By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – No. 9 Georgia took to the field at Sanford Stadium on Saturday to face North Texas, and the Mean Green put up a strong fight before the Bulldogs pulled away for a 45-21 win. Georgia outgained UNT by over 400 yards, but turnovers and big plays on special teams kept the Mean Green in the game into the second half.
Georgia (2-1) looked like it was going to blow the doors off out of the gate, racing to a 14-0 lead on the strength of a Todd Gurley rushing touchdown and a school record 98-yard scoring connection between Aaron Murray and Reggie Davis. The Mean Green roared back, however, scoring twice before the break to make it 21-14 after two quarters.
The Dawgs got things rolling in the middle of the third quarter, rallying off consecutive scoring drives to create separation on the scoreboard and coast to the finish. Murray was sensational at the helm for UGA, ripping off over 400 yards through the air to go along with three touchdown passes. The senior has now thrown for over 300 yards in each of UGA’s three games in 2013.
Gurley was strong for the Bulldogs on the ground as usual, turning in a 91-yard performance on 21 carries. On the other side of the ball, Georgia was downright dominant against the run, only allowing UNT (2-2) four rushing yards.
North Texas scored on a kickoff return in the second quarter and returned a blocked punt in the third, but the offense was only able to manage 245 yards against the Dawgs’ defense.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 22-for-30, 408 yards, 3 TD, INT
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 21 carries, 91 yards, TD
Receiving – Reggie Davis, 2 rec, 134 yards, TD
Passing – Derek Thompson, 21-for-36, 202 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Brandin Byrd, 11 car, 23 yards
Receiving – Reggie Pegram, 4 rec, 53 yards
• Georgia head coach Mark Richt in now 50-9 in non-conference games, including 35-1 in such games played at Sanford Stadium.
• North Texas is now 3-34 against teams from the Southeastern Conference in its history.
• UNT coach Dan McCarney has previous ties to the SEC, as he served as defensive line coach at Florida from 2008-2010.