Nov. 5, 2011
Seven-Game Winning Streak: With today's 63-16 victory, Georgia extended its winning streak to seven in a row. This streak matches the longest since winning the final seven games of the 2007 season. The Bulldogs improved to 71-17-2 all-time in Homecoming games.
CBs To The House: Junior CB Branden Smith started at TB for the Bulldogs and finished with 58 yards rushing on two carries in the opening half, including a 56-yard touchdown run. This marked the first start for Smith at TB since the Louisiana-Lafayette game in 2010 and the third score of his career.
Fellow starting CB Brandon Boykin had the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 42-yard reception. Boykin finished with 33 kickoff return yards and six tackles. Before that play, Boykin had two career catches for 14 yards versus Coastal Carolina.
Redshirt sophomore TB Brandon Harton came off the bench and tallied a career-high 98 yards on 15 carries and his first career touchdown. He finished with a team-best 142 all-purpose yards.
Aerial Attack: In just the first half, QB Aaron Murray was 18-of-23 for 238 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown to freshman Chris Conley. Conley had a career-high 126 yards on five catches to give him the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. Murray's five scoring strikes to five different players are a career high and equals a school record held by four other players. Most recently, Joe Cox had five touchdowns against Arkansas in 2009. By the way, the NCAA record for TD passes in a quarter is six (David Klingler, Houston, 1991). Sophomore Hutson Mason relieved Murray in the second half and finished a career-best 8-of-10 for 131 yards and one TD.
Scoring Surge: The Bulldogs took a 49-3 lead after the first half. Georgia's 49 points ties for the most in one half dating back to 1950. The Bulldogs also scored 49 versus Northeast Louisiana in 1994. Georgia scored 42 points in the second quarter alone. Available records at the stadium date back to 1960 and the Bulldogs have never reached 42 points in a quarter in that span. The most was 35 versus Idaho State in 2010 and William & Mary in 1988. In case you are wondering, the NCAA record for the most points scored in a quarter is 49 by three teams.
Points And Total Offense: Georgia's 63 points today was the most under Mark Richt, and the most since 1994 when it beat Northeast Louisiana 70-6. The Bulldogs tallied 627 yards of total offense, the most under Richt, and the most since a school record of 667 against Southern Miss in 1993. Georgia had nine different Bulldogs score a TD today.
Turnovers: Junior N John Jenkins forced a fumble in the first quarter that junior SS Shawn Williams recovered on the Bulldog 42-yard line. Smith scored on his 56-yard scamper minutes later. Junior FS Bacarri Rambo snagged his team-leading sixth interception of the year and the 11th of his career late in the second quarter and returned it 51 yards. The Bulldogs now have 12 INTs on the year. TE Orson Charles then scored on a 12-yard strike from Murray on the next drive. Senior Jeremy Sulek recovered a fumble with 7:16 left in the contest at the NMS23. It led to a TD (Mason to Rhett McGowan for 23 yards). Georgia has forced 20 turnovers and converted them into 69 points. Harton fumbled on the goal line early in the opening quarter and New Mexico State recovered it. But the Aggies turned it right back over to the Bulldogs. Opponents have scored 35 points off 12 Bulldog miscues.
Bogotay Gets PT: Senior PK Brandon Bogotay scored his first point of the season on an extra point in the second quarter. He had four extra points in the game while fellow senior PK Blair Walsh also had five PATs. Bogotay, who also shared kickoff duties with Walsh versus the Aggies, also kicked a PAT against Idaho State last year. They both had five kickoffs today with one touchback apiece and no field goals.
Tackles: The Bulldogs held New Mexico State to just three points in the opening half. Jenkins and Boykin led the way with five stops each. Overall, Shawn Williams led the team today in tackles with seven.
Starters: Junior Branden Smith made the start at both TB and CB for the first time since he did both versus Louisiana-Lafayette in 2010. Smith scored the third running touchdown of his career in the opening period on a 56-yard run. He has now started three games on offense and 14 on defense.
Homecoming King & Queen: Davis Webb, a senior from Marietta majoring in Finance and International Affairs, was named Homecoming king while Mel Baxter, a senior from Leawood, Kan., majoring in Communications Studies, was the Homecoming queen.
Up Next: The Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1 SEC) host #25 Auburn next Saturday in Sanford Stadium. The Tigers are off this weekend. Game time is TBA.