LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron Murray went from a career-low passing game his last time out to a career-best Saturday night against Kentucky.
The redshirt junior quarterback threw the ball all over Commonwealth Stadium to ignite a passing attack that was the clear bright spot for a Georgia team that looked rough around the edges elsewhere in an underwhelming 29-24 win.
“Aaron’s a good football player and I’m happy for him,” coach Mark Richt said. “I don’t think he’s all that eaten up with records. Maybe one day when he’s looking back in his career or has his son coming to visit Georgia and talk about the good old days maybe. He’s more concerned about winning right now.”
Murray threw four touchdown passes to move three past David Greene on the Bulldogs’ career touchdown passing list with 75.
He completed a career-high 30 of 38 passes for a new personal-best as a Bulldog with 427 yards, the sixth best in program history and most since Eric Zeier had 441 against Vanderbilt in 1994.
“That’s sick, that’s sick,” senior receiver Tavarres King said. “He deserves it. The way that guy works, the way he goes about his business, he deserves it.”
Kentucky’s beat-up secondary started two true freshmen and played most of the game with three true freshmen and a sophomore.
“They were missing some guys out there, but our guys did a great job of getting open,” Murray said. “Our offensive line did a great job giving me time and we were able to make the plays when they mattered.”
Murray’s big game came after he threw for a career-low 109 yards in a 35-7 beatdown at South Carolina two weeks earlier.
“We thought we had a good plan run and pass, but they did a nice job of stopping the run tonight,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We wanted to stay committed to it so they would keep guys in the box and give us the ability to make plays down the field and guys made plays all night.”
King had a career-high nine catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Malcolm Mitchell had a career-high nine catches for 103 yards.
“I guess I caught so many quick passes I didn’t realize that,” Mitchell said of reaching 100 yards. “That’s pretty cool.”
Murray completed 35.48 percent of his passes in that game but connected on nearly 78.95 completion percentage broke was the best in program history in a game with at least 30 attempts.
“Our receivers did a great job of getting open whether it was press or off coverage,” Murray said. “A full-team effort. Things were just opening up for us.”
Said Mitchell: “Aaron executed great tonight. He threw it to the right person. … He has more
Murray took a cleat in the right calf on Georgia’s second scoring drive, according to the school, but he kept firing away.
“I asked if he was hurt, I saw him limping around and they said no,” Bobo said.
“I got hit a little bit, but I’m fine,” Murray said. “You’re going to get hit now and then. It’s going to hurt a little bit. Rub some dirt on it, spit on it and move on. I’m feeling fine.”
A seemingly minor injury is nothing compared to Murray having to deal with his father, Dennis, undergoing thyroid cancer surgery two days after the South Carolina game.
His parents made the trip to Kentucky to watch Aaron like they usually do.
“Just imagine he has more games to prove what he can do,” Mitchell said. “He can beat his own record if he wants to.”