Losing three offensive threats, the game was looking a bit grim for the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs against the Tennessee Volunteers. Broken SEC records and a last-minute drive later and Aaron Murray found himself in a position to lead his team into overtime — improbably.
Murray is the star quarterback of one of the best teams in the country and he is also a serious Heisman contender. His Bulldogs are now 4-1 on the season after an early-season loss to a tough Clemson Tigers team — even in that game, though, he was impressive.
It’s still relatively early in the season, but Heisman talks never take a break. Murray was an early contender and through six weeks, his campaign is stronger than ever.
Heading into Tennessee without running back Todd Gurley‘s presence was set to be a tall task for the QB. While this close victory against the Volunteers is alarming for some Bulldogs fans, you have to look closely at the leadership and talent Murray showcased in this game despite being taken into overtime.
Georgia was clearly the better team in this game, but losing some top offensive weapons at running back and receiver hurt the offensive threat against Tennessee.
Enter, Aaron Murray.
Down by a touchdown with under two minutes left, the senior quarterback engineered an unlikely comeback — given the harsh circumstances. No, it wasn’t just the fact he was missing some of his favorite targets or the fact that his team had basically no momentum heading into the last drive, it was the fact that he was on the road in a hostile environment with the other two factors in play that made this comeback so impressive.
Murray was a magician. He drove the team down the field 75 yards in just 1:45, leaving just five seconds left in the game. Murray was calm, cool and collected as the Bulldogs took that momentum into the overtime, leading to a winning field goal.
The senior quarterback passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns, but also added a huge 57-yard run that set up a touchdown earlier in the game. He is completing over 68 percent of his passes for 1,338 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. This win, however, might be his most impressive yet.
Ladies and gentlemen, Aaron Murray is the best quarterback in the SEC.