Georgia Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013
With the New Year around the corner as well as the Bulldogs' final game of the season, it’s safe to say the 2013 season was a roller coaster for the players, coaches and fans.
There were some great wins, and there were a few bad losses. There were more injuries than a coach would want, and there was a player who cemented his name as one of the best in Georgia history.
The 2013 season did not turn out the way the program wanted, but there were some great moments to take away, which made the year very interesting.
Here are the five best moments from 2013.
5. Rally at the Flats
Beating Georgia Tech is always a good thing. But the way the Bulldogs did it in 2013 made it very memorable.
With a new starting quarterback, Hutson Mason, the Bulldogs struggled to get anything going on offense in the first half. In fact, it looked as if the Bulldogs were going to lose their fifth game of the year, as they were down 20-0 late in the second quarter.
But after Mason threw a touchdown pass to Todd Gurley (which was one of the more memorable plays of the season). The Bulldogs scored 17 unanswered points en route to a 41-34 win in overtime.
It was not a defining game for the program, but it was a very nice way to end a wild regular season.
4. Make It Three in a Row
Because of the way both teams have struggled, the Georgia-Florida game did not have the mojo it had in years past.
Regardless, the game was a back-and-forth affair in which the Bulldogs came out on top, 23-20.
The Bulldogs almost let the lead slip away after they led 23-3 going into halftime. But due to mishaps on offense by Georgia, Florida was able to make it more of a game than it should have been.
The game itself was not memorable, or the win for that matter. But the fact that the win marked the Bulldogs beating the Gators three consecutive seasons is something that can’t be ignored.
3. Monkey off the Back
After losing to the Gamecocks the past three seasons, it was time for a change.
Coming off of the loss to Clemson, the Bulldogs were looking to bounce back against South Carolina at Sanford Stadium. And the Bulldogs did exactly that, winning 41-30.
Aaron Murray was on point, throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns while Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and one score.
This was also the game where Justin Scott-Wesley came onto the scene, catching three passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.
This game also showed the Bulldogs can beat a Top 10 team, which has been an issue for them the past few years. But more importantly, this game also showed what the offense could have been if it had not been hit with the injury bug.
2. Cementing Legacy
Speaking of the injury bug, Murray suffered a season-ending injury against Kentucky, which was also Senior Night. But before he had to call it a career, Murray broke a few records that made him one of the most prolific passers in conference history.
On November 9 against Appalachian State, Murray broke the SEC all-time career passing touchdown record, which was previously held by Danny Wuerffel. Before that, Murray broke Tim Tebow’s record for SEC all-time career total offensive yards.
Murray ended the season with 3,075 passing yards, and that made him the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
1. Making a Statement
The only moment that could top Murray’s accomplishments is the biggest win of the season.
Beating South Carolina is always good. But beating LSU after getting the emotional win against the Gamecocks is making a statement.
The quarterback battle between Murray and Zach Mettenberger was one for the ages. Murray threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns while Mettenberger threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns.
But Mettenberger came up short at the end, and the Bulldogs won 44-41. When the game ended, the Bulldogs became the first team since 1998 to face three Top 10 teams in the first four games of the season.
The win against the Tigers put them right in the mix for the national title. But because of the physicality and emotion of those three games (Clemson, South Carolina and LSU), that cost them toward the end of the season.