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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs moved one step closer to Atlanta on Saturday by defeating visiting Ole Miss by a final score of 37-10 Between the Hedges at Sanford Stadium. With the win, all that stands between UGA (8-1, 6-1 SEC) and a trip to the SEC title game now is a matchup with Auburn next week on the road.
Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) got off to a hot start, storming out to a 10-0 lead on the strength of a Bryson Rose field goal and a 13-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Bo Wallace to tight end Jamal Mosley. That pass would prove to be the only touchdown of the afternoon for the Rebels, however.
Following Mosley’s receiving score, UGA quarterback Aaron Murray tossed two touchdowns of his own in the second quarter to give the Dawgs a 14-10 lead heading into the half. The first score came on a 66-yard touchdown to Marlon Brown off a flawless play-action fake, and the second came with just three seconds remaining in the half on a 40-yard strike to Tavarres King.
The second half then belonged to UGA, which outscored Ole Miss 23-0 in the final 30 minutes to lock down the win. Murray had a stellar day at the helm for the Bulldogs, completing 75 percent of his passes for 384 yards and four scores. Freshman back Todd Gurley went over 100 yards again for Georgia on the ground, rounding out the afternoon with 117 yards, while Brown led all receivers with 113 yards and a score.
Wallace finished the afternoon with 187 yards and a touchdown, but the UGA defense clamped down and held Jeff Scott to a pedestrian 21 yards on the ground.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 21-for-28, 384 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 18 car, 117 yards
Receiving – Marlon Brown, 3 rec, 113 yards, TD
Passing – Bo Wallace, 16-for-25, 187 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Jeff Scott, 13 car, 21 yards
Receiving – Ferbia Allen, 1 rec, 51 yards
• Saturday’s game against visiting Ole Miss was the first home game for UGA since Sept. 29 when the Bulldogs hosted Tennessee.
• After Saturday, UGA’s freshman tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall now has 1,377 combined yards and 15 rushing touchdowns on the season. The most comparable performance by a duo of rookie running backs in recent SEC history came from Darren McFadden and Felix Jones at Arkansas in 2005 (1, 739 yards, 14 TD).
• Georgia is now 32-12-1 all-time against the Rebels.