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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – Aaron Murray turned in a typically impressive day at the office for No. 5 Georgia, throwing for 330 yards and four scores to push the Bulldogs past Georgia Southern 45-14. After a relatively slow start, UGA (10-1, 7-1 SEC) dropped 21 points in the third quarter to widen the gap between the Eagles and win comfortably.
Murray’s four touchdown tosses tied his season-high, which he hit on two occasions previously, first against Kentucky on Oct. 20 and then a second time in last week’s win over Ole Miss. The junior has now thrown 28 touchdowns on the season, and through 11 games he is sitting at a four-to-one touchdown to interception ratio.
Georgia Southern’s triple-option attack racked up rushing yardage Between the Hedges, finishing the afternoon with 259 yards on 52 attempts. The Eagles’ production comes as no surprise, as GSU racked up season-high 302 yards on Alabama a season ago against what was the No. 1 rush defense in the nation at that time.
Todd Gurley led the way in the running game for UGA as he has for much of the season, carrying the ball 15 times for 68 yards and a score against GSU (8-2, 6-2 SoCon). Chris Conley snagged two touchdowns on the afternoon at the wide-out position, while Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell also found the end zone once apiece. The Dawgs outgained the Eagles 473 to 315, with the UGA defense forcing two turnovers on the afternoon.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 18-for-28, 330 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 15 car, 68 yards, TD
Receiving – Chris Conley, 4 rec, 76 yards, 2 TD
Passing – Jerick McKinnon, 1-for-4, 16 yards
Rushing – Jerick McKinnon, 19 car, 109 yards 2 TD
Receiving – Tyler Sumner, 1 rec, 16 yards
• Today’s game was the first of two consecutive for UGA against in-state, non-conference foes to end the regular season. Next week the Dawgs welcome Georgia Tech.
• UGA is now 5-0 all-time against GSU. The last meeting was in 1997, and all five have taken place in Athens.
• With his 68-yard performance, Todd Gurley eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season against GSU, becoming the 11th Georgia Bulldog to run for 1,000 yards in a single season, the first since Knowshon Moreno in 2008.