Scores

Final

Mississippi St 10

(2-3, 0-3 SEC)

Georgia 24

(3-2, 2-1 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 1, 2011

Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 3 0 0 710
UGA 14 7 3 024

Top Performers

Passing: A. Murray (UGA) - 160 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: I. Crowell (UGA) - 22 CAR, 104 YDS

Receiving: M. Mitchell (UGA) - 5 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD

After teams' tense pregame exchange, Aaron Murray leads strong start for Georgia

ESPN.com news services

ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, Isaiah Crowell ran for 104 yards and Georgia took advantage of a strong start to beat Mississippi State 24-10 on Saturday.

Georgia (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) led 21-3 at halftime before surviving a listless second half for its third straight win.

Chris Relf passed for 157 yards and ran for 31 yards but couldn't lead a touchdown drive, leaving Mississippi State (2-3, 0-3) still looking for its first SEC win.

"This was a great win for us," Georgia junior cornerback Sanders Commings said. "Our third win in a row and second in the SEC. It feels awesome."

The teams had to be separated at midfield at the end of pregame warmups. Georgia players accused the Mississippi State players of jumping on the big "G" logo that stretches almost 20 yards at midfield.

"They came jumping on the 'G' and you just don't do that," linebacker Christian Robinson said. "The locker room was electric after that happened. There were chairs being thrown. I've just never seen this locker room like that. You just don't do that in our house. You don't jump on somebody's symbol."

An official was knocked down as he tried to escort the Mississippi State players off the field, but the pregame confrontation was mostly contained.

"Somehow our players thought Mississippi State was disrespecting our 'G', " Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "From what the officials told me, their players didn't have any intent of doing that."

Georgia took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and led 21-3 at halftime.

Murray had an uneven performance. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns but had three interceptions to match his total for the first four games

Crowell, the freshman tailback, did not score but topped 100 yards for the third time in three SEC games. One week after setting career highs with 30 carries for 147 yards in Georgia's 27-13 win at Mississippi, Crowell again was the most consistent offensive threat for Georgia.

Mississippi State was held to a 42-yard field goal by Derek Depasquale before finally reaching the end zone when Darius Slay returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Relf completed 19 of 31 passes for 157 yards and two interceptions. Vick Ballard was held to 23 yards rushing on eight carries.

"The defense was the story of the day," Richt said. "(State) really couldn't get anything going. They hit some quick screens early, but we knew they could not make a living doing that. Stopping the quarterback and their backs was so important. And the balls that were thrown across the line, we defended those well. If we caught every ball we had our hands on, it would have been crazy."

Big plays on special teams set up Georgia's first two touchdowns.

Brandon Boykin's 30-yard punt return set up Georgia's first possession at the Mississippi State 33. Three plays later, Murray found Orson Charles for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

A shanked 11-yard punt by Baker Swedenberg gave Georgia the ball at Mississippi State's 22 later in the opening quarter. Murray's 6-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell gave Georgia a 14-3 lead.

Murray's second interception, by linebacker Cameron Lawrence, gave Mississippi State the ball at the Georgia 28 with 3:34 remaining in the half. Georgia's defense answered when Relf's pass bounced off receiver Chris Smith's hands and was intercepted by Commings.

Georgia took the ball at its 19 and, with Crowell doing most of the work, moved 81 yards on eight plays. The drive ended with Carlton Thomas' 7-yard scoring run.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen alternated quarterbacks in the third quarter. Dylan Favre, the nephew of former longtime NFL quarterback Brett Favre, took over for Relf for the first series of the second half before Relf returned the following possession. The two then shared Mississippi's third possession.

Favre threw two passes, both incomplete.

"We were able to play some younger players and get them some experience," Mullen said. "I wanted to keep some momentum going and give Chris a break, so I put in Dylan Favre. He now has some playing time in case we ever need to go to him again later this season."

At the end of the game, Georgia players quickly rushed to midfield, briefly bouncing up and down on the logo before exchanging handshakes with the Mississippi State players.

Georgia backup running back Ken Malcome, who told Richt on Wednesday he planned to transfer but was accepted back on the team on Thursday, did not play.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
UGA
1st Downs1320
Total Yards213315
Passing157160
Rushing56155
Penalties8-508-57
3rd Down Conversions4-156-15
4th Down Conversions1-30-1
Turnovers33
Possession25:2134:39

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf19/311575.102
GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray13/251606.423

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Relf15312.1013
Ballard8232.9010
GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crowell221044.7016
Thomas8354.4111

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark55711.4019
Smith6467.7017
GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell56012.0116
Charles34615.3121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTUGA
TD11:53Orson Charles 21 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 07
FG07:53Derek DePasquale 42 Yd 37
TD01:58Malcolm Mitchell 6 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Blair Walsh Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERMSSTUGA
TD01:03Carlton Thomas 7 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERMSSTUGA
FG02:29Blair Walsh 28 Yd 324
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTUGA
TD08:31Darius Slay 72 Yd Interception Return (Derek Depasquale Kick) 1024