Jan. 2, 2012
Overtime: With today's 33-30 loss to #12 Michigan State in 3 OTs, #18 Georgia (10-4) is now 4-4 in overtime games including 2-1 in bowl games and 1-1 in the Outback Bowl. Also, Mark Richt is 2-2 in OT. Georgia stopped MSU's first drive with an interception by All-American Bacarri Rambo, his eighth on the year and then missed a field goal to send it to a second OT. Eventually, senior Blair Walsh had a 47-yarder blocked in the third overtime by Anthony White that ended the contest. Georgia is now 26-18-3 in bowl games including 7-4 under Richt. They are 2-1 in all-time meetings with the Spartans.
Boykin's Bulldog Bowl Records: Senior Brandon Boykin raced 92 yards for his first career punt return TD (He has four career KOR TDs), a Bulldog bowl record and Outback Bowl mark. Also, the 92-yarder ties for second in Georgia history for a punt return TD, matching Prince Miller against Alabama in 2008. The previous bowl mark for a punt return was a 68-yard TD by Charley Trippi in the 1945 Oil Bowl. Boykin made the tackle on the Bulldog safety for Georgia's first points. Today marked Boykin's second TD in a bowl game as he had a 81-yard kickoff return for a TD against Texas A&M in the 2009 Independence Bowl victory. Boykin caught the go-ahead TD, a 13-yard to put Georgia up 25-20 with 6:44 left. It was his second TD receiving this year, he had a 42-yarder vs. New Mexico State. He had four KOR for 70 yards plus two rushes for nine yards.
Walsh Sets SEC/UGA Scoring Record: With eight points today, senior Blair Walsh set the SEC and Georgia record for most career point with 412, breaking the mark of Georgia's Billy Bennett (2000-03). This tally ranks second in NCAA history. He set the mark with a 47-yarder in the 2nd overtime for a 30-27 lead. He missed a 42-yarder that would've won it in the 1st OT.
Defense Pitches First Half Shutout: For the first time since game three/Coastal Carolina on Sept. 17, the Bulldog defense blanked its opponent in the first half, building a 16-0 advantage. MSU had just two first downs with 72 yards on 26 plays; heading to the fourth quarter they had six first downs with 154 yards on 42 plays. Also in bowl history, it was the first time since the 1998 Outback Bowl when Georgia posted a first-half shutout, leading Wisconsin 19-0 en route to a 33-6 victory.
Safety For A 2-0 Edge: For the first time since the Vanderbilt game in 2010, Georgia registered a safety. Senior Brandon Boykin tackled Keshawn Martin in the endzone on MSU's first play from scrimmage. It was set up after senior Drew Butler booted a 51-yard punt and was downed by sophomore Blake Sailors at the 3 yard line.
Murray-King Combo Nets Record: Sophomore QB Aaron Murray (20-for-30, 287 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT overall) and junior Tavarres King (6 rec., school and bowl record 205 yards, 1 TD) combined for a big game including an 80-yard touchdown completion in the first half. Murray completed his first 10 passes for 97 yards before his first incompletion in the 2nd quarter. Also, he had a 60-yarder to King who had a career-high 146 yards receiving. Also of note, the 80-yard TD was a Georgia bowl record, the previous mark was a 67-yarder in the 1947 Sugar Bowl from Charley Trippi to Dan Edwards. King and Murray hooked up for a 53-yarder on the go-ahead TD drive to give him a school record and bowl record 205 receiving yards (the previous mark in a game was 201 by Fred Gibson vs. Kentucky in 2001 and 156 in a bowl by Larry Bowie, 1995 Peach Bowl).
For Starters: Senior OT Cordy Glenn made his 50th career start (47th consecutive), tying the school mark for most by a lineman (Clint Boling had 50 from 2007-10) and second overall by any player. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome made his second career start at tailback (first came vs. Ga. Tech this year). Junior Christian Robinson made the starter at ILB for Michael Gilliard who had started the past 11 games. Sophomore Garrison Smith started at DE for the second straight game for the injured DeAngelo Tyson. While he didn't start, junior RB Richard Samuel returned for the first time since the win over Florida Oct. 29.
Points Off Turnovers: MSU got 14 points off three turnovers while Georgia got 3 points off three INTs. They did not score off a fumble by QB Aaron Murray in the 2nd quarter. In the third quarter, MSU got a Murray interception, and it led to a TD and two-point conversion that covered 48 yards on nine plays. Then in the third quarter, Murray was picked again on a tipped pass, resulting in a 38-yard INT return for a TD by Darqueze Dennard. That made it 16-14 as the two-point conversion failed. Georgia's Shawn Wiliams picked off Kirk Cousins and ran it back 45 yards to the MSU 12, and it led to a 32-yard FG. It was Williams fourth INT on the year. Junior N John Jenkins got an INT on a tipped pass by Alec Ogletree to thwart an MSU scoring drive with 3:56 left in the contest. It led to a punt. Junior safety Bacarri Rambo got a pick in overtime and it led to a missed FG.