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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – The Southeastern Conference is known for its trademark stifling defense, but offensive firepower stole the show Saturday afternoon in Athens when No. 5 Georgia defeated Tennessee 51-44. The two schools combined for 1, 036 yards of total offense, and the outcome was not decided until the final seconds as Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was picked off to end the game.
Aaron Murray was solid as usual for the Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC), directing the offense with 278 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The stars of the show for UGA once again were two freshmen backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. The young duo – eloquently deemed the “Gurshall Boys” – combined for 294 rushing yards and five scores in the victory.
Marshall was explosive all evening, picking up 164 yards on just 10 carries on his way to two scores. Gurley added 130 yards on 24 carries while tacking on three TDs, and the Dawgs eclipsed the 50-point mark for the second time this season.
Bray threw for 281 yards and two scores for the Vols (3-2, 0-2), but he also threw three interceptions on the game. Raijion Neal provided assistance on the ground with 104 yards and a score, but the Volunteers were not able to mount a drive to tie the game with little time remaining.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 19-for-25, 278 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Raijion Neal, 23 car, 104 yards, TD
Receiving – Arthur Lynch, 3 rec, 75
Passing – Tyler Bray, 24-for-45, 281 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing – Keith Marshall, 10 car, 164 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Mychal Rivera, 3 rec, 82 yards
· With the victory, Georgia made headway in the all-time series but the Volunteers still lead by a tally of 21-19-2.
· Georgia is now 111-38 in SEC play under head coach Mark Richt, who took over in 2001.
· Coach Mark Richt has had success when the Bulldogs have a running back rush for over 100 yards in a game, holding a 50-5 record in such games. The Dawgs had two running backs reach that plateau Saturday.