NCAAF Game Recap - Murray State at Georgia
Sat Sep 7, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Georgia 63, Murray State 17

Sep 7, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Murray State (1-1)

7

0

10

0

17

(3) Georgia (2-0)

7

35

7

14

63

No. 3 Georgia romps to 63-17 victory over FCS Murray State
Sat Sep 7, 2019 8:33 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) On a sweltering day, Georgia took a while to get going.

By halftime, the Bulldogs could start cooling down.

D'Andre Swift ran for two touchdowns, Jake Fromm threw for 166 yards and a score, and No. 3 Georgia broke loose in the second quarter for a 63-17 rout of FCS school Murray State on Saturday.

With temperatures climbing into the mid-90s, the Bulldogs (2-0) were tied 7-7 after giving up a long touchdown pass.

But they erupted for a 35-point barrage in the second period.

"We were just kind of ready to go," Fromm said. "We weren't playing as clean as we wanted. But we settled down, settled in and played some ball."

Brian Herrien ran 2 yards for the go-ahead score. J.R. Reed scooped up a fumble and went 14 yards for a touchdown. Swift tacked on a 10-yard TD run. Fromm hooked up with freshman George Pickens on a 15-yard scoring play. Finally, redshirt freshman Zamir White darted for a 6-yard score, sending Georgia to the locker room with a 42-7 lead.

Fromm, Swift and most of the starters were able to take the rest of the day off, giving Georgia a chance to give some of its young prospects their first extensive playing time.

"We definitely got to see some young guys in there," Swift said. "I'm glad."

Fromm completed his last nine passes and finished 10 of 11. Swift rushed for 67 yards on just six carries. Pickens hauled in a 43-yard catch with a diving, somersaulting effort and finished with four receptions for 78 yards.

Preston Rice was effective against Georgia's defense, completing 20 of 25 for 216 yards. But Murray State (1-1) rushed for just 23 yards.

The Bulldogs had 269 yards on the ground, led by White with 72 yards on eight carries. Freshman Kenny Atkinson showed off the backfield depth with nine carries for 61 yards.

Georgia jumped ahead less than 2 minutes into the game, ripping off a four-play, 56-yard drive that was aided by a pass interference penalty. Swift powered over from 3 yards out.

The Bulldogs were forced to punt on their second possession, and Murray State stunned the crowd when Price hit DaQuon Green on a slant cutting over the middle. He beat one man and outran two others for a 60-yard TD that tied the game.

There were nervous groans when Georgia fumbled the ball away on its next possession, but it was only a matter of time before the overwhelming talent advantage took its toll on the Ohio Valley Conference school.

When Mark Webb knocked the ball away from Jared McCray and Reed took it to the end zone for Georgia's second score in just 33 seconds, it was clear how this one would end.

"It doesn't happen that often, so you've got to capitalize on your opportunities," Reed said. "Good things come to those who are aggressive.

FROMM'S BACKUP

No. 2 quarterback Stetson Bennett got on the field for the first time at Georgia, capping a long, strange journey that began as a walk-on in 2017.

Bennett completed 9 of 13 for 124 yards and two touchdowns, though he did have an interception that was returned 35 yards for a score by Nigel Walton.

"I'm happy he got to play," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "He needs all the experience he can get. He can get reps in practice, but to go out in a game and play is important for his confidence."

Bennett walked on at Georgia two years ago but only got to work on the scout team. He transferred to a Mississippi junior college last season year and appeared headed back to Division I at the University of Louisiana, only to end up back in Athens when the Bulldogs called with a scholarship offer after losing Justin Fields to Ohio State.

"He's one play away from being out there," Smart said of Bennett.

THE TAKEAWAY

Murray State: There were some encouraging signs for a team that never really had a chance against a Southeastern Conference powerhouse, at least providing hope that the Racers will be a factor in the Ohio Valley race. "It was a good performance for what we were doing in terms of executing the game plan," Rice said. "I feel I executed to the best of my ability this week."

Georgia: It's hard to fathom what the Bulldogs gained from this game, other than sweating off some pounds and giving plenty of youngsters a chance to play. The most significant moment occurred before the kickoff when the school formally named the field at Sanford Stadium in honor of longtime coach Vince Dooley.

UP NEXT

Murray State: The Racers face their second straight FBS opponent on the road next Saturday, though it won't be a team of this caliber. They'll take on Toledo of the Mid-American Conference.

Georgia: The second of three straight home games should be another breather for the Bulldogs. They'll host Arkansas State from the Sun Belt Conference next Saturday.

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Passing

Murr Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
P. Rice 25 20 80.0 1 216 60 0 116.0
B. Bognar 7 3 42.9 0 41 21 1 22.6
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fromm 11 10 90.9 1 166 43 0 149.1
S. Bennett 13 9 69.2 2 124 25 1 107.1

Rushing

Murr Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Thomas 1 0 0.0 0 0
R. Castille 5 8 1.6 3 0
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. White 8 72 9.0 29 1
D. Swift 6 67 11.2 40 2

Receiving

Murr Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Green 5 101 20.2 60 1
J. Bell 2 55 27.5 50 0
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Pickens 4 78 19.5 43 1
E. Wolf 4 73 18.3 24 0

Fumbles

Murr F FL
J. McCray 1 1

Returning

Murr KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Dallas 1 7.0 0 7 0 - 0 0
R. Castille 0 - 0 0 1 9.0 0 9
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Simmons 0 - 0 0 3 21.7 0 42
B. Herrien 2 18.5 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Murr Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Dawson 7 319 45.6 51
UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 2 96 48.0 48

Takeaways

Murr Int Yds InTD
N. Walton 1 35 1
UGA Int Yds InTD
J. Reed 0 0 0
L. Brini 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Murr UGA
Points For 17 63
Total Yards 284 561
Rushing Yards 23 269
Passing Yards 261 292
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/33 20/25
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 11 25
Penalties - Yards 5/40 5/40
Time Of Possession 19:19 41:41
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/16 8/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/46 2/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Murr UGA
UGA 1:23 TD D'Andre Swift 3 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 7
Murr 8:24 TD Daquon Green 60 yd pass from Preston Rice (Gabriel Vicente kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Murr UGA
UGA 0:36 TD Brian Herrien 2 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 14
UGA 1:09 TD J.R. Reed 14 yd fumble return (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 21
UGA 5:53 TD D'Andre Swift 10 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 28
UGA 8:49 TD George Pickens 15 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 35
UGA 12:49 TD Zamir White 6 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 42
3rd Quarter Murr UGA
Murr 5:27 TD Nigel Walton 35 yd interception return (Gabriel Vicente kick) 14 42
UGA 9:38 TD Demetris Robertson 15 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 14 49
Murr 13:42 FG Gabriel Vicente 26 yd FG 17 49
4th Quarter Murr UGA
UGA 4:11 TD Dominick Blaylock 25 yd pass from Stetson Bennett (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 17 56
UGA 7:18 TD Stetson Bennett 1 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 17 63

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 92,746
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