Georgia running back Todd Gurley runs in Saturday's 56-20 win against Florida Atlantic in Athens. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATHENS — Todd Gurley put up 100 yards rushing in his first game at Georgia. On Saturday, he duplicated that feat and was joined by Keith Marshall, his fellow freshman in the backfield.
The pair of highly touted running backs not only topped the century mark. They both averaged more than 10 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in Georgia’s 56-20 win over Florida Atlantic.
“We both had pretty big games and helped the team win,” Marshall said. “(The offensive line) did an excellent job. My job was very easy tonight. I just wide-open holes and ran.”
Gurley also gave a lot of praise to the blockers up front.
“Them guys been stepping up,” he said. “They work their tails off every day in practice, do stuff before practice, after practice. Without them guys, we wouldn’t have done nothing we did today.”
Gurley and Marshall are the first pair of Georgia freshmen to rush for 100 yards in a game since Danny Ware and Thomas Brown in 2004.
Murray sets personal record
Quarterback Aaron Murray had a nice game himself.
The junior threw for a personal-best 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns. The yardage topped his previous best of 326 he set last year against Vanderbilt.
“I can’t remember a game where we’ve been this consistent offensively,” Murray said. “I give a lot of credit to the way we’ve been practicing. We’ve really been determined every week to make sure we’re not lagging in practice and we’re high-tempo, working hard, making sure we know our assignments. I think that’s why we’ve been so successful offensively."
With his passing yards and 3 rushes for 20 yards on the ground, Murray now has 7,314 total yards of offense in his career. That moves him into fourth place at Georgia past Quincy Carter’s 7,053 yards. He now trails just Matthew Stafford (7,944), Eric Zeier (10,841) and David Greene (11,270). The two TD passes tied him with Zeier at 67 on Georgia's all-time list, trailing only Greene's 72.
Gwinnett duo not enough on third down
With the return of Chase Vasser at linebacker and Sanders Commings in the secondary, GAC grad Christian Robinson and Wesleyan grad Connor Norman were squeezed out of a bit of playing time against FAU.
Both still got plenty of reps on third downs, but neither recorded a tackle. The Bulldogs struggled greatly on third down in the first half, allowing the Owls to convert 8 of 12 before halftime. The defense stiffened in the second half, allowing only 1 of 7.
“We didn’t fit things the way we need to fit,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “Give (Florida Atlantic) some credit. Some of it can be some new guys in new spots, but the only way you’re going to get better is if you play.”
Buford grad Lee out indefinitely with ankle sprain
Mark Beard and Austin Long got some playing time on the offensive line Saturday, partially because of Dallas Lee’s ankle injury. Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said Lee sprained his ankle and he doesn’t know how long the junior from Buford will be out.
“Sometimes if a guy has a history of spraining an ankle it hurts real bad and recovers pretty fast,” Richt said. “But if it’s the first sprain of his career, sometimes they last longer.”