Georgia Postgame Notes vs. Appalachian State
Nov. 9, 2013
*Pouring On The Points on Homecoming: Georgia tied a season in points with the 45-6 win. The Bulldogs also scored 45 points against North Texas this year. Georgia improved to 73-17-2 in Homecoming contests. Last year on Homecoming, Georgia trounced Ole Miss 37-10. Thirteen different Bulldogs caught passeson Saturdayas Georgia racked up 441 passing yards, tying for the third most in school history and the most since matching that tally in 1994 against Vanderbilt. Overall, Georgia outgained ASU today 568 to 253.
*Non-Conference Success: Georgia improved to 51-9 including 36-1 at home in nonconference games under Mark Richt.
*Another SEC Record: Senior QB Aaron Murray set his third SEC record of the year in the first half. With his 23-yard strike to junior receiver Michael Bennett in the second quarter, Murray registered the 115th touchdown pass of his career. This topped Danny Wuerffel, who had 114 (Florida, 1993-96). He has already set the SEC's all-time mark in Total Offense (12,896) and Passing Yards (12,568). Murray finished the game 19-for-26 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in three quarters of play.
Junior QB Hutson Mason relieved Murray for the 4th quarter and finished with a career-high 11-for-16 for 160 yards and 1 TD. He connected with redshirt freshman receiver Kenneth Towns for a 3-yard TD. It was Towns' first career reception. Junior SE Jonathon Rumph also snagged his first career completion on the same scoring drive with a 24-yard catch and finished with four catches for 98 yards.
*Leading Tacklers: Junior ILB Ramik Wilson, who leads the SEC in tackles, finished with 12 stops, including a tackle for loss. Wilson has led the Bulldogs in tackles in six games this season. He has had 10+ tackles four times this year. Junior SS Corey Moore became the second Bulldog to be ejected because of a targeting call in the second quarter. Junior DE Ray Drew was ejected at Vanderbilt. ASU did not score a TD today, the first time a Bulldog opponent has been held out of the endzone since a 38-0 road win over Auburn last year.
*Century Mark: Senior Rantavious Wooten hauled in four catches for a career-high 104 yards and a TD. This was his first 100-yard game of his career. His previous best was 83 yards vs. #25 Missouri.
*Blocked FG: Sophomore OLB Jordan Jenkins blocked a 49-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter. This is the first blocked field goal for the Bulldogs since Cornelius Washington against Alabama in last year's SEC Championship Game. It is the 14th of the Mark Richt era.
*Points Off Turnovers: The Bulldogs have a minus-7 turnover margin. Georgia has scored 31 points on nine turnovers while opponents have tallied 35 points off 16 Bulldog miscues. Murray had the seventh interception of the season in the second quarter. However, the Mountaineers had their 49-yard field goal blocked on the next possession by Jordan Jenkins. Junior ILB Amarlo Herrera grabbed his second career interception (first this season) in the third quarter, but fumbled during the return and ASU recovered it. The Mountaineers failed to score on the next drive. Herrera returned a pick for a touchdown against Florida Atlantic last season. Freshman FS Tray Matthews forced a fumble at the start of the fourth quarter that Jenkins recovered. With2:40left in the contest, Mason threw an interception, and ASU turned it over on downs with eight seconds remaining.
*Starters: Redshirt sophomore TE Jay Rome started his first game of the season and second of his career (Georgia Tech, 2012). Rome was starting for senior Arthur Lynch who injured his ribs versus Florida. Freshman FS Tray Matthews returned to action after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury.
*Homecoming King & Queen: Senior Brandon Martin (Decatur, Ga.), a Marketing major, and senior Calli McRae (Snellville, Ga.), a Human Development and Family Science major, were the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.
*Homecoming Of A Different Kind: At the end of the first quarter, the family of Specialist Robert Owens of the Georgia National Guard received a surprise as their son returned from a yearlong mission in Afghanistan. Dr. Steve Brown, wife Mary, daughter Heather Wyatt and son Flynt Owens were on the field for a presentation to Dr. Brown to recognize his work in training agribusiness development teams that are dispatched to Afghanistan. Owens, who had been serving on an agribusiness development team, walked onto the field during the presentation and was quickly and emotionally greeted by his family.
*Up Next: Georgia (6-3, 4-2 SEC) travels to face #7 Auburn (9-1, 5-1 SEC) onNov. 16. The network and game time for the matchup will be announcedon Sunday.