- Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:19
- Author: Georgia Sports Communications
Photo: Logan Booker/BI
What a difference one week makes. After the Clemson game, the Bulldogs and its fans were big-time depressed. One week later, all is well. No offense to Clemson, but the South Carolina game was so more important. One, it was a conference game. Two, it was home and it is always good to win in front of your own fans. Three, it was against a team where the Dawgs have struggled against the last few seasons. Four, being a Georgia fan, something about beating Steve Spurrier makes you feel real good. I think I can go on and on.
Like I mentioned above, the Bulldog Nation is on cloud nine and that includes quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray may be on cloud ninety-nine (more on that later.) Murray has struggled throughout his career against South Carolina and has never defeated the Gamecocks. This season it was a little different especially from what he did last season. Here is a comparison of the two games.
For his effort, Murray was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
As mentioned above, Murray had four touchdown passes. He has 99 for his career which is still 2nd all-time in the SEC. Also mentioned above, he had zero interceptions. Six times in his Bulldog career he has had at least four touchdown passes in a game and has had zero interceptions. Here are those games.
2011 vs New Mexico State (5 TD)
2011 vs Auburn
2012 vs Kentucky
2012 vs Ole Miss
2012 vs Georgia Southern
2013 vs South Carolina
One of the major plays in the game was the Murray pass complete to Justin Scott-Wesley for 85 yards and the score. JSW caught the pass and took off down the sideline. There was no one that could stop the former high school state champ in the 100 and 200 meters. It was the 3rd longest pass play in the Mark Richt era. Here are the top 5.
Like Murray another great Bulldog Todd Gurley struggled last season against the Gamecocks. Let’s look at his two-game comparison vs South Carolina.
The 39 rush yards last season is still a career-low. Not only did Gurley have a touchdown rush, he had a touchdown reception. It was his first touchdown catch of his career. Only seven players under Mark Richt have at least one touchdown rush and touchdown reception in the same game. Kregg Lumpkin is the only Bulldog to do it twice. Here are all the players.
Georgia had several running backs that made impacts. Keith Marshall, Quayvon Hicks, J.J. Greenand Brendan Douglas all contributed. Gurley though carried majority of the load. His 30 rush attempts was a career-high and it was tied for 4th most under Mark Richt. Here are those top-5.
There were certainly a lot of points scored in this past game. If you remember correctly the last time this game was played in Athens there were a lot of points scored, too. Also the time before that there were a lot of points scored as well. Here are the last three home games against South Carolina.
||Georgia won 41-37
||South Carolina won 45-42
||Georgia won 41-30