ATHENS, Ga. -- A game Florida Atlantic (1-1) club made the first half interesting, but No. 7 Georgia (2-0) seems to have it well in hand after scoring a long touchdown late in the second quarter to go up by two touchdowns, 28-14.
Stat of the half: 8-for-12. Florida Atlantic was surprisingly efficient on third down against a Georgia defense that has been one of the nation’s most dominant units on third down since the start of last season. The Owls converted 8 of 12 chances to make it a much closer game than most anticipated.
Player of the half: Aaron Murray. Among several long passes, Georgia quarterback Murray stood in the pocket until the very last second before launching a 64-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett that helped the Bulldogs go up 28-14 at halftime. Murray was 8-for-10 for 193 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing scores.
What’s working for Georgia: The Bulldogs’ offense had its way for the most part. A fumble lost by UGA tight end Arthur Lynch near midfield led to an FAU touchdown, but otherwise Georgia’s offense has been dominant, rolling up 367 yards and 28 points in the first half.
What’s not working for Georgia: With All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones sidelined by an injury, Georgia’s depth-deprived defense had a sluggish first half. Aside from its problems on third down, the Bulldogs allowed 263 yards of total offense in the first two quarters.