Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had a shaky first half Saturday night against the No. 3 Florida Gators, but as the junior signal caller has said all season, all that matters is winning.
“Stats don’t mean anything to me,” said Murray. “At the end of the day, a win is a win, and that’s what I’m happy about right now.
For Murray, the statline wasn’t pretty, but watching Malcolm Mitchell jaunt 45 yards to the end zone midway through the fourth quarter made all Murray’s troubles go away.
“Malcolm made an unbelievable play on man coverage,” said Murray. “… He made the catch, and it was just Malcolm being Malcolm after that.”
Murray finished 12 of 24 passing for 150 yards and the lone touchdown, but his three interceptions kept the game within the Gators’ reach in the first half.
“It was a sloppy first half,” said Murray. “…It was a struggle. It always is. When you’re playing Florida, it’s always going to be a great battle.”
FRESHMAN THRIVES: When Abry Jones went down last week against Kentucky, Georgia coaches were forced to move outside linebacker Cornelius Washington, a former Burke County star, back to defensive end. Luckily for Georgia, the move opened the door for freshman Jordan Jenkins, who finished with a pair of tackles, a half tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.
GURLEY SHINES: Todd Gurley gashed the Gators and finished with 124 yards on a career-high 27 carries. He broke through against Florida’s vaunted defense on a 10-yard touchdown run on Georgia’s first possession of the game.
“We started off with the run,” said Gurley, who rushed for 51 yards on 8 carries in the first quarter alone. “We were doing a pretty good job with it, so coaches kept running with it. We were pretty successful with it tonight.”
Gurley also was an effective weapon for Murray in the passing game, catching two passes for 23 yards.
QUICK HITS: Starting fullback Merritt Hall left the game with an ankle injury on Georgia’s second offensive play and did not return. With backup Quayvon Hicks already sidelined with a concussion, Zander Ogletree made his second appearance of the season and caught two pass for 13 yards. After playing regularly in 2011, Ogletree made his first appearance of the season at Kentucky a week ago. Bobo said Ogletree “hadn’t had a lot of reps, but for him to come in and play like he did, I thought he did a nice job.”
Jarvis Jones’ three sacks against the Gators give him 22 in his two-year career, which ranks seventh in school history. Bacarri Rambo’s second quarter interception moved him into a tie for second in Georgia history with 14 career interceptions.
Georgia has now won two straight over the Gators for the first time since a three-year stretch from 1987-89. The Bulldogs improve to 49-40-2 in the series.
Captains for Saturday’s game were Murray, Washington, redshirt sophomore Connor Norman and junior Chris Burnette.