Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) reacts on his way off the field after scoring three touchdown against the Buffalo Bulls during the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Buffalo 45-23.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Todd Gurley stole the show with three touchdowns in his debut as a backup.
The freshman tailback could have an opportunity to move into a starting role in No. 6 Georgia's Southeastern Conference opener at Missouri on Saturday.
Gurley ran for 100 yards on only eight carries in Georgia's 45-23 opening win over Buffalo. He ran through arm tackles for a 10-yard touchdown run, showed his speed while scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return, and then threw a stiff-arm to clear a path for a 55-yard touchdown run.
Starter Ken Malcome left the game with a left hand injury, possibly clearing the way for Gurley to start.
Coach Mark Richt had no injury updates on Sunday. Asked if Gurley will start, Richt said the freshman will "definitely get the ball."