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'UGA' edges 'Buffalo' in OT scrimmage

ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Richt manufactured most of the drama for Georgia’s team scrimmage at Sanford Stadium on Wednesday, so the final score of the Bulldogs regulars’ 49-48 overtime win against the scout teamers simulating Buffalo is mostly deceptive.

The teams played one half and Richt spotted “Buffalo” a 35-0 lead before “Georgia” rallied back to send the game to overtime -- denying a two-point conversion attempt at the end to eke out a one-point victory.

“It was 35-0 at halftime. We were down and had a rousing halftime speech by me and it worked,” Richt cracked.

Quarterback Aaron Murray sparked the Georgia comeback, completing 20 of 25 passes for 253 yards and tossing touchdowns to Michael Bennett and Keith Marshall.

The 23-yard Marshall touchdown was one of the highlights of the scrimmage for Murray.

“He had a sweet run. He juked like three guys. That was like a Madden move,” Murray said, referring to the popular EA Sports NFL video game.

Marshall rushed three times for 17 yards and had a run that Richt said covered at least 30 yards called back on a penalty. However, the leading rusher was once again Todd Gurley, who had six carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. Ken Malcome -- whom Richt said will likely start the season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1 -- ran six times for 50 yards and Richard Samuel had three carries for 10 yards.

Gurley totaled 19 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns in Georgia’s three scrimmages, earning praise from the Bulldogs’ veterans with the way he has progressed.

“As a freshman, he’s coming in, making big runs, not going down too easy. Definitely Todd,” senior receiver Marlon Brown said when asked which freshmen have impressed him.

Brown had a second outstanding scrimmage himself. He had seven catches for a team-high 98 yards on Wednesday after leading the team with six catches for 103 yards in the first scrimmage.

Hutson Mason also completed a touchdown pass to Rhett McGowan during the Georgia comeback.

Defensively, Amarlo Herrera provided one of the highlights when he intercepted scout team quarterback Faton Bauta and returned the pick 23 yards for a touchdown.

“I was out there on the No. 2 receiver. I jammed him and really sat on the route and I picked him,” Herrera said. “It was like he threw it to me.”

Michael Gilliard had a team-high four tackles and John Jenkins had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack.

Malcolm Mitchell and Gurley handled kickoff returns in the scrimmage and Mitchell and Branden Smith returned punts.

The scout team scored two touchdowns -- with Kenneth Towns and Michael Erdman accounting for the points -- with the touchdown in regulation coming after Richt moved them up 67 yards to the Georgia 11 in an attempt to spur the defense to a big stop.

“It was first-and-10 at the 11. We could have stopped them or forced a field goal, but they did score a touchdown,” Richt said.

The Bulldogs made it out of the scrimmage without any serious injuries, Richt said, adding that it was a productive overall outing.

Herrera, however, was not particularly pleased to view the final score -- even if the defense only actually allowed 13 Richt-aided points.

“I don’t like seeing 48 points to nobody,” he said with a grin. “That’s way too many points.”

Reminded that Week 2 opponent Missori possesses a potent offense capable of producing big point totals, Herrera said that won’t happen against Georgia.

“Nobody’s scoring 48,” he said.

STATS

RUSHING

Todd Gurley 6-54 TD

Ken Malcome 6-50

Keith Marshall 3-17 (had 30-yard run called back. Might have been more than that)

Richard Samuel 3-10

PASSING

Aaron Murray 20-25 253 2 TD

Christian LeMay 3-5 42

Hutson Mason 2-4 24 TD

RECEIVING

Marlon Brown 7-98

Rantavious Wooten 3-37

Arthur Lynch 2-36

Chris Conley 3-29

Michael Bennett 2-26 TD

Tavarres King 2-24

Rhett McGowan 3-23

Keith Marshall 1-23 TD

Ken Malcome 1-18

Merritt Hall 1-5

DEFENSE

Michael Gilliard 4 tackles

Malcolm Mitchell 3 tx

John Jenkins 3 tx, TFL, sack

Jarvis Jones 3 tx, TFL

Amarlo Herrera 3 tx, INT for 23-yard TD

Connor Norman 3 tx

Jordan Jenkins 2 tx, TFL

Cornelius Washington 2 tx, TFL, PBU

Sheldon Dawson 1 tx

Garrison Smith 1 tx, TFL

Shawn Williams 1 tx, PBU

Damian Swann 1 tx, 2 PBU

Abry Jones 1 tx

Christian Robinson 1 tx

Ramik Wilson 1 tx

Branden Smith PBU