Murray closing in on Stafford’s record for TD passes in a season

Did you realize that Aaron Murray, Georgia’s redshirt freshman quarterback, is on the verge of the all-time UGA record for touchdown passes in a season?

Murray’s three TD passes against Georgia Tech on Saturday night gave him 24 for the season — one shy of the UGA single-season record of 25 set by Matthew Stafford in 2008. Murray will have a chance to match and/or break Stafford’s record in Georgia’s bowl game.

With 24 TD passes, Murray currently is tied for second place in Georgia’s single-season record book with Eric Zeier (1993 and ‘94), D.J. Shockley (2005) and Joe Cox (2009).

Murray completed 15 of 19 passes for 271 yards against Tech, giving him 2,851 passing yards for the season. That’s the most ever by a Georgia freshman, topping David Greene’s 2,789 in 2001. And it’s the second most ever by an SEC freshman, behind only Jared Lorenzen’s 3,687 for Kentucky in 2000.

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Bad M

November 28th, 2010
6:15 am

Congrats Murray! Thanks for working so hard this year.

LBS

November 28th, 2010
6:34 am

#2 what a stud

MDDawg

November 28th, 2010
6:52 am

If not for the ultra-conservative play calling in the 4th quarter, Murray might have tied or taken the record in this game.

TECHIES SUX

November 28th, 2010
6:58 am

Congrats to Murray.

Anyone know if its possible to remove Joe Cox from the Gerogia football history books forever?

Lake Dawg

November 28th, 2010
7:14 am

Techies Sux, why don’t you crossover and join the bugs. UGa doesn’t need negative crap about players, past or present. All you guys do is hurt morale and hurt recruiting. You, not the players, are UGa’s biggest problem. Go support some other team.

Destin Dawg

November 28th, 2010
7:19 am

MD….. YES that consverative play calling in 2nd half has cost us this year… BO BO has got to GO !!!! Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos have done very well on D in 1st year… we’ll be Junk Yard Dawgs again by next Year.. 2 Awesome LB… JJ and RS red shirted will be huge next year… Murray is a real competitor for sure… Go Dawgs !! Now win the bowl game… next year’s schedule is very winable… going up hill in Athens..

Brucerugby79

November 28th, 2010
7:25 am

Agree with Lake Dawg hope recruits realize some of the idiots on here are not really dog fans

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

November 28th, 2010
7:30 am

I actually think there is a good chance Murray plays four full seasons since he lacks the size of a prototypical NFL QB and might not get drafted in the first round no matter how good his stats are….don’t know if this is true and who konws if h will have a sophmore jinx next year, but the guy is tough, smart, and obviously talented……it will be nice to have him for at least two more seasons.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

November 28th, 2010
7:34 am

Who knew that Samuel L. Jackson was a UGA fan….I think he said to Paul Johnson before the game, “and I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers……and you will konw my name is the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon thee”……….

Steve

November 28th, 2010
7:41 am

I’m just proud UGA pulled out the game. Hopefully Coach Grantham can get some of his players in here now to fit his scheme. Extra practices for bowl game will be huge.Thanks to Aaron Murray for the great QB play, and thanks for the memories A.J. Green.

BoWeevil is Marcus

November 28th, 2010
7:54 am

Shocking that Marcus hasn’t come on here and spouted off his anti-Murray garbage. I’m sure it’s coming…sad, sad little boy.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

November 28th, 2010
7:54 am

I sure hope Grantham does what he was paid so much to do next yr because I saw no improvement in this defense at all

Army Chaplain in Iraq

November 28th, 2010
8:16 am

Great resilence shown by the Dawgs. I agree that the d should be better next year, hopefully the d backfield, especially the safites can learn how to cover. Next year should be a breakout. Go Dawgs!!!

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:16 am

When it comes to td’s Murray’s been good. Oh if that were the only true measure of a QB. Murray is 6-6 as a starter.

I look to the “When it counts” areas to gauge whether a QB has the “it’ factor.

When it comes to passing accuracy in the red zone, 3rd downs, 1st quarter, 4th quarter, and 3rd and long, Murray’s among the worst in the NCAA in all 5.

We saw that again last night.

2 critical chokes on 4th & 1, and then the sack on 3rd and 1.

But he did play a good first half and had moments in the 3rd quarter when the pressure wasn’t on.

But the 4th quarter? Choked again.

1 completion, fumbled on a 4th & 1, almost lost the game.

