ATHENS - It took awhile, but Georgia ended up making it look easy.
The Bulldogs got a key touchdown in the final minute of the first half, then exploded for 21 points in the third quarter, on the way to a 45-14 win over Georgia Southern.
Aaron Murray had another big day, passing for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Chris Conley continued moving into a larger role with two touchdown catches and 76 yards. And inside linebackers Alec Ogletree (12 tackles, one for loss) and Christian Robinson (nine tackles, two for loss) led the way against the GSU triple-option offense.
Georgia scored on the game's opening possession, but it was tied in the second quarter, and the Eagles trailed 10-7 and were driving in the final minute of the first half. That's when a chop-block penalty pushed them into a field goal try, which missed, and Murray led the Bulldogs downfield for a touchdown with three seconds left.
The Bulldogs then put it away in the third quarter.
Georgia improved to 10-1 overall, while Georgia Southern dropped to 8-3 as it gets ready for the FCS playoffs. There was a litany of statistical accomplishments for the Bulldogs:
- Georgia now has 55 touchdowns, setting a new program record. The 54-touchdown mark by the 1942 team, which won the national title, had stood until last eyar, when the team tied it over a 14-game season. This year's team needed 11 games.
- Todd Gurley surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, becoming the first Georgia player since Knowshon Moreno (2008) to do so. Gurley also scored his 12th touchdown, bringing him within three of the freshman rushing record set by Herschel Walker in 1980.
- Murray now has 87 career touchdown passes, moving closer to Peyton Manning on the SEC all-time list.
- Tavarres King moved past past Mohammed Massaquoi into fifth all-time on Georgia's receiving yards list. And with his touchdown catch, he tied Fred Gibson for the third-most in his career.