Dogs overcome Murray’s three first-half interceptions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It has become the norm in the Georgia-Florida football series: Georgia’s quarterback throws three interceptions.

Matthew Stafford did it in 2008, Joe Cox in 2009 and Aaron Murray in 2010 — all Georgia losses. On Saturday, for the fourth time in the past five Georgia-Florida games, UGA’s quarterback again was intercepted thrice — all in the first half this time.

Murray threw only eight passes in the half, connecting four times with Georgia receivers and three times with Florida defenders. The three interceptions were just one fewer than Murray had thrown in 199 passes in the season’s previous seven games.

“I was a little disappointed (at halftime),” Murray said, “but I told myself, ‘Hey, we’re still up 7-6. Start it over. It’s a new half. Go out there fresh and compete and finish the game up.’”

The game ended with one big difference from those other three-interception performances here: Georgia won, posting a 17-9 victory over the No. 2 Gators because the Bulldogs’ defense forced twice as many turnovers (six) as its offense committed (three).

In the opening half, the first interception of Murray came on a tipped pass when he threw into a crowd of Gators at midfield. The second came on another tipped ball with Georgia inside the Florida 10-yard line and primed to get at least a field goal. The third came when a Murray pass overshot his intended receiver and landed in the hands of a Florida safety, who returned it to the Georgia 11.

Florida got field goals out of Murray’s second and third interceptions, accounting for all of its scoring in the first half. But the Gators nevertheless trailed 7-6 because they matched Georgia turnover for turnover in the first two quarters, throwing one interception and fumbling the ball away twice (one of the fumbles leading to a Georgia touchdown).

“My teammates, the coaches, everyone, was coming up to me and making sure my head was up and making sure I was staying focused,” Murray said. “There was a lot of ballgame left to play, still 30 minutes to go, and anything could happen.”

Murray did not have a scintillating second half, but he eliminated the mistakes. He threw no interceptions as the Bulldogs played a turnover-free half. For the game, Murray completed 12 of 24 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown.

Florida, which had committed only four turnovers in its previous seven games, committed six in this one — three in each half. The Gators threw two interceptions and lost four fumbles. Georgia scored 10 points off the Florida turnovers.

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Strat Cat Dawg

October 27th, 2012
9:21 pm

Great win for the Dawgs! What do you say now, Gators?

azdawg

October 27th, 2012
9:21 pm

The3 D pulled this one out. Murray owes them ice cream.

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Joe

October 27th, 2012
9:33 pm

murray is a loser. I would go with Mason the rest of the way. The guy wets his pants every time he faces a decent defense.

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oracle of marietta

October 27th, 2012
9:56 pm

We were awful.

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bahits.com

October 27th, 2012
10:10 pm

Minus all the penalties, this was a fun game and I am excited that we won. Congratulations Dawgs! Murray, you made up for the early problems. Congrats!

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Steve N Buford

October 27th, 2012
10:12 pm

Sweet!!! I am so glad to see the JunkYard Dawgs back! Great win! Great Team and thank you Shawn for calling the boys to be the MEN they are.

AlaskaDawg

October 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

Nice job Dawgs, a win is a win, and a win vs. the Gators is extra sweet!

David Greene

October 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Whatever you losers!!! The Dawgs won so shut up with your negative remarks.

Dawg '88

October 27th, 2012
10:41 pm

Joe….you’re an idiot!

Dawg '88

October 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Joe = loser

Joe = lack of intelligence

Bill

October 27th, 2012
10:52 pm

Does Joe swallow?

Bill

October 27th, 2012
10:53 pm

Joe likes it in the “A” . . .

Matthews Dawg

October 27th, 2012
10:55 pm

Dawg 88… Great post! Joe crawl back in your hole! Same with the idiot Jimmy in the other article! You show your true colors when you still complain, even when we win! Florida was ranked #2 and we won and who cares how or how many! It’s Great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Frankly

October 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

GreatDawg36

October 27th, 2012
11:10 pm

Murray still gotta go!!!!! I aint down with him!!!!

