September 7, 2013

Dawgly Redemption

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has certainly had his critics in regards to past performances against top-10 ranked teams.

But one would really have to dig deep to find much wrong with his showing on Saturday after Murray was nearly flawless, completing 16 of 22 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 11th-ranked Bulldogs to a 41-30 win over No. 6 South Carolina.

Tied at 24-24 at the half, South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) was driving for the go-ahead touchdown when Connor Shaw fumbled near the Bulldog 25.

That set up Georgia (1-1, 1-0) to score the next 10 points, including an 8-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Todd Gurley, who also rushed 27 times for 114 yards and one score.

But this game was far from over.

A 75-yard run by Mike Davis (who all rushers with 150 carries for 150 yards) set up his 2-yard run. However, Elliott Fry's extra point was wide left, keeping the score at 34-30.
But this was Murray's day to shine.
On a third-and-13 play from 15, Murray - now 2-9 against Top-10 teams - found a wide-open Justin Scott-Wesley out ran 85-yard untouched to complete the 85-yard touchdown play to tally what turned out to be the final score.

The first offered a little bit of everything. Well, with the exception of much defense as the two teams went into the half tied at 24.

Georgia started quickly enough.

After spotting South Carolina a 3-0 lead on its opening drive courtesy of Fry's 36-yard field goal, the Bulldogs tallied the next 17 points.

Georgia was impressive in doing so.

A 3-yard pass to Arthur Lynch gave Georgia its points, the Bulldogs successful converted an onside kick that set up Beless' 22-yard field goal with 2:51 in the first to make the score 10-3.

A 6-yard pass from Murray to Keith Marshall pushed the margin to 17-3, making it appear as if the Bulldogs were about to run away with the game.

Not quite.

South Carolina responded with an impressive 12-play, 84-yard drive that Brandon Wilds capped with a 7-yard run to draw within 17-10 with 5:10 in the second.

Moments later, a Bulldog mistake put the Gamecocks in position to tie the score.

After holding Georgia on third down, punter Collin Barber dropped an easy snap with South Carolina recovering on the 18.

On the very next play, Shaw connected with Nick Jones on an 18-yard pass to tie the game.

Georgia would answer, driving 70 yards on 11 plays with Gurley bulling in from the 2 to put the Bulldogs back up by seven with just 1:25 on the second-quarter clock.

However, that would be more than enough time for South Carolina and Shaw which roared back to tie the game a second time, this time on Shaw's second touchdown pass too Jones - a 30-yarder - to account for the 24-24 halftime score.

NOTES: Georgia played Saturday's game without redshirt sophomore tight end Jay Rome who sat out with a sprained ankle. Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph also missed his second straight contest while recovering from a hamstring injury. … Before the game, South Carolina announced that starting cornerback Victor Hampton would be suspended for the first half. … South Carolina played the game without starting center Cody Waldrop. He was replaced by fellow freshman Clayton Stadnik.

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