Dawgs bid farewell to Murray Saturday

Rob Saye

The Georgia Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3) return to Sanford Stadium to face the Kentucky Wildcats (2-8, 0-6) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the season finale between the hedges. It is the first night game of the season for the Bull- dogs, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Auburn Tigers in a thriller last weekend. Georgia has dominated the series against Kentucky 52-12-2 and is aiming for its fourth consecutive win in games between the two SEC East rivals.

The Wildcats may be having a rough season, but they are certainly not a team to sleep on. Last season the Dawgs and Cats went down to the wire with Georgia coming out on top 29-24 in Lexington. If the Bulldogs, who are favored by 23.5 points, suffer a loss to the Wildcats, it would be the first time since 2006 that they have lost to both Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the same season. That year, the Dawgs lost both games by a combined six points (24-22 to Vanderbilt and 24-20 to Kentucky).

Saturday features a matchup between two former Florida State coordinators. Georgia head coach Mark Richt worked under Bobby Bowden as the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator from 1990-2000. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, was the defensive coordinator under Jimbo Fisher from 2010-2012.

“I don’t know him well,” Richt said of Stoops. “I’ve gotten to meet him just at some of the official events that we’re at, but I really don’t know him well. He seems like a great guy and I know he’s a great coach.”


In their final game at Sanford Stadium, seniors such as Aaron Murray and Garrison Smith will be embracing the moment like never before. Murray has been one of the more decorated quarterbacks in UGA history, let alone SEC history, with his school records and conference records. He recently locked up another SEC mark in total completions (903) at Auburn.

Smith has been one of the leaders on the defense in 2013 and he expressed what Satur- day may feel like to him in his last game wear- ing the “G” in Athens.

“I will definitely feel [the emotions] but I’m going to try not to,” Smith explained. “It’s definitely going to be emotional because it’s your last game, but it’s not really a sad feeling. It’s just your next step in life. You’re moving onto your next place.”

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