Georgia QB Aaron Murray had an excellent rebound performance against the Rebels Saturday, tossing four touchdowns to four different receivers in the Bulldogs 37-10 win.
Things were looking a little shaky early when Ole Miss jumped out to a 10-0 lead but Murray set the tone for his team with some remarkable poise. On his first pass attempt after the Rebels' touchdown, Murray executed a beautiful play-action fake and found a wide open Marlon Brown for a 66-yard touchdown to put his team back into the game.
Following an exchange in which these teams turned the ball over four times in five consecutive plays, Murray found Tavarres King for a 40-yard touchdown strike with the second quarter winding down to take a 14-10 lead.
That backbreaking bomb set the tone for the rest of the game as the Bulldogs shut out the Rebels 23-0 in the second half. Murray continued his reign with two more touchdowns and the defense followed his lead, snatching a fumble and forcing a safety.
Box Score Hero: Obviously Murray was the difference-maker in this one, going 21-for-28 with 384 yards and four touchdowns, but he had some help too; RB Todd Gurley chipped in 117 rushing yards on 18 carries and 11 different players hauled in receptions from Murray. It seemed someone was always open.
Rankings Ramifications: A strong, well-rounded win like this is sure to give the Bulldogs some brownie points with the voters. They'll have a solid chance to move up from their No. 6 slot if Notre Dame can't complete its comeback against Pittsburgh or Oregon drops its game to USC.
But Did They Cover? The Bulldogs were made lofty 14-point favorites by most but they more than did their job.
Next Week's Schedule: Georgia has it pretty easy the rest of the way starting with a visit to Auburn next week. As for the Rebels, they'll be looking to rebound against the Vanderbilt Commodores at home.