ATHENS -- With six touchdowns on Saturday, the Bulldogs surpassed last year's team and the 1942 national championship team with legends Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi with 56 this year, topping the old mark of 54.
"We've been very productive, obviously," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We're scoring a lot of touchdowns. We're not kicking as many field goals as we have in some years. That's probably been the biggest difference. ... When you score touchdowns, your point totals will go up. I think (offensive coordinator) Mike (Bobo) and the entire staff has done a really good job."
It was also the 10th win of the season, the 20th time that has happened in school history and the eighth time in Richt's 12 seasons.
Eagles find running room with trio of Gwinnett grads on the line
Georgia Southern came into the game averaging more than 400 yards per game on the ground with its triple option attack. The Eagles were able to keep Georgia off balance for most of the first half, getting 149 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown to keep the game close at halftime.
North grad Manrey Saint-Amour, Mill Creek grad Austin Hagan and Peachtree Ridge grad Trevor McBurnett helped open up holes up the middle and provide time for the backfield to take it wide for good gains in the first half. Unfortunately for McBurnett, he was called for an illegal block when the Eagles were on the verge of going up 14-10 just before halftime. That forced a long field goal attempt that was missed, and the Bulldogs drove to take a 17-7 lead into the break.
Still, the line held up well against a talented Georgia front that includes 6-foot-3, 358-pound John Jenkins.
"(He's) a great player," McBurnett said. "We knew coming in that they were going to be a great defensive unit. They're the No. 4 team in the nation, so it was going to be tough. But we feel like we belong to play with any team, and we feel like we held our own."
Quarterback Jerick McKinnon led the ground game with 109 yards on 19 carries with two TDs, followed by Buford grad Dominique Swope's 92 yards on 17 carries.
"It was a tough game," Swope said. "Obviously the first half was better than the second. Georgia's one of the best in the SEC, but we played with them."
Flowe, DuBose make big plays on defense
Norcross grad Dion DuBose and Parkview grad Patrick Flowe made their mark on the game with some standout plays.
Flowe sacked Murray in the second quarter to stop a drive and force a field goal try. DuBose recovered a fumble by Rhett McGowan late in the first quarter that the offense turned into a touchdown early in the second.
"It was a good first half," DuBose said. "We came out playing, came out with a lot of momentum. My hat's off to Georgia, because they're a good team offensively, especially with Aaron Murray throwing the ball. And their offensive linemen are pretty good."
Murray, King, Gurley make dents in record books
Murray threw for 330 yards in the game, moving his career total to 9,184. He trails just Eric Zeier's 11,153 and South grad David Greene's 11,528, which is an SEC record.
"Murray has been very accurate," Richt said. "It's got a lot to do with protection and routes and schemes, but if it's not put on the money, you don't have a chance."
Tavarres King now has 20 career TD catches, which is tied for third all-time with Fred Gibson. His 61 receiving yards increased his career total to 2,337, passing Mohamed Massaquoi's 2,282 for fifth all-time and within sight of Brice Hunter's 2,373 for fourth in Georgia history.
Todd Gurley went over 1,000 yards in the game, finishing with 678 yards to hit 1,041 in his career. Gurley is only the second true freshman in Bulldog history to accomplish the feat, first topped by Herschel Walker's 1,616 in 1980. Knowshon Moreno topped 1,000 as a redshirt freshman in 2007 with 1,334 yards.
Keith Marshall ran for 29 yards on seven carries Saturday, giving him 654 this year and passing Tim Worley for 12th on the all-time freshman yard rankings.