November 17, 2012

Dawgs roll to win

For Georgia, the first half was anything but stress free.

The Bulldogs led 10-7 late in the second quarter when the Eagles faced a fourth-and-2 from the Bulldog 13.

On the play, Dominique Swope picked up what appeared to be a first down with a 5-yard run, but the Eagles were called for a 15-yard chop-block penalty, forcing the Eagles to bring out Alex Hanks to try a 39-yard field goal.

The kick was wide, giving Georgia back the ball with just over a minute before half.

That proved to be just enough time, as Murray - who was helped along by a 15-yard roughing the passing call - drove the Bulldogs right back down the field before connecting with Malcolm Mitchell for a 24-yard touchdown with just four seconds left to play.

Murray's first half was one of his best this year.

The junior completed 10 of 15 passes for 199 yards the first half, including a 49-yard toss to tight end Arthur Lynch on the game's opening possession to set up a 1-yard run by Gurley to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

But FCS member Georgia Southern didn't back down and bounced back to tie the game after the two team's traded turnovers late in the first, with Dion Dubose jumping on a Rhett McGowan fumble after picking up a first down at the Eagle 45.

Ten plays later, Georgia Southern found the end zone with quarterback Jerick McKinnon running in from 1-yard out with 11:53 left in the half.

The Bulldogs responded with a 47-yard drive after that, but had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan with 6:25 on the clock, before the Bulldogs scored right before half for a 10-point lead.