Score: Georgia - 38 South Carolina - 26
I’m not sure what the real Aaron Murray thinks about all the criticism of his performances against Top 10 teams but the XBOX version of Aaron Murray sure is sick of it.
Murray dominated the South Carolina defense in one of the most impressive performances of his decorated career and led the Bulldogs to a decisive victory in Sanford Stadium. The Georgia offense was unable to get anything going in the rushing game but it didn’t matter as Murray torched the Gamecock secondary for much of the day.
He and Chris Conley were an unstoppable combination, as Conley finished with 10 receptions, 114 yards, and three touchdowns.
Georgia jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead in the first half before South Carolina was able to get on the board just before halftime.
It looked like the Gamecocks might be able to claw their way back after Mike Davis scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter, but it was clear this was Murray’s day to shine. He quickly answered with two touchdown passes to Conley and put the game out of reach.
The Georgia secondary was much improved from last week but there are still major concerns for Todd Grantham. Giving up 175 yards and three touchdowns on the ground is reminiscent of all the issues the Dawgs had last season.
This was a game of vindication for Murray. After struggling against Clemson and constantly hearing about how he can’t perform against top level competition, he stepped up to the challenge against South Carolina.
It was also an impressive job by the UGA offensive line, which kept Jadeveon Clowney in check and didn’t allow him to get a sack.
Aaron Murray - 25 of 40 for 343 yards and three touchdowns. You can’t ask much more from your senior quarterback against one of the best defenses in college football. Murray showed poise and leadership and put the team on his back when South Carolina committed to stopping the run. The game was in his hands and he proved he could handle it.
Chris Conley - With Malcolm Mitchell out with a knee injury, the pressure was on for the UGA receivers to step up. Chris Conley answered the bell and emerged as the primary option for Aaron Murray. He had three big touchdown catches and found ways to get open all day against the South Carolina defense.
After the most difficult two week stretch of any team in the country, the Dawgs get a couple weeks to take it easy before facing another difficult SEC opponent. Georgia is off next week and then gets a visit from North Texas, which will basically be little more than a scrimmage. Then comes the huge showdown with LSU.