AUBURN, Ala. - If Saturday's 49-31 loss to Auburn wasn't bad enough, the sight of quarterback Aaron Murray being helped off the field after a blow to his knee during the final minute was certainly just as unsettling.
Fortunately, head coach Mark Richt doesn't believe the injury to be serious.
"I don't know exactly what he's got," Richt said. "He took a shot to the knee, but we don't think there's any structural damage, I think it was more of a blow on the knee and the bone. He wanted to go back in and play, but I told him to get his rear end out of there."
Statistically, Murray enjoyed a fine afternoon, completing 15-of-28 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, but the physical pounding he endured was undoubtedly the worse he's received all year.
Not only was Murray sacked four times, but he was on the receiving end of several hits, some before and after the whistle.
Murray was not made available for interviews after the game.
"I walked up to him after the game and told him I thought he fought his heart out," wide receiver Kris Durham said. "He left it all on the field. There's nothing for him to be upset with. He did a great job."
Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington injured his left shoulder in the first half, but later returned.
Defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs suffered undisclosed injury in the third quarter and did not return.
Nose DeAngelo Tyson was shaken up but came back to play.
Cornerback Sanders Commings injured his right ankle in the third quarter but did not return.
. Redshirt freshman linebacker Reuben Faloughi went down in the fourth quarter with a leg injury and did not return.
Boykin sets return mark
Despite what he called a disappointing performance, Brandon Boykin still managed to set the Georgia record for career kickoff return yardage against the Tigers.
He set the mark on his 62nd return, a 26-yarder in the second quarter to give him 1,655 for his career.
"It's just a number," Boykin said. "It doesn't mean a thing since we lost."
Boykin broke the old record of 1,637 which was held by Gene Washington on 71 returns from 1973-76.
He finished the day with six returns for 90 yards. The junior now has 1,706 kickoff return yards.
This and that
Richt was seen talking to a representative from the Liberty Bowl after the game. The Gator Bowl also sent two representatives in attendance.
Senior offensive lineman Clint Boling made his 47th start of his career including his 36th consecutive start. Boling's 47 starts ties him for second in school history for non-kickers with Kevin Breedlove (OL-1999-02). Former quarterback David Greene (2001-04) has the mark with 52 starts.
In the first quarter Murray was 6-for-8 for 121 yards and a career-tying 3 TD passes. His TD passes covered 9, 31 and 40 yards. For the half, he was 7-for-12 for 137 yards and 3 TDs. Then after Auburn recovered on an onside kick to start the second half and eventually scored a TD for a 28-21 edge, Murray marched the Bulldogs down the field on six plays, covering 66 yards to answer with a game-tying touchdown. Down 35-28 and the drive starting at the eight, Murray led the Bulldogs down to the redzone and managed a field goal to make it 35-31. He finished the day 15-for-28 for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns. Murray now has 2,580 passing yards this year, which ranks third best all-time for an SEC Freshman.
Georgia got seven points off one interception (sophomore safety Bacarri Rambo returned it 25 yards to the Auburn 9). On the first play, Murray tossed a 9-yard touchdown to senior Shaun Chapas for his second TD catch this year and give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 6:20 left in the first quarter. For Rambo, it was third INT of the year and fifth of his career. This season, Georgia has forced 20 turnovers and converted them into 80 points. Georgia has 13 interceptions this year.
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