Certainly, you can’t argue with the statistics. As starting QB, Murray is 2-7 against ranked teams. In many of those performances, he has had costly turnovers that have been a backbreaker.
What I think gets lost in the “Aaron Murray can’t win a big game” is that he is one person. In 2010 specifically, the team period wasn’t very good.
You can blame the defense as much as anyone that Georgia lost the 2010 Arkansas game. Murray played lights out and with a lot of guts and heart against Auburn in 2010 and Georgia still lost (and it wasn’t anything Aaron Murray did or didn’t do).
As much talk about Georgia’s easy schedule in 2012, the 2011 was pretty hard. Sure the Dawgs lost 4 games, but 4 of those games were against teams in the top 15 and we started the season against two very good teams. It is easy to point the blame to Murray for the South Carolina loss, as he did have a fumble that was recovered for a TD and a pick 6. But he wasn’t playing special teams that allowed a fake punt by a defensive linemen to be converted to a TD. And while he did have mistakes against Michigan State, he wasn’t playing defense when they allowed Michigan State to score a TD with under 2 minutes left, nor did he attempt to kick field goals in overtime.
Also, last year the Tennessee game was a big game for Georgia. While Tennessee wasn’t all that good, it was on the road at night on national TV. He didn’t do anything spectacular that game (no TD, no INT) and hit 60% of his passes. The Florida game last year was also another “big game” and Murray wasn’t particularly sharp but the Dawgs still won. In fact, you could argue that every game was a big game after starting 0-2 and eventually making it to the SEC Champtionship game.
I think the quarterback, like the head coach, gets too much praise in victory and too much blame in defeat. That is way it goes, and I get that.
But Georgia fans, let’s stop the complaining about Murray and his lack of “big” wins. Can we just admit to ourselves that we have a very good quarterback and enjoy it, rahter than constantly complaining about it?