Georgia Bulldogs rallied behind a four touchdown performance by Aaron Murray to defeat LSU Tigers 44-41 in a critical tilt between the SEC powerhouses.
Murray’s fourth touchdown pass, a 25-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, put the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) ahead for good with just 1:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.
"We've played some hard teams," Scott-Wesley said. "It just shows we're a great team. We can handle anything anybody throws
The Bulldogs’ rushing attack overcame a first half ankle injury to star running back Todd Gurley, as sophomore back Keith Marshall contributed 96 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs opened the season facing three top 10 teams in its first four matchups. Despite an opening 38-35 non conference loss to Clemson, Georgia has bounced back to knock
off two of its top conference foes.
"We've grown up a lot this past month," Murray said. "I think everyone in the nation knows what Georgia football is about now. We're a tough group of guys. We're fighters."
Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s career high 372 passing yards and three touchdowns weren’t enough for LSU (4-1, 1-1 SEC) whose defense surrendered 196 rushing yards to the Bulldogs.
"We have a good football team and we have everything in front of us," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "When you play a quality team on the road, you can learn what needs to be corrected."
The Tigers’ wide receiver duo of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. continued their impressive start to the season, combining for 16 catches, 274 yards and one touchdown.
A late muffed punt by Beckham Jr. gave the Bulldogs great field position and proved to be disastrous for the Tigers.
Georgia is now firmly back in the national championship picture and is in the driver's seat to clinch its third consecutive SEC East title.
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