ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray said he hoped to use his legs more this season. Georgia's senior quarterback did that to great effect Saturday, using his mobility to escape pressure from Jadeveon Clowney and company and throw two late touchdown passes as the No. 11 Bulldogs held on to beat No. 6 South Carolina 41-30.
Halfway through the fourth quarter the Gamecocks had first and goal at the 8 and were stopped on downs inside the 1. Murray hit fullback Quayvon Hicks on a play-action pass that went for 23 yards to get breathing room and the Bulldogs ran out the final 8:28.
"That was by far my favorite part of the game," coach Mark Richt said of the final possession.
Murray was 17-for-23 for 309 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
"It was a lot of fun," said the former Plant High standout, now 2-6 against top 10 opponents. "It's definitely up there."
Georgia ended a three-year losing streak against the Gamecocks, seizing early control of the SEC East.
"Aaron played a pretty good game," said Clowney, who had three tackles and one sack. "He threw it quick and ran it away from me the whole game."
The teams combined for 990 yards; Georgia had 536. Georgia's Todd Gurley rushed for 136 yards on 30 bruising carries, scoring two touchdowns.
Afterward South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier repeatedly lamented his defense's inability to stop Georgia: "We didn't score every possession so we got beat."