Thank goodness Houston saved the day and wouldn’t let Murray lose this game, no matter how much Murray choked under pressure.

Murray excels in the kind of stats that don’t win ballgames. And he chokes in the stats that win games.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:22 am

Also didn’t think putting the ball in Murray’s hands was smart on the other 4th & inches in the 3rd quarter. Would have liked to have seen Ealey there, since Ealey got 9 yards a carry. But Murray choked on that play too on the 5 yard line 4th & inches play. Most QB’s can pick up that. Cost Georgia another 7. Each of Murray’s 4th & 1 failed conversion cost Georgia 7 points, so 14 points lost, 21 gained with his arm.

Lake Dawg

November 28th, 2010
8:25 am

Marcus, If you watched the replay you would have seen that Murray did not fumble that snap. The center never got the ball to him. And, even if he had, you are still a dingbat.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:25 am

Murray is also 84th or 89th ranked in passing accuracy in the red zone, in the 4th quarter, and on 3rd downs. He chokes when it counts the most.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:31 am

Mike Hartline of Kentucky matches Murray on td’s, AND win/loss record.

Both are 6-6.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:34 am

Murray is also still ranked LAST in the NCAA on passing accuracy on 3rd and 10. Nobody does it worse, in the NCAA.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:37 am

In short yardage, Ealey averages 3.2 ypc, and Murray averages .67. Bobo messed up on the 4th & 1 QB sneak call. The other 4th & 1 looked like a pitch to Ealey, which worked great the time earlier when they tired it, but Murray fumbled the snap. How many QB’s can botch BOTH 4th & 1’s? Unreal the way Murray plays when it doesn’t count, and how bad he chokes when it counts.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Thanks goodness that was Murray’s last start as a UGA QB.

Christian Lemay will be in campus in 32 days.

Let the new winning era begin.

dawgfan

November 28th, 2010
8:47 am

Barring injury, he could be one of the best, if not THE best, ever to wear a Georgia uniform, statistically speaking. Let’s hope it translates in to wins and championships.

Fair and Balanced

November 28th, 2010
8:51 am

If I was an outstanding HS wide-receiver, I would want to come to GA. Green is gone. Count on it. Now GA needs outstanding wide-receivers to take the place of Green and Durham. They would be wise to come to Ga to have a QB that is going to be throwing all the time because Richt’s offenses tend to be 1 dimensional.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
8:51 am

I agree, Lemay will go down as the greatest QB ot ever play at UGA. He’s Mr. Clutch.

Watch this video interview where he explains how he led his team to beat a team, no one else had beaten at home, in 22 years, then went on to win the State Championship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G_W0aP0NI0

32 more days!

FREEDAWG37

November 28th, 2010
8:53 am

Marcus, You are truly a moron. Murray has not been the problem that resulted in a 6-6 record, it has been the D. Go practice your tuba jackass

9 out of 10

November 28th, 2010
8:57 am

I AGREE LAKE DAWG, GOOD JOB

9 out of 10

November 28th, 2010
8:59 am

HEY MARCUS this is not the tech blog. GO AWAY!

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:04 am

Wow, Murray looked great on all those 5 yard passes.

Luckily, Durham & AJ can run after the catch.

Kind of high percentage throws, you think?

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:06 am

The D the problem?

No.

The D:
La Laf–held to 7 points–D wins game #1
Id St–held to 7 points–D wins game #2
Vanderbilt–held to 0 points–D wins game #3
Tenn–forced 4 to’s–D wins game #4
Kentucky–forced 3 to’s–D wins game #5
G Tech–forced 4 to’s–D wins game #6

D iced the Ga Tech game with 2 late 4th quarter game saving stops.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:07 am

The D also held 2 other teams under 20 points (MSU & SC).

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:09 am

Murray = Mike Hartline

Both are good on td’s, and bad when it counts, and both are 6-6.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:11 am

By the way, check and you’ll see Plant High won a state Championship the year before Murray did, and the year after Murray left. So it wasn’t murray, it was coaching and the team.

Not the case with Lemay.

VN Dawg

November 28th, 2010
9:13 am

Murray is a winner and will prove that in the years to come. He is a freshman QB in the toughest conference in the US and still had an outstanding year behind an average line that played below average in too many games. He is a tough kid who never quit during the year and that deserves our respect and admiration.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:22 am

Nice try, the O-Line is the #1 most experienced in the US with 155 starts, and the RB’s were in the top 5 in rushing over the last 5 game sin 09′ with Joe Cox calling the run audibles and threatening defenses with the deep ball.

