Dawgs win, Murray sets SEC record

Rob Saye

The Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2), led by senior quarterback Aaron Murray, cruised to a 45-6 victory against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Homecoming weekend. With a 23-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter, Murray broke former Heisman trophy winner Danny Weurffel’s SEC passing touchdown record (114) that has stood since 1996. The Bulldogs’ field general finished the game going 20-27 for 282 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.


This was a game that started off slow. However, a halftime pep talk by head coach Mark Richt and along with a few words by Aaron Murray sparked an exciting 31-point second half offensive explosion, not to mention a stout defensive effort. Ultimately Georgia finished the way most would have anticipated— by a landslide. By taking a look at the cup half full there a few positives one can take away from it.


The Dawgs’ defense keeps improving via the stat board and even by the eye test. Today marked for the first time all season that the defense held an opponent to less than 10 points. Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson continues to make a name for himself with his play. Coming in to the game Wilson led the SEC in tackles with 80 and finished up with another double digit tackling performance with 12 total tackles against ASU. Ramik Wilson’s tackling partner Amarlo Herrera recorded an interception, only to fumble it right back to the Mountaineers in the third quarter.


Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley looked healthy and ran the ball with attitude, registering 76 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. The Bulldogs will need him to be in tip-top shape when they travel to Auburn next weekend to play the No. 7 Tigers.


Rantavious Wooten set a career high with four catches for 104 yards and a score. The senior wide receiver had never eclipsed the century mark until today.


In the fourth quarter quite a few reserve players saw some action, redshirt junior Hutson Mason relieved Murray of his quarterbacking duties and played well. Mason went 11/16 for 160 yards while throwing a touchdown and an interception. Mason’s performance should make the Georgia faithful sleep well at night. Junior college transfer Jonathan Rumph also saw some playing time, recording four catches for 98 yards, including a nice 37-yard reception—a game high. That is a good sign for the Bulldogs’ receiving core because of the onslaught of injuries at that position and because of the fact that the Dawgs will need to be on their A-game traveling to a loud atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.


The Bulldogs have won two straight and will prepare for a tough matchup against another top 10 opponent this season in the Auburn Tigers.

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