Sept. 15, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Quarterback Aaron Murray finished with a career-best 342 passing yards as the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs routed the Florida Atlantic Owls 56-20 in front of 92,746 fans and a regionally televised CSS audience on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, Georgia improves to 3-0, while the Owls fall to 1-2 overall.
The Bulldogs put up over 700-yards of offense for the first time in school history, finishing with 713. In his career-day, Murray went 14-for-19 with one interception and two touchdowns through the air and added 20 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Michael Bennett was Murray's top target, finishing with 110 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Arthur Lynch added three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each went over 100 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 111 and 104 yards respectively. It marked the first time that two freshman running backs went over 100 yards since 2004. Defensively, it was Shawn Williams who lead the team with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss. Michael Gilliard registered nine tackles, including two for a loss.
Georgia used its ground game, rushing for 54 yards, including a 24-yard pickup by Rantavious Wooten and a 1-yard touchdown run by Murray, to take an early 7-0 lead, following the Marshall Morgan extra point.
With 2:30 on the clock, the Owls tied it at seven on 43-yard run by Damian Fortner after recovering a Georgia fumble.
The Bulldogs responded with a 5-play, 94-yard drive that included a 34-yard completion from Murray to Marlon Brown and a 48-yard completion to Tavarres King. Marshall scored his first collegiate touchdown on the following play, rushing for four yards into the end zone that put the Bulldogs up 14-7, following the point after.
FAU made it a 14-14 game with just over 12 minutes to play in the second quarter when Wilbert completed a 48-yard pass that set up a 2-yard touchdown grab by Nexon Dorvilus.
Georgia went on to score 49 unanswered points, including a 67-yard touchdown catch by Bennett and a 35-yard touchdown grab by Lynch. Also in on the scoring was Gurley, who finished off a 5-play, 78-yard drive that made it 42-14 following the PAT. Amarlo Herrera added a touchdown on a pick-six that made it 49-14 on the Morgan kick. Christian LeMay added a touchdown late in the third quarter on a one-yard run that set up an extra point that gave Georgia a 56-14 lead.
FAU made it a 56-20 game after Adarious Glanton intercepted LeMay and returned it 42 yards. The PAT was blocked by Kwame Geathers, resulting in a 56-20 score.
The Bulldogs will return to action next Saturday when the host the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7:45 p.m., in Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.