The Georgia Bulldogs knew what was at stake. They knew that a win against Ole Miss on Saturday at Sanford Stadium would get them closer to the SEC East title and get them back Georgia Dome for the second consecutive year.
The Rebels knew that too and they made sure that Georgia earned a win against them, jumping to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs rattled off 37 unanswered poinst to come away with the 37-10 win.
The Rebels were able to jump to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter because the Bulldogs had trouble defending the spread attack led by quarterback Bo Wallace.
After opening the game 3-0 with a 34-yard field goal by Bryson Rose, the Rebels made it 10-0 early in the second quarter after Wallace threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Mosley.
After that, it would be all Bulldogs.
Georgia scored on the ensuing drive as Aaron Murray threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown to cut the lead to three. After two turnovers by each team in one minute of play and a couple of exchanged punts, Georgia was able to take the lead going into halftime when Murray threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King.
The Bulldogs would add on to that lead at the star t of the third quarter when Murray threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell to increase the lead 21-10. After forcing the Rebels to go three-and-out on the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs made it 28-10 when they put together a 6-play, 77-yard drive, which ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Alexander Ogletree.
After having fits with the Rebels’ offense at the start of the game, the Bulldogs tightened things up in the second half. It was proven late in the third quarter when Alec Ogletree tackled Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott in the endzone for a safety to make the score 30-10. Ogletree led all defenders with 11 tackles, one sack and one interception.
The Bulldogs were able to tack on one more score when Murray threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten midway through the fourth quarter.
It was a game that started off slow for the Bulldogs, but they picked things up when they figured out what Ole Miss was doing. Murray was sacked five times in the first half, but his jersey was clean in the second half and ended the day 21 of 28 with 348 yards and four touchdowns. Todd Gurley was also effective running the ball, tallying 117 yards on 18 carries.
For the defense, after allowing the Rebels to gain 100 yards of offense in the first half, they only allowed 134 yards of offense the rest of the game. As mentioned, Ogletree was big for the Bulldogs, but Garrison Smith also had a strong game, racking up seven tackles and one sack. Damian Swann and Shawn Williams also each had a sack for the Bulldogs.
Georgia is now 8-1 on the year and they only have to win one more game to clinch the SEC East title. They will face Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday at 7 p.m.