Grading the Game

ATLANTA - Dawg Post grades each position's performance in Georgia's 31-17 win over Georgia Tech.

Quarterback - Grade: A. Aaron Murray had another brilliant game -- 19 of 29 with 252 yards and four touchdowns. Murray, who did have a first half interception, averaged 8.7 yards per passing attempt and also added a handful of nice scrambles from the pocket.

Murray has now put forth three excellent performances in the past four games. He moved into a tie with Rex Grossman and Ryan Mallett for the eighth-most passing touchdowns in a season by an SEC quarterback.

Running back - Grade: C-. With starter Isaiah Crowell on the sideline with an ankle injury, the tailback position struggled to find running room. Long runs by fullback Zander Ogletree and receiver Malcolm Mitchell raised the rushing average -- without those two 20-yards runs, the offense averaged 3.3 yards per carry.

Cornerback Branden Smith was the most successful runner, averaging four yards per carry on five rushes. Ken Malcome had 39 yards on 12 carries. Carlton Thomas struggled, gaining six yards on five carries.

Receiver/Tight end - Grade: A. Nine different players caught a pass -- seven were wide receivers or tight ends. Orson Charles paced the group with five catches for 95 yards.

Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, Tavarres King and Michael Bennett each had at least two receptions.

Offensive line - Grade: B. The offensive line played great on passing downs. Murray had plenty of time all game long, even on play-action passes. The lone time Tech sacked Murray was because he was trying to do too much on a third down.

While the line protected Murray, the group does deserve some of the blame for the shortcomings of the rushing attack. Missing Crowell obviously hurt, but there wasn't much room for his replacements.

Defensive line - Grade: B. This unit did well for the most part. The Yellow Jackets' B-backs were mostly ineffective, but Orwin Smith and David Sims did have a few instances of breaking tackles and fighting for extra yards. Also, Georgia Tech had success a couple times with trap plays that exposed the interior.

On a positive note, sophomore Garrison Smith filled in for DeAngelo Tyson and had seven total tackles, 1.5 for a loss.

Linebacker - Grade: A-. This group continues to produce, produce, produce. Alec Ogeltree led the team with 11 tackles. Jarvis Jones had another sack. Mike Gilliard had an interception. Christian Robinson quietly had a good game.

Tech was successful with sweeps in the first half, but halftime adjustments stonewalled the Jackets.

Secondary - Grade: A-. Georgia Tech's pitiful passing game set up the secondary to have a stellar game from the jump. But the unit did a good job in run support. Tech's longest run from scrimmage was 27 yards, and it only had five runs of 13 yards or greater.

Shawn Williams made a great play on the ball for his third quarter interception.

Special Teams - Grade: A-. Drew Butler averaged 44.5 yards per punt in the second half -- including one booming 55-yarder. Butler kept Tech pinned in, with two of his punts downed inside the 10.

Brandon Boykin had a 60-yard kick return to start the second half that led to a touchdown. He moved into second place for career kick return yards in the SEC.

Blair Walsh was 1 of 2 on field goals, missing from 52. Walsh's made kick was sketchy -- he originally missed the kick, but a timeout called by Tech coach Paul Johnson made for a second chance.

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