Saturday, September 15, 2012
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Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) breaks away from Florida Atlantic Owls safety Brent Harstad (24) for a long gain during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATHENS -- Georgia's defense was a little sluggish in the first half, but the offense was good enough to keep putting points on the board and eventually distance the Bulldogs from Florida Atlantic.
Aaron Murray passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more, and the freshman tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall provided a combined 215 yards and 2 TDs in the Bulldogs' 56-20 win over the Owls on Saturday in Uga IX's first home game as the new official mascot.
Georgia seemed to be unable to stop FAU on third down in the first half. The Owls were 5 of 7 in the first quarter and 3 of 5 in the second quarter, helping FAU stay in the game for most of the opening half.
But after the score had been tied by the Owls at 14-14 in the second quarter, Marshall and Murray (14-for-19, 342 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) helped quickly put some distance on the scoreboard.
Marshall ran for 57 yards on five carries on the ensuing drive, setting up Aaron Murray's second touchdown run of the game for a 21-14 advantage. After the defense forced a punt near midfield, Murray released his pass just before getting hit and connected with Michael Bennett for a 67-yard touchdown pass to put Georgia up 28-14.
Gurley finished his night with 10 rushes for 111 yards and a TD. Marshall had 10 carries for 104 yards and a TD. Bennett was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 110 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs finished with 385 yards in the air and 328 on the ground. The total of 713 yards was the most in a game in school history.