Boise State dominated Georgia 35-21 on Saturday in the 2011 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. It was the first win for the Broncos against an SEC team.
The game didn’t start well for the Dawgs as they incurred three penalties on their first drive. Then on the third possession, Brandon Boykin took a handoff 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
Things were starting to look up, or so it seemed at the moment. Two possessions later, Boise State answered with their own touchdown and added another score in the 2nd quarter to take a 14 -7 lead into halftime.
The Broncos kept that momentum in the the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on two of their first three possessions to lead 28-7. Aaron Murray then hit Orson Charles for a 36-yard touchdown late in the third to cut the lead back to 14.
Boise State opened the 4th quarter with another touchdown drive to put the Dawgs down 35-14. On UGA’s next possession, Aaron Murray hit freshman Malcomlm Mitchell with a 51-yard touchdown strike to again bring the Dawgs within 14.
But that was the last score for the Dawgs. Boise got the ball back and ran nearly 6 minutes off the clock against a tired Bulldogs defense. Georgia would get the ball back two more times, but turned it over on downs.
Aaron Murray finished the game 16-of-29 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Orson Charles led the Dawgs in receiving with 6 receptions for 109 yards and a TD.
Isaiah Crowell, the heralded freshman from Columbus, rushed for 60 yards on 15 carries. Richard Samuel, who started the game, rushed 7 times for 12 yards.
The loss is devastating for Georgia and their fans. Not just because it was a big game, but also how they lost. Georgia was again inept on offense and penalized often. And then there are the third and long runs up the middle for no reason.
Georgia needs to bounce back quick or the 2011 season could get really ugly. 12th ranked South Carolina visits this weekend (4:30 p.m. ET – ESPN – Tickets). If the Dawgs can’t find a way to win that game, it could be a very long season.