The No. 19-ranked Georgia Bulldogs will face the No. 5-ranked Boise State Broncos in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome tonight.
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1st Quarter Analysis: Georgia 7, Boise State 7
It’s about 90 percent Georgia fans in the Georgia Dome, the Boise State faithful occupy a corner of the stadium in the lower two levels. The rest of the Stadium is decked out in the Red of the Bulldogs.
Georgia came out a little slow on offense, as did the Boise State Broncos. Both offenses went three-and-out during their first two possessions.
A 80-yard end around run by Brandon Boykin put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard during the second play of the Bulldogs’ third drive. FB Bruce Figgins made a great block a couple yards past the line of scrimmage that allowed that play to develop.
Isaiah Crowell carried the ball six times for 15 yards during his first quarter in the Georgia Bulldog uniform. Richard Samuel carried the ball first, and gained three yards on three carries.
A couple nice defensive plays of not. Jordan Love leveled a big hit on a Boise State wide receiver that resulted in an incomplete pass. Also, Derek Owens made a great open field tackle on a punt by Drew Butler.
Boise State was able to take advantage of some holes in the middle of the Bulldogs’ secondary, which resulted in them driving down the field, and scoring their first points of the game on a 13-yard touchdown pass by Kellen Moore to Matt Miller.
Stats of note:
Murray: 3-6, 15 yards
Crowell: 6 att, 15 yards
Samuel: 3 att, 3 yards
Marlon Brown: 2 rec, 12 yards
Tavarres King: 1 rec, 3 yards
Halftime: Georgia 7, Boise State 14
2nd Quarter Analysis
After the first quarter which lasted nearly an hour, the second quarter was a little bit faster and it’s finally halftime. When the Falcons play at this time Sept. 18 against the Eagles, the game will be well into the third quarter.
But back to thoughts about the actual game:
–QUESTIONABLE MARK RICHT PLAY CALL: Richt elected to go for it on 4th and 1 from the 26 WITH BLAIR WALSH at place kicker in a DOME.
–Boise State RB Doug Martin is a big, physical back and Georgia players are having a hard time getting him down to the ground.
–INJURIES, INJURIES: LG Kenarius Gates was carted off to the locker room with an apparent leg injury. OG Dallas Lee took over for him. LB Alec Ogletree is out for the rest of the game with a right foot injury. LB Christian Robinson went down near the end of the second half, no word yet of his status. It better not be serious with the injury to Ogletree.
–Kellen Moore and Aaron Murray threw back to back interceptions. Moore’s came when they were driving into Georgia territory. The one by Murray was on a 3rd and 3 from the 25 yard line, that was intended for freshman Malcolm Mitchell, but the ball sailed a little bit. However, it had similar results to an average punt and decent return.
–Murray has missed on a couple deep balls. He’s had plenty of time, although he has had to scramble a few times. If Murray can connect on those in the second half, the Bulldogs should win this game.
–The Bulldogs aren’t getting much pressure on Moore, and when they do bring pressure, the senior quarterback is finding seems in the middle of the Georgia secondary.
–Georgia has 147 yards of offense. Which doesn’t seem too bad, until you realize 80 of them were on an end-around by Brandon Boykin.
3rd Quarter Analysis: Georgia 14, Boise State 28
–OG Kenarious Gates will not return for Georgia. Dallas Lee will play at left guard.
–In the first possession of the second half, Boise State marches right down the field and makes it a 21-7 game. The no-huddle offense was very effective for the Broncos, and on one play in particular, LB Jarvis Jones wasn’t even close to being set. Georgia was forced to call a timeout, but the Broncos were still able to put seven more points on the board.
–Brandon Boykin, Coach Peterson called your bluff. Although he made a great play on an end around that resulted in Georgia’s first touchdown, he hasn’t made any plays on kickoff — yet.
–Good coaching beats good talent, every single time, and tonight is no exception.
–The game changed on two plays when 1) Georgia punted the ball on their own 41 on 4th-and-7, but Boise State was called for offsides, and then 2) Georgia converted a 4th-and-2 with a 36 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Orson Charles.