ATHENS —Georgia football got the lopsided victory everyone expected, and Kirby Smart got plenty of what coaches call “teaching tape” as the Bulldogs were far from perfect.
UGA pulled way for the 63-17 win, but not before FCS Murray State played the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs to a 7-7 tie through the first quarter.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm sparked the offense in the second quarter, however, and the UGA defense started getting to the Racers’ quarterback.
The Bulldogs were up 42-7 by halftime, putting the sellout crowd at Sanford Stadium at ease.
Quarterback Jake Fromm was 10-of-11 for 166 yards and a TD on the seven offensive drives he played. Fromm looked to be dialed in with all of his receivers.
Receiver George Pickens did not disappoint, catching 4 passes for 78 yards and a 15-yard TD.
Tight end Eli Wolf had 4 catches for 73 yards, overcoming an early fumble to come up with a key third-down catch.
Running back Zamir White took another step forward, leading the Bulldogs with 72 yards rushing on 8 carries and scoring his first career TD on a 5-yard burst.
Outside linebackers: Jermaine Johnson, Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith, Walter Grant and Adam Anderson all got a part of sacks.
Tight end John FitzPatrick made his first career catch, a 21-yarder.
D’Andre Swift had 6 carries for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns, looking as explosive and powerful as ever.
Brian Herrien had another workmanlike day, 5 carries, 31 yards and a TD.
Dan Lanning: Murray State starting QB Preston Rice was 20-of-25 passing for 216 yards and a touchdown, with no turnovers. The Racers also had two explosive plays of 60 and 50 yards.
Offensive guard Solomon Kindley appeared to give up a QB sack, getting beat by a twisting linebacker on a third-and-8 at the UGA 42 in the first quarter.
Linebacker Adam Anderson missed an open-field tackle on Murray State’s opening drive, enabling the Racers to convert on third-and-9 from their own 26.
Defensive back Mark Webb missed a tackle on Murray State DaQuon Green, who took a short slant route 60 yards for Murray State’s first quarter TD.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw a Pick-6, making a poor decision in the third quarter.