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Murray and Gurley lead No. 11 Georgia past No. 6 South Carolina

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Georgia had its back against the wall.

Coming off a season-opening loss to Clemson, the Bulldogs couldn’t afford to start out 0-2 by losing to No. 6 South Carolina at home on Saturday.

But Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley made sure No. 11 Georgia would stay alive in its quest for a BCS title.

Murray threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns and Gurley rumbled his way to 115 rushing yards as the Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks, 41-30, in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the young season.

It was maybe the biggest win of Murray’s illustrious career, too, as he made several clutch throws to stymie South Carolina and get revenge for a 35-7 shellacking at Williams-Brice Stadium last season. With the win, he stays alive in the Heisman race after getting bested by Tajh Boyd in week one.

Meanwhile, Gurley continued to show why he’s one of the best backs in the nation, grinding out 92 first-half yards to set the tone for the Georgia offense.

South Carolina didn’t go down without a fight. The Gamecocks stormed back after being down, 17-3, early in the game. Mike Davis showed he may be a superior back to the departed Marcus Lattimore, as he notched his second-straight 100-yard game with 149 yards and a score on 16 carries. Quarterback Connor Shaw also had an outstanding game, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns while adding 75 yards on the ground.

The Gamecocks will have to bounce back next week against Vandy if they are to stay alive in the SEC East.

As for the Bulldogs, they are now 1-0 in the SEC and have the potential to shrug off that opening loss and win out. At this point, the Sept. 28 matchup with LSU looms especially large, as the Tigers may be the only thing standing between Georgia and its third-straight SEC East title.

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14 Responses to “Murray and Gurley lead No. 11 Georgia past No. 6 South Carolina”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 7, 2013 8:13 PM

    USC after two games appears overrated – again.

    Florida is even worse.

    SEC East is UGa’s to lose.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 7, 2013 8:47 PM

    cometkazie: My friend…

    “SEC East is UGa’s to lose.” So true, so true.

    I am really not looking forward to going to Athens this year. Hope our freshman defense really matures by that time and Met and the receivers gel, AND the RBs get into their stride.

    ************

    Chris: I am not sure how even if UGA loses to LSU and wins out all other games that the SEC East can be taken away from them? Maybe I am missing something, but then if USC wins out, they have one SEC loss and UGA would have one SEC loss and the first tie break would be against one another and GA wins that, and the next one (which is unnecessary…) is within the division, and UGA wins that, so this win for UGA has just about guaranteed UGA to be in the SEC Championship game no matter what happens in the game v. LSU.

  3. atlsportingreports says: Sep 7, 2013 9:33 PM

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  4. bamafan36 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:52 PM

    @southernpatriot…..you are right. One loss to the West will not hurt their standing. But, it’s a long season, and UGA still has a lot of work left. They can’t sleep on UT or Vandy. UGA has a tough row to hoe. But, they looked good today. Much fewer mental mistakes, not the usual penalty laden game from the Dawgs, and Murray played nice. Gurley is full-grown, and will pose a challenge for every team they face, until he leaves after next season. I hate that they lost Mitchell, especially HOW they lost him.

    Either way, I would love to see UGA play Clemson after week 6. I think the outcome would be MUCH different.

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  6. suprmous says: Sep 7, 2013 11:47 PM

    Here goes with an observation and if I’m wrong I know I’ll hear about it. While watchin this game I got the feelin that Clowney is nothin more than a prima donna. He appeared to be sluggish and not puttin his heart into playin not only the game but for playin for the Old Ball Coach. I don’t get it. Sometimes guys praise and worship coaches to the point of makin it a dream to play for em and actually do. Then some play their dream of goin onto the NFL while others do as what I saw earlier: play the coach. As I said if I’m wrong I’ll hear it, and I know how brutal you guys can be. Either Clowney’s doin a damned good job of playin the Old Ball Coach and actin like a prima donna along with not puttin his heart into it OR he just wasn’t playin up to his potential or what I’ve understood he’s capable of. I’ll admit I’ve never been much of a fan of the Old Ball Coach I feel he doesn’t nor does any other coach deserve not gettin the most out of his players. If they don’t wanna play then let those who do play. Sometimes I can honestly say 3 taught me more than they know.

  7. thegamecocker says: Sep 8, 2013 9:27 AM

    @supermous

    It’s not entirely Clowney’s fault. He wins an ESPY for the hit in the Michigan game last bowl season and he becomes an “overnight sensation”. Some of his comments such as Aaron Murray and Tajh Boyd being afraid of him don’t help his cause. But the media has focused the spotlight on him and teams have double-teamed him and run away from his side. The overall South Carolina secondary is not playing well and we have 3 new starting LB’s. The game is played with 11 players on each side of the ball and Clowney can only so so much from his position. No excuses as there is plenty of room for improvement on his part. And there appears to be something wrong with his foot. Georgia deserved the win yesterday. They out-played us and they out-coached us. Congratulations to Mark Richt and Georgia.

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2013 11:01 AM

    Down here next to the swamps, I have heard that Clowney had a foot injury and the flu. But USCe’s most serious problem is that they do not have another pass rusher from the other side. Just as thegamecocker said, double Clowney and stop the rush. QB then has time and more time to check off and even go to a third option, if the second is covered. That greatly enhances the opposition offensive plan.

    bamafan36: You’re right. However, I think I would exchange the SEC schedule LSU has for UGAs…smile.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Sep 8, 2013 1:02 PM

    Cometkazie, USC does not play in the SEC.

  10. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2013 1:16 PM

    That’s U$C or USCw.

    Or the ranked one.

    Poof!

  11. suprmous says: Sep 8, 2013 6:42 PM

    gamecocker, thanks for not takin my head off as so many have; respect and smiles and a wish for a good week to you. I was taught long ago by the Holy Terror Three there’s a lot to be learned from football as it applies to life and visa versa. At no time did they teach me to be judgemental and (I have to confess I do get that way at times) give off impression I know everything but state my opinion. I’ve said it before, if I step on your toes it’s not meant to hurt you but just state my opinion. If you don’t like what I said explain to me where I’m wrong. At the tender age of 60 I’ve still got learnin to do. Here’s to everybody havin a good wk ahead.

  12. thegamecocker says: Sep 8, 2013 8:01 PM

    @suprmous

    You’re the BEST! Always have great respect for your comments as I know they are not personally directed. The Gamecocks played hard but not smart and got beat. Clowney is still a great player and he’ll be fine going forward. You have a great week too. And for the record, I’m older than you….and still learning.

  13. spacemaker101 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:14 PM

    Sorry UGA isn’t winning out

  14. suprmous says: Sep 9, 2013 3:00 AM

    gamecocker, you can’t be much older than the ole lady here. You sound younger I. Geesh, now I’m one embarassed sistah of 3 of Bama’s alumni, daughter of 1 each Ga and Bama alumni, and me just bein a plain ole LSU fan. Is that a mouthful or what,hahaha.

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