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              === No. 9 Georgia pulls away to beat North Texas ===
 
 Athens,  GA  (Sports Network)  -  Georgia's  first  game against  an  unranked
 opponent sure wasn't as easy as the final score made it appear.
 
 The  ninth-ranked  Bulldogs had last week  off after opening the season with a
 loss  to Clemson  and a win over  South Carolina, both top-10 programs, but it
 took  a  strong second half Saturday  to pull away  for a 45-21 win over North
 Texas at Sanford Stadium.
 
 Aaron  Murray  threw for 408  yards with three  touchdowns and added a rushing
 score  for Georgia (2-1), which ripped off the final 24 points of the contest.
 Todd Gurley ran for 91 yards with a touchdown and Reggie Davis had the longest
 pass play in school history, a 98-yard touchdown reception.
 
 The Bulldogs, possibly eyeing next week's showdown with LSU, led only 21-14 at
 the break. Things got worse almost immediately when Georgia went three-and-out
 to  start the second half and the Mean Green tied the game with a blocked punt
 for a touchdown.
 
 Murray,  though, ran for  a touchdown and threw for another score later in the
 third  to give the Bulldogs some cushion. He finished 22-of-30 through the air
 and added 37 yards on the ground, becoming the school's all-time total yardage
 leader, surpassing David Greene's total of 11,270.
 
 "I  thought  our team stumbled here  and there and  I'm really proud of how we
 fought through it and the way we finished," Murray said.
 
 Derek  Thompson threw for  202 yards with a score for North Texas (2-2), which
 was  coming off a  win against Ball State last week. Brelan Chancellor added a
 99-yard kickoff return for a score in defeat.
 
 "We did some good things on offense, but when you're not putting points on the
 board  it's hard to justify that," Thompson remarked. "We did some good things
 but there are a lot of things we can improve on."
 
 It was tough for both offenses in the rain on Saturday and Georgia went three-
 and-out to start the second half. A high snap on the punt allowed Marcus Trice
 the  opportunity for  the block and Zac  Whitfield fell on the ball in the end
 zone to tie the game for the Mean Green.
 
 After  a trade  of punts, Georgia marched  53 yards in eight plays for the go-
 ahead score. Murray keyed the set with a 24-yard pass to Arthur Lynch, setting
 up the quarterback's 1-yard scoring run midway through the third.
 
 North  Texas was in  position to answer with the ball inside the Georgia 30 on
 the ensuing series, but Thompson was intercepted by Tray Matthews at the five.
 
 The  Bulldogs  followed with  a 95-yard  drive to  create some breathing room.
 Murray's  14-yard  scramble on 3rd-and-10  kept the  series alive early and he
 added  throws of 32  yards and 12 yards before finding Chris Conley in the end
 zone from four yards away to make it 35-21 in the final minute of the period.
 
 Gurley  fumbled in the  first minute of the fourth quarter to give North Texas
 possession  at  the Georgia 34, but  the Bulldogs sent the Mean Green backward
 and forced a punt.
 
 The  Bulldogs tacked  on a 27-yard field  goal by Marshall Morgan with 3:45 to
 play  and  J.J. Green ran one  yard for a  touchdown two minutes later for the
 final margin.
 
 Murray  had the  Bulldogs in  position to  score with  their second  offensive
 series,  but was picked off by Will Wright at the goal line. Georgia then went
 69  yards  with its  next possession  for a touchdown,  as a pass interference
 penalty  set up  Gurley's 12-yard  scoring  run with  3:41 left  in the  first
 quarter.
 
 The  Bulldogs needed  just one play to  extend the lead when they got the ball
 again.  Pinned at his  own two, Murray lofted a perfect strike to Davis at the
 40  and  the receiver took it  the rest of the  way for a 98-yard score on the
 first play of the second quarter.
 
 North  Texas  followed with  a 10-play  drive for its  first score, as Darnell
 Smith made a diving catch in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown.
 
 Back  came  Georgia with a  75-yard march for  a touchdown. Lynch caught three
 passes  for 61 yards on the drive, including a 42-yard connection from flanker
 Rantavious  Wooten on the  first play. He then hauled in a 16-yard pass in the
 end zone from Murray to cap the set.
 
 It  didn't take long  for North Texas to counter, as Chancellor raced 99 yards
 with the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
 
 The  Bulldogs had a  chance for three at the conclusion of the first half, but
 Morgan missed a 52-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Murray  has 102  career  touchdown passes,  trailing only  the  114 thrown  by
 Florida  Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel in SEC annals ... Georgia racked
 up  641  total yards and held  North Texas to  245 ... North Texas entered the
 game  leading the nation  in takeaways with 11 ... The Mean Green fell to 3-34
 all-time  against the  SEC ... Georgia improved to 50-9 against non-conference
 opposition under Mark Richt, including 35-1 at home.
 
 
 09/21 19:32:15 ET