Hale C

October 27th, 2012
11:59 pm

Murray should consult a mentality specialist …….. Or David Greene.

cmac

October 28th, 2012
12:04 am

Murray still has not won s big game. Dawgs won in spite of him thanks to great D! Can’t wait fo Murray to leave!

LOYAL DAWG

October 28th, 2012
12:06 am

Murray played a great defense and scored enough points to win. I thought we were complaining that he never beat a great team? Last I checked he won the game.

LOYAL DAWG

October 28th, 2012
12:09 am

Why can’t we just enjoy the big win? If this the Nat’l Title and we won like this, I guess folks still gonna cry about Murray and Richt…we won vs UF 2 yrs in a row.

Dawg Whisperer

October 28th, 2012
12:37 am

oracle of marietta

October 27th, 2012
9:56 pm
We were awful.
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Being an oracle, shouldn’t you have known that UGA’s awful was good enough to beat the Gators? I like that kind of awful.

Dawg Whisperer

October 28th, 2012
12:48 am

Loyal Dawg… don’t be fooled, these aren’t dawg fans complaining about taking the Gators to the wood shed. They bleed honeycomb gold and white.

Columbus

October 28th, 2012
1:17 am

Yes Murray appears to get rattled and shell-shocked in big games after something goes wrong or just doesnt go well. i.e. south carolina and today against Florida. Always seems to turn the ball over in the big ones. Loses composure and confidence BUT…….today Murray came through in the clutch in the 2nd half despite the first half and he deserves credit for that. He could have throw more int’s, but didnt. He could have gave them more time with the ball but got some first downs. Got the last TD. He could have been better. But he sucked it up i nthe 2nd half and the Dogs got a W. Just win baby. Id MUCH rather be UGA than UF right now! Now lets go POUND Ole Miss….

And Jarvis Jones….from my hometown. YOU SIR, deserve the game ball and national player of the week award. You were the difference in this game. You saved at least 2 touchdowns, caused fumbles, and caused int’s. Not to mention the last drive where you sacked driskell when he had a wide open WR for a TD AND stripped the ball out with the guy heading to the end zone. Even if he was tackled, they were inside the 10 with a first down with a chance to get a TD and a 2pt to tie…AWESOME!

To Shawn Williams….THANK YOU for being a leader and speaking out to the media…..DONT let them slack up brother….KEEP THAT FIRE LIT!

Columbus

October 28th, 2012
1:19 am

To all the Richt Haters…..this win just kept him around for a few more years….how you like that igmos?! I LOVE IT! Go Dawgs!

Columbus

October 28th, 2012
1:20 am

One MORE thing……7-1 baby!

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LakeDawg

October 28th, 2012
2:13 am

IMO A. Murray has always received a bum rap with all of the “can’t win a big game” talk. Usually, it was because he was trying to make a play, while receiving an overwhelming pass rush that has been the norm against big time teams. However, today it was all on Murray. He was committing the biggest choke I’ve witnessed in a long time. To his credit, however, he came through on the last drive after I thought he was a mental basket case. That showed me something. Hopefully, he has put all of that chatter to rest in his mind.

LakeDawg

October 28th, 2012
2:16 am

To all of the kool-aid drinkers. The criticism of Richt has been warranted. How about enjoying the victory without demonizing the rest of the Dawg nation. Has Richt earned himself some leeway? Sure. That’s because he actually WON a big game. Funny how that works.

Jim

October 28th, 2012
6:13 am

Won thanks to stupid Gator penalties at the end.

