By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
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ATHENS, Ga. – Aaron Murray tossed three touchdowns, a freshman running back hit the 100-yard mark on the ground, and the Georgia Bulldogs registered their first win of the 2012 season with a 45-23 victory over the Buffalo Bulls.
Freshman running back Todd Gurley put Georgia (1-0) on the board first with a 10-yard scoring run, which Buffalo immediately answered with an 11-play, 74-yard scoring drive capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Zordich to Alex Neutz to make the score 7-6.
Buffalo (0-1) finished the first half with a 19-yard field goal after the UGA defense held on third-and-goal on its own 2-yard line, and Georgia went to the locker room with a 24-16 advantage.
The Bulldogs assumed control in the third quarter with a six-play, 82-yard drive to open the period that ended when Murray connected with Rontavious Wooten on a 38-yard strike for six. Overall, the Dawgs outgained the Bulls by 122 yards in the third quarter before shutting the door with 14 additional points in the fourth.
Gurley had a big day on the ground in his UGA debut with 100 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. His 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter helped the Bulldogs pull away from Buffalo for good. Murray finished the day with 258 yards to go along with his three touchdown passes.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 15-for-26, 258 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 8 car, 100 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Tavarres King, 6 rec, 117 yards, 1 TD
Passing – Alex Zordich, 14-for-24, 148 yards, 1 TD
Rushing – Branden Oliver, 30 car, 111 yards, 1 TD
Receiving – Jimmy Gordon, 3 rec, 63 yards