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Murray's record day heals Dawgs

Georgia quarterback and former Plant High star Aaron Murray finishes a record day chatting with Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

Associated Press

Georgia quarterback and former Plant High star Aaron Murray finishes a record day chatting with Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia's national title hopes kept shrinking as its injury list kept growing.

Then Aaron Murray and Marshall Morgan came to the rescue and saved the sixth-ranked Bulldogs' championship aspirations.

Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after Murray threw a tying touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in regulation Saturday as Georgia beat Tennessee 34-31.

"I hit it, and I knew it was good," Morgan said. "I was just thinking — I don't know — I just kind of lay down because I saw people running at me and my knee's already (been) hurting all game."

Morgan wasn't the only Bulldog with an aching knee. Running back Keith Marshall injured his right knee in the first quarter and was carted off.

Murray, the former Plant High standout, went 19 of 35 for 196 yards and three touchdowns and became the SEC's all-time leader in career passing yards. Murray has thrown for 11,625, breaking the record of another Georgia quarterback, David Greene (11,528 yards, 2001-04).

Georgia forced overtime on Murray's 2-yard touchdown to Rantavious Wooten to tie it at 31.

Rajion Neal's 7-yard run put Tennessee ahead 31-24 with 1:54 left after Justin Worley found tight end A.J. Branisel for a 28-yard pass on fourth and 1 from the Georgia 35. Neal ran for 148 yards for Tennessee, which has lost 19 straight to ranked foes.

Tennessee receiver Alton Howard capped the first overtime possession by losing control of the ball as he dove to the front-right corner of the end zone. The play was initially ruled a 7-yard touchdown, but replays showed he fumbled before crossing the goal line, turning the potential score into a touchback.

Marshall injured his knee after taking a hit while reaching for an incompletion in the first quarter.

No. 1 'bama 45, Georgia St. 3: AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and the host Crimson Tide was brutally efficient.

"That's what we were looking for," receiver DeAndrew White said. "We try to play a perfect game. Special teams, offense, defense coming together, that's what we want."

The Tide led 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers, a first-year Division I-A team.

No. 10 LSU 59, Miss. St. 26: Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards, including nine completions for 179 yards and both of his TDs to Odell Beckham Jr., as the visiting Tigers rolled.

The Bulldogs loaded the line of scrimmage to stop the run, daring LSU to throw. The Tigers obliged. "They were playing the run game a little bit hard," Beckham said. "I give all credit to Zach. He's been making all the right plays and all the right reads since the season began."

It was a tight game for three quarters, but Mettenberger's touchdown to Beckham gave LSU a 38-26 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter as LSU closed on a 31-0 run.

No. 13 S. Carolina 35, Ky. 28: Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the Gamecocks held on late despite playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The Wildcats rallied from 21-0 to within a touchdown, but the Gamecocks ran out the clock behind SEC-leading rusher Mike Davis and beat Kentucky for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings.

Clowney told coaches right before the game his bruised ribs were still hurting. If Clowney "wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants," said a miffed coach Steve Spurrier, who improved to 20-1 against Kentucky, counting his time at Florida. "But he if doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that."

Auburn 30, No. 24 Ole Miss 22: Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and the host Tigers got their first win over a Top 25 team in two years. Marshall had 5-yard scoring runs in the second and third quarters. "I thought he helped us win the game with his feet," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said of Marshall, who had 14 carries, eight that produced first downs.

Missou 51, Vandy 28: James Franklin threw for four touchdowns and the Tigers moved to 5-0 and opened conference play without missing a beat in the program's first trip to Nashville as a member of the SEC. Franklin guided Missouri on scoring drives on the first six possessions and finished 19-for-28 for 278 yards.

On top

SEC's career passing yardage leaders:

11,625 Aaron Murray, Georgia 2010-13

11,528 David Greene, Georgia 2001-04

11,213 Chris Leak, Florida 2003-06

11,201 Peyton Manning, Tennessee 1994-97

11,153 Eric Zeier, Georgia 1991-94

Murray's record day heals Dawgs 10/05/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 12:31am]
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