Georgia breaks 3-year losing streak versus South Carolina

Georgia breaks 3-year losing streak versus South Carolina

September 7th, 2013 by David Paschall in Sports - College

Georgia running back Keith Marshall (4) reacts with Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett (82) after Marshall scored a touchdown against South Carolina Saturday in Athens, Ga.

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Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch (88) reacts after making a touchdown catch against the South Carolina in Athens, Ga.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATHENS, Ga. - The death of University of Georgia football has been greatly exaggerated.

After last week's season-opening loss at Clemson left the Bulldogs coming away with more questions than answers, Georgia turned to its punishing offense Saturday and powered past South Carolina 41-30 under clear skies at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs racked up 536 yards, with the biggest chunk an 85-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.

"Critics are going to be critics, but we know what we've got here in this locker room," Scott-Wesley said. "We trust each other and we play for each other. Tonight I am really proud to be a Bulldog."

Georgia ended a three-year losing streak to the Gamecocks and longtime nemesis Steve Spurrier, who was seeking a record 16th win over the Bulldogs.

Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries, while Murray completed 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four scores. It was just the second career win over a top-10 team for Murray, who announced in January that he was returning for a final season.

"These are the memories that you will never forget," Murray said. "I had a great, great time tonight with some of my best friends. It was awesome."

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