There has long been much criticism of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s performance in big games–the ones against ranked opponents. However, the senior quarterback proved himself as a powerhouse threat in the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs’ 41-30 victory over the No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Murray completed 17-of-23 passes totaling 309 yards and four touchdowns, and not a single turnover stained their statistics.
The pressure resulting from last week’s loss to the Clemson Tigers and an even larger disappointment after the SEC championship game left many wondering if Murray could come through when it counted, but he showed that he can improvise when necessary and shoulder the stress with ease. Twice in the showdown with the Gamecocks, he powered through the pressure of a third down and found the open hands of receivers for a touchdown pass.
On the second time, it appeared that acclaimed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would have the chance to sack a prone Murray, but after an attack on Clowney by defensive tackle Mark Beard, Murray was able to change directions and complete a 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley.
The Bulldogs are accustomed to the unwavering pressure to rise to the top of a consistently dominating conference.
Georgia has fallen to South Carolina twice in the past two years just to fight their way back into the SEC championship game.
“We’ve been through a lot and understand what it means to lose early and fight back out of that hole,” said Murray according to ESPN who responded to criticism with an impressive showcase of talent in Saturday’s win.