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Georgia has been solid in turnover game

11/30/2011

There are a lot of theories as to why Georgia made such a turnaround after its 0-2 start.

The defense has been lights out. Aaron Murray truly got his groove back.

But when talking to Murray about Georgia’s resurgence, the sophomore quarterback pointed to the Bulldogs’ ability to win the turnover battle.

“We've done a great job all year of limiting the turnovers, and our defense has done an awesome job of giving us the ball back, giving us great field position all year,” Murray said. “Just those little mistakes here and there, I think we've cleaned up since those first two games.”

Georgia turned the ball over three times against South Carolina in Week 2, but that was the only time Georgia lost the turnover game this season. During the Bulldogs’ 10-game winning streak, Georgia won in turnovers seven times and tied three times.

Now, the Bulldogs are second in the SEC in turnover margin at plus-10, with 29 takeaways. In the last six games, Murray has been especially good at keeping the ball away from opposing teams, as he’s thrown 19 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

LSU knows all about winning the turnover margin. The Tigers sit atop the SEC and are first nationally with a turnover margin of plus-19.

Georgia coach Mark Richt has stressed winning the game of turnovers all year, but with LSU looming, he’s hitting that subject extra hard.

“I'm a broken record on the turnover ratio, but that's huge,” Richt said. “If we can come out of there and win that part of the game we have a lot better chance of winning it.”