GAME GRADES: Scoring the Bulldogs’ win over Georgia Southern

Rushing Offense: B

What went right: Todd Gurley gained 68 yards to become just the second first-year freshman to crack 1,000 yards after Herschel Walker.

What went wrong: Georgia gained only 120 yards and had eight first downs.

Bottom line: Georgia Southern sold its soul to stop the run and that opened up the pass like Moses at the Red Sea.

Passing Offense: A

What went right: Aaron Murray threw for 330 yards and four of Georgia’s five passing touchdowns.

What went wrong: Georgia Southern sacked Murray twice and Tavarres King dropped a couple of passes.

Bottom line: Georgia Southern dared Murray to win through the air and he took full advantage and had his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season.

Rushing Defense: B-

What went right: Although the statistics might not look like it, Georgia played much more efficiently against the run in the second half than the first.

What went wrong: Georgia Southern’s option found plenty of room to roam after the pitch in the first half.

Bottom line: Georgia is a very accomplished option team that should serve as a good tuneup for the Georgia Tech game next week.

Passing Defense: B+

What went right: Georgia allowed only one completion.

What went wrong: Georgia Southern only threw four passes so it’s not like the Eagles tried really hard.

Bottom line: Georgia Southern does not like to throw so it didn’t which allowed Georgia to compress its defense toward the line of scrimmage when the Eagles got in the red zone.

Special Teams: B-

What went right: Marshall Morgan hit a 37-yard field goal and all six of his extra points.

What went wrong: Clarke Central graduate Darreion Robinson returned a missed field goal 59 yards for Georgia Southern.

Bottom line: Georgia received a reminder that field goals that come up short can be returned.

Coaching: B+

What went right: Both the offense and defense shook out of its early fog to have productive days.

What went wrong: Georgia started in an offensive and defensive fog in the first place.

Bottom line: Slow starts and fast finishes have become something to be expected for Georgia this season.

Players of the game

Aaron Murray, quarterback

Murray topped the 300-yard plateau for the fourth time this season and threw touchdowns to three different receivers. He finished with 18 completions in 28 attempts for 330 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Chris Conley, receiver

Murray spread the ball out so much that Georgia didn’t have a 100-yard receiver. But Conley picked up 76 with four receptions and scored twice.

Alec Ogletree, linebacker

Although Georgia struggled with Georgia Southern’s option early, it eventually settled down and Ogletree recorded a game-high 12 tackles, including one for loss and recovered a fumble.

Turning point

Georgia Southern converted a fourth-and-1 at the Georgia -yard line but it was called back because of a chop block. Georgia Southern missed a 39-yard field goal and Georgia drove to a touchdown to take a 17-7 lead at halftime.

Play of the game

Georgia held a slender 10-7 lead late in the second quarter. Aaron Murray went to the well twice to find Malcolm Mitchell in the left side of the end zone. The missed the first but connected on the second for a 24-yard touchdown that gave Georgia a 17-7 advantage.

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