Scores

Final

Georgia 27

(2-2, 1-1 SEC)

Ole Miss 13

(1-3, 0-2 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:21 PM ET, September 24, 2011

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 10 14 0 327
MISS 0 13 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: A. Murray (UGA) - 268 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: I. Crowell (UGA) - 30 CAR, 147 YDS

Receiving: O. Charles (UGA) - 5 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Efficient Aaron Murray directs Georgia past Mississippi

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Georgia linebacker Cornelius Washington smacked aside a Mississippi offensive lineman and headed straight for the quarterback.

He arrived in plenty of time, wrapping up Mississippi's Randall Mackey before slamming him to the turf for a loss of 17 yards.

It was a fitting end to a dominant day for Georgia's defense.

The Bulldogs held Ole Miss to just 183 total yards and a single offensive touchdown in a 27-13 victory on Saturday.

"I thought our defense came out in the second half and played a dominant game," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "The defense finished this game extremely well. One play could have made it ugly and nasty for us, but our defense just didn't (allow) that."

While Georgia's defense was thriving, the offense proved capable as well. Aaron Murray completed 17 of 26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Isaiah Crowell rushed for 147 yards on 30 carries, helping the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) grind to the road victory. Malcolm Mitchell caught three passes for 93 yards as the Bulldogs gained 475 total yards.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter and took a 24-13 lead into halftime. Bulldogs' kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goals in the second half, but the Ole Miss offense could never capitalize.

Georgia has won eight straight games in the series, dating back to 1997. Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2) has lost 10 of their past 11 SEC games.

Georgia dominated early, with the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Crowell gashing the Ole Miss defense on the ground for several big gains. Murray's 2-yard touchdown pass to Orson Charles gave the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead with 6:01 in the second quarter.

"The first half was great offensively," Murray said. "We didn't make mistakes and we were efficient ... You could tell today that we've made some big strides since week one."

But the Rebels responded with an unexpected flurry that briefly made things interesting. After a reverse handoff, Mackey hit a wide-open Donte Moncrief for a 38-yard touchdown to pull within 17-7. Then Ole Miss immediately recovered an onside kick and the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd of 58,042 finally had something to cheer about.

The momentum was short lived -- Mackey threw an interception three plays later.

The loss is another blow to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt's job security. The Rebels have a 5-11 record dating back to last season and the backlash from fans has grown louder by the week. Athletic director Pete Boone said he wanted to see more "fire" from the football team after a 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt on Sept. 17.

The Rebels were slightly more competitive. But the results were the same.

"Obviously 183 yards of offense isn't enough to win in this conference or any conference," Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee said. "We've got to improve on that. But I did think there was improvement. I thought our guys fought."

Ole Miss couldn't do much on offense unless it was in the form of a trick play. Both of the Rebels' touchdowns came after a reverse. Randall Mackey threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief after taking a handoff from running back Jeff Scott. Nick Brassell scored on an 81-yard punt return after Scott caught the punt, ran across the field and handed off to Brassell.

Anything conventional was almost immediately stuffed.

The Rebels rotated Zack Stoudt and Mackey throughout the game, but neither was impressive. Stoudt completed just 7 of 23 passes for 71 yards and an interception. Mackey completed 3 of 7 passes for 78 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Richt's job status has also been tenuous after a 1-2 start. But the Bulldogs' picked up a much-needed road win and some momentum heading into a winnable stretch of games against Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
MISS
1st Downs258
Total Yards475183
Passing268149
Rushing20734
Penalties4-308-69
3rd Down Conversions8-183-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession38:3621:24

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray17/2626810.321
Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mackey3/77811.111

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crowell301474.9029
Samuel10404.0013
Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott8344.307
Brassell11414.0014

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell39331.0069
Charles55911.8117
Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moncrief36822.7138
Brassell25226.0037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUGAMISS
FG06:52Blair Walsh 36 Yd 30
TD01:08Aaron Murray 1 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERUGAMISS
TD06:01Orson Charles 2 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 170
TD05:00Donte Moncrief 38 Yd Pass From Randall Mackey (Bryson Rose Kick) 177
TD02:38Aron White 35 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 247
TD00:49Nickolas Brassell 81 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2413
FOURTH QUARTERUGAMISS
FG04:16Blair Walsh 43 Yd 2713