published Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Georgia breaks 3-year losing streak versus South Carolina

Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) reacts with Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett (82) after Marshall scored a touchdown against South Carolina Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) reacts with Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett (82) after Marshall scored a touchdown against South Carolina Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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    Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch (88) reacts after making a touchdown catch against the South Carolina in Athens, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATHENS, Ga. — The death of University of Georgia football has been greatly exaggerated.

After last week's season-opening loss at Clemson left the Bulldogs coming away with more questions than answers, Georgia turned to its punishing offense Saturday and powered past South Carolina 41-30 under clear skies at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs racked up 536 yards, with the biggest chunk an 85-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.

"Critics are going to be critics, but we know what we've got here in this locker room," Scott-Wesley said. "We trust each other and we play for each other. Tonight I am really proud to be a Bulldog."

Georgia ended a three-year losing streak to the Gamecocks and longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier, who was seeking a record 16th win over the Bulldogs.

Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries, while Murray completed 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four scores. It was just the second career win over a top-10 team for Murray, who announced in January that he was returning for a final season.

"These are the memories that you will never forget," Murray said. "I had a great, great time tonight with some of my best friends. It was awesome."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

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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