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Blog: Murray, Georgia defense have Dogs on doorstep of SEC championship game

Georgia boasts a top-five defense and a quarterback who is eighth nationally in touchdown passes.

Two big reasons the Bulldogs are just a win over Kentucky away from going to the SEC championship game.

Todd Grantham’s defense is now fourth in the nation behind only Alabama, LSU and Michigan State in yards allowed. The Bulldogs are giving up 273.3 yards per game.

And that’s before the Wildcats bring the nation’s third worst total offense to town Saturday.

An Auburn offense with Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb was stopped in its tracks with 51 rushing yards on 25 attempts in Georgia’s 45-7 beatdown on Saturday.

“You’ve got to be able to bump and slide and adjust and just play physical,” Grantham said. “You’ve got to set the edges in the run game, you’ve got to build a wall inside. They’ve got some talented backs, they’ve had some long runs this year and they’ve put up some numbers.”

Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray also has put up some numbers. He set Georgia’s single season touchdown record with 27 in the first half against the Tigers, topping Matthew Stafford’s 25 in 2008. And there’s still four more games if you include the SEC title game and the bowl game.

Murray completed 14 of 18 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns.

“His QB rating has to be jumping through the roof lately,” coach Mark Richt said.

Yep.

Murray had a 255.64 rating against Auburn—the highest of his college career—a week after his 236.92 against New Mexico State., which is third after the Georgia Tech game last season.

Here’s how Murray’s 27 touchdown passes stack up nationally:

Case Keenum, Houston 37

Brandon Weedeen, OklahomaState 31

Kellen Moore, BoiseState 31

Matt Barkley, Southern California 29

Andrew Luck, Stanford 29

Robert Griffin III, Baylor 29

Landry Jones, Oklahoma 28

Aaron Murray, Georgia 27

Tajh Boyd, Clemson 27

 

One more thing from the quote sheet from the Auburn locker room.

Tigers quarterback Clint Moseley was asked to compare LSU and Georgia.

Moseley made his first start against LSU three weeks ago in a 45-10 loss.

He made his third against Georgia in a 45-7 loss.

“Both teams know how to play defense,” Moseley said. “I don’t want to cause anything by making a prediction, but it will be a great game.”

 

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