ATHENS -- Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, Isaiah Crowell ran for 104 yards and Georgia took advantage of a strong start to beat Mississippi State 24-10 on Saturday.
Georgia (3-2, 2-1 SEC) led 21-3 at halftime before surviving a listless second half for its third straight win.
Chris Relf passed for 157 yards and ran for 31 yards but couldn’t lead a touchdown drive, leaving Mississippi State (2-3, 0-3) still looking for its first SEC win.
Georgia, already motivated to make up for a loss at Mississippi State last season, played as if it was inspired by an exchange of taunts before the game. The teams had to be separated at midfield at the end of pregame warmups.
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Georgia took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and led 21-3 at halftime.