Score: Georgia - 38 North Texas - 14
North Texas hung close for a half before being overwhelmed by Georgia’s superior talent and depth. The two teams were actually tied at 14 at halftime, but the Dawgs held them scoreless during the second half while piling up 24 points to come away with the 38-14 victory.
It wasn’t the start Georgia fans were hoping for, but it still counts as a solid victory.
Aside from the slow start, the Georgia defense actually played relatively well. They held the Mean Green to only 228 yards of total offense and forced North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson into two interceptions, one of which was returned 44 yards by Corey Moore for a touchdown.
Todd Gurley had another huge day and certainly appears to be putting himself in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy. He finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and also added another 30 yards on three receptions and one receiving touchdown. North Texas was able to prevent Gurley from breaking any long runs, but a steady diet of him helped wear the Mean Green down over the course of the game.
Aaron Murray also had another solid performance, throwing for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. If Murray can continue to play mistake-free football, the Dawgs have a great shot at playing for the BCS Championship at the end of the season.
Todd Gurley - Rushing: 20 rushes, 110 yards, 2 TDs | Receiving: 3 receptions, 30 yards, 1 TD
North Texas simply isn’t prepared to stop a player like Gurley. That’s understandable as very few teams are. Mike Bobo stayed committed to getting Gurley the ball and he produced, finding the endzone on three different occasions.
Corey Moore - 1 interception returned for a touchdown
After having a relatively quiet start to the season, Corey Moore showed up in a big way against North Texas when he returned an interception for a touchdown. The Bulldogs had a seven point lead in the third quarter at the time and Moore’s interception essentially put the game away.
In the virtual world, the Dawgs are now 2-1 and the No. 5 ranked team in the country. They now face an LSU team that is woefully underachieving this season and enters the game against Georgia at 2-2. The Tigers have already lost to UAB and Auburn! It will be a desperate situation for Les Miles’ team and the Dawgs must be careful not to take them lightly simply because they’ve been struggling.