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Georgia Bulldogs: Our View of the Game
Odd times for both teams as J'ville meeting arrives By DAVE JORDAN
The annual game in Jacksonville between the football teams at the University of Georgia and the University of Florida is a spectacle unto itself. Typically, a win means another step closer to a possible Southeastern Conference championship for the game’s victor, although many times bragging rights are the main prize — and enough of one for the respective fans. This year’s Georgia-Florida game — and that is the proper way to term it, the “Georgia-Florida game” — will spell serious trouble for the loser and possibly some coaches on the losing team’s staff. Georgia’s preseason outlook was one of great optimism, laced with a degree of caution based on the Bulldogs’ difficult schedule. Rather, the early part of the schedule. The Dogs, ranked fifth in the preseason poll, opened at Clemson, ranked No. 8 at the time, then hosted No. 6 South Carolina the very next Saturday. A week off and a home date with North Texas lessened the load a tad, but sixth-ranked LSU then ar-
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rived in Athens for Game 4. Georgia went 3-1 over those games, losing precisely where a loss would hurt them least, at Clemson, but playing stellar ball against both the Gamecocks and Tigers to get back to a No. 6 ranking going into Game 5. There, problems began to materialize. Already playing without standout safety Tray Matthews and studly tailback Todd Gurley — who sprained his ankle against LSU — the Dogs lost their other firststring running back, Keith Marshall, and quality receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley to injuries in a battle with Tennessee in its home stadium. A late drive and touchdown orchestrated by quarterback Aaron Murray and an overtime field goal by Marshall Morgan saved the Georgia team from embarrassment, but the loss of so many key cogs to injury did
not bode well. Now 4-1 overall and already 3-0 in conference play, the Dogs merely had to weather the storm of SEC foes Missouri and Vanderbilt before heading to Duval County to face the rival Florida Gators on the banks of the St. Johns River. That two-headed storm turned out to be a typhoon of the highest order. Missouri, undefeated and ranked 25th, handled the Dogs with relative ease, winning 41-26 despite playing the final stages of the game with its backup quarterback. Vanderbilt, 3-3 at the time with wins over the likes of Austin Peay, Massachusetts and Alabama-Birmingham, saw the Dogs build a 27-14 lead by the dawn of the fourth quarter, then reeled off the game’s final 17 points to send then 15thranked Georgia to its second straight loss and out of both the Associated Press poll and the inaugural BCS standings of 2013. Now come the Gators, sporting the same record as the Dogs and hurting a bit themselves after dropping two in a row in conference, including a 36-17 whipping in their most recent game at now No. 5 Missouri. Both teams had the inside track on the
SEC East division crown entering their dates with Missouri. Had either team won out from there, they would have gone to Atlanta to face the best of the West. Now both teams are seemingly in disarray, both searching for answers to why they can never get all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — working correctly on the same day. Georgia could conceivably lose four conference games and finish 6-6 overall if it doesn’t take care of at least some business in its games with Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech — none of which are in Sanford Stadium. Florida, too, has enough trouble in its path to result in three more league losses, not to mention a date with No. 3 Florida State that could potentially leave them 5-7 when the bowl committees start sending out invites. It is the oddest of times for both the programs at each state’s flagship university as they descend on the nation’s largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The next few weeks could mean great fortune or monumental doom. Odd times indeed.
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Florida Gators: Our View of the Game
About to get a new taste of Florida-Georgia rivalry By NATHAN DEEN
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For most schools in the SEC, there are rivals and then there are archrivals. Some rivalries mean more to some fans than others â€” and that usually depends on where you live. For myself, the school I grew up loathing and still do to this day is Florida State. I lived in the Florida Panhandle for 20 years. Many people I went to high school with went to Florida State, but my ambition was to be a Florida Gator. The best times of my life happened during my years in Gainesville, Fla.: Urban Meyer won his second national title and the Gators continued to crush FSU year after year. When I was in grade school, it was often the other way around. Bobby Bowden seemed to be the only one who had Steve Spurrierâ€™s number. Florida would often finish in the top 10 and end up playing in a BCS bowl, while we watched our counterparts play for national championships because the Gators didnâ€™t usually beat the Seminoles in the big game at yearâ€™s end.
