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Aaron Murray has a new signature moment.
Less than a year after the Georgia quarterback’s name was synonymous with the Bulldogs loss in the SEC title game that cost them a shot at the national championship, Murray made amends with a signature drive in a 44-41 win against LSU.
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With just over 4 minutes remaining and the Bulldogs trailing by four, Murray completed all four of his passes culminating in a 25-yard strike to Justin Scott-Wesley for the go-ahead touchdown.
Murray was composed, he was accurate, he was a senior leader. It was a drive the Bulldogs needed to keep the hope of a national championship season alive and he delivered.
And really, it wasn’t just that drive. All game, Murray came up with plays to keep the Bulldogs on pace with an LSU offense that was as good as it’s been in recent history. Led by former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, the Tigers kept the pressure on Murray and the Georgia offense to consistently answer their drives.
Neither team had an answer on defense.
But in quarterbacking battle between two young men who had once fought to start for Georgia, Murray once again came out on top.
That’s not to say Mettenberger didn’t impress. After a dismal 2012, Mettenberger has blossomed into the quarterback coach Les Miles saw coming out of junior college.
Unfortunately for LSU, Saturday’s game against Georgia was just the first in a gauntlet of games the Tigers have to play to win the SEC West. That includes contests against Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas A&M.
For Georgia, a team that has played the toughest schedule of any AQ team so far this season, this was it. This was the last major test before the SEC title game and the Bulldogs passed. Yes, there might be a few small hills to climb, but after facing Clemson, South Carolina and LSU during the first five weeks of the season – and just losing one of those games – the Bulldogs can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
And with Aaron Murray playing as well as he has this season, the view is a good one.