No. 9 Georgia defeats No. 6 LSU 44-41 in Athens, Ga.

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (18) walks dejectedly off the field after the game  in Athens, Ga., father the University of Georgia beat LSU 44-41.  Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette accompanies head coach Les Miles off the field, at right. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (18) walks dejectedly off the field after the game in Athens, Ga., father the University of Georgia beat LSU 44-41. Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette accompanies head coach Les Miles off the field, at right.

The game that marked the return of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger lived up to the hype on Saturday.

Georgia quarterback Andy Murray outdueled Mettenberger as the No. 9 Bulldogs defeated the No. 6 Tigers 44-41 in a SEC game in Athens, Ga.

Murray completed 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown.

Mettenberger completed 23 of 37 passes for 372 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Georgia led 44-41 when Murray threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to receiver Justin Scott-Wesly with 1:47 remaining in the game.

The game was the kind of see-saw passing contest most experts predicted.

With the score tied at 27 in the third quarter, Murray threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bennett to give Georgia a 34-27 lead.

But Mettenberger led LSU on an 11-play, 70-yard drive, which ended when Kenny Hilliard ran around left end for a 2-yard touchdown to tie the score at 34 with 12:30 remaining in the game.

Murray then drove Georgia 55 yards to set up a 38-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan, which gave the Bulldogs a 37-34 lead with 8:09 left.

But LSU came back on the ensuing drive to takea 41-37 lead when Jeremy Hill ran around left end for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:14 left. Mettenberger kept the drive alive with a first down pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on a third and 22 play.

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