ATHENS — Georgia had 73 offensive plays in Saturday’s victory over Ole Miss, but two stood out.
The first, notable for quarterback Aaron Murray’s convincing acting job, went for a 66-yard touchdown pass. The second, notable for its timing, went for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Both came in the second quarter, enabling Georgia to turn a 10-0 deficit into a 14-10 halftime lead and establish the momentum that fueled a second-half rout.
To recap the improbable plays:
Murray said he knew the trick play to Brown was going to be called when he looked to the sideline and saw “our signal guy had a big smile on his face. So I was, like, ‘Yes!’ … We got to the huddle, and I said, ‘Marlon, get ready.’ We were all pumped up going into the play, and it worked out perfectly.”
The acting performance that the play requires is a test of nerves.
“It’s very scary,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of praying, saying, ‘Please don’t get hit, please don’t get hit.’ But you’ve got to trust that the play is going to work. … The play is about five, six seconds to protect; that’s a long time for any offensive line to protect.”
As for the other play — the scramble/touchdown with three seconds left in the half — King offered this description: “They really blew coverage. I just threw my hand up to let Aaron know I was wide open. He did a great job of rolling out from the pressure, and he just hit me on the money. One of the most beautiful balls I’ve seen him throw.”
King, though, did not consider his catch the momentum turner in Georgia’s 37-10 win.
“I think that play to Marlon was the game-changer,” King said. “It got everybody amped up and refocused.”
– Tim Tucker, AJC
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