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Aaron Murray leads Georgia to a wild win over LSU

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Georgia and LSU put up 85 combined points on Saturday, perhaps putting to rest the notion that the SEC is college football’s incubator of defensive innovation.

Instead, the nation got to see what happens when two very talented teams attempt to throw the ball down the field rather than pound it up the gut every play.

The result was a very entertaining game. And, in the end, the team with the slightly better quarterback won.

Georgia’s Aaron Murray threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns (and rushed for another) as the No. 9 Bulldogs beat No. 6 LSU in a wild one, 44-41. He carried his team despite the loss of star tailback Todd Gurley to an ankle injury. And he was clutch when it counted, leading Georgia on a game-winning 75-yard drive that culminated in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:48 left.

As a result, the Bulldogs are now 3-1 and sitting pretty in the SEC East after vanquishing two ranked teams. UGA will be favored against the rest of its schedule and it will take a major upset to keep it out of the SEC title game.

It almost didn’t happen. LSU put up quite a fight and almost pulled off the win. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for a career high 372 yards and three touchdowns and Jeremy Hill rushed for 86 yards, but the vaunted Tigers defense couldn’t stop the Georgia offense when it truly counted.

Is Georgia a national title contender? You bet, especially with a resume that already includes two wins over ranked teams. Could Murray make it to New York as a Heisman finalist? Absolutely. The senior is on pace for another spectacular season and has finally shed his reputation for coming up short in big games.

Don’t count LSU out, either. The Tigers could conceivably win the SEC West and meet Georgia again in a rematch in the conference title game. With Mettenberger playing at such a high level this team can beat anybody.

But this day belonged to Georgia. And for the first time in the Mark Richt era, all the pieces seem to be in place for a serious run at the national title.

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15 Responses to “Aaron Murray leads Georgia to a wild win over LSU”
  1. speedel says: Sep 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    Those amazing SEC defences are at it again…

  2. thegloriousone says: Sep 28, 2013 8:06 PM

    Don’t worry LSU fan, you can still fawn all over Alabama.

    SEC! SEC! Losing’s just great! As long as my arch rival wins!!

  3. gamustangdude says: Sep 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    Over the years college football fans outside of the SEC kept complaining how boring it is to watch SEC teams play because of how they were defensive math ups, now that they are offensive college football fans outside the SEC are still complaining. Haters gonna hate for whater reason I guess.

    Hey speedel, it mush have ment something to you to write a comment. Thanks, we appreciate your support.

    GO DAWGS

  4. Anoesis says: Sep 28, 2013 9:16 PM

    gamustangdude:

    Why do you care what “college football fans outside of the SEC” think? When has any SEC fan cared what anyone outside their little world thinks? An observation is not “complaining.” If you don’t want to read what the “haters” post about your conference you’re on the wrong site.

    Your conference has been fairly dominant in college football the past few years. You’d think you could just enjoy that and not be so thin-skinned about what others think.

  5. asseenonokra says: Sep 28, 2013 9:42 PM

    LSwho?

  6. chc4 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:51 PM

    Just one mans opinion… Georgia would beat Oregon.

  7. speedel says: Sep 28, 2013 9:54 PM

    @chc4

    so Clemson would also beat Oregon?

  8. Deb says: Sep 28, 2013 10:15 PM

    Anoesis …

    Why, you’re absolutely right that SEC fans don’t care what the peanut gallery thinks (does the peanut gallery think?). But you’re wrong about gamustangdude. I didn’t sense that he was upset. He seemed to be having a good time calling out the lil whiner. Of course, we could ignore the haters … but what fun is that? :D

  9. southernpatriots says: Sep 28, 2013 10:47 PM

    Congratulations to the UGA Bulldogs, Coach Richt and his staff, and the sea of red between the hedges. The fans were worth at least the 3 point win or more.

    The LSU offense, Zach Mettenberger and his team were up to the task. The defense was not. The huge amount of rookies who took the place of those departing for the NFL, were not yet ready.

    The LSU players had “PD” on the rear of their helmets for the game today for Coach Paul Dietzel who died this week. The Dietzel family had requested that in lieu of flowers to donate to The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which Coach had been active supporting for decades. Fans and friends have made those donations and continue and we express thanks on behalf of the family and of FCA.

  10. mwm264 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:03 PM

    Sad to see Verne Lundquist refer to Zach Mettenberger’s sexual battery conviction as an “unfortunate incident”……kudos to his announcing partner Daniels for jumping in and saying “it wasn’t an unfortunate incident, Zach made a choice”……..let’s see if CBS takes any action or at least apologizes for Lunquist’s comments.

  11. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 28, 2013 11:17 PM

    @mwm

    OJ disagrees…and says Zach is welcome to borrow the Bronco anytime he wants…provided Verne does the driving!

  12. geodude11 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:17 PM

    This game showed what has been evident so far this season, LSU is hurting on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Georgia lost quite a few players to the draft too. This is a rebuilding year for the Tigers, plain and simple.

  13. suprmous says: Sep 29, 2013 12:17 AM

    asseenonokra, you’re demented seriously demented.

  14. suprmous says: Sep 29, 2013 12:26 AM

    Good Friend southernpatriots, couldn’t wait to see what the parent’s alma mater had for us and must say it was worth seein up till their O took over. They honestly looked like freight trains comin after our D still I wasn’t ashamed to admit I was a proud LSU fan. As a Bama fan told me earlier if you have to lose lose to a good team take it like a good team and LSU did both. I thought he was nice in sayin that considerin a lot of Bama fans have been ugly in their remarks about us as of late. Glad to see where they mentioned Coach D too. But as nice as everything was why in the World don’t they find some different play by play and color guys? Vernie’s just too biased and Gary Danielson’s just to stuck on agreein with Vernie at times. Oh well. Hope everybody has a good wk upcomin. Da Mous

  15. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    It was a great game between two great teams. Both should be proud of their performance.

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