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September 28, 2013

Rewind: Georgia 44, LSU 41

ATHENS, Ga. - Aaron Murray accounted for five touchdowns, including a game-winning 25-yard scoring pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with less than two minutes remaining, to lead Georgia to a 44-41 victory against LSU at Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

HOW THEY SCORED

Score: Michael Bennett 5-yard pass from Aaron Murray. Marshall Morgan PAT. Georgia 7, LSU 0

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 3:20
Time Remaining: 11:40, first quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Murray completed a 21-yard pass to Arthur Lynch for a first down at LSU's 19.

Score: Kadron Boone 48-yard pass from Zach Mettenberger. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, Georgia 7
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards
Time of Possession: 2:40
Time Remaining: 8:52, first quarter
Key Play: On third-and-five, Mettenberger completed a 10-yard pass to Jarvis Landry for a first down at LSU's 49.

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Score: Boone 4-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 14, Georgia 7
Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards
Time of Possession: 3:27
Time Remaining: 2:51, first quarter
Key Play: Anthony Johnson intercepted a Murray pass and returned the ball four yards to Georgia's 33.

Score: Chris Conley 25-yard pass from Murray. Morgan PAT. LSU 14, Georgia 14
Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards
Time of Possession: 1:50
Time Remaining: :55, first quarter
Key Play: On second-and-four, Keith Marshall ran for 13 yards for a first down at LSU's 25.

Score: Morgan 24-yard field goal. Georgia 17, LSU 14
Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards
Time of Possession: 3:15
Time Remaining: 8:16, second quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Marshall ran for 19 yards for a first down at LSU's 9.

Score: Delahoussaye 49-yard field goal. LSU 17, Georgia 17
Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards
Time of Possession: 4:25
Time Remaining: 3:51, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-four, Mettenberger completed a 17-yard pass to Odell Beckham for a first down at Georgia's 34.

Score: Murray 1-yard run. Morgan PAT. Georgia 24, LSU 17
Drive: 9 plays, 82 yards
Time of Possession: 3:26
Time Remaining: :20, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-six, Jalen Mills committed pass interference in the end zone on Scott-Wesley to give Georgia a first down at LSU's 2.

Score: Delhoussaye 39-yard field goal. Georgia 24, LSU 20
Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards
Time of Possession: 5:10
Time Remaining: 9:50, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-one, J.C. Copeland for one yard for a first down at Georgia's 29.

Score: Morgan 55-yard field goal. Georgia 27, LSU 20
Drive: 7 plays, 41 yards
Time of Possession: 3:02
Time Remaining: 6:42, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-nine, Murray completed a 33-yard pass to Conley for a first down at LSU's 45.

Score: Landry 39-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 27, Georgia 27
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards
Time of Possession: 2:55
Time Remaining: 3:40, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-six, Mettenberger completed a 26-yard pass to Landry for a first down at midfield.

Score: Bennett 21-yard pass from Murray. Morgan PAT. Georgia 34, LSU 27
Drive: 3 plays, 20 yards
Time of Possession: 1:20
Time Remaining: 1:33, third quarter
Key Play: Beckham fumbled a punt and Connor Norman recovered at LSU's 20.

Score: Kenny Hilliard 2-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 34, Georgia 34
Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards
Time of Possession: 4:10
Time Remaining: 12:17, fourth quarter
Key Play: On third-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 25-yard pass to Landry for a first down at Georgia's 6.

Score: Morgan 38-yard field goal. Georgia 37, LSU 34
Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards
Time of Possession: 4:08
Time Remaining: 8:09, fourth quarter
Key Play: On fourth-and-two, Murray completed a 10-yard pass to Scott-Wesley. Jermauria Rasco was also penalized 14 yards for rushing the passer to give Georgia a first down at LSU's 14.

Score: Jeremy Hill 8-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 41, Georgia 37
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 3:48
Time Remaining: 4:14, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 27-yard pass to Beckham for a first down at Georgia's 8.

Score: Scott-Wesley 25-yard pass from Murray. Morgan PAT. Georgia 44, LSU 41
Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 2:27
Time Remaining: 1:47, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, J.J. Green ran for 18 yards for a first down at LSU's 25.

TURNING POINT
LSU had battled back in the third quarter to tie the score at 27-27 on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Mettenberger to Landry. The Tigers then kept the momentum by forcing a three-and-out. However, Beckham fumbled Collin Barber's punt and Norman recovered for Georgia at LSU's 20. Three plays later, the Bulldogs had the lead and momentum once again at 34-27. The Tigers would go on top in the fourth quarter, but that turnover quickly put Georgia ahead.

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LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Three players were responsible for nearly all of the Tigers' offensive production. Mettenberger completed 23 of 37 passes for a career-high 372 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Landry and Beckham had no problem against the Georgia secondary. Landry set career bests in catches with ten and receiving yards with 156. Beckham snagged six passes for 118 yards. Mention must be made about Boone catching two touchdown passes from Mettenberger.

LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Very few Tigers defenders turned in a winning performance. Linebackers D.J. Welter and Lamin Barrow were the two top tacklers with nine and eight, respectively. Safeties Ronald Martin and Craig Loston combined for 13 tackles. LSU only had two tackles-for-loss - one each by Rasco and Kwon Alexander. The Tigers had no sacks and no quarterback-hurries.

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LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
The Tigers' offense was very efficient. LSU had seven possessions in Georgia territory and came away with points each time - five touchdowns and two field goals. The two times, the Tigers had to settle for field goals they never reached the Bulldogs' 20. The only problem with the offense was the lack of balance. Georgia shut down LSU's running game.

LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
The fumbled punt by Beckham gave Georgia a cheap touchdown in the third quarter. On both of the Bulldogs' two second-half touchdowns, there were obvious miscommunications. Bennett was wide open in the end zone on his 21-yard pass reception from Murray right after Beckham's fumbled punt. Apparently, Micah Eugene made the mental mistake on that coverage. Scott-Wesley was wide open on the game-winning 25-yard throw from Murray. Mills turned Scott-Wesley loose expecting to receive help. Both Loston and Alexander were in the area on the touchdown reception. Rasco committed a roughing the passer call which helped Georgia get closer on the drive which resulted in Morgan's last field goal.

KEY STATISTICS
Georgia registered 28 first downs - two by penalty. However, the Bulldogs converted just four of 11 third-down situations. Therefore, Georgia was doing its damage on early downs. LSU was unable to slow down the Bulldogs' running game. The Tigers didn't even have to face Todd Gurley after the middle of the second quarter. Gurley, who suffered an ankle injury, had 76 yards on eight carries. Marshall came off the bench and contributed 96 yards on 20 carries. Freshman tailback J.J. Green had an important 18-yard run on the play before the game-winning touchdown pass. Georgia's four tailbacks rushed a combined 31 times for 189 yards - good for a six-yard average. Meanwhile, LSU's four tailbacks picked up 109 yards on 29 attempts - fewer than four yards per carry. The Tigers were 10-of-15 on third-down plays. Mettenberger was sacked four times, while Murray was not sacked at all. LSU's defensive backs had no interceptions and one pass breakup - by Mills. Johnson had the one interception of Murray, while Ego Ferguson and Alexander had pass breakups.

NOTES
For the first time in school history, LSU lost a game in regulation when it scored at least 40 points. In 2007, the Tigers were beaten 50-48 in triple overtime by Arkansas. . .The loss was LSU's first before October 1 since it was beaten by Auburn in 2006. . .The Tigers had won 34 consecutive games when scoring at least 30 points. LSU lost 31-30 to Arkansas in 2008. . .The Tigers gained 449 yards - the fifth straight game it eclipsed the 400-yard mark. LSU had never gained at least 400 yards in each of the first five games of the season. . .Mettenberger's 372 passing yards were the most for a LSU quarterback in 12 seasons. Rohan Davey passed for 444 yards against Illinois in the Sugar Bowl following the 2001 campaign. . .Mettenberger has 1,398 passing yards through five games - the most ever for a Tigers quarterback in that span. Davey threw for 1,375 yards in the first five games of the 2001 season. . .Landry tied the school record with a touchdown catch in seven straight games. Dwayne Bowe caught a scoring pass in seven consecutive games during the 2005 season. . .Beckham has five 100-yard career receiving games, while Landry has four. . .Johnson's interception was the first for a LSU defensive tackle in two years. Michael Brockers intercepted a pass against Northwestern State in 2011. . .Martin, who didn't play last week against Auburn for personal reasons, started and set a career-high with his seven tackles. . .Delahoussaye remained perfect for the year by making five extra points and two field goals. His 49-yard field goal was a career-long. . .Linebacker Tahj Jones didn't make the trip due to an injury. Alexander replaced Jones in the starting lineup. . .Seth Fruge, who has a leg injury, didn't play on special teams. He did hold on extra points and field goals. . .Connor Neighbors played on the kickoff team for the first time and made three tackles. . . Murray completed 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns. . .Conley led the Bulldogs with five catches for 112 yards. . .Morgan was 3-of-3 on field goals, including a 55-yarder. . .The paid attendance was 92,746. . .LSU is 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC.

WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
Les Miles: "We were a mistake or two away from winning that game, which was tremendously competitive. There are a lot of things that we can correct that will make us a lot better. Zach performed great and that is exactly what we needed him to do. We did not get the rushing yards that we would have liked. Defensively, we have to play better. The secondary cannot give up those big plays and we have to rush the passer. As quality of a return man as Odell Beckham is, I know he would like to get that muffed punt back."

NEXT UP
LSU will play Mississippi State next Saturday at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville. The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1) had an open date this weekend. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised on one of the ESPN networks. That decision will be announced Sunday.


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