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Murray's 4 TDs lead Georgia past Ole Miss 37-10

AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- One of Mark Richt's oldest trick plays gave
Georgia the lift it needed to remain on track for a shot at the
SEC title.

Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 7 Georgia
overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 on Saturday and
move one win away from a spot in the Southeastern Conference
championship game.

Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed 10-0 before scoring 37 unanswered
points. The Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East title and second
straight trip to the conference championship game with a win at
Auburn next week.

"We know now it's down to one game to win the right to go back
to Atlanta," Richt said.

Murray pulled off a fake handoff on a 66-yard touchdown pass to
Marlon Brown for the Bulldogs' first points. Richt, in his 12th
season as Georgia's coach, said he brought the play from Florida
State, where he was offensive coordinator under coach Bobby

Murray pulled off the well-executed fake handoff to Todd Gurley,
who was swarmed by Ole Miss defenders as Murray hid the ball
with his back to the line. Murray then threw to Brown, who was
standing alone near the 40 when he made the catch.

Murray said he prepared for the play by watching film of former
Georgia quarterback David Greene have success with his version
of the fake.

"I was going to text him this morning and tell him we were going
to use it," said Murray of Greene. "I didn't want to jinx us."

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said his defensive backs' lack of
experience showed on the play.

"The first (touchdown) was just bad eyes," Freeze said. "They
were looking in the backfield instead of looking at your man. We
have some freshmen back there who just got out of position. We
missed some guys today. We're very young back there, and they
exposed that today."

Richt said the play provided a lift for Georgia's players and
the crowd of 92,746.

"I think there's no question about it," said Richt, who added he
could tell fans "were getting kind of antsy" with Ole Miss
leading 10-0.

"You could tell they were concerned about what was going on,"
Richt said.

Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) used blitzes to record five sacks in the
first half. The defensive gambles left opportunities for Murray,
who completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards with no
interceptions and touchdown passes of 66, 40, 42 and 28 yards.

"I love when teams blitz," Murray said. "They really open
themselves up to holes in their coverages."

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree had a safety, a sack and an
interception. His twin brother, fullback Alexander Ogletree, had
an 8-yard touchdown run.

Georgia's defense, coming off last week's 17-9 win over then-No.
3 Florida, held Ole Miss to 234 yards, including only 55 in the
second half. Damian Swann recovered two fumbles for Georgia.

Jeff Scott led Ole Miss with only 21 yards rushing on 13

"It was obviously a pretty good beating that Georgia put on us
today," Freeze said after the end of his team's two-game winning
streak. "Obviously, we just couldn't make any plays to give our
defense much hope. It was the first time this season that I felt
like we were zapped of our passion."

Freshman tailback Todd Gurley had 18 carries for 117 yards, his
sixth 100-yard game of the season.

Bo Wallace threw a 51-yard pass to tight end Ferbia Allen to set
up Bryson Rose's 34-yard field goal on the Rebels' opening
drive. Wallace threw a 13-yard scoring pass to tight end Jamal
Mosley for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Wallace was 16 of 25 passing for 187 yards with one touchdown
and one interception. Barry Brunetti had four carries for 15
yards while sharing time with Wallace at quarterback.

After the long pass to Brown, Murray had a 40-yard touchdown
pass to Tavarres King at the end of the first half. Murray
capped the Bulldogs' opening drive of the second half with a
42-yard scoring pass to Malcolm Mitchell and added a 28-yard
touchdown to Rantavious Wooten in the fourth quarter.

With Ole Miss leading 10-7, Rebels freshman linebacker Denzel
Nkemdiche forced two fumbles during a spree of four turnovers -
two by each team - in five second-quarter plays. Gurley and
Keith Marshall fumbled after hits by Nkemdiche, from Loganville,

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree intercepted a Wallace pass and
Swann had a 53-yard return of a fumble by Ole Miss receiver
Vince Sanders during the wild exchange of turnovers.

"They have guys that are going to be top draft picks, and they
were just really tough to deal with," said Wallace of Georgia's
defense. "Going into halftime, I really thought we were still in
the game, but they came to play in the second half and we just
couldn't get back in it."

Georgia offensive guard Chris Burnette left the game in the
second quarter with a left shoulder injury. Brown hurt his left
knee late in the game. Richt said he didn't have details on
either injury.

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