Here’s a couple of quick thoughts on Georgia’s 37-10 win over Ole Miss.
What it means: Georgia is one game closer to clinching the SEC East with its victory over the Rebels today, and only Auburn stands in their way to punching their ticket to Atlanta in back-to-back seasons. Ole Miss drops to 5-4 overall, but they will likely win six to get to a bowl game.
What I liked: Georgia’s defense showed up in back-to-back weeks, allowing just 234 total yards and 46 rushing yards. Ole Miss finished with just 12 first downs and 2-13 on third down. They also continued forcing turnovers with three on the day. That makes nine forced turnovers in the last two games for the Bulldogs’ defense. Ole Miss only had 55 total yards in the second half.
The offense finally got going in the second quarter, led by quarterback Aaron Murray. The touchdown just before halftime changed the entire complexion of the football game when they took the 14-10 lead heading into the locker room. That momentum worked, because the Dawgs scored on their first two possessions after halftime. The Bulldogs churned out 533 total yards and finished 7-15 on third downs. Once the offense got rolling, there was no stopping it. Georgia scored 37 unanswered points.
What I didn’t like: Ole Miss came out and had much success rushing the quarterback and finished with five sacks in the first half. Georgia didn’t protect the quarterback as well as they should have, as they gave up zero sacks against Florida last week. But to their credit, the offensive line played much better in the second half.
Ole Miss had all the momentum early, but they committed several costly turnovers. One turnover was deep in Georgia territory and the other costly turnover was when Bo Wallace threw it up for grabs around midfield and it was picked off.
Who’s the man: Quarterback Aaron Murray had another big day, this time against the Rebels. He completed 21 of 28 for 384 yards and four touchdowns. His four touchdown passes were from 66, 40, 42 and 28 yards. He bounced back nicely from his three interception game last week.
Key play: Aaron Murray’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King with four seconds left in the half was the killer for the Rebels. At the time, they were leading 10-7 and had created some momentum with several sacks on the drive. But it was all lost when Murray scrambled out of the pocket and put the ball on a dime to King in the end zone. It was all Georgia from that point on.
What’s next: Georgia returns next week to seal up the SEC East against Auburn, and Ole Miss returns to SEC play against Vanderbilt. Both teams have much to accomplish over the next few weeks, as the Rebels just need one win to get to a bowl game.