Sunday, September 29, 2013
Week 5 helmet stickers
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Shootouts are becoming commonplace for Georgia, but with an offense as good as the Bulldogs', maybe that's not such a bad thing. No. 9 Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) won a 44-41 battle against No. 6 LSU (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday, with the Bulldogs' offense rolling up 494 total yards.
Let's hand out three helmet stickers following the Bulldogs' huge victory:
Aaron Murray: Another huge game, another huge performance from Murray. Whoda thunk we would be saying that following the steady drumbeat of criticism Murray has faced over big games in recent years? Nonetheless, the senior quarterback delivered his second straight outstanding performance against a top-10 team, thrashing LSU's secondary for 298 yards and four touchdowns – including the game-winning 25-yard scoring pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining.
The offensive line: Georgia coach Mark Richt credited his team's offensive line for good reason. Not only did they prevent LSU from notching a sack, they dominated in the running game. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Georgia had 148 rushing yards before contact on Saturday, the most an LSU defense has allowed in any game over the last three seasons and 80 more than the Tigers allowed per game in their first four games this season.
Josh Harvey-Clemons: Georgia's defense certainly didn't play a perfect game, nor did Harvey-Clemons. But the sophomore safety overcame a couple of mistakes to deliver a big performance. He led all tacklers with 15 stops -- no Georgia defender has had more tackles in a game since 2010 -- along with 1.5 tackles for a loss and a key pass breakup with a big hit deep in Georgia territory.