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Aaron Murray stands strong as #9 Georgia defeats #6 LSU 44-41

Aaron Murray

ATHENS, Ga. — In a conference where running backs highlight, and defense is notorious, it was a battle of quarterbacks in Athens, Georgia. Aaron Murray threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for one, as the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the LSU Tigers, 44-41 in Athens, Georiga. Zach Mettenberger, who said it was his dream to go against his former team, Georgia, thew for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

Georgia’s running game took a huge hit when their star back Todd Gurley left the game with an ankle sprain and did not return, as he was replaced by Keith Marshall who finished with 96 yards on the day. LSU’s running game was nearly non-existent although their own star back Jeremy Hill rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

For all the hype that surrounded this game of two, top-ten ranked teams that held LSU’s title hopes with Mettenberger’s return, and Aaron Murray’s legacy, this game was an instant classic. LSU seemingly was out of this game during a stalled drive, late in the third quarter until Mettenberger completed a third and 19 to Odell Beckham, and the drive was capped off with a Kenny Hilliard touchdown.

For a quarterback who had been criticized for not winning the big games, Murray  now has two wins under his belt. Defeating #6 South Carolina earlier this year, after losing to then #8 Clemson in the opener, Murray knocks off his second straight top-10 team. It was Murray’s night to silence the critics, as he found Justin Scott-Wesley on a 25-yard touchdown pass, with 1:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Georgia puts themselves seemingly right back into national championship title contention, as they improve to 3-1 (2-0 SEC), and LSU falls to 4-1 (1-1 SEC) on the season. The Bulldogs now find lighter opponents in their schedule as they travel to take on Tennessee next week, and their next ranked opponent as of now, is #20 Florida whom they play on November 2nd.

Not all should be viewed as lost for the LSU Tigers and head coach Les Miles, who will take on Mississippi St next week, before their next ranked matchup against #20 Florida on October 12th.

The LSU-Georgia matchups have always provided fans with instant classics, and this one was just that. Zach Mettenberger’s dream of defeating his former team did not come true, but Aaron Murray’s living a dream of silencing the critics, with his second win against  a top-ten ranked team.

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