By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – No. 9 Georgia hosted No. 6 LSU in another top-10 showdown at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, and the Bulldogs won a 44-41 offensive battle thanks to a late stop from its defense. Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger stole the show, combining for 670 yards through the air and seven touchdowns in the contest, which featured 943 yards of total offense between the two teams.
It was a tightly contested battle, and the largest lead for either team never grew larger than a touchdown. Murray managed to out-duel Mettenberger, throwing for four touchdowns to go along with 298 yards. Mettenberger threw for 372 yards and three scores for LSU (4-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference).
After Jeremy Hill capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run, Murray got the ball back with under four minutes to play and Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) trailing by four. The senior then marched the Dawgs 75 yards in six snaps, finding Justin Scott-Wesley for a 25-yard touchdown pass up the right sideline to propel UGA back into the lead.
The Georgia defense held on LSU’s ensuing possession, forcing a turnover on downs to seal the win.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley left the game before the half due to an ankle injury, but Keith Marshall carried the load well for the Bulldogs with 96 yards on 20 carries. LSU’s Jeremy Hill ran for 86 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts, but the majority of the fireworks were provided throughout the day in the passing game.
Georgia has now faced three teams ranked in the top-10 through its first four games, with the Dawgs emerging victorious in two of those contests.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 20-for-34, 298 yards, 4 TD, INT
Rushing – Keith Marshall, Keith Marshall, 20 car, 96 yards
Receiving – Jarvis Landry, 10 rec, 156 yards, TD
Passing – Zach Mettenberer, 23-for-37, 372 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Jeremy Hill, 21 car, 86 yards, TD
Receiving – Chris Conley, 5 rec, 112 yards, TD
• Coming into today’s game, LSU had not trailed in the 2013 season. The Tigers led all 240 minutes prior to Georgia taking the lead just 3:20 into the game.
• Prior to Saturday, LSU had won 29 straight games in the month of Septemeber (dating to 2006), and 34 straight games when scoring 30 points or more.
• Georgia has recorded two wins over teams ranked in the top-10 in 2013.