Had it not been for a miraculous game-winning toss by Nick Marshall, Aaron Murray would have been the story of Saturday’s prime-time bout between the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers. As it stands, the Tigers squeaked out a victory and college football fans can’t stop talking about Auburn’s heroics. However, what Murray was able to accomplish in the game shouldn’t be undermined.
After three frustrating quarters of play the Bulldogs went into the fourth quarter against Auburn facing a 34-17 deficit. Then, like he has so many time in the past, Murray managed to start a Georgia rally. Many ‘Dogs fans figured Murray had sealed the deal when his fourth-down scramble resulted in a touchdown, but Auburn responded in a big way.
Even still, the outcome of this game shouldn’t be on Murray’s shoulders. The senior quarterback battled back in what looked to be a blowout early on and put his team up front with less than two minutes left in the game. Not to mention, this performance was in Jordan-Hare Stadium, which is one of the more difficult places to play in the country.
The Bulldogs now retreat home and face the Kentucky Wildcats in what will be Murray’s final game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Needless to say, many Georgia natives will be fighting back tears when Murray takes the field considering how much joy he has brought to Bulldogs fans over the years.