ATHENS, Ga. — On a day when quarterback Aaron Murray made his 50th start for Georgia, he set a new Southeastern Conference record for career touchdown passes.
“I guess you can say he’s the best now,” tailback Todd Gurley said. “He’s got the record.”
Murray connected with receiver Michael Bennett for a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his 115th career touchdown pass, passing former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel’s mark of 114. Murray matched the record in the first quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
“He puts in a lot of effort into this thing and it’s showing,” said Wooten, who caught four passes for 104 yards in Georgia’s 45-6 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. “I’m proud to say that I’ve caught Murray’s touchdown pass.”
Murray, who’s spent his season writing his name into SEC and Georgia record books, said he wasn’t pleased with how Georgia’s offense started against Appalachian State. The Bulldogs put up 215 yards and 14 points in the first half, which included drops by receivers Reggie Davis and Rhett McGowan.
“I felt that we were a little sluggish,” Murray said. “Especially on the offensive side of the ball, there were plenty of plays we could’ve made in the first half and we weren’t making them.”
Murray, Georgia coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, among a few others, provided a pep talk during halftime.
Receiver Jonathon Rumph, who caught his first career pass as a Bulldog on Saturday, said Murray’s message was that the offense was underachieving.
“‘We’re sleeping right now. Everybody pick it up. We know we’re a good team. But we got to show the fans and everybody else that we’re a good team,’” Rumph said of the halftime speeches. “That’s all it was. We weren’t playing to our capability. We had to turn it up a notch.”
Murray helped the Bulldogs put up 31 second half-points as the redshirt senior completed 19 of 26 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
“It feels good, man, just to play with a guy like that that you know you can say, ‘Yeah, I played on a team with Aaron,’” Gurley said. “He’s got an SEC record; that’s crazy. It’s good to play on a team with a leader like him.”
Murray said he was more happy to set the record so he doesn’t have to answer questions about it anymore, but he also said a huge part of it can be attributed to starting for four seasons.
“When you play as much as he has in 50 starts and been as successful as he has and we have, you’re going to have a chance to break records,” Bobo said.