Murray passes Greene for UGA record

Murray passes Greene for UGA record

October 21st, 2012 by David Paschall in Sports College08football

Kentucky defensive back Cody Quinn (16) could not catch Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell (26) on this second half run in their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Mitchell rushed for 103 yards on nine carries as Georgia came back to defeat Kentucky 29-24.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Aaron Murray set Georgia's career record for touchdown passes during Saturday night's 29-24 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium, and then he started extending it.

Murray entered the game with 71 aerial scores, one behind the 72 David Greene compiled from 2001 to '04. He tied Greene with a 66-yard scoring strike to Tavarres King late in the first quarter and broke the mark by connecting with King from a yard out midway through the second quarter.

"I wasn't told about it until after the game, and it's something I'm not even worried about," Murray said. "My focus is on watching film from this game and making the corrections I need to make to get ready for next week."

Asked when he might be able to appreciate the feat, Murray said, "Not until we win in Miami and hold up the crystal ball. Then I will have time to celebrate this other stuff."

After a first half in which he completed 15 of 19 passes for 243 yards and two scores, Murray collected his 74th career score on a 22-yard pass to Chris Conley with 5:01 left in the third quarter. His 75th occurred with 7:51 remaining, when he found tight end Arthur Lynch from 10 yards out.

"I don't think he's very eaten up with records," coach Mark Richt said. "Maybe when he's looking back on his career or has a son coming to visit Georgia and talks about the good ol' days or something, but he's more concerned about winning right now."

Rounding out Georgia's top five on the career touchdown passes chart are Eric Zeier (67, 1991-94), Mattthew Stafford (51, 2006-08) and Mike Bobo (38, 1994-97).

Empty seats galore

Saturday night's attendance was announced at 54,553, making it the largest Commonwealth Stadium crowd of the season.

The Wildcats have played before three home crowds of less than 50,000 this season, and there previously had not been any below that mark since Bill Curry's final season in 1996. Kentucky had 48,346 for its home opener against Kent State, which was its worst crowd for a home opener since Commonwealth Stadium was built in 1973.

A crowd of 70,884 watched Georgia defeat Kentucky 44-31 two years ago. That remains the 10th largest attendance in Commonwealth history.

Not so special

Georgia struggled in special teams again, and the frustration was evident.

Rhett McGowan let a first-quarter punt roll to the 3-yard line and was chewed out by teammate Alec Ogletree on his way back to the sideline. Malcolm Mitchell was told by Kosta Vavlas to take a touchback in the second quarter and angrily motioned that he wanted to run the ball out.

"I apologized," Mitchell said. "There is no better feeling than having the ball in your hands and making a play. People around me are really good at telling me you can't make a play every play, so I told [Valvas], 'No matter what I say, you've got to do what you've got to do, and that if I run out there, just tackle me before I get out of the end zone.'

"I would have tried it, but it wouldn't have ended up well if someone had missed their block."

Marshall Morgan missed an extra point wide right in the second quarter to preserve a 14-13 lead for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs have had five unsuccessful PATs, which includes one block and one bad snap.

The woes continued in the third quarter, when Mitchell gained 33 yards on a direct snap off a fake punt, but his gain was wiped away by an illegal formation.

Odds and ends

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones did not play due to the sprained ankle he suffered Oct. 6 at South Carolina. Jones watched the game wearing a jersey and a black sweatsuit, and freshman Jordan Jenkins got the start in his absence. ... Senior defensive end Abry Jones injured his left ankle in the first quarter and was sidelined the rest of the game. ... Morgan improved to 5-of-6 this year on field-goal attempts with his 27-yard attempt that ricocheted off the left upright on the final play of the first half. ... Junior noseguard Kwame Geathers collected his first career sack.