Dogs vs. Aggies: Slaughter on Sanford Drive

Brandon Harton made the most of his chance at playing time, running for 98 yards. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Brandon Harton made the most of his chance at playing time, running for 98 yards. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The location might have differed, but the Redcoat Band’s halftime performance of music from “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” proved a fitting soundtrack for Georgia’s Homecoming win over New Mexico State, as nine different Bulldogs scored touchdowns Saturday in the bench-emptying victory.

Although Georgia scored 63 points and had 627 yards of net offense, the game actually got off to a pretty tentative start for the Dogs as Mike Bobo held off going with his fifth- and sixth-string running backs in the wake of this week’s suspensions, giving the start at tailback instead to defensive crossover Branden Smith, who ended up scoring the first touchdown, juking the only defender who had a shot at him on a 56-yard run.

Early on, Bobo had Aaron Murray throwing a lot of short passes, and when Brandon Harton fumbled at the NMS 3 after a 9-yard run on his first carry, you had to wonder if Georgia would stick with the air game.

But with the score 7-3, the running game opened up in the second quarter with Harton and Kyle Karempelis running tough, allowing Murray to shift into high-gear with the play-action attack. By the time the quarter was over, Murray had thrown five touchdown passes and Georgia had scored 42 more points.

That was pretty much the game, as the Dogs only scored one touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters. With the subs in on defense for Georgia, the Aggies added a couple of scores in garbage time.

For the day, the diminutive Harton showed some speed and nice cutting ability (but also showed he’s not going to ever run over anyone), finishing with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Walk-on Karempelis added 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Murray sat the entire second half, and while Hutson Mason didn’t lead the same sort of scoring binge, he looked good completing 8 of 10 passes for 131 yards and one TD.

The receivers also looked good, with Chris Conley (five catches for 126 yards) making some especially nice snags. Another loaner from the defense, Brandon Boykin, showed off his speed on a 42-yard touchdown catch, and an amusing highlight came when Aron White ended up not just between the hedges but in the hedges after a touchdown catch. A couple of teammates had to haul out the receiver, who was briefly stuck in the bushes.

Defensively, Georgia’s starters pretty much shut down the Aggies, with the highlight being a great over-the-shoulder interception by Bacarri Rambo, who then returned it 55 yards to set up another score.

As for special teams, there were no major miscues on a day when Georgia punted only three times, attempted no field goals and alternated Blair Walsh and Brandon Bogotay at placekicker.

Really, the Homecoming crowd couldn’t have asked for much more from the Georgia team, which appeared focused (which hasn’t always been the case in a mismatch like this) and took care of business.

A beautiful, if somewhat windy and chilly day in Athens and a lot of fun on the field.

Feel free to share your own views of Georgia’s Homecoming win over New Mexico State.

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153 comments Add your comment

Gordon

November 5th, 2011
5:39 pm

Let’s all pull for Arkansas

Gordon

November 5th, 2011
5:40 pm

Bill, You think we will see more passes to Boykin against Auburn ?

JimDog85

November 5th, 2011
5:45 pm

Go Dogs! Bring back the black jerseys for Auburn.

Bill

November 5th, 2011
5:47 pm

Hate on, Bill King!!!!! Dogs Win!!!!!

45ACP

November 5th, 2011
5:49 pm

Great game for the Dawgs. Just what they needed.

Weston

November 5th, 2011
5:50 pm

Great win, Dawgs! I’m ready for Auburn next week.

Frank Lane

November 5th, 2011
5:50 pm

Nice day to be a bulldog

Andy Bedingfield

November 5th, 2011
5:52 pm

It was EXTREMELY cold early in the morning, and the wind never seemed to let up. Great game, great teamwork, great attitudes, great execution, great laughs(getting stuck LITERALLY between the hedges anybody?), and a great atmosphere. I’m happy that you mentioned the Redcoats! I’m a Redcoat and the halftime show was very appropriate for the beating that was delivered. Love the articles btw! Apart from that first quarter, there were few negatives that come to mind. As for tonight, let’s go Pigs(just this once), and GO DAWGS!!!

Old65DAWG

November 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

Richt sought to leave those three pot heads on suspension for Auburn. week. It was a breath of fresh air seeing the hustle in the Dogs backfield today.

Niceville Dawg

November 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

Andy,we appreciate the Redcoats.Didn’t make it today but will be there for Aubie.Looking forward to the game and the halftime show.GO DAWGS

JDawg1785

November 5th, 2011
6:00 pm

Go Dawgs and Go Hawgs!

UGA Alumnus

November 5th, 2011
6:00 pm

Cohutta Dawgman

November 5th, 2011
6:01 pm

After last year I’ll take it. Looking forward to next week. GO DAWGS!

Niceville Dawg

November 5th, 2011
6:01 pm

Think we can put Harton’s brain and heart in Crowell’s body?

JAWJeRDAWG

November 5th, 2011
6:02 pm

CMB called a great game and our RB subs played outstanding, Brandon Harton particularly; all did a good job.

And nine different players scoring TDs was great to see!

No significant injuries was also a nice outcome.

I know it was only NMSU, but nonetheless, it was a good win!

Hope the AR Razorbacks can help us out tonight with a win over SC!

