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Murray, Gurley lead Georgia past S.Carolina 41-30

7:00 PM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
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Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs after losing his helmet past South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Holloman (11) during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 on Saturday for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.

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Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title.

Murray took care of that, turning in one of the best games of his career and shaking off his reputation as a quarterback who couldn't win the big game. The fifth-year senior capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.

The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.

Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries.

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