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I started my journalism career on the other side of this state, in Columbus. There, I met many Georgia fans who hated everything about Auburn, which was a mere 45 minutes away, and we got along pretty well. I now have many good friends who are Georgia fans. One of them said it had everything to do with the area we lived in. Half of Columbus pulls for Auburn and there are many Tiger alumni there. It didnâ€™t take much time living in Brunswick to realize my friend was right about the rivalry depending on your location, which is unfortunate because I really donâ€™t hate Georgia. In fact, when the Bulldogs are not playing Florida, I pull for them. Iâ€™ve always considered Georgia as a respected rival and because the Florida-Georgia game is such a unique experience, I would love
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to see both teams undefeated and SEC East supremacy at stake every year. I guess the best explanation for my indifference toward the Bulldogs is that I didnâ€™t have a reason to hate them while growing up a Gator fan in the 1990s. The Olâ€™ Ball Coach didnâ€™t lose to Georgia very often. Sadly, the bulk of the Bulldog community in Brunswick doesnâ€™t share mutual feelings toward Florida. In fact, they probably view
Florida like I do FSU. A certain supervisor of mine (jokingly?) said he had reservations about my hiring because I went to school at UF. I guess I will just have to continue to turn the other cheek. Maybe if I live in this area long enough, my feelings will begin to change. Heck, they may change on Saturday â€” three consecutive losses to Georgia is unfamiliar territory for me. Thereâ€™s not as much at stake in this yearâ€™s meeting as I hoped there would be. I saw Georgia as a legitimate national title contender after its 44-41 classic win over LSU, and Florida had finally found a quarterback in Tyler Murphy to go with its elite defense. Four weeks and a dozen injuries later, the two squads are playing an elimination game, with the winner having only an outside chance of getting to Atlanta. The head coaches walking both sidelines can ill afford another loss. Still, thereâ€™s nothing like seeing a stadium equally split into red and blue. Hopefully, Bulldog and Gator fans can agree on that â€” no matter where they hail from.
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For some, game truly a homecoming By SARAH LUNDGREN The Brunswick News
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first-time visitors to get a taste that will make them want to come back. “The weekend is definitely good for the economy and tourism. It’s especially neat for people who have never been down here for Georgia-Florida before because we have great venues to watch the game. I’ve only gone to Jacksonville for the game twice. Who wouldn’t want to tailgate at the beach?” Nermoe said. For some older graduates, like Lawton Tollison, the close proximity to the college atmosphere and the game itself are a winning combination. He’s made the trek to Jacksonville every time the game has been played there since 1976. He says it’s a world of difference compared to the five-hour trip to Athens he and a group took for the game against LSU in September. “Having the game in our backyard, I wouldn’t have it any other way. What we’re excited about is that we’ve got a chance to win three in a row against Florida probably for the first time since the Dead Sea just had a headache,” Tollison joked. He’s grateful that the “powers that be” in Jacksonville and at the respective universities have worked to maintain the game in such a nearby place. The Georgia-Florida game is a chance for Tollison to let his fan flag fly. Willie McClendon, former Georgia football standout in the 1970s and a member of the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame, also appreciates his visits to the area during Georgia-Florida festivities. After growing up in Brunswick and graduating from Glynn Academy, getting to come back to his hometown every season was a highlight. “It always afforded me a chance to see my family. But one of the reasons this is such a tradition is the proximity of the alumni base of both colleges to the game,” McClendon said.
