Aaron Murray: The freshman could have struggled in his debut without his best weapons. Instead Murray was strong, not just passing-wise (160 yards and three touchdowns) but rushing (42 yards, including a touchdown).
Key moment: Georgia’s offense was a bit sluggish early, and on its second drive was in danger of stalling again. But Murray hit Kris Durham on a 22-yard pass. That put Georgia into Louisiana-Lafayette territory for the first time, and six plays later Caleb King scored on a 20-yard run. From there the rout was on.
Key decision: Playing true freshman Hutson Mason, rather than preserving his redshirt. The coaching staff decided to burn the redshirt right away, at least for a year, and Mason showed his talents by hitting Logan Gray (the former No. 2 quarterback) on a 26-yard touchdown pass on his first play.
Quote of the game
“Maybe one of the highlights for me was how the defense played. I thought they got after it. Very few mental errors that I could see.”
— Georgia head coach Mark Richt
14 - Louisiana-Lafayette’s total rushing, including 18 yards of lost yardage on sacks
9 - Different Georgia players that caught a pass, despite the absence of A.J. Green and Tavarres King
30 - Georgia’s total penalty yards. Last year its season low was 29, against Auburn.