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Georgia Slips By Tennessee 34-31 In Overtime

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Mark Richt and Aaron Murray are all smiles after the game. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Murray threw a game-tying touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in regulation and Marshall Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to help No. 6 Georgia slip by upset-minded Tennessee 34-31.

Murray finished the game 19-of-35 for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He also became the SEC’s all-time leader in career yards passing.

The Bulldogs got out to an early lead when Morgan hit a 56-yard field goal on the first drive. Later in the first quarter, Murray found Chris Conley for a 1-yard touchdown pass to give Georgia a 10-0 lead.

Tennessee came back with a field goal in the second quarter, but Georgia answered with another touchdown pass from Murray, this time to Rantavious Wooten from four yards out. The Bulldogs went up 17-3 and took that score into halftime.

Then the third quarter came, and the results were awful for Georgia. Tennessee cut the lead to 17-10 on a TD pass from Justin Worley to Marquez North. The Vols then blocked a Bulldog punt and ran it in for a touchdown to tie the game at 17.

With the Bulldogs reeling, Aaron Murray made one of the plays of the game when he rushed 57 yards to the Tennessee three yard line. Brendan Douglas would punch it in for the Dawgs to give them a 24-17 lead early in the final quarter.

Tennessee answered with a touchdown of their own to tie it, and then took a 31-24 lead with only 1:54 remaining in the game. That’s when Aaron Murray led the Dawgs on a 75-yard, game tying drive to force the overtime period.

On Tennessee’s possession in overtime, it looked like they would score a touchdown. But Alton “Pig” Howard lost control of the ball and fumbled into the end zone for a touchback.

The win was bittersweet, however. Running back Keith Marshall left early in the first quarter with a knee injury and could be out for the year. Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley also left the game with knee injuries.

J.J. Green stepped in for Marshall and rushed 17 times for 129 yards, while Brendan Douglas added 25 yards on 10 carries.

Chris Conley led the Bulldog receivers with 64 yards on five receptions and a touchdown. Rantavious Wooten caught six passes for 38 yards and two TD’s.

Overall, Georgia had 434 yards of total offense — 196 yards passing and 238 yards rushing. The defense again gave up a bunch of yards, 404, and didn’t create any turnovers.

Up next for Georgia is a visit from the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be televised by ESPN at noon ET.

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