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No matter what the football season has looked like so far for the Georgia Bulldogs, the Georgia-Florida rivalry is always high energy. Even with the once top-10 ranked team falling to Clemson, Missouri and Vanderbilt, Bulldog pride still reigns strong. Many in the Bulldog nation, from current students to alumni and fans in general, will descend upon the Golden Isles beginning Thursday. Some will stay for the weekend and grab a seat at a local venue to watch the big game. For others, it’s just a stop on the route to Jacksonville and what is still known to most fans as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” For area residents, it feels about as close to being between the hedges in Sanford Stadium as it can get without having to make the trip to Athens. For recent graduates and St. Simons Island natives Allison Nermoe and Paula VanOtteren, it’s like a UGA homecoming in their backyard. “Because I get to see people from college, it creates that deeper connection than other games in the season. It doesn’t matter who you watch the game with, you have this common, unspoken bond,” Nermoe, a 2010 graduate, said. VanOtteren, a 2009 graduate, says that though the game is more than an hour away, a visit to St. Simons Island and the rest of Glynn County has become a part of the Georgia-Florida tradition. “It’s a good combination of the feel of Athens and a college town while still being at home,” VanOtteren said. The visitors who arrive and the local fans who step out into the community also contribute to the area, which both women say is evident during the weekend. It’s a chance for
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Fans show true sense of style
Chevron printed dresses and shirts continue to be popular game day choices. This Peace, Love and Cream shirt with a bow ($32), from left, Coveted Clothing red top and chevron print base ($38) and Peace, Love and Cream chevron cocktail dress ($48) are some of the UGA selections at Meo's Suite, 311 Mallery St., St. Simons Island.
By BETHANY LEGGETT The Brunswick News
Don’t expect to see much orange and blue on St. Simons Island during Georgia-Florida weekend. Loyal Georgia fans traditionally take over the island in a sea of red, black and white ensembles, showcasing their Athens pride in every aspect of their outfits, from hats down to their boots. “Wearing red and black is just one of the ways to show your support and loyalty to Georgia,” said Sandra Delaney, owner of The Yellow Canary, 134 Retreat Plaza, St. Simons Island. Delaney, a Georgia grad, puts up her Red and Black wall of clothing items in UGA-approved colors starting in July and “staying up until the championship game,” she said. She even broadcasts the games over the store’s speakers on Saturdays during the fall. “There’s no excitement like a Bulldogs game day,” she said. Ewell Gay, owner of Maggie’s Boutique, 1616 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, carries a plethora of Georgia merchandise that includes T-shirts, clothing accessories, decorations and more as well as plus-size options. “We have been the Lady Dawgs headquarters for 39 years,” said Gay, who places all merchandise on sale during Georgia/Florida week. “I always try to find items that nobody else sells. I design a special Georgia/Florida T-shirt every year, too.” Game-day attire can range from the comfortable T-shirts and baseball caps to fashionable dresses, depending on where a person tailgates. For those who are lacking a representative item or feel the need to change up their wardrobe, this shopping guide will tell you where to go to be ready for Saturday’s big showdown.
This Bulldog Bosom Buddy Bag is a great way for a lady to show off her UGA pride on game day. Cost is $165, Maggie's Boutique.
Everything from clothing choices and tailgaiting memorabilia to yard accessories is on display at Maggie's Boutique, 1616 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island.
No lady's outfit is complete without accessories. These necklaces, bracelets and pins come in a variety of styles and prices starting as low as $24 at Yellow Canary, 134 Retreat Plaza, St Simons Island.
Black sequined flats like the Donald Phiner ($228), left, and pumps like the Kate Spade ($345) at Pampered Foot, 3419 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, are stylish footwear that would complete any game day outfit.
This red quilted Gerry Weber vest ($229) pairs well with a black clutch like this UGG purse ($145) that also comes in gray and tan at the Pampered Foot, St. Simons Island.
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Competition just as fierce for eateries By KELLY QUIMBY The Brunswick News
It’s Georgia-Florida weekend in Brunswick and the Golden Isles, and the competition for hungry fans is fierce. For the eateries and bars on St. Simons Island in particular, crowds are won or lost with drink specials, live music and extra hours. “You’ve got to stay competitive,” said Tyler Wiggins, manager of Gnat’s Landing in the Redfern Village. “It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year. We have a projector and nine TVs, so the altogether package is pretty enticing.” Gnat’s Landing will also offer the complimentary peanuts and oysters it usually provides during University of Georgia football games. The food goes a bit more quickly the weekend of the Florida game. At Iguanas Seafood Restaurant, 303
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Employees at Iguanas Seafood Restaurant in the St. Simons Island pier village, Amber Hoyt, from left, Eric Duncan and Emily Durant fold Iguanas Georgia-Florida T-shirts in preparation for the Georgia-Florida weekend. The restaurant offers a different designed shirt each year.
