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October 21, 2012

No. 13 Georgia survives Kentucky, 29-24

Lexington — As Aaron Murray was told about his record-breaking numbers, the only ones that mattered to him Saturday night were on the scoreboard.

Georgia 29, Kentucky 24.

Murray threw four touchdown passes to become the Georgia's career leader, with the first three crucial in rallying the No. 13 Bulldogs from deficits three times. The junior finished 30 of 38 for 427 yards.

Most importantly, Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) stayed within reach of East-leading Florida entering next week's showdown against the Gators (7-0, 6-0) in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I wasn't told about the record until after game, and that's something I wasn't even worried about," Murray said. "My focus is on making corrections to get ready to go for next week."

Two of Murray's scores were to Tavarres King, who had nine receptions for 188 yards — including a 66-yard TD. Malcolm Mitchell had nine catches for 103 yards.

Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also caught TDs for the Bulldogs, and Todd Gurley added 47 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Georgia outgained Kentucky 504-329, but the heavily favored Bulldogs weren't as dominant as they were expected to be. They allowed 206 rushing yards to the Wildcats, 100 yards above their average coming in.

They didn't gain breathing room until Murray's fourth TD to Lynch, a 10-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. That proved important as Raymond Sanders' 3-yard run brought the Wildcats to within 29-24.

On special teams, kicker Marshall Morgan missed an extra point and clanked a successful one off the upright. Georgia also failed on a two-point conversion.

"The guys found a way to win," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. "I think we did some things well and there were other things we could've done better."

That made the Bulldogs appreciate Murray's performance even more.

"He was awesome," King said. "It was big for him to get us rolling."

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