Aaron Murray. The redshirt-freshman quarterback wasn’t at fault during Georgia’s four-game losing streak, but Murray figured in its ending. He accounted for four of the team’s five touchdowns, sparking the offense with his running ability, and didn’t commit a turnover.
If Tennessee had a rally in it, that got snuffed out when Eric Gordon muffed a punt in the first quarter. Georgia led 17-7, but the Volunteers were coming off their first score and had forced a second-straight three-and-out. Instead of decent field position, Georgia’s Blake Sailors caught Gordon’s muff in the air and went down at the Tennessee 37. Four plays later, the Bulldogs scored a touchdown, and it was never a two-possession game again.
Murray deciding to run for it, and the result being a touchdown, on Georgia’s first drive. Murray has hesitated before taking off, but he made quick decisions Saturday, with that first touchdown run setting the tone for the rest of his day. Said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo: “He went from one to two to three. If they were covered, he ran. If two was open, he hit it. It was good to see.”
Quote of the game
“Aaron is such a special guy. I’ve been saying that since Day 1. Some of the stuff he can do is just amazing, stuff that some older quarterbacks can’t even do.”
— Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green on Murray
By the numbers
Georgia’s scoring percentage in the red zone, turning around its struggles in that area, with a 6-for-6 performance.
Georgia allowed only 9 yards rushing.
Akeem Dent led Georgia with 12 tackles, including half a sack and half a tackle for loss.
The Bulldogs turned three Tennessee turnovers into 17 points.
— Seth Emerson, Kevin Price