In my early analysis of this game, I said that the key player for LSU was Zach Mettenberger and for Georgia it was the offensive line. Mettenberger played a fantastic game going 23 of 37 for 372 yards and 3 TD with no INT. He also led his team to a fantastic 10 of 15 on third down. He practically carried them in the first half while their ground game sputtered. If you just looked at LSU's offensive statistics, you would have thought they won this game based on the defensive reputation that they have. Mettenberger sliced and diced the young Georgia defense until they finally rose up on the very last drive and stopped him.
Georgia's offensive line kept Aaron Murray's jersey clean and allowed him to sit back and find receivers. In the first half, it was Georgia that was pounding the football with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. At one point in the second quarter they had eclipsed 100 yards combined and were averaging over 9 yards per carry. Georgia's workhorse Gurley would go down with an injury in the second quarter and Georgia had to alter it's game plan. Instead of running at will, they had to switch to a more pass oriented offense. Murray responded and he hit nine different receivers on the day and threw TDs to three different players including the game winner to Justin Scott Wesley. For a QB that earlier this season "couldn't win the big game", Murray has now won two big SEC games over top ten opponents in just three weeks.
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