Latest victory provides boost for Bulldogs in tough season

Georgia envisioned winning in Atlanta with Aaron Murray at quarterback on the first Saturday of December at the Georgia Dome.

Given how things unfolded in their topsy-turvy season, the Bulldogs will certainly take Hutson Mason making it 12 out of 13 against in-state rival Georgia Tech on the last Saturday of November at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Mason’s starting quarterback debut for Georgia could be a shot in the arm for 2014 for a team that has dealt with injuries to just about everywhere else imaginable: primarily knees but also ankles and hamstrings.

“I really admire our guys’ ability to persevere through some tough times, obviously,” coach Mark Richt said. “We had some really close games that we lost that were hard to swallow. No one lost faith in each other or no one quit fighting. That was good. I do look back and think of one play here and one play there, another play here and who knows, we win one, two, three more. We certainly could have lost one or two more if we didn’t get a certain play done at a certain time as well.”

Georgia (8-4) rallied from a 20-0 deficit to win 41-34 in double overtime against the Yellow Jackets. It was the second time in three games the Bulldogs came back from a 20-point deficit, but unlike at Auburn, the rally produced a victory.

“It’s been a crazy season,” said tailback Todd Gurley, who had 158 total yards and four touchdowns against Georgia Tech. “We never get stressed out or pressed over anything. We know what we’re capable of.”

Georgia played its first game without Murray, who had surgery last week for a torn ACL in his left knee, since the 2009 season. Entering the season, Murray and Georgia were aiming for a third straight trip to the SEC title game.

Mason had his shaky moments early as the Bulldogs had just 56 yards of total offense before the final drive of the first half, but the redshirt junior finished with 299 passing yards and completed 22 of 36 passes with two touchdowns and an interception.

“There’s just some things you can rep in practice and rep it and rep it, but until you get in the game, there’s nothing you can do about it,” Mason said. “You’ve got to deal with the crowd noise, just so many factors that you can’t get in practice. Just experience and time in those situations really is what’s going to go a long way.”

Georgia’s season has included two overtime games and seven games decided by a touchdown or less, including four games where the final margin separating the winner and loser was three points. And there’s still a bowl game to play, with the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville the likely destination.

“To me, it was a season of a lot of close games,” Richt said. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves. I think we are gaining some tremendous experience that will help us in the future, help us in the bowl, but also help us down the road with the guys coming back. There have been a lot of good things that have happened this year, but it’s also been heartbreaking at times.”

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