Georgia takes a 24-16 lead into halftime of its 2012 season opener against Buffalo. The Bulldogs at one point led 24-6 and looked like they might put this one away early but 10 unanswered points by the Bulls has them within striking distance at the half.
After taking a 14-6 advantage in the first, the Bulldogs added to it with a 35-yard field goal by freshman Marshall Morgan to make the lead 17-6. Georgia extended the lead to 24-6 on a 63 yard pitch and catch from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King later in the quarter.
Buffalo quarterback Alex Zordich has been a thorn in Todd Grantham's side the entire first half and got the Bulls' offense moving again. Brandon Oliver's two-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the half cut capped off a 94 yard drive that cut the lead to 24-13. The Bulls got the ball back again late in the half and reached Georgia's one-yard line before having to settle for a field goal.
Aaron Murray completed 6 of 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Keith Marshall leads the Bulldogs' ground game with four carries for 19 yards. Fellow freshman Todd Gurley burst on the scene in the first quarter with a touchdown run and a 100 yard kick return for another score. Tavarres King has four catches for 98 yards including a 63 yard scoring strike from Murray.
Georgia's defense allowed the Bulls 243 total yards in the first half and Buffalo held the football for over 18 minutes in the first half. Time of possession is a recipe for an upset and the Bulldogs will need to do a much better job of controlling the ball in the second half.