Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Colleges

Georgia QB Aaron Murray manages a Top 10 victory

JACKSONVILLE — Aaron Murray got his signature win.

All week leading up to Saturday's showdown between No. 3 Florida and No. 12 Georgia, analysts kept saying even though the Plant High alumnus has had a stellar three-year career as Georgia's quarterback, he had not earned a big win for the Bulldogs.

Murray had his struggles Saturday — three interceptions in the first half after entering with only four for the entire season. But in the end, he did what he had to.

Murray's 45-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell sealed the 17-9 win for the Bulldogs.

"Coach (Mark Richt) turned to me to make a play," said Murray who finished 12-of-24 for 150 yards after his first win over a Top-10 team. "We could have just run the ball and tried to run clock. That was a good feeling that he had faith in me."

Murray and the Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East if they win their final conference games against Mississippi and Auburn.

"To move back in control of our own destiny again, it's a great feeling after everything that's happened," Murray said.

"This is a huge win. Any time Georgia and Florida play, it's big."

INJURY UPDATE: Florida WR Solomon Patton broke his left arm during the first quarter, coach Will Muschamp said. … LB Jelani Jenkins reinjured his hamstring. … DL Damien Jacobs did not play because of a hip injury he suffered last week.

WHO'S SOFT? Last week, Georgia S Shawn Williams called his defense "soft," going so far as to suggest which players should actually be playing various positions. Apparently, it sparked something. The Bulldogs forced six turnovers (the most by UF in any game since 2000) and held Florida to 266 yards, including 81 rushing.

"This was a great game for us," said LB Jarvis Jones, who had 13 tackles (12 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles.

"Shawn gave us a challenge, and everyone stepped up. This makes me feel better. We played every snap like it was our last and executed the game plan."

Richt previously said he didn't have a problem with Williams' comments, and he reiterated that after the game. "I'd say we were not soft," Richt said. "The defense rose to the occasion, and everyone fought their tails off.

"There was a lot of emotion and two really good football teams getting after it."

A first: Georgia freshman Todd Gurley became the first player to rush for 100 yards (118) against the Gators this season.

STURGIS MOVES UP: UF would much rather have had touchdowns. But with three field goals (38, 22 and 50 yards), senior Caleb Sturgis has 61 for his career. That's six shy of the school record held by Jeff Chandler.

STILL NO VICTORY: Muschamp remains winless in the Florida-Georgia series, his record 0-6. He went 0-4 against the Gators as a player at Georgia and now is 0-2 as a coach. Georgia has back-to-back wins vs. Florida for the first time since 1987-89.

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