Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs, and No. 3 Georgia stayed right in the thick of the national championship race with a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.
In the opening touchdown drive, the junior quarterback Murray eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark for the season. He became the first QB in SEC history to have 3,000 passing yards in three straight seasons.
UGA scored 14 points off two Tech turnovers. On Tech's first possession, the Bulldogs' senior safety, Bacarri Rambo, caused a fumble and returned it for 49 yards, setting up a score for UGA. Tech's second turnover came in the second quarter and also to Rambo who intercepted Tech's pass. It was Rambo's 16th interception for his career and it tied a school record with College Football Hall of Famer Jake Scott.
The Bulldogs (11-1) extended the domination of the Yellow Jackets, beating their state rival for the 11th time in 12 meetings. This one was a laugher from the start as the home team scored just over a minute into the game, built a 28-3 halftime lead and was up 42-3 before Georgia Tech (6-6) scored its lone TD.
Georgia will face No. 2 Alabama for the Southeastern Conference championship next Saturday. The winner of that contest will likely play in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.
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