Georgia’s decision to keep seven men in to protect redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray frustrated Georgia Tech’s blitz in the 42-34 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.
The decision gave wide receivers A.J. Green and Kris Durham, and tight ends Orson Charles and Bruce Figgins plenty of time to find holes in the Yellow Jackets’ coverage.
In a video-game like performance, Murray completed 15 of his 19 attempts for 271 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked once by Jeremiah Attaochu.
Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh said Murray was the Bulldogs’ most impressive player on Saturday.
“I thought the quarterback made the difference in the game today,” he said.
The Yellow Jackets surrendered four passing plays of at least 20 yards in the first half.
Tech said before the game that Green was going to get his receptions, and he did. Green caught eight passes for 97 yards, but many of his catches were flanker screens. He did catch three consecutive passes on Georgia’s touchdown drive that gave the Bulldogs a 28-21 lead in the third quarter. Johnson credited Green after the game, saying he made several great catches.