Coach Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldog program had been facing some media scrutiny and fan criticism the past few weeks.
Aaron Murray, the redshirt freshman, had a terrific day running and passing the ball as he and the Georgia Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak in a 41-14 win over Tennessee.
Murray completed 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards and rushed seven times for 41 yards. The mobile 6’4 Murray showed his ability to make plays on the ground after finishing a six-play, 73 yard drive with a 35 yard touchdown run that gave the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead.
Tennessee’s offense was inept and looked like as if the team hasn’t quite recovered from losing in Baton Rouge the previous week.
Georgia was able to take full advantage and after a 42 yard field goal by Blair Walsh made the score 10-0.
Murray led another offensive drive that consisted of three plays and ended with the redshirt freshman connecting with Rantavious Wooten on a 9-yard touchdown which gave the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead.
A.J. Green was also a factor in the game. He caught six passes for 96 yards which gives the talented 6’4 receiver 13 catches for 215 yards in the past two weeks.
Tennessee did have an occasional bright spot. In the second half, Volunteer’s quarterback Matt Sims completed a touchdown pass early in the second quarter to Justin Hunter for 38 yards that closed the gap to 17-7.
However, the Vols were in the giving mood after fumbling a punt which gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Tennessee 37 yard line.
Just two plays later, Murray completed a 22 yard pass to A.J. Green to make the score, 24-7.
Both teams entered the game after tough losses. The Bulldogs were trying to deal with a road defeat to Colorado, and Tennessee was dealing with an equally tough and frustrating loss to LSU.
Georgia (2-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) ended its longest skid since 1990. Next week the Bulldogs will face Vanderbilt at home. Tennessee (2-4, 0-3) will play Alabama in two weeks on Saturday, October 23rd.