Aaron Murray went 20-of-34 for 298 yards in the Bulldogs 44-41 victory over LSU.
Sept. 28, 2013
ATHENS, Ga.----If he continues at his current pace, Aaron Murray will own the majority of the Georgia and Southeastern Conference passing records. Saturday night in Sanford Stadium wasn’t about the records, however. It was about the Murray affirming his status as one of the nation’s elite quarterbacks as the No. 9 Bulldogs defeated the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers 44-41.
Murray finished 20-of-34 for 298 yards and four touchdowns; he added another touchdown on the ground. The senior quarterback connected with nine different receivers with three different wide outs collecting touchdown grabs. Michael Bennett collected two with Chris Conley and Justin Scott-Wesley grabbing the other two.
“That was awesome. I’m so proud of the entire team and how we came out today,” Murray said. “It’s been a tough start to the season, playing three top-10 teams in our first four games, and I am so proud of the way our team has gotten through it. We knew that today was going to be a fight and we were up to it.”
The Tampa, Fla., native went toe-to-toe with LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger as the two seniors exchanged scores and repeatedly marched their teams down the field. With 4:14 remaining in the game, LSU running back Jeremy Hill scored a touchdown to put the Tigers up 41-37. Murray proceeded to take the Bulldogs 75 yards in 2:32, capping the drive with a 25-yard scoring strike to Scott-Wesley that proved to be the game winner.
Head coach Mark Richt gave the offensive line credit for blocking well for the quarterback but acknowledged the magnitude of Murray’s performance.
“We blocked pretty well. We run blocked and we pass protected well,” Richt said. “The line of scrimmage was won by Georgia today. That was big. When you block and protect well, you have confidence you can move and score the way we did. Aaron was phenomenal. He kept answering every score with another great play or throw. He played so well…he did super.”
With her performance, Murray has now moved into second place in school history in career passing yardage with 11,429. David Greene holds the school record with 11,528. Murray already holds the school record for career passing touchdowns and is now second in the SEC in career total offense with 11,659.
Georgia continues SEC play next Saturday as the Bulldogs travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. CBS used its six-day hold on selecting which game it will broadcast so the time and television station is yet to be decided.