Instant analysis: UGA 44, LSU 41
September, 28, 2013
By David Ching | ESPN.com
ATHENS, Ga. -- The games are always memorable when Georgia and LSU meet, and Saturday's meeting at Sanford Stadium might have been the best ever. No. 9 Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) won a 44-41 shootout against the No. 6 Tigers (4-0, 1-1), handing LSU its first loss of the season and keeping alive the Bulldogs' BCS championship hopes.
It was over when: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger sailed a fourth-down pass incomplete on the Tigers' final drive, giving Georgia possession at the 50 with 52 seconds to play. Up to that point, it was truly anyone's game.
Game ball goes to: Aaron Murray. With his star tailback out of the game and the running game struggling to dominate the way it did early, Murray took the game into his own hands with four touchdown passes -- including the go-ahead score to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 to play.
Stat of the game: 10-for-15. LSU's offense was superb on third down throughout, converting 10 of 15 opportunities, none bigger than Mettenberger's 25-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on third-and-22 on the Tigers' go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
What it means: Georgia emerges from the most difficult first month in school history with a 3-1 record and two wins against top-10 teams (South Carolina and LSU). The Bulldogs are clearly in the driver's seat in the SEC East and remain a BCS championship contender. LSU is certainly not out of it, but the Tigers still have some difficult competition ahead in the Western Division.
Intriguing SEC bowl games
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State