornerback Damian Swann for the catch, had 115 yards and two touchdowns.

James Ponder's interception of Aaron Murray's pass with 4:25 remaining set up Henry Josey's 7-yard touchdown run to end Georgia's hopes.