Sept. 21, 2013
#9 Georgia Postgame Notes vs. North Texas: Sept. 21, 2013
*Total Offense In Victory: In today's 45-21 win, Georgia tallied 641 yards of total offense, the most since a school record 713 against Florida Atlantic last year. The 641 today ranks fourth all-time. The Mean Green had 245 yards of total offense including just seven rushing yards. This is lowest rushing total since Georgia held Florida to minus 19 in 2011. The seven yards allowed ties the mark for fewest surrendered by an FBS defense this year, matching Southern California versus Washington State. The Bulldog defense allowed just one TD while the other two by North Texas came on special teams.
Overall, Georgia improves to 50-9 in non-conference games under Mark Richt including 35-1 at home. Up next, Georgia (2-1, 1-0 SEC) plays host to #6 LSU Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. The Tigers (3-0, 0-0 SEC) play host to Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) tonight at 7:45.
*Murray Hits 100 On Historic Play: Senior QB Aaron Murray connected with freshman receiver Reggie Davis for a 98-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. It marked Davis' first career reception. This is the longest offensive play in Georgia history. There had been three 93-yard TD passes in the past. It is also tied for the third longest passing TD in SEC history. The 98-yard score is the longest passing TD in the FBS this year.
Murray's career-long TD strike was the 100th of his career. His previous longest TD pass was an 87-yard touchdown to Chris Conley at the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Murray finished 22-for-30 for 408 yards, three passing TDs, one rushing score and a pick. The Tampa native moved to No. 3 on the all-time SEC list for total offense with 11,352 yards. Today marked his third career game with 400+ passing yards, he has two games with 427.
*Trickery: Senior FLK Rantavious Wooten completed a 42-yard pass to senior TE Arthur Lynch after Wooten had taken a pitch from Murray. Lynch later caught a 16-yard TD from Murray on the same drive. This was Wooten's first completion and his second career attempt (Buffalo, 2012). The last trick passing play for the Bulldogs was when Lynch connected with CB Sanders Commings on a fake punt during last year's SEC Championship Game. Today Lynch had a career-high four catches for a career-high 85 yards and a TD.
*Special Teams Shortcomings: North Texas scored a pair of their touchdowns on special teams plays. Sophomore P Collin Barber had his first punt of the third quarter blocked and North Texas pounced on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown. This was the first time an opponent had blocked a punt for a touchdown since Central Florida's Thad Ward did it in 1999. Barber booted a career-long 61-yard punt that put the ball on North Texas' 3-yard line in the second quarter. Barber had five punts for an average of 49.8.
In the first half, the Mean Green's Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score. This was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown against the Bulldogs since Florida's Jeff Demps went for 99 in 2011.
*Points Off Turnovers: Opponents have scored seven points off four turnovers while the Bulldogs have forced three turnovers for 14 points. Murray threw a first quarter interception in the end zone after the Bulldogs had driven to the North Texas 3-yard line. The Mean Green were forced to punt on the next drive. In the third quarter, freshman FS Tray Matthews snagged his first career interception deep in Bulldog territory. This was Georgia's first INT of the year. The Bulldogs turned it into a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive.
*Tackles: Junior Ramik Wilson had nine stops to lead the squad while Josh Harvey-Clemons was next with seven. Freshman OLB Leonard Floyd also registered his first two sacks for a loss of 17 yards and wound up with six tackles. Georgia has five sacks this year.
*Starters: Junior FS Corey Moore got his first start on defense. Moore started one game on offense last season as a lead blocker. Sophomore PK Marshall Morgan returned to action after being suspended for the first two games. Morgan was 5-for-5 on PATs, missed a 52-yard field goal in the first half and made a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter.
*Captains: Sophomore TB Todd Gurley, Murray, junior ILB Amarlo Herrera and senior CB Blake Sailors were captains on Saturday.