Sept. 29, 2012
Georgia Postgame Notes: #5 Georgia vs. Tennessee (Sept. 29, 2012)
Two-Headed Monster: True freshmen tailbacks Keith Marshall (10-for-career-high 164 yards, 2 TDs) and Todd Gurley (24-for-130 yards, 3 TDs) combined for 294 yards and 5 touchdowns. Marshall had scoring runs of 75 yards and 72 yards. This was the longest scoring run for the Bulldogs since Brandon Boykin took a pitch 80 yards for a touchdown against Boise State last year. His 164 rushing yards were the most for Georgia since Washaun Ealey had 183 versus Ga. Tech in 2009. Marshall now has two 100-yard games. Gurley came into the game leading the SEC in scoring and scoring TDs. This marks the fourth game in five that the Tarboro, N.C., native has gone over 100 yards.
40+ Yet Again: Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) came in leading the SEC in scoring at 47.5 and dropped 51 points on the Volunteers. This marks a school record fifth consecutive game with 40+ points. In fact, the teams combined for the most points in series history with 95. The previous high was 84 in 2006. UT's 44 points is the most by a Bulldog opponent in a losing effort in regulation. The only game to top it was 49 by Auburn in four overtimes as Georgia won 56-49 in 1996. After tallying 30 point in the first half, UT was limited to 14 in the second half and the Bulldog defense forced turnovers on UT's last 3 possessions. Georgia is 5-0 for the first time since 2006 and is 5-0 for the fourth time under coach Mark Richt.
Opening Drive: The Bulldogs have now scored on their opening drive four out of five games. On Saturday, Georgia's first drive lasted 6:06 (longest of the year) and was a 13-play (longest of the year), 84-yard drive. Gurley, who had 32 yards on the drive, capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with three scores.
Also Through The Air: The Bulldogs ended the game with 278 passing yards, showcasing an arsenal of receivers and tight ends. Junior TE Arthur Lynch finished with three catches for a career-high 75 yards, including a career-long 38 yarder. Junior QB Aaron Murray completed the day going 19-for-25 for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Michael Bennett completed the contest with 5 grabs for 70 yards and two scores. He now has a team-leading four touchdown catches
Blocked Punt: Junior S Marc Deas recorded the Bulldogs' second blocked punt of the year in the third quarter. Freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons recovered the block. The Bulldogs took over at the UT 47-yard line. This marks the 21st blocked punt in the Mark Richt era. Redshirt sophomore SE Michael Bennett caught his second touchdown of the game four plays later to put Georgia up 43-30.
Points Off Turnovers: Junior ILB Alec Ogletree tipped a Tyler Bray pass that sophomore CB Damian Swann grabbed with one hand for his first career interception in the second quarter. This marks the first pick for the Bulldog secondary this year and the third for UGA in 2012. Gurley later scored on a 51-yard scoring run to put Georgia up 27-10, but the Bulldogs missed the extra point. QB Aaron Murray fumbled on the 8-yard line in the final minutes of the second quarter and Tennessee recovered it. UT later converted it into a touchdown, but also missed its extra point. With 1:42 left in the half, Marshall fumbled and UT scored seven more. The Vols also picked off a tipped ball midway through the opening period and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. With 5:55 left, senior Sanders Commings notched his sixth career interception, getting it at the Bulldog 36. It led to a punt. With UT driving with 1:22 left, freshman Jordan Jenkins forced a fumble and was recovered by senior John Jenkins. It led to a punt. Commings got his second INT with 7 seconds left for the win., the first Bulldogs with two INTs in a game since Rambo against Ole Miss last year. The Bulldogs have now forced 10 turnovers and scored 34 points. Their opponents have converted nine turnovers into 36 points. Georgia is now +1 turnover ratio for the year.
50 Yarder To End The Half: True freshman PK Marshall Morgan booted a 50-yard field goal in the final seconds of the second quarter to tie the game at 30-all. He is 4-for-5 in field goals this season, including an SEC-long 52 yarder this season at Missouri.
Tackles: Alec Ogletree led the Bulldogs with a career-high 14 tackles and a tipped pass that led to an interception. This is his fourth career game with at least 10 tackles. Junior FS Bacarri Rambo also had nine stops. Ogletree and Rambo made their first appearance for the Bulldogs this season, both starting on defense. Also of note, sophomore Malcolm Mitchell started on offense for the first time in 2012. Mitchell had started the last three games at CB after starting nine games at SE. He also finished with 16 kickoff return yards in the first half.
Bulldog Game Captains: Senior SE Marlon Brown, senior DE Abry Jones, junior OLB Jarvis Jones and redshirt sophomore FS Connor Norman served as Georgia's captains.
Up Next: The Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 EC) travel to #6 South Carolina on Oct. 6 in Columbia, S.C. The game will be televised by ESPN at 7 p.m.