End Garrison Smith (56) and Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (59) make a tackle during Saturday's game with Ole Miss.
Nov. 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 6 University of Georgia football team scored 37 unanswered points to hand the Ole Miss Rebels a 37-10 loss on Saturday afternoon in Sanford Stadium in front of 92,746 fans and a nationally televised CBS audience. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 8-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels fell to 5-4 on the year and 2-3 in SEC play.
Aaron Murray led the Bulldogs through the air, finishing with 382 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing. Marlon Brown was his top target, picking up 113 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Malcolm Mitchell finished with three catches for 55 yards and touchdown. Tavarres King and Rantavious Wooten were also on the receiving end of a touchdown throw. Todd Gurley led all Bulldogs in the running game, finishing with 118 yards on 18 carries. Alexander Ogletree scored Georgia's only rushing touchdown of the game.
Alec Ogletree shined for the Bulldog defense, totaling a team-best 11 tackles, including a sack and two tackles for a loss and grabbed an interception. Bacarri Rambo and Garrison Smith each finished with seven tackles. Damian Swann added three tackles, including a sack and two fumble recoveries.
The Rebels took a 10-0 lead on a field goal on the opening drive and an eight-play, 43-yard drive early in the second quarter. The touchdown drive was finished off with a 13-yard pass from Bo Wallace to Tanner Burns.
The Bulldogs answered on the next drive with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Brown that made it 10-7 game, following the Marshall Morgan extra point. After a pair of Gurley rushes for a total of nine yards, Murray found a wide-open Brown over the middle for the score.
After the Georgia defense forced Ole Miss to punt with just under four minutes left to play in the first half. Murray connected on four his next five passes to put the Bulldogs at the Ole Miss 38-yard line. With 12 seconds on the clock and the pocket collapsing, Murray scrambled to keep the drive alive before finding King at the goal line for 40 yards and a touchdown that sent the Bulldogs into the locker room holding a 14-10 lead, following the Morgan point after.
The Bulldogs opened the second half strong, scoring touchdowns on each of its first two possessions to take a 28-10 lead. The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown of the half on a 42-yard pass from Murray to Mitchell to cap off a 79-yard drive that took 2:02 off the clock. The second touchdown finished off a six play, 76-yard drive that ended with Alexander Ogletree running it in from eight yards out for his first career touchdown. Alec Ogletree helped Georgia add two points with a tackle of Jeff Scott in the end zone for a safety late in the third quarter.
Gurley had a 31-yard gain midway through the fourth quarter to set up a 23-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Wooten that made it a 37-10 game, following the Morgan PAT.
The sixth-ranked Bulldogs will return to action when they renew the South's oldest rivalry next weekend to take on Auburn in Auburn, Ala. The game will be aired on ESPNU, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.