With Murray, the same O-Line and RB’s went from #42 to #71 in the country, in 1 year.

At 6-6. can’t call Murray winner yet, doesn’t have a winning season yet.

Murray is also 0-6 when the other team scores first.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:23 am

I’d take David Green’s wins over Murray’s td’s anyday.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:24 am

Dan Marino threw a lot of td’s, didn’t win many games though and never won a team championship.

Is it all about how many td’s you throw?

Ask Terry Bradshaw.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:27 am

Murray did have 4 rushes for -10 yards.

At least he’s consistent in that area.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

November 28th, 2010
9:38 am

So there’s a two-part LeMay movie?! Does he have a video game, too? All the new movies have their own video game tie-ins.

bwell

November 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Like I said all year the future is bright for our beloved Bulldawgs, if we can get the off line to wakeup and block we can turn the tables next year and get some RECRUITS TO STAY AND PLAY FOR GA AND NOT ALA AND AUB who will be looking for coaches in two years cause there run is one and done. We can compete at least for the three season with the schedule in our favor. Go dawgs

Glenn

November 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Hey Marcus, stats arent everything. I said before the season that if the Dawgs could gel on defense early enough they could go 11-1. I was wrong they sure could have done a lot better if old lady luck had been anywhere around. The only negative I have about next year is the play calling of Bobo. Love to see him go to a better place, like a high school. Even with Bobo the dawgs are the best 6-6 team out there in my opinion.

TEL

November 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Marcus, What is your issue with murray? He is a freshman that has had a great year individually, and Georgia has been close to winning several more games. Lemay will not play until Murray leaves for the nfl or is knocked out of the game. You’re comparing hartline and murray, but murray is a redshirt freshman, and hartline is a senior, and they play in two very different offenses. Honestly the more posts you leave on here, the more you are looking like an idiot. Not a true Dawgs fan….

Bug Spray

November 28th, 2010
9:49 am

Murray is a very good QB. We’ll truly find out how good he is when he doesn’t have AJ and Durham to throw. Now if only someone can give him a decent game plan. Those quick screens to AJ last night — where have they been since Green’s return?

Murray’s performance depends on who our new OC is. At least I’m being hopeful there will be a new OC.

Red-N-Black

November 28th, 2010
9:50 am

Marcus or Sucram – Please go back to WOW and quit trolling the GA boards. If you are “statitician” let me ask you this – How many people care what you have to say? = 0 How may times have you actually been with a girl = -2 (I’m sure your priest can explain that). Why are you so obsessed with putting Murray down? = No one really cares other than it’s funny to watch you spout diarhea from your mouth. You are truly pathetic. That is all carry on with your insignificant opinions.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:54 am

The stories of this game were:
Ealey
Houston
Defense forcing turnovers

Wasn’t Murray.

The Blair MISS Project

November 28th, 2010
9:55 am

<———- WIDE LEFT <—————-

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:56 am

Agree Bobo should be fired.

His pass 1st strategy no longer fits the SEC.

Can’t crack the running game–went from 5th in SEC 2 years ago, to 7th in SEC in 09′, to 10th in 10′. Getting worse every year. He’s not an OC. In over his head.

And his play-calling is not winning enough games.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:56 am

The story owuld have been “Murray loses the game” if not for Houston.

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
9:56 am

I am a Tech fan. Or Christian LeMay’s father.

Either way, I want to get Murray out of there, because he threatens my team, or boy’s chance of being “it”.

I figured making it look like the UGA fans are unhappy with Murray would be my best shot…..

87dawg

November 28th, 2010
9:56 am

This marcus clown is a nutjob. Did you see that pass to Figgins in the endzone? Perfectlythron to exactly where it needed to be. And he knows Greene’s abilities and puts it exactly where it needs to be for him to make the catch out of the reach of the defense.

And anyone that qutes stats from a particular area as opposed to overall is an idiot. Quoting 3rd down only stats is pure stupidity. Thats like those moronic stats the analysts put out during games, like someone’s record during night games that occur on Thursdays with a full moon, the wind blowing from the east and the coach having a cold. Or even better, using baseball stats like a team coming back in the 9th inning. So what? It’s still a part of the game and the team still gets to use the downs or the outs. That is why they play the innin or the down. If it was done during any other down or inning it would count just as much.

Marcus, you are an idiot. Spouting meaningless stats does not make you a genius. It makes you stupid.