Mallery St., St. Simons Island, manager Pat Burnham said the doors will stay open an additional four hours, until 2 a.m., instead of the usual closing time at 10 p.m. The restaurant will have plenty of service staff on hand to accommodate the anticipated crowd, Burnham said. She added that restaurant’s sister nightclub, Rafters at 3151⁄2 Mallery St., will have a disc jockey.
“We’ve done it for several years, and we usually have a pretty good turnout,” Burnham said. “We’re busy. But we know it’s a big weekend on the island all the way around.” Restaurants and bars on the mainland aren’t going to miss out on the party. In downtown Brunswick, at Tipsy McSway’s, 1414 Newcastle St., manager Jason
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Bates said the game will be broadcast Saturday on a large screen with plenty of beer and wing specials. “We’re definitely going to have a projector and big screen, and a wing ding special kind of thing,” Bates said. It’s also First Friday weekend in downtown Brunswick, the evening when restaurants usually draw crowds with specials. At the Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities will present “The Art of the Dawg,” a history and celebration of the UGA Bulldogs and their fans, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. It will include the Davis Family UGA collection, started in 1935, which will be on display in the gallery through Nov. 30. The UGA Extension Service estimates that some 8,000 fans and visitors descended on St. Simons Island during last year’s GeorgiaFlorida matchup, and the same large turnout is expected this year. Once revelers have had their fill of food and drink, the extension service encourages them to “Stash Your Trash” at designated bins and containers across the island and beach. Volunteers to help remove the excess bottles, cans and wrappers from Friday’s festivities will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Old Coast Guard Station access point. Call Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful at 912-279-1490 for details on the cleanup.
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Georgia-Florida: Tailgating tips
Fans eager to 'chomp' on game day By BRITTANY TATE The Brunswick News
Fans of both the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators may not have much in common â€” except for their fierce loyalty to their teams â€” but when it comes to the tailgate and at-home parties, they all enjoy chomping down on some savory appetizers and biting into some delicious entrees. Donâ€™t fumble the party with the same old platter of barbecue chicken wings or a plate full of bacon cheeseburger sliders. Switch it up and bring the rivalry into your recipes. If you are a true Dawg lover and enjoy the tastes of Coastal Georgia, try making some gator gumbo, says Brian Justice, owner of Tasteful Temptations. â€œAlligator gumbo is fun for the day, especially for the Dawgs,â€? Justice joked. â€œI
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Brian Justice, owner of Tasteful Temptations on St. Simons Island, whips up a tasty treat suitable for tailgating.
mean if the Gators could find a dog stew, they would try to make it, but they would go to jail.â€? Though he admits the rivalry is fun,
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Buffalo Chicken Dip 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded 1â „2 cup buffalo wing sauce 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese French bread baguette slices, celery ribs, crackers, carrots or tortilla chips, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss chicken in buffalo sauce. Spread cream cheese over chicken into an ungreased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Justice says itâ€™s even better to spend the day with family and friends. He says when family and friends get together for events like this, game-day dishes â€œalways work.â€? Jekyll Island Club Hotelâ€™s executive sous chef Lewie Mashburn shares in his sentiments. With just a few days left before the game, Mashburn suggests Georgia fans tackle their taste buds with some baconwrapped gator nuggets. â€œYou know how those Dawgs like to bite down on the Gators,â€? Mashburn joked, adding that â€œgator tails are a little tough so youâ€™ll have to pound it out, and theyâ€™ll probably be better fried.â€? But for those fans who have a more sophisticated palate, Mashburn says baby lamb chops with kiwi mint sauce will satisfy that game-day hunger. â€œItâ€™s for the people who want to get a little more high class with their meals,â€? Mashburn said. Despite the impending beat down for one of the teams, Mashburn and Justice know that these meals can definitely be a pick-me-up. â€œItâ€™s about thinking outside of the box. These meals are good tidbits for a party.â€? Spice up your party and play around with Ugaâ€™s red and black or Albert E. Gatorâ€™s orange and blue. For the meals, you donâ€™t have to choose your favorite. Try them all. Celebrate your favorite team with these ferocious recipes:
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Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Shrimp 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 slices bacon barbecue seasoning, to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap shrimp with 1â „2 slice of half-cooked or par-cooked bacon, securing with a toothpick. Line a jelly roll pan with extra heavy duty foil, and place baking rack in pan. Place the shrimp on the rack, and sprinkle heavily with the barbecue seasoning, turn and sprinkle second side. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes. The bacon will turn from creamy white to a little opaque, and the seasonings will soak in. Cook the bacon for 10 to 15 minutes. The rack keeps the shrimp from sitting in the draining bacon fat.
