Sunday, September 16, 2012

Georgia Defeats Florida Atlantic, 56-20

UGA QB Aaron Murray
The Georgia Bulldogs improve to 3-0 after their 56-20 victory over the Florida Atlantic University Owls in Athens on Saturday night. The Dawgs had a rough first half by giving up big yardage plays and giving up 14 points but halftime adjustments helped wake the defense up. All-American Linebacker Jarvis Jones was given the night off to rest an injury so the defense had to pick up the pace. Keep in mind, Georgia was still without defensive starters Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree.

UGA QB Aaron Murray went 14/19 for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR Michael Bennett was Murray's favorite target in this game as he caught 4 catches for 110 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Arthur Lynch caught 3 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. The Dawgs also had a great night in the running game. RB Todd Gurley had 10 carries for 111 yards and 1 touchdown. The second RB freshman sensation, Keith Marshall, had 10 carries for 104 yards and 1 touchdown. QB Aaron Murray scrambled 3 times, two of which were QB sneaks that resulted in two touchdowns. UGA's had a staggering 713 yards in total offense.

UGA RB Keith Marshall
On defense, safety Shawne Wiliams had 12 total tackles. Linebacker Amarlo Herrera had 6 total tackles and 1 interception. UGA's defense also had a forced and recovered fumble. FAU's offense was dissecting UGA's defense in the first half but then the Bulldogs picked up FAU's game plan and stuffed the Owls on almost every play in the second half.

FAU QB Graham Wilbert went 18/33 for 183 yards and threw 1 touchdown and 1 interception. WR William Dukes had 5 catches for 98 yards. WR Nexon Dorvilus caught 1 touchdown pass. RB Damian Fortner had 14 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Bulldogs easily took care of the Owls and improve to #5 in the AP Poll. They are now looking ahead to facing Vanderbilt in Athens next week. The Commodores are one of the most underrated teams in the SEC as they came close to beating #7 South Carolina in Week 1 but fell short, 17-13. UGA beat Vanderbilt last season in Nashville, 33-28. Vandy will compete until the clock hits 0:00 and will try to give the Dawgs problems. This game will be very physical and it will be smash-mouth, SEC football.

Once again, thank you for tuning into my blog as I continue to cover the Georgia Bulldogs throughout this season. Hopefully UGA can continue their success and do great things in this competitive SEC. Keep on looking out for my next blog covering the team's game against Vandy next week. So until then, GO DAWGS!!!-Yuriy A.

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