November 3, 2012

Murray credits Greene

If Aaron Murray's play-action pass for a 66-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marlon Brown looked familiar, it should have.

It was the same play former Bulldog quarterback David Greene used to execute to perfection during his career in the Red and Black.

"We practiced it all week," Murray said. "We knew what coverage we wanted to go against, if they weren't going to play the right coverage we were going to check out of it but they came out in it and it came out nicely."

Facing a third-and-2 from the Ole Miss 34, Georgia lined up in an I-formation, giving every indication that it was going to try and pick the necessary two yards on the ground.

Instead, Murray tucked the ball, turned his back to the Ole Miss defense before turning to launch the ball to a wide-open Brown who strolled into the end zone to cut the Rebels' lead to 10-7.

"It's definitely very nervous because you have no idea what is going on behind you. But you have a lot of faith in the plays that will work; you've got to trust that your line is going protect," Murray said. "It was a great call by Coach (Mike) Bobo."

Head coach Mark Richt obviously liked what he saw.

"Once somebody sees it, it makes an impression because other teams are going to make sure it doesn't happen to them," Richt said of the play, which he credits to former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. "You don't get to call it very often, but we've called it a few times over the years here."

Ironically, the last time Georgia tried the play, it was anything but a success.

The year was 2007 and the quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was drilled by an on-rushing defensive end before he ever got rid of the ball.

"It's a good thing they didn't show me that one," joked Murray, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

Murray said the Bulldogs went into Saturday's game intending to give the play a whirl.

"We looked at the sideline and when the personnel came in we were like 'OK, this could be one of four or five plays,'" Murray said. "I looked over and our signal guy had a big smile on his face, and I was like 'Yessss.' So, I knew before he signaled that we were going to use it, so when we got in the huddle I told Marlon to get ready."

Murray laughed that he'll probably shoot Greene a message later about the play.

"I was going to text him this morning to let him know that we had it in the game-plan, but I didn't want to jinx it at all," Murray said. "I'm sure when I get back to the locker room, I'll send him a little text about the play. It wasn't as pretty as his. His was a lot nicer than mine was."

Burnette, Brown leave with injuries

Brown injured his left knee after taking a helmet there in the third quarter and did not return.

Richt was not able to offer an update or speculate on the injuries after the game.

Georgia also lost starting right guard Chris Burnette to a left shoulder sprain in the first half. Burnette did not return.

Ogletree scores first career TD

Linebacker Alec Ogletree led Georgia with 11 tackle, an interception and a safety Saturday but twin brother Alexander had plenty to be happy with as well after scoring on an 8-yard run in the third quarter.

"I wasn't nervous, but I was excited. It was a good play," Ogletree said of his first collegiate score. "After I saw their defense I already knew that we weren't going to check out of it. I just got my mind right and was able to get in there."

Ogletree was making his first start of the year in place of Merritt Hall, who missed the game with a sprained ankle he suffered in the first quarter against Florida.

It was just the third game he's played in all year.

"It's been a while, but I've been fighting hard, giving it my best each and every day just to get my name back in the mix," Ogletree said. "I'm just trying to make the best of it."

This and That

Sophomore safety Corey Moore got his first career start, but it was on offense as a receiver. … Georgia had four sacks, four in the opening two quarters. The Bulldogs had a season-high five against the No. 3 Gators. Sophomore cornerback Damian Swann recorded his second sack in as many games during the opening period. His sack versus the Rebels held Ole Miss to a just a field goal after driving to the Bulldog 11-yard line. Georgia's second sack came from Alec Ogletree to end the Rebels' second drive. … Freshman P Collin Barber booted a career-long 60-yard punt in the first quarter. This was the longest punt for the Bulldogs since Drew Butler's 62-yarder versus LSU in last year's SEC Championships. He finished with five punts for a 48.2 average. … Collette Toney, a senior from Snellville, majoring in Social Studies Education and History was named the Homecoming Queen while Darien Labeach, a senior from Senoia., majoring in Marketing, was named the Homecoming King. … Georgia improved to 72-17-2 on Homecoming, and today was the first one televised on CBS since 1997. It was the first time Ole Miss was a Homecoming opponent. Overall, Georgia has won 10 in a row over the Rebels and leads the series 32-12-1. … Currently Oakland A's slugger Josh Reddick, a graduate of South Effingham High, attended Saturday's game.

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