Huge night for Murray vs. Vanderbilt

(Updated 12:45 a.m. )

ATHENS — By the time Aaron Murray threw his first incomplete pass Saturday night, Georgia had built a 27-0 lead over Vanderbilt.

Murray completed his first 12 passes –- the third most completions ever by a UGA quarterback to start a game – and did not misfire until less than three minutes remained in the first half.

He didn’t misfire much after that, either, as Georgia trounced Vanderbilt 48-3 in Sanford Stadium.

Murray, who called it a night after the third quarter, finished with 18 completions in 24 attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns (no interceptions).

Murray’s stellar performance came one week after he threw for a career-high 342 yards against Florida Atlantic and two weeks after he tied his career high of 22 completions against Missouri.

In other words, his season is off to a fine start.

“I think this is the most consistent I’ve played,” Murray said late Saturday night in the Georgia locker room. “That’s my goal this year — to be consistent and really just focus on taking each play individually; not  focus on the whole game but just break it down play by play by play.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my offensive line, and the weapons I have around me are making it a lot easier for me, too.”

Murray’s 12 consecutive completions to open the game were caught by seven different receivers –- Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, Rhett McGowan and Rantavious Wooten. Four of the 12 were to King, two apiece to Brown and Marshall.

The only Georgia quarterbacks to complete more consecutive passes to open a game: Eric Zeier 15 vs. Georgia Tech in 1993 and Quincy Carter 15 vs. LSU in 1998.

Murray’s two touchdown passes Saturday –- a 22-yarder to King in the second quarter and a 6-yarder to Brown in the third –- give him 69 TD throws in his UGA career, passing Zeier for sole possession of second place on the school’s career list behind only David Greene (72 from 2001-04).

Coach Mark Richt said Murray’s success is a reflection of his preparation during the week.

“He does take it to another level  in how he prepares for the game, and because of that we have a high comfort level to let him check out of any play that doesn’t look good,” Richt said. “…  We rarely run bad plays because he studies so well, and he has certain keys that he can kind of anticipate what’s happening and get us out of bad situations.”

Georgia has scored more than 40 points in each of its four games this season –- the first time in the program’s history that the Bulldogs have scored 40-plus in four consecutive games.

“We want to keep doing it,” Murray said. “We’ve just got to keep working hard and stay hungry.”

– Tim Tucker

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF GEORGIA-VANDERBILT GAME:

Game story: No drama this time as Bulldogs rout Vandy 48-3

In the spotlight: Huge night for Aaron Murray

Mark Bradley column: Yeah, it was only Vandy. It also was utter domination by UGA

Quotes: What players,  coaches said after the game

Notes: Satisfying day for Grantham, Georgia’s defense

Photo gallery: Scenes from Sanford Stadium

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Left Coast Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:21 pm

FRO

September 22nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Dawgs were on kill tonight!!!!

Left Coast Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Wow, with all this luck posting first today, I might need to drive over to Vegas tonight.

Strat Cat Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Things are coming right along…

Left Coast Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:24 pm

….and I read the article before posting….amazing….lol. Thorough beat down and I enjoyed every minute of it!

immangin

September 22nd, 2012
11:26 pm

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1969 Graduate

September 22nd, 2012
11:30 pm

This was a lot of fun. Vandy looked like a real team, and they didn’t give up. You can see how they played South Carolina tight, and how they will beat some decent teams, but they were very outclassed by a Georgia team which showed up to show its stuff. It’s not like we dominated a top program tonight, but this was an SEC team here, a team which planned to prove something, a team with some real talent. We basically beat the snot out of them. Hard to find anything about UGA’s performance not to like.

Go, Bulldogs.

Midtown Dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:30 pm

What a great game by the Dawgs! I hope with such a great performance by all of our team’s units that we don’t get any of the Dr. Ps or tide rolls coming on here and trying to be negative because there was nothing but a positive ass whooping that the Dawgs laid on Vandy tonight.

SatillaDawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:44 pm

How Bout Them Dawgs!

A most pleasurable evening. Great play all around, Bulldogs!

Looking ahead….I hate all teams orange.

tell me again

September 22nd, 2012
11:45 pm

I think the Dawgs came to play and I also think Coach TG was out to make a point to Vandy’s dick head of a coach. The score could have been MUCH worse – this was a team that gave SC all it could handle……a good wire to wire effort by the Dawgs – got off to a fast start and kept the peddle to the metal…..a trait that has been missing. Tennessee will be a test no matter what anyone thinks – their QB is good and Malcolm Mitchell got burned a couple of times tonight…we haven’t seen a D like this in quite a while ~ a lot of them will be gone next year – we’d better enjoy them while we have them – GO DAWGS!

Franklin was in tears

September 22nd, 2012
11:47 pm

I loved his look on the sideline…he was as pitiful and dejected as I have seen in a while. He’s got some explaining to do to the Vandy Association for that loss. If I was him I’d retire and save the embarrassment of coaching a Vandy team.

Bitter TURD--roll

September 22nd, 2012
11:48 pm

Franklin—what a joke—blahahahahahahah—-sore looser

Dr. Herty

September 23rd, 2012
12:16 am

It was fun to beat the tar out of a conference opponent. We haven’t done that since Auburn last year.

azdawg

September 23rd, 2012
12:16 am

Hope no serious injuries for the dawgs. The two idiots come back next week (Rambo and tree). They’ll need a tune up game vs TN before the SC game which is going to be close in score and come down to special teams and defense. GO DAWGS.

7576DAWG

September 23rd, 2012
12:52 am

I’m glad that Auburn nearly won tonight . It will be used by Richt to keep our team from letting down before the Tennessee game. We need to take care of business every week, no letdown.
Grantham was on a mission tonight and I think he drove home his point. You had me at hello but to really get the pessimist excited we need to handle the next two games with just as much precision as tonight’s game.

