The Georgia Bulldogs blew past Florida Atlantic on Saturday night 56-20. It’s not a surprise that the Bulldogs won big, but the fact that the Owls were still in the game at halftime caught some people off guard.
The Bulldogs made their halftime adjustments and outscored FAU 28-7 in the second half. It was a strong performance for the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball, but they want to clean some things up before they face Vanderbilt and the rest of their SEC opponents.
Here are the winners and losers from the FAU game.
Aaron Murray had one of his best games of his career against the Owls. The junior quarterback completed 14 of his 19 passes for a career-high 342 yards and accounted for four touchdowns.
Murray is now tied for second all-time in school history for touchdowns passes with Eric Zeier (67). He is five touchdowns passes away from tying David Greene for the No. 1 spot.
Murray looked as poised and as confident as ever and he looks ready to take on the rest of the SEC.
Many were wondering how Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley would share the carries.
Against FAU, neither player had a problem sharing the load as they each had 10 carries, rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown. Marshall had 104 yards while Gurley had 111 yards.
Both players bring something different to the table and the more reps they get, the more dangerous they will become.
With Jarvis Jones out with a groin injury, a defensive player had to step up and fill the void. Jordan Jenkins took Jones’ place and had a solid game, but Amarlo Herrera stepped his game up in a big way.
To go along with his seven tackles, Herrera notched an interception, which was returned for a touchdown to keep the game out of reach. It was Herrera’s first career touchdown and he is the first Bulldog to return an interception for a touchdown since Baccari Rambo did it against Auburn in 2011.
Herrera has played consistent football over the last two years, but this was by far his best game and he is starting to come into his own at inside linebacker.
Michael Bennett has also been a very solid player for the Bulldogs, but he was due to have a huge game in the very near future.
That big game came on Saturday night as the sophomore wide receiver caught four passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. It was the first 100-yard game in his young career.
He might not the No. 1 receiver, but he has the ability to make plays like a No. 1 receiver and he is only going to get better as the season rolls on.
The only thing that went bad for the Bulldogs on Saturday was their health. As mentioned earlier, Jarvis Jones did not play due to a groin injury. He was dressed but the coaches decided to go with Jenkins.
The Bulldogs suffered another setback during the game as guard Dallas Lee suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Lee's injury forced the Bulldogs to make some changes on the O-Line. The Bulldogs moved tackle Kenarious Gates to Lee’s position and Mark Beard was brought in to play left tackle.
Both Jones and Lee are expected to play next week against Vanderbilt, which is good news, but the coaching staff will be watching both players very carefully during practice this week.