Gurley and Marshal Wrap Big Night

ATHENS - Georgia knew it hit the jackpot with the signing of North Carolina natives Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

But perhaps the Bulldogs didn't know just how quickly the duo would make an impact.

Though Gurley earned his second consecutive start, both carried the ball ten times, scored once and collectively tallied 215 of Georgia's 328 rushing yards. The two also had 100 yards each –– something that hasn't been accomplished by a Georgia freshmen tandem since Thomas Brown and Danny Ware did so against Vanderbilt in 2004.

"That was wonderful to have two true freshmen go over 100 [yards]… it's probably what they envisioned," Richt said of the pair's goals when signing with Georgia. "They're probably thinking their plans are going pretty good so far."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is excited about the explosiveness of the running backs and believes that the future of the position is bright. Gurley, however, tries to stay focused on the present and does not look past anything but next week's game against Vanderbilt.

"I haven't really thought about the future, I try not to get too caught up in that and just worry about now," said Gurley, who also returned the ball three times for 51 yards. "You never know, but I might not be here next year. It's all about taking it one game at a time."

Georgia thriving as a second half team

Despite being ranked seventh in the nation and favored in each of its three games, Georgia has yet to put a team away in the first half –– but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Bulldogs have been at their best in the crunch time, averaging 27 points in the final two quarters.

Saturday's game was no different. As a 41.5 point underdog, Florida Atlantic stayed relevant in the latter stages of the second quarter, apropos to the game being tied at 14 with 6:30 left in the half. The Owls dominated in time of possession –– 20:14 to the Bulldogs' 9:46–– and were clutch on third down, converting on eight of 12 attempts.

It didn't leave Richt comfortable on the sidelines.

"I was concerned, they were legitimately taking that ball and moving it right down the field," he said. "They gave us trouble, both schematically and physically."

Coming out of the locker room though, the Bulldogs were confident that they could crank things up –– and they did. The ability to persevere late in games, something Richt says Georgia "didn't do last year", gives quarterback Aaron Murray confidence heading in to the thick of SEC play.

"There are going to be some tight games that come down to the last couple of minutes," Murray said. "You definitely want to be in the best shape and I think our guys are."

New faces starting on defense

In what was an attempt to rest Jarvis Jones' groin pull, Georgia head coach Mark Richt gave freshman Jordan Jenkins the start at outside linebacker. Though Jones –– the reigning SEC Player of the Week –– dressed out and participated as a team captain, he did not see playing time.

"Jordan Jenkins is going to be a really good player," said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "Jarvis is one of the best players in the country, but he wasn't full tilt and we just felt like where we were, we needed to rest him. That gave [Jenkins] and opportunity to play and I think he did a good job."

Two others who got the nod on defense were cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser. Both were absent from the field the first two weeks of the season, serving suspensions for offseason arrests.

Vasser was a nuisance to the Florida Atlantic offense early, forcing a fumble in the first quarter and later posting a tackle for loss.

"Vasser is a guy that can make plays and can do a lot of things for us. He's a versatile guy," Grantham said. "I was proud of his performance tonight."

Commings was also effective, recovering a blocked PAT in the 4th. He said he could not have been more excited about playing again between the hedges.

"Missing those first two games was pretty hard on me," Commings said. "It was great to get back out there with my boys and fly around on that field."

Quick Hits •

Georgia posted 713 yards in total offense –– the most in school history. •

Despite only playing in the first three quarters, Aaron Murray threw for a career high of 342 yards. •

Michael Bennett caught four passes for 110 yards, with a long of 67 –– both were also career highs. •

Malcolm Mitchell earned his first offensive snaps of the season, including a catch for 49 yards. •

Dallas Lee left the game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. He remained on crutches on the sidelines for the rest of the game and Richt is unsure of the guard's status for next week. •

Though he fumbled on his second catch of the season, Arthur Lynch made up for it and reached the end zone in the early stages of the 2nd quarter. In total, the tight end had three catches for 73 yards and the lone touchdown. •

Backup quarterbacks Christian LeMay and Parker Welch both saw playing time in the fourth quarter. LeMay was 1 of 2, with the incompletion going for a pick-six.

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