ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has certainly had his critics in regards to past performances against top-10 ranked teams.
But one would really have to dig deep to find much wrong with his showing on Saturday after Murray was nearly flawless, completing 16 of 22 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 11th-ranked Bulldogs to a 41-30 win over No. 6 South Carolina.
Tied at 24-24 at the half, South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) was driving for the go-ahead touchdown when Connor Shaw fumbled near the Bulldog 25.
That set up Georgia (1-1, 1-0) to score the next 10 points, including an 8-yard touchdown pass from Murray to Todd Gurley, who also rushed 27 times for 114 yards and one score.
But this game was far from over.
A 75-yard run by Mike Davis (who led all rushers with 15 carries for 150 yards) set up his 2-yard run. However, Elliott Fry's extra point was wide left, making the score at 34-30.
But this was Murray's day to shine.
On a third-and-13 play from 15, Murray - now 2-9 against Top-10 teams - found a wide-open Justin Scott-Wesley, who ran 85 yards untouched for the touchdown that turned out to be the final score.
The first half offered a little bit of everything. Well, with the exception of much defense as the two teams went into the half tied at 24.
Georgia started quickly enough.
After spotting South Carolina a 3-0 lead on its opening drive courtesy of Fry's 36-yard field goal, the Bulldogs tallied the next 17 points, including touchdown passes of 3 and 7 yards to Arthur Lynch and Keith Marshall
It appeared that point as if the Bulldogs were about to run away with the game.
South Carolina responded with an impressive 12-play, 84-yard drive that Brandon Wilds capped with a 7-yard run to draw within 17-10 with 5:10 in the second.
Moments later, a Bulldog mistake put the Gamecocks in position to tie the score.
After holding Georgia on third down, punter Collin Barber dropped an easy snap, with South Carolina recovering on the 18.
On the next play, Shaw connected with Nick Jones on an 18-yard pass to tie the game.
Georgia answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Gurley before Shaw came back to hit Jones on a 30-yard score with 18 seconds left in the half.
NOTES: Georgia played Saturday's game without redshirt sophomore tight end Jay Rome who sat out with a sprained ankle. … South Carolina announced before the game that starting cornerback Victor Hampton would be suspended for the first half. … The Gamecocks played the game without starting center Cody Waldrop. He was replaced by fellow freshman Clayton Stadnik.