ATHENS, Ga. --- Even before Georgia held its final preseason scrimmage Wednesday, the Bulldogs' "practice game" felt very much like a real game to Aaron Murray.
"I definitely had a little jitters," said Murray, the redshirt freshman starting quarterback. "In warmups, I had a couple of overthrows. I was a little pumped up. Whenever you go into Sanford Stadium, your jitters are going to be running a little more than when you're just out on the practice field. I just need to calm down a little bit. After the first play, the jitters died down and I was good to go."
Murray completed 9 of 17 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown pass to A.J. Green and no interceptions. Freshman Hutson Mason was 5 of 10 for 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
"The more times I get out there, the better I'm getting," Murray said. "I definitely took a little step forward today." Murray said he feels like he's making better reads, but pinpointed one play where he scrambled and was sacked when he should have thrown the ball out of bounds.
"He's still learning. He's still a freshman," coach Mark Richt said. "It wasn't really bad, but there were a couple of times where he could have made a better decision. I'm just very thankful that we got into those situations and it happened today. Hopefully, the point will be driven home a little bit better because it was more of a real situation."
A "Georgia" team of frontline players defeated "Louisiana-Lafayette" 38-24. Sort of.
Richt spotted the Lafayette side, made up mostly of scout-teamers, 21 points and then credited it with a field goal that in reality wasn't good.
"We got a little shutout today," said cornerback Vance Cuff, who had six tackles.
The closed scrimmage was played before a nearly empty stadium or as Murray said "93,000 less" than when the real Louisiana-Lafayette team plays Georgia on Sept. 4.
Green had four catches for 40 yards.
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