Brandon Harton and Tavarres King
Nov. 5, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia scored nine times by nine different players as it defeated the New Mexico State Aggies 63-16 on Homecoming in front of a sellout crowd of 92,746 inside Sanford Stadium and a CSS-televised audience on Saturday afternoon. Georgia extended its winning streak to seven games, improving to 7-2 on the year. New Mexico State dropped to 3-6.
"I thought our guys played very hard," head coach Mark Richt. "We got an awful lot of guys in the game. It's gratifying to see that many guys who don't normally have an opportunity to get in the game. We got to spread it around, so some of them scored for the first time in their career, and that had to be a lot of fun for them."
Aaron Murray led the team in passing, completing 18-of-23 passes for 238 yards and threw a career-best five touchdown passes. The five passes thrown in the first half also tied for the most scoring passes thrown in a half. Hutson Mason finished with 131 yards on 8-of-10 passing. Sophomore tailback Brandon Harton led the rushing attack with 15 carries for 98 yards, while Chris Conley went over the century mark with five catches for 126 yards to lead the team through the air.
The New Mexico State quarterbacks Matt Christian and Travaughn Colwell combined for 276 yards on 20-of-36 passing. Kenny Turner scored both touchdowns for the Aggies, resulting in 228 total yards of offense. Turner went over 100 yards in both rushing and receiving, picking up 101 on the ground and 127 through the air.
Shawn Williams recovered a fumble at the Georgia 42-yard line that gave the Bulldogs the ball back with 7:52 left in the first quarter. Branden Smith went 56 yards to the New Mexico State end zone two plays later to put Georgia on the board. Blair Walsh added the extra point that made it a 7-0 game.
A 49-yard pass by Christian to Tuner set up a New Mexico State scoring drive that was capped off by a 24-yard field goal by Tyler Stampler with 14:50 left in the second quarter.
Harton answered with a Georgia score that extended the Bulldog lead to 14-3. The drive, which lasted seven plays and took 3:01 off the clock, included a 33-yard kickoff return and a 27-yard rush by Harton.
Michael Bennett added an 11-yard touchdown catch on Georgia's next possession, capping off an 8 play, 2:57 drive. Murray, Harton and Kyle Karempelis combined for 66 yards on the ground to set up the touchdown grab.
Brandon Boykin scored his second offensive touchdown of the season on a 42-yard pass from Murray with 6:27 left in the first half. Brandon Bogotay kicked the point after to extend the Georgia to 28-3.
The Bulldogs added 14 points in 32 seconds that made it 42-3 with just over two minutes left in the first half. The first touchdown came as Murray found Conley streaking down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown. Bacarri Rambo then picked off Christian and returned it 55 yards to set up a 19-yard scoring pass from Murray to Orson Charles.
Aron White helped Georgia tie a school-record five touchdown passes in a first half when he hauled in a six-yard touchdown from Murray that sent the Bulldogs into the half leading 49-3.
Mason led the Bulldogs on a 10-play, 93-yard drive that resulted in a Karempelis touchdown that made it a 56-3 game. The drive was highlighted by a 46-yard completion by Conley that brought UGA across midfield.
New Mexico State orchestrated a 75- and 72-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that resulted in 13 points. Turner scored both of the Aggie touchdowns, with the first coming on 10-yard run and the second on a 22-yard pass.
Rhett McGowan scored his first career touchdown on a 23-yard touchdown pass after Jeremy Sulek recovered a fumble in NMSU territory. The touchdown, which made it a 63-16 game, marked the first time Georgia has scored 60 or points since it scored 62 against Kentucky in 2004. It was also the most points scored since 1994.
Georgia will take on Auburn next weekend at Sanford Stadium. The start time for the game will be announced on Sunday afternoon.