Safety Bacarri Rambo (18) and linebacker Michael Gilliard (35)
Nov. 17, 2012
*Most Touchdowns And Another 10-Win Season: Georgia (10-1) scored six TDs today in the 45-14 victory, giving the Bulldogs a school record 56 TDs this year. The old mark was 54 set in 1942 (12 games) and in 2011 (13 games). Also, Georgia collected its 10th win of the season, which is the 20th time in school history a team has posted 10 wins in a year. It marks the first back-to-back 10-win seasons for them since 2007-08 as Georgia was 10-4 last year.
*Defending The Triple-Option: The Bulldogs held Georgia Southern to 14 points on 318 yards of total offense (302-rushing, 16-passing). The Eagles had 58 rushing attempts and went 1-for-4 in passing attempts.
*Offensive Leaders: Junior QB Aaron Murray finished the game 18-for-28 for 330 yards and 4 TDs. He had scoring strikes to sophomore SE Malcolm Mitchell, sophomore FLK Chris Conley and senior FLK Tavarres King. Conley had a career-high two TD catches and 76 receiving yards on the day and now has three this year and five in his career. King now has eight touchdown catches this year and 20 in his career, which is tied with Fred Gibson (2001-04) for third all-time. Sophomore QB Parker Welch connected on a 13-yard scoring strike to redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Welsey late in the 4th quarter. It was first career TD pass and catch for the duo. Junior TE Arthur Lynch hauled in a career-long 49-yard reception from Murray on a 3rd-and-long in the first quarter. His previous career long was 38 yards against Tennessee this year. Lynch had a 15-yard catch on the next play as the Bulldogs finished the 79-yard, 3:39 drive with a Todd Gurley 1-yard TD.
*Quick Scoring Strike: Georgia went up 17-7 late in the second quarter after a 59 second scoring drive. The Bulldogs went 78 yards on six plays. Murray connected with Mitchell for a 24-yard touchdown with only four seconds remaining in the half. This is the seventh scoring drive for Georgia this season that has been in a minute or under.
*Gurley Hits 1,000: Todd Gurley finished with 68 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts and has 1,041 yards on the season. He is the 11th Bulldog to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season and the first since Knowshon Moreno in 2008. Gurley is only the second true freshman (Herschel Walker) to have 1,000 or more yards in a season. Gurley now has 12 touchdowns on the year. Fellow freshman TB Keith Marshall had 29 yards rushing on seven carries in the game. The "Gurshall" pair now has 1,695 yards and 18 touchdowns compared to Herschel Walker's 1,616 and 15 scores in 1980.
*Going For It: Georgia is now 2-of-6 on fourth down conversions after converting one in the opening period. Junior FB Zander Ogletree picked up a yard to the Georgia Southern 1-yard line before Gurley ran in for the score. The Eagles also went for it on 4th-and-3 in Georgia territory during the first quarter and again on their final play in the 4th quarter but did not convert. Bulldog opponents are now just 3-of-11 on fourth down conversions this season.
*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia Southern QB Jerick McKinnon fumbled the ball late in the first quarter and DE Garrison Smith recovered it. Four plays later, SE Rhett McGowan caught a 19-yard pass and gave it back to the Eagles on a fumble. Georgia Southern later scored on a 55-yard drive. In the third quarter, ILB Alec Ogletree recovered a fumble around midfield. Conley snagged his second touchdown catch of the game on the next series. Georgia has scored 51 points off 23 turnovers while its opponents have tallied 56 points off 16 Bulldog miscues.
*Leading Tackler: Junior ILB Alec Ogletree led the team with 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Ogletree now has eight games with at least 10 tackles, including six this season in only seven games played.
*Starters: Senior ILB Christian Robinson made his first start of the year and the 16th of his career. Robinson last started in the 2012 Outback Bowl. Robinson responded with 9 stops.
*Injury Report: Redshirt freshman FB Merritt Hall injured his right ankle in the first quarter and did not return. Hall had missed the last two games with a right ankle injury.
*Up Next: No. 5 Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) hosts Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3 ACC) at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 24. ESPN will televise the game at noon. Tech faces Duke this afternoon.