Published September 7, 2013 - 8:15pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
Georgia stays in the national title hunt, and for the first time in three seasons, the Bulldogs beat South Carolina and Steve Spurrier 41-30.
Watch the highlights here.
Key offensive play: Aaron Murray’s 85-yard TD pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13:00 left in the fourth quarter.
Key defensive play: Georgia stopped South Carolina late in the fourth quarter on 4th and goal from the two.
Here are four takeaways:
Big game Murray: For as much criticism as Aaron Murray heard all week about his record against top 10 opponents, he put on a show today. Murray torched the Gamecocks’ secondary, finishing 17 of 23 for 309 yards and four TDs. Aside from the Florida game last year, this is Murray’s best win against a top 10 opponent. He was really flawless all day, and South Carolina had no answer, as they gave up 524 total yards to the Bulldogs’ explosive offense.
Defense stepped up: It wasn’t a dominant showing by the Bulldogs’ defense, but they stepped up when they had to. Georgia yielded 454 total yards and 30 points, but the Connor Shaw forced fumble in the third and the fourth quarter goal-line stand were things of beauty. Maybe this gives Todd Grantham’s group confidence moving forward, and you have to figure the inexperienced unit will start to gel throughout the season.
Connor Shaw: Shaw played a big-time game on the road, where he is now 0-4 in his career. Except his third quarter fumble, Shaw played good enough to win. He finished 16 of 25 for 228 yards and two TDs. He also added 75 pesky running yards that caused trouble all day.
Running games: You could have just witnessed the SEC’s two first-team running backs in 2013. Todd Gurley and Mike Davis put on a show. Both are physical bullies, and each played big-time roles for their teams today. Gurley finished with 30 carries for 134 yards and one TD, but he was outshined by Davis, who finished with 16 carries for 149 yards and one TD. Gurley was the Bulldogs’ workhorse.
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