November 5, 2011

Offense opens up

Despite not having some of their main weapons, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said he didn't really have to make many alterations for Saturday's game against New Mexico State.

It was business as usual.

"Not really," said Bobo, when asked about any changes. "We did use more of our "11" personnel, three wides, a tight and a back, and our guys did a good job of getting to the edge and make plays when they were in space."

The final numbers were eye-popping.

Georgia piled up a season-high 627 yards of total offense against a New Mexico State defense which came in as statistically the worst in the WAC.

The Aggies' performance during the Bulldogs' 63-16 victory certainly didn't help their numbers.

Georgia rushed for 258 yards, while Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason combined to complete 26 of 33 passes for 369 yards and six touchdowns.

Murray was spectacular, completing 18 of 23 passes for 238 of those yards and five touchdowns - all in the second quarter - to tie a Georgia single-game mark.

One of those touchdowns came on a 47-yarder to Chris Conley, who led all receivers with five catches for 126 yards and his first career touchdown.

Conley's score was one of six touchdown for Georgia in the second, which enabled the Bulldogs to establish a new team record for most points in a quarter with 42.

"I've never seen anything like that," Conley said. "In high school my team scored 50 points in a half, but in a quarter so that was something else. Everything was working, we just went to work."

Bobo said he was more than a little bit nervous going into game considering the offensive firepower he wasn't going to have at his disposal.

Not only were wide Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring) and running back Richard Samuel (ankle) out with injuries, but Bobo was fretting over what he was going to do for a running game with Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome out serving their one-game suspension.

"I've been sick to my stomach all week," Bobo said. "But those guys rose to the challenge. Those two backs (Brandon Harton and Kyle Karempelis) rose to the challenge and played well."

Nine different players wound up scoring touchdowns for the Bulldogs, including four - Harton, Karempelis, Conley and Rhett McGowan - who found the end zone for the first time in careers.

Cornerbacks Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin showed off their offensive skills as well.

Smith scored Georgia's first touchdown on a 56-yard run while Boykin took a short pass from Murray and turned it into a 42-yard score.

"I only get those guys (Smith and Boykin) for five minute on Thursday," Bobo said. "The play that (Smith) scored on was one we repped since the start of camp, but the one Boykin scored on was one we repped maybe one time. But I knew we had a linebacker on him and he (Boykin) did a great job of putting on a good move. Aaron delivered the ball and (Boykin) did the rest."

Nine different receivers caught balls from Murray and Mason, the most for the season this year.

"We thought we'd be able to throw and catch," said Bobo. "We thought we could use it as an extended running game, but when you do that you have to complete the passes. I'm just glad Aaron was sharp early on and completed those things at a high percentage."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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