Jim

October 28th, 2012
6:15 am

Anybody think Murray will play big against AL in the SEC big game?

lol

October 28th, 2012
7:47 am

fire mark “we are not soft anymore” richt…Yeah because you sit back and allowed one of your player to call your team out while you go pray to baby Jesus. Now big softy Richt can’t keep his mouth shut and trying to calm them down with his mouth.

lol

October 28th, 2012
7:52 am

This team needs to play angry and aggressive, and mark richt is a big softy that can’t motivate a child sex predator to have sex. With this amount of talents you wonder why this team doesn’t play like this all the time. Now everyone can see it was the coach that was the problem not the players..They need a man to lead not a layback guy.

tell me again

October 28th, 2012
8:13 am

For some people you can never do enough – WE WON! # 2 team in the BCS GOES DOWN, BABY! Two years in a row over the DESPISED gators!!!!!!! This morning it’s ALL GOOD!!!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

son's who?

October 28th, 2012
8:17 am

Hey Jim, I don’t know if Murray will play big against AL in the SEC big game. I do know this, however – if UGA wins out, Murray will have the opportunity to play big against AL in the SEC big game.

Connor Shaw will not have that opportunity.
Jeff Driskell will not have that opportunity,
Sucks, don’t it?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

david

October 28th, 2012
9:35 am

Jim, 6 to’s did you in, not one penalty

Eddie Haskel

October 28th, 2012
9:36 am

If you throw 3 interceptions and have that many penalties against Bama you will get killed.

M D

October 28th, 2012
10:01 am

Super excited for the win. Defense played amazing, running game was great and it was nice to see the coaches getting animated.

However, we can’t put our head in the sand and ignore how abysmal Aaron Murray is against top teams. He’s never had a great game against a top ranked team. I say that’s concerning because most likely we’ll get to play Alabama in the SEC championship game. I’m not gonna complain about it anymore today but he has too much experience to still hold on to the ball that long and forcing passes. That was his problem in the 1st half. He should have tucked the ball and ran or thrown the ball away on way too many passes during the game. Considering Florida’s defense, I don’t blame him for the lack of running but Richt and Bobo both called him out for not following his progressions and forcing bad passes. He needs to play smarter. Great game by the defense and Gurley though. If we cut out the turnovers, we win by another 10 points.

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October 28th, 2012
10:22 am

IF THE DAWG PLAYED VEY GAME WITH THE INTENSITY THAT THEY PLAYED AGAINST FLORIDA THEY COULD BE NATIONAL CHAMPS

Cohutta Dawgman

October 28th, 2012
10:26 am

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

harold

October 28th, 2012
10:29 am

Murray gets rattled and seems to “doubt himself” too much. I think UGA and Bama will meet in the SEC Title game to see who plays in the BCS National Championship game. Go Dawgs! Beat Bama!

fishook dawg

October 28th, 2012
10:59 am

If I was CMR at half time, I would have told Hutson Mason that the redshirt was coming off and he would play the entire 2nd half. And then I would tell Murray starting next week, that he was going to start competing each week for the right to be the starting QB. Murray is probably glad he signed with UGA and not South Carolina, because Spurrier would have benched him years ago.

78Dawg

October 28th, 2012
11:36 am

Only 2 third down conversions. Murray WAKE UP!.Bobo why did you go away fom running out of the spread? Gurley great job! O-line played better. Wooten is a weak link. Thank God for JJ. Great job D.

78Dawg

October 28th, 2012
11:38 am

When is SOMEONE gonna get in Murray’s grill???????????????????

GB's Hamburgers

October 28th, 2012
12:26 pm

Murray was not unduly pressured and he was not sacked. In big games, he shows up rattled. Good quarterbacks lead teams to victory in crunch time. It’s an intangible attribute that’s clearly seen in the freshman year. You can’t learn it, if you don’t possess it already. Listen to Murray talk. His thoughts are on himself … not throwing picks or fumbling. A winning quarterback’s thoughts are on the moment and doing what the situation calls for. The facts have been there all along. It’s just that our coaches at times put personal loyalty above the good of the team (in my opinion).