BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Matt Mauck assured Billy Bennett of a long and sleepless night.
Mauck threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green with 1:22 left as 10th-ranked Louisiana State took advantage of three missed field goals by Bennett to defeat seventh-ranked Georgia, 17-10, in a key Southeastern Conference game.
Georgia (3-1, 1-1 SEC East) had silenced the Tiger Stadium crowd minutes earlier when Tyson Browning took a screen pass from David Greene and, with the help of a key block from Damien Gray, raced 93 yards for a touchdown.
But the Tigers (3-1, 1-0 West) quickly responded when Mauck rolled to his left and found Green in the end zone for the go-ahead score.
"He had some drops earlier, I had some fumbles, but we just connected at the end so I guess it was a little bit of a makeup," Mauck said.
"I just thought the defensive back (Tim Jennings) was slow and we had to come through," Green added. "I thought that in the end, it was up to the offense to make the play and so we came through."
Devery Henderson put the Tigers into position for the winning score with a 48-yard kickoff return.
Georgia lost for the first time in 10 road games under coach Mark Richt and Bennett was a key reason why. The normally reliable senior kicker missed field goal attempts of 43, 42 and 36 yards in the first half.
"I think we've been taking Bennett for granted around here for a long time," Richt said. "He's made those kicks in the games we've been winning. Gosh, you take nine points right there, we've got a chance to win."
Bennett had never missed three field goals in a game before and entered the contest as the most accurate field goal kicker in school history (78.8 percent).
Mauck completed 14-of-29 passes for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Georgia had one more chance, but Corey Webster intercepted a deflected pass from Greene, ending an eight-game Georgia winning streak that extended back to last season.
"We would worry if we didn't have a game plan to get it done, but that's not a problem with us," Richt said. "I'd be worried if I had a bunch of coaches who didn't put together a good game plan."
Greene completed 22-of-40 passes for 314 yards, but was picked off twice, ending his string of 167 straight passes without an interception.
The TD pass to Browning tied the longest in school history, equaling a pass from Greg Talley to Kevin Maxwell in 1989 against Vanderbilt.
Shyrone Carey had a 21-yard touchdown run for the Tigers, who had lost the last three meetings in the series.
"It was about as physical a football game as I've seen in a long time and I'm proud of the way our players competed in the game," LSU coach Nick Saban said.
The only score of the first quarter was a 33-yard field goal by Bennett.
The Bulldogs had another opportunity minutes later when Sean Jones intercepted a pass from Mauck at the LSU 40. Georgia moved to the LSU 10 before Greene was stripped of the ball by Marcus Spears and fumbled.
Bennett connected on a 43-yard field goal later in the first quarter, but the play was nullified by offsetting penalties. Bennett then was wide right from the same distance.
The second quarter was no better for the left-footed kicker, who was wide right on a 42-yarder less than four minutes into the period.
The frustration for Bennett continued when he hit the left upright on a 36-yard attempt with 44 seconds left in the half.
The Tigers were having troubles of their own, but made the most of their only sustained drive of the first half. Mauck completed a 31-yard pass to Eric Edwards and Casey dodged several tacklers en route to a 21-yard TD run that made it 7-3.
Freshman Ryan Caudet kicked a 47-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the third quarter to make it 10-3.