Gator Gumbo 1 tablespoon plus 1â „2 cup vegetable oil 1 pound smoked sausage, such as Andouille or kielbasa, cut crosswise 1â „2-inch thick pieces 4 pounds Alligator tail meat. Diced (can sub Chicken Breast) 1 tablespoon Essence or Creole seasoning, recipe follows 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups Diced onions 1 cup Diced celery 1 cup Diced bell peppers 1 teaspoon salt 1â „2 Gallon chicken stock 1â „2 cup chopped green onions 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves 1 tablespoon file powder 4 cups cooked white rice In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until well browned, about 8 minutes. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Season the alligator add in batches to the fat remaining in the pan. Cook over medium-high heat until well browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the alligator from the pan, let cool, and then refrigerate until ready to use. Combine the remaining 1â „2 cup oil and the flour in the same Large Pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring slowly and constantly for 15 to 20 minutes, to make a dark brown roux (mixture). Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the reserved sausage, salt, and bay leaves, stir, and cook for 2 minutes. Stirring, slowly add the chicken stock, and cook, stirring, until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add the reserved alligator to the pot and simmer for 1 hour, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the green onions, parsley, and file powder. Add cayenne pepper and hot sauce as needed. BABY LAMB CHOPS WITH KIWI MINT SAUCE 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 tbsp granulated garlic 2 racks of lamb 6 ripe kiwi 2 ounces fresh mint Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil as needed Cut chops by slicing in between the bones of the rack. (Should get about 14 chops). French the bones. Marinate lamb chops with olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Marinate over night. Drain off oil and place on the grill for 1-2 minutes on each side. While grilling, season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. For the mint sauce, peel kiwi and puree with fresh mint.
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Georgia-Florida: Houses divided
Gator fans in Isles proudly wear the blue and orange By MARTIN RAND III The Brunswick News
The Georgia-Florida game can’t come soon enough for Lexie Turner, who has a special annual event coming up on Saturday. It’s her one-year anniversary with Zack Turner. The two lovebirds plan to attend the Coastal Georgia Regional Fair in Brunswick with their 6-month-old daughter Destinie to celebrate. However, what the trio will wear to the fair has yet to be determined because the family has its attire waged on the second most important event of the day for them: the annual football game between the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. The Turner Family is devoted to the Gators but live in a divided home with Lexie’s younger brother, a devout Georgia Bulldog fan. Zack Turner and Ryan Davis, the brother of Lexie Turner, made a bet that if the Bulldogs win the match between the SEC rivals, the whole family will have to wear UGA shirts and colors to the fair. If the Gators win, Davis will have to sport Florida colors the rest of the day. “I’ll be watching the game with my fingers crossed,” said Lexie Turner, who is not too fond of wearing red and black. Even if the Gators do win, Lexie Turner’s brother, and her whole family for that matter, will get the most laughs throughout the year from teasing the native Brunswick
resident for being a Florida fan living in Georgia. As a child, Lexie Turner followed in her mother’s footsteps of rooting for the Bulldogs, but since she’s been with Zack Turner, who was born in Florida, her favorite colors have changed to blue and orange. “We’re definitely the oddballs of the family,” said Lexie. Trish Staffer knows all about their predicament. The 27-year-old was born in south Florida but has lived in Georgia for the last 24 years. She gets embarrassed often on social media sites by her diehard UGA friends who make fun of Florida. The Brunswick resident doesn’t even watch the game in Georgia anymore. While hundreds of UGA fans flock to St. Simons Island to enjoy the game, Staffer hops in her vehicle, which is decked out with Swamp Life and Gator stickers on the back and blue and orange beads hanging on the rear view mirror, and drives to Jacksonville to watch the game at The Landing. The environment is a lot tamer compared to what happens in Glynn County, says Staffer, who wears her No. 15 Tim Tebow jersey while watching the game. “I like to watch the game and have fun,” she said. “It’s better to watch it with friends.” Watching the game in Florida territory may yield more Gator friends for Staffer, but for the Turner trio, they’ll be surrounded by a red and black sea of UGA fans while watching the game with family.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — As far as Tajh Boyd is concerned, Clemson’s victory against Georgia wasn’t a statement as much as a step toward much greater goals. Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for two others as Clemson defeated No. 5 Georgia 38-35. It was the Tigers second straight win over a top-10 opponent from the Southeastern Conference. While the victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl left Clemson with a strong finish to last season, this win gave the Tigers a strong start on what they hope is a special season. “I think it was a good win,” Boyd said. “Nothing that we didn’t expect as a program, but it turned a lot of heads in college football.” Especially if Boyd and the Tigers keep playing this well. Boyd matched Georgia when Clemson’s defense struggled early on. When the Tigers turned up the pressure on Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, Boyd made Georgia pay. The Tigers took the lead for good on Chandler Catanzaro’s 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. Boyd pushed the margin to 38-28 in the final quarter with an 87-yard drive that ended with tight end Stanton Seckinger tip-toeing the sideline on a 9-yard TD pass. “In games like this, it’s always five or six plays that you’ve got to make. And we did,” Swinney said. Murray was sacked four times by Clemson’s defense, considered one of the team’s biggest question marks.
Boyd also had a 77-yard TD pass to Sammy Watkins and a 24-yard scoring throw to Zac Brooks. Boyd added touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top-10 teams in college football’s opening weekend. It lived up to the billing, a back-and-forth classic that should vault Boyd to the top of the Heisman watch lists and get Clemson into the top five of the rankings. Boyd kept Georgia’s defense on its heels all game. “He never rattled. He never shook. His ability to run the football made us successful,” Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. Georgia had a chip-shot try for a tying kick on its next possession after Catanzaro’s go-ahead field goal, but couldn’t get it off because of a low snap by Nathan Theus. Georgia’s Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He was slowed by a quad injury, coach Mark Richt said, after his early 75-yard touchdown run. “I don’t think there’s anyone in there (locker room) ready to jump off a bridge," Richt said. While Boyd soared, Murray struggled to move the Bulldogs when it counted most. He led a 64-yard, hurry-up drive in the final quarter and his 1-yard TD run cut a 10-point lead to 38-35 with 1:19 left. But Clemson recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to end Georgia’s five-game series win streak. The teams open the 2014 season in Athens. Watkins had six catches for 127 yards while Rod McDowell finished with 132 yards on the ground in his first game replacing 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington.
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Bulldogs roll past Gamecocks Associated Press
ATHENS – So much for Aaron Murray’s reputation as a quarterback who can’t win the big game. The senior took care of that with one of the best performances of his career. Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia’s beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East. Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title. Murray capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) by slipping away from South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney and connecting with Justin Scott-
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Georgia running back Todd Gurley works against the South Carolina defense during the second half of their game Sept. 7 in Athens.
Wesley on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 13 minutes remaining. “It was a lot of fun,” said Murray, who came in with a 1-6 record against Top 10
opponents. “It’s definitely up there.” The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1. Murray and the offense took it
from there, running off the remaining 8:28. “That was by far my favorite part of the game,” coach Mark Richt said of the final possession. Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing. Connor Shaw passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 75 yards, but also lost a crucial fumble in the third quarter in Georgia territory. That said, this loss was on the Clowney and the defense. They simply couldn’t stop Murray. “Aaron played a pretty good game,” said Clowney, who had a lackluster opening game and was largely shut down again, held to three tackles and one sack. “He threw it quick and ran it away from me the whole game.” Georgia snapped a three-year losing streak against the Gamecocks, seizing control of the SEC East though South Carolina still has a chance to get back in the race, thanks to a more favorable schedule. In fact, the Bulldogs won the division the last two years despite losing to their neighboring rival. Todd Gurley had another huge day for the Bulldogs on the ground, rushing for 136 yards on 30 bruising carries and scoring two touchdowns. His first came on a 2-yard run in a wild first half, which ended with the teams tied at 24.
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