A touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to tight end Arthur Lynch in the final seconds enabled Georgia to defeat Clemson 42-41 Wednesday night in a simulated half at Sanford Stadium.
Clemson was portrayed by Georgia's scout team and was spotted a 28-0 lead.
"It was a barn burner," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. "We got done what we wanted. We had a lot of live kicking situations, and overall I thought everyone did a pretty good job, including our graduate assistants preparing the scout team."
Murray completed 11 of 14 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns according to the unofficial statistics kept by Georgia's coaches. The leading rusher was third-team tailback J.J. Green, who had 62 yards on 12 carries.
Backup tailback Keith Marshall played sparingly, and starting tailback Todd Gurley didn't play at all.
"We've seen enough of him," Richt said. "We needed to see some other guys."
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins tallied four tackles and a sack, while inside linebacker Ramik Wilson had four tackles and a tackle for loss. The freshman cornerbacks continued to make some noise, with Shaq Wiggins and Brendan Langley each amassing interceptions.
Wiggins returned his 17 yards for a touchdown.
"Those guys are getting reps and making plays," Richt said. "They have good ball skills and good hands."
Junior receiver Malcolm Mitchell and junior cornerback Damian Swann each participated after being limited with injuries earlier in the week.
Georgia also announced its captains for next week's opener, with Murray and Lynch representing the offense, senior defensive end Garrison Smith representing the defense and senior safety Connor Norman representing special teams.
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...
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