Murray leads No. 5 Georgia to 48-3 win over Vandy

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm •  Published: September 22, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When Aaron Murray steps to the line, he feels a sense of calm that comes from experience.

Of course, it doesn't hurt to have weapons all around.

Murray completed his first 12 passes and got plenty of help from the rest of the offense, leading No. 5 Georgia to its most complete performance of the season in a 48-3 rout of Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

"He's playing terrific," receiver Marlon Brown said. "He's like a field general, just sitting up there making all the reads."

Murray hooked up with Brown and Tavarres King on touchdown throws, breaking a tie with Eric Zeier for second place in school history. The fourth-year junior has 69 career TDs, just three behind David Greene.

Murray also scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 27-0 lead in the first half. He finished 18 of 24 for 250 yards.

"I've gotten a lot of reps the last three years," Murray said. "The more plays you see, the more the game slows down."

But there was more to this offensive performance than another big night for the quarterback.

A lot more.

Georgia's freshmen backs had another outstanding game. Todd Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yard score in which he broke at least four tackles. Keith Marshall had a 52-yard TD among his two scoring runs.

"I'm just trying not to let one man bring me down," Gurley said.

Brown hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, finishing with five catches for 114 yards. Eight other players had at least one reception.

The defense wasn't too shabby, either. Star linebacker Jarvis Jones returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous week with a groin injury. He didn't feel 100 percent, but he still managed three tackles behind the line, including a sack.

Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) took its worst defeat since a 48-0 loss to Tennessee in 2003. The Commodores were outgained in total yards 567-337.

The Bulldogs had struggled a bit in the opening half of their first three games, trailing Missouri at the break and allowing a total of 30 points to Buffalo and Florida Atlantic.

No such concerns this time.

This one was over by halftime.

Georgia has scored more than 40 points in its first four games for the first time in school history. Murray and most of the other starters went to the bench by the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs even giving walk-on Parker Welch some time at quarterback. The home team rushed for 302 yards.

"We didn't stop the run tonight, and if you don't stop the run, you let the whole offense open up," Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler said.

Jordan Rodgers started at quarterback for Vanderbilt after watching from the bench the previous week while transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels guided the Commodores to a 58-0 blowout of lower-division Presbyterian.

Rodgers might be wishing he had stayed on the bench. He was sacked three times by Georgia, and even when it looked as if he had scored a meaningless touchdown in the fourth quarter, it didn't count.

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