The ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the North Texas Mean Green by 45-21 on Saturday afternoon, in a game that likely did little to help the Bulldogs' hopes of advancing their rankings in the AP Poll.
North Texas brought a team stocked with experienced seniors into Athens, and the result was somewhat impressive. The rain poured down and the crowd remained glued to the action in a game that, on paper, should have been a blowout.
The Bulldogs took an early lead, but North Texas was not intimidated. It was a back-and-forth battle that lasted well into the second half.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray connected with hit freshman receiver Reggie Davis for a 98-yard touchdown, the longest in school history. But the Mean Green answered quickly as Brelan Chancellor returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
Trailing the Bulldogs 21-14 going into half-time, the Mean Green tied things up early in the third quarter on a blocked punt that lead to a score for the visiting underdogs.
It would be the last time North Texas would score, as Georgia's offense finally took over and put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs were occasionally sloppy, particularly on special teams, helping to keep North Texas in the game. Murray was mostly impressive at quarterback, passing for over 400 years through the air. An interception, thrown in the end zone, was his worst moment of the game.
"We've got a lot to clean up," Georgia coach Mark Richt admitted in a post-game interview with the SEC Network.
North Texas, a Conference USA team, will take on Tulane next week. Meanwhile, the Georgia Bulldogs are looking forward to a marquee match-up against the LSU Tigers, an SEC powerhouse.