Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dawgs Make History In 56-20 Blowout

FOOTBALL

School Records Set: Georgia beat FAU 56-20, marking the first time in school history that Georgia has scored 40-plus in each of its first three games. Georgia has outscored its opponents 142-63 points. Georgia is 31-1 in non-conference games at home under Mark Richt and 46-8 overall in non-conference games.

Tonight, the Dawgs piled up a school record 713 yards of total offense. The previous high was 667 versus Southern Miss in 1993. This ranks No. 6 in SEC history and is the most since Arkansas matched that against North Texas in 2007,

Two 100-Yard Rushers: True freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley both finished the game with more than 100 yards rushing. Marshall had 10 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown marking his first career 100-yard game. Gurley registered his second 100-yard game after picking up 111 yards on 10 carries and a score. Georgia last accomplished the feat versus Auburn in 2011. Danny Ware (24-127-0) and Thomas Brown (17-122-1) were the last true freshmen to go over 100 yards in the same game (Vanderbilt, 2004).

Career Night For Murray: Junior QB Aaron Murray posted a career-high 342 passing yards, completing 14 of 19 passes with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Also, he rushed for 2 TDs. Murray now is tied for second all-time in school history for TD passes, tallying 67 (Eric Zeier). The Georgia mark is 72 by David Greene.

Herrera To The House: Sophomore ILB Amarlo Herrera turned his first career interception into a 35-yard return for a touchdown. This was the Dawgs’ first INT returned for a TD since Bacarri Rambo did it versus Auburn in 2011.

Reaching The Century Mark: Murray connected with sophomore SE Michael Bennett for a 67-yard touchdown to put the Dawgs up 28-14. This was Bennett’s career-long reception. Bennett finished with four catches for 110 yards and a score, giving him his first 100-yard game.

First Time In The Zone: Murray connected with junior TE Arthur Lynch for a 36-yard touchdown early in the third period. This was Lynch’s first career touchdown.

Points off Turnovers: Junior OLB Chase Vasser forced a fumble and sophomore CB Malcolm Mitchell recovered it in the first quarter. Murray later scored. Late in the same period, Lynch caught an 18-yard pass before fumbling. The Owls scored a touchdown a minute later on a 43-yard run. This marked FAU’s first points in the opening half this year. Late in the third quarter, Murray threw a pick in the end zone. FAU threw an INT of its own on the next play that sophomore ILB Amarlo Herrera returned 35 yards for a touchdown. LeMay threw his first career INT that the Owls returned for a touchdown. Georgia has forced five turnovers for 28 points and surrendered five turnovers that opponents turned into 16 points.

Blocked Extra Point: Junior Kwame Geathers blocked the first extra point for the Dawgs since Shawn Williams had one against Tennessee in 2011.

Tackles: Senior S Shawn Williams led the team with a career-high 12 tackles and while senior ILB Michael Gilliard had nine stops.

New Starters Tonight: True freshman OLB Jordan Jenkins started his first career game against the Owls. Counting PK Marshall Morgan, the Dawgs have had eight first-time starters this season, including four true freshmen. Also of note, senior Sanders Commings returned to the lineup as one of the starting safeties after missing the first 2 games. Junior FLK Rantavious Wooten also started his first game since 2009 and 4th overall.

Injuries: Junior OG Dallas Lee suffered a left ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Rantavious Wooten had a left knee contusion and left the game. All-American OLB Jarvis Jones did not see any action after playing with a groin injury in the win at Missouri.

Uga IX:Russ,” a former interim mascot for the Dawgs, received a “battlefield promotion” and assumed the title of “Uga IX” in a pregame ceremony at midfield.

Game Captains: Senior N John Jenkins, senior SE Marlon Brown, senior TB Richard Samuel and junior OLB Jarvis Jones served as Georgia’s captains.

Up Next: The Dawgs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) host Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) on September 22nd. The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 7:45 p.m.

Coach Mark Richt
Opening Statement…
"The offense really did a good job — running the ball, passing the ball, pass protecting. Other than the turnovers that were alarming, it was a good output by the offense. When you get that type of output, you're executing and doing some very good things. If we can keep from shooting ourselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties, we've got a chance to be good on offense."

On the Georgia team…
"I think we've got ability, we've got good team unity, but I still think we have a ways to go to really play sharp, to play lights out. We'll keep making corrections as we go. You never play a perfect game, but if we keep improving, that will be a great thing for
Georgia."

On Aaron Murray…
"Aaron was very accurate and his stats are pretty sporty. It was a group effort with protection and with route running, but Aaron really delivered the mail tonight."

On being 3-0…
"It's great to be 3-0. We're looking forward to getting back in league play and I'm glad we'll be at home. We're facing a Vanderbilt team that we know is outstanding. They will be ready to come after us. They're fighting for their lives in league play, so we've got to
be ready."

Sophomore Linebacker Amarlo Herrera
“We were having some communication issues at the beginning of the game so once we were able to come in to the locker room at half time, we could sit down and figure out what we needed to do differently in the second half.”

Senior Nose Guard John Jenkins
“As a defensive player, you don't like to see some of the stats [that we gave up today], but its important to look at the bigger picture...we got the W. We came in at halftime and regrouped and were back playing the kind of defense we were used to in the second half.”

Freshman Tailback Keith Marshall
“We were running well. It all starts with the offensive line. They did a great job...it all started with them. Everyone was making big plays. We executed well and will have some momentum from this to build off of, but we have to get back to practice this week and work to get better.”

Junior Tight End Arthur Lynch
“We were clicking today and played well. I think today shows the potential that we have on the offensive side of the ball. I had a feeling that I was in, but just had to wait it out. Aaron threw a great ball and the blockers helped me get to the end zone.”

Junior Quarterback Aaron Murray
“It was a great game and a great week of practice. We had great focus all week too. We played like we knew we could and executed the plays that were called.”

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