What we learned: Week 2

September, 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Here are three things we learned about No. 11 Georgia after the Bulldogs' 41-30 win against No. 6 South Carolina on Saturday:

Georgia Bulldogs1. Georgia's offense is for real: It was hard to know what to make of Georgia's offense after a streaky debut still resulted in 35 points and 545 yards against Clemson last week. But South Carolina's defense -- led by Heisman Trophy contender Jadeveon Clowney -- finished 11th nationally in total defense a season ago by allowing 315.5 yards per game, and the Bulldogs absolutely torched Clowney and company. Behind Aaron Murray's 17-for-23 effort for 309 yards and four touchdowns, plus 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Todd Gurley, Georgia accumulated 536 yards of total offense on a whopping 76 plays Saturday.

2. Defense still has a ways to go: Todd Grantham's young defense is allowing 460.5 yards per game thus far after South Carolina totaled 454 yards of offense on Saturday. But thanks to a couple of second-half stands -- once when South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw lost a fumble at Georgia's 25-yard line and once when Amarlo Herrera stopped Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal at the UGA 1 -- Georgia surrendered just six points in the second half. It was a far-from-perfect performance, but that's a start.

3. Big win for Murray: Although he was 20-for-29 for 323 yards last week against Clemson, his two turnovers enabled Murray's critics to continue with their claims that he comes up small in big games. They'll have to wait a while before feeling comfortable lobbing that criticism again anytime soon. Murray was rock-solid on Saturday, going 17-for-23 for 309 yards, four touchdowns and no turnovers against South Carolina. Further, he went 6-for-7 and tossed two touchdown passes on third down, averaging 19.9 yards per third-down pass attempt, according to ESPN Stats and Information.



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