Sep 7, 2013
Facing Top-10 Competition To Start: Georgia is only the fourth team in the last 20 years to face two top-10 teams to start the season and the only to go 1-1. Syracuse (2001), Louisiana Tech (1999) and New Mexico State (1994) all went 0-2. The 11th-ranked Bulldogs rebounded with a 41-30 victory over No. 6 USC and falling 38-35 at No. 8 Clemson last week. Georgia now leads the series with USC 47-17-2 including 14-7 in SEC openers. Georgia has scored 76 points in its first two games this year and allowed 68.
Big Win Over Ranked Opponent Between The Hedges: Today's 41-30 win over No. 6 South Carolina is the highest ranked team the Bulldogs have beaten in Athens since 1991 when Clemson came in No. 6 and unranked Georgia posted a 27-12 victory. Since then Georgia was 1-6 against top 10 teams here, the victory coming over #10 Tennessee in 2002. Last year in Jacksonville, Georgia beat third-ranked Florida 17-9.
Murray Shines: Senior QB Aaron Murray completed the game going 17-for-23 for 309 yards and 4 touchdowns. Murray led the Bulldogs on a game-clinching drive that covered 81 yards on 13 plays to run out the final 8:28 of the contest. Murray moved into the No. 2 spot on the school's total offense list now with 10,907. It is the ninth time Murray has had at least four touchdown passes in a game.
He highlighted his performance by connecting with redshirt sophomore SE Justin Scott-Wesley for an 85-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-13 situation in the fourth quarter. This was the longest completion for Murray since he hit Chris Conley for an 87-yard score in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Scott-Wesley posted his first 100-yard receiving game after having 3 catches for 116 yards.
Red Zone Stop: The Bulldogs held the Gamecocks on a fourth down on the 2-yard line midway through the final period. This was Georgia's first Red Zone stop of the year. Last week, Clemson was 4-for-4 and at that point SC was 4-for-4. Georgia then ran out the clock.
Tailbacks Pace 'O': Fellow sophomore TB Todd Gurley led the Bulldogs with 132 yards and a rushing touchdown after carrying the ball a career high 30 times. This is the second time he has gone over 100 yards this season and 11th of his career. Gurley also grabbed his first touchdown catch to put Georgia up 34-24 in the third quarter on an 8-yard reception. Sophomore TB Keith Marshall carried the ball seven times for 58 yards and caught his second career touchdown. His other touchdown catch came in the win over #23 Nebraska in last year's Capital One Bowl. Marshall had two catches for 54 yards, including a 48-yard reception in the 3rd quarter.
Lynch In The Zone: Senior TE Arthur Lynch hauled in his fourth career touchdown catch to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 edge at the midway point in the opening quarter. His 3-yard scoring catch from QB Aaron Murray was Murray's first this season and the 96th of his career. Lynch finished with 3 catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. He had one reception for 18 yards last week against #8 Clemson.
Onside Kick: Sophomore P Collin Barber followed up Lynch's score with an onside kick that senior CB Blake Sailors recovered. This is the first onside kick that the Bulldogs converted since the 2012 SEC Championship Game versus #2 Alabama. Georgia attempted one at the end of the game last week at #8 Clemson, but the Tigers recovered the ball. The Bulldogs are 5-for-11 on onside kicks during the Mark Richt era.
Fourth & Long: The Bulldogs are now 3-for-4 on fourth down conversions after Murray connected with Justin Scott-Wesley for a 24-yard catch on 4th-and-13 from the Georgia 31-yard line. Sophomore PK Patrick Beless then connected on a 22-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs up 10-3. This was Beless' first FG attempt. He later connected on a 37-yard attempt in the third quarter.
Points Off Turnovers: Opponents have scored seven points off two turnovers while the Bulldogs have forced two turnovers for seven points. Junior ILB Amarlo Herrera stripped Connor Shaw and sophomore SS Josh Harvey-Clemons jumped on the loose ball. Beless drilled a 37-yard field goal later in the drive to give Georgia a 27-24 edge.
Tackles: At the half, redshirt sophomore DE Sterling Bailey led the Bulldogs with seven tackles and finished with a career-high 10, which was second behind Amarlo Herrera who finished with a game-high 12. Herrera and senior N Garrison Smith also split a sack while Bailey had a sack.
Injury Report: Senior LT Kenarious Gates went down in the 3rd quarter (right ankle) and did not return.