Big Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
1:07 am

Jane $hitzik pi$$ed us off in 2010 and got spanked last year. Jame’s Frightened pi$$ed off in 2011 and got spanked this year. Who’s next, hahaha!

Hairy Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
1:38 am

I told you that we would stomp the Commodes. That Dawgs is back! Wer’e table running all the way to Dome.

Now it Dooley Boys turn to get spanked bad. He deserves it for traitors against Dawgs after dad coached here. Can’t wait to opening a best down on Rocky Slop and the Orange Pumkina.

Final Score:
Dawgs 42 – Orange Jokers 13.

Go Dawgs! Let the Big Dawgs Eat!

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

September 23rd, 2012
1:59 am

Another win against an unranked team…….yawn!

Hairy Dawg…..you got some grammer issues.

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Pj

September 23rd, 2012
2:12 am

To the trolls:
1. 13 straight regular season wins – second best in the country
2. 4-0 start with 40+ points in each game – first time in uga history (bobo haters?)
3. 2 legit heisman candidates in Murray and Jarvis
4. Oklahoma, Clemson and Michigan are not back. We are
5. 2 of our best 3 defensive players have yet to play a down. Look out.

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heeldawg

September 23rd, 2012
4:26 am

@Sergeant Joe Friday—the word is spelled “grammar.”

daddo

September 23rd, 2012
5:17 am

When VANDY is your best game in years, it tells u what a mediocre program u really are. A soft schedule creates the illusion of progress. Won’t be long until that offensive line and weak defense is exploited by a ranked team, u know, something your q b has never beat. WE BEAT VANDY, WE BEAT VANDY. Just sad. LOL.

Neutral

September 23rd, 2012
6:38 am

Where are all the “experts” who insisted on benching Murray. You may want to give up your coaching jobs…..knuckleheads!!!

Tater Tot

September 23rd, 2012
6:39 am

daddo <——– Shut up bitch

Neutral

September 23rd, 2012
6:42 am

Dad do
Vandy would certainly give your favorite team a run for their money. Ask South Carolina……you idiot!!! You will be singing the same song all year long and if UGa runs the table you will disappear for a year and return as an expert again next season. That is just how you “haters” function.

mike addington

September 23rd, 2012
8:21 am

Murray made some excellent throws, accompanied by excellent catches, eespecialy by marlon brown. great game guys oops DAWGS

mike addington

September 23rd, 2012
8:30 am

Murray made some of the best throws I’ve seen. Didn’t know he had that kind of arm strength. the pass to marlon brown was a bullet thrown into tight coverage. took nice hands by brown to make the catch too. he made himself some money on that one

tndawg

September 23rd, 2012
8:40 am

A win is a win. GO DAWGS BEAT THE VOLS!!!!

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shipyard dawg

September 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

Were is roll turd , I mean roll tide.

Nauti-Dawg

September 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

Can ESPN get off the ND bandwagon? It must be in L Hotz’ contract. I generally like the old coot, but as usual and no surprise – Lou Holtz loves ND & the Cocks – I would love to see Murray make Holtz eat a little crow after the SC game.

harold

September 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

TENNESSEE AND DEREK DOOLEY ARE HORRIBLE. UGA WILL KILL TENNESSEE. THE VOLS ARE WORST THAN VANDY.DOOLEY WILL BE DONE AFTER THE MASSACURE IN ATHENS

UGA 55 TENNESSEE 3

Bulldog on the Bayou

September 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

‘Ol Lou Holtz is running his mouth about how South Carolina is going to whip the dawgs. Let the ESPN Everybody’s Stupid Prognosticating Nobody’s naysay the DAWGS as they always do – we will rise up and show them they need to respect the DAWG CHAWMP when we eat some toasted chicken!!!!!!

Neutral

September 23rd, 2012
10:34 am

I agree with the trolls….fire Bobo, his offense is only averaging around 500-600 yards and 45 points per game (and the 1st stringers didn’t play in the 4th qtr 2 weeks in a row)!!!

Fidlin1

September 23rd, 2012
10:38 am

Great game Aaron! Loved to see you run every once in a while to keep the defense honest. One game at a time, and now it’s time for Tennessee. I hope Bacarri Rambos geeked to play. Go Dawgs!!

Scrappy

September 23rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Great game! If we drop 40 on Steve Superior’s chickens, though, we will know we are witnessing something truly special.

mark

September 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Protect the football and we win. Period.

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BG

September 23rd, 2012
5:53 pm

GATA Murray!

Truth

September 23rd, 2012
7:24 pm

Play someone ranked and then let’s see how you do.

Only 3 Teams have beaten a ranked team:

Alabama (Michigan)
Florida State (Clemson)
Florida (Tenn)

Thank goodness the SEC homerism does not plague the voters (who appropriately demoted your mighty LSU). Just because a team is in the SEC does not make them good. Deal with it.

WDE

September 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

@Truth and yet Notre Dame barely beat a Michigan team 13-6 with the benefit of 6 turnovers and those voters want to make them a top 10 team…Bama if you remember beat Michigan like a rented mule…

jalex49

September 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Georgia stay focus and remember the remaining schedule of Tennessee, South Carolina and Floride will challenge your metal and you must meet the challenges with wins if you are to be ever considered by the pundits as a top tier team.

Good job this past weekend and it was a good win… now that game needs to be put in the rear view mirror- Tennessee will be ready to embrass Georgia on national television.

Best of luck Georgia !!!!

bham dawg

September 24th, 2012
9:53 am

what does embrass mean?

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