- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thanks to some late defense heroics, Georgia's Red team defeated the Black team 32-31 in the G-Day Game Saturday in front of 44,117 fans at Sanford Stadium.
Tied at 25 late in the fourth quarter, linebacker Reuben Faloughi knocked the ball out of quarterback Parker Welch's hand. Fellow linebacker Ricky Lowe grabbed the ball out of the air and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown to make it 32-25 with 1:40 remaining.
Less than a minute later, quarterback Christian LeMay put the Black team back on the board with a 66-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jay Rome. The Black team then went for two, and the win, but LeMay's pass to wide receiver Rhett McGowan was incomplete.
"It was a great day for Georgia," coach Mark Richt said. "I feel like everyone enjoyed the game. I thought there were a lot of offensive plays that were made today. When you look at it, the defense was scoring points, too. I thought both sides of the ball played well. It was exciting."
LeMay led all quarterbacks with 154 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-10 passing. Black team running back Richard Samuel also had a game-high 43 yards on eight carries.
Aaron Murray, who quarterbacked the Red team, completed 7-of-17 for 112 yards and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King. Hutson Mason, who played for both teams, completed 9-of-12 for 133 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass to McGowan.
Running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for 39 yards for the Red squad, while Ken Malcome, who has drawn a lot of praise from coaches and players this spring, scored two touchdowns for the Red and rushed for 32 yards.
Linebacker Ramik Wilson led the Red team with seven tackles, including a sack, and returned an interception 19 yards. Linebacker Chase Vasser led the Black team with five tackles and a pass breakup, while linebacker Alec Ogletree registered four tackles and returned an interception 28 yards.
Defensive end Garrison Smith added a big man touchdown when he fell on a fumble by Mason in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Here's a link to more info about Georgia's spring game on the school's official website.
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