Now, let’s have a good practice week and get ready to beat those AU Tigers, move forward winning out, and get into the SEC Championship Game! … Go Dawgs!

Josh M.

November 5th, 2011
6:10 pm

Thanks for mentioning the Redcoats! Im a current Redcoat and Im glad you appreciate the show. Overall a good game today. Harton played hard and it showed. Also Aaron White hurdled one of our marimbas on his 2nd quarter TD catch….saved us a few grand thanks to his athletics.

savannah dawg

November 5th, 2011
6:13 pm

Bring on the Tide! Bring on LSU! We will not be beat again! Yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lyno49

November 5th, 2011
6:13 pm

Hey Andy I love the Red Coats, I’m a student and I make sure to sit next to y’all every game I get to attend. Now on to Auburn GO DAWGS!!!!

supsalemgr

November 5th, 2011
6:24 pm

Let’s not get carried away savannah dawg. Our “D” might keep us in the gane and a chance to win. HOWEVER, we need help and then take care of our own business.

Samantha

November 5th, 2011
6:25 pm

Current Redcoat here too! :-) It was a great game, and very well executed. Loved the hustle from all the guys (especially the ones who don’t usually get to play) and the magnificent hurdle of the marimbas by White. The halftime show title was very appropriate! Special shoutout to the Saxtion!!!!

DawgVoiceofReason

November 5th, 2011
6:33 pm

JAWJeRDAWG,

I couldn’t have summed up things any better than you did at 6:02 PM.

HBTD!!! and go Hawgs (tonight only).

Georgia Dawgs gets slaughter in the Ga Dome .... again

November 5th, 2011
6:33 pm

Thump your chest. you clowns beat a JV High school team but your mutts will get slaughter by Bama or LSU Mark it down.UGA can not beat a ranked team. haha That snake oil salesman coach better thank god that the SEC East so so alful.Mutts will not win the sec title. mark it down losers.

Georgia fans eats idiots sandwiches

November 5th, 2011
6:35 pm

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tell me again

November 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

As I recall one of our SEC titles came over a highly touted LSU team………go back to the Tech blog “Georgia Dawgs get”…..and suck on your thumb.

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
6:42 pm

Murray throws 5 TD’s in a qtr. Wow. Tech can’t throw 5 TD’s in a SEASON!

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
6:43 pm

It’s amazing what you can do with no running backs.

tell me again

November 5th, 2011
6:46 pm

My hat is off to the kids who filled in….they got their moment in the sun and showed the effort and respect for the game that we wish all of our players had. Good for them and a hearty “thank you” for making us proud today. I didn’t mean to besmirch them in my previous post…just wanted to clear that up. Looking forward to the BIG GAME at 8! The SEC preview to the national championship game! Just as it has been for THE PAST 5 YEARS! SEC rules! Go Dawgs!

Just goes to prove...

November 5th, 2011
6:50 pm

Just goes to prove that Hutson Mason should be the starter…

A. Murray was only 18 for 23 for a .78 %
H. Mason was 10 for 12 for a .80 %

Murray yds per catch was only 13.22
Mason yds per catch was 16.38

Murray only had 5 td’s for an entire half
Mason had 1 td in a little over a qtr

Murray has a scruffy beard
Mason is a clean cut, very neat looking, and represents UGA in the best possible light

Murray wears other schools tee shirts
Mason only wears DAWG tee shirts

let the trolls begin

Ga Grad '90

November 5th, 2011
6:52 pm

Yippeee. We just slaughtered the 105th ranked team in the country. Can we do this to a real opponent in my lifetime?

Old Coach

November 5th, 2011
6:55 pm

@just goes to prove
You are an idiot!!

Russ

November 5th, 2011
6:57 pm

MURRAY QB’d the team to 49 point…MASON QB’d the team to 14 points….’nuff said, points are all that matter doofus.

Mike L.

November 5th, 2011
7:01 pm

It’s amazing how many talented running backs come from these parts. I admire young men that can step up and deliver after waiting their turn.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2011
7:04 pm

I would love to see today’s RB’s play against Auburn and do good and have the Me Me Me two sit the bench

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milk dud

November 5th, 2011
7:20 pm

Great win for the dogs. We’ll take em’ how we get em’.

John Galt

November 5th, 2011
7:25 pm

Why did they have to put Branden Smith in for ONE play so that Harton did get to start?

Hustlin' Hal

November 5th, 2011
7:36 pm

How is it a fifth stringer can hold up under the rigors of carrying the football for an entire game, and our all-world freshman can’t go three plays without taking himself out?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2011
7:38 pm

Hustlin’ Hal

When smoke the swamp weed all the time your out of breath and have to take yourself out of the game to catch some air

Thats why

TheUknownFan

November 5th, 2011
7:38 pm

Nice weed control today !

Auburn

November 5th, 2011
7:42 pm

Keep rooting for ARK, it will be sweet next week when we knock GA out of the SEC championship game

sting'um

November 5th, 2011
7:44 pm

OMG: Please SC lose so we can see UGA get throddled in the championship game.LMAO

TheUknownFan

November 5th, 2011
7:46 pm

savannah dawg you b smokn da chronic ? That was New Mexico State the doggies played today not Michigan State.

they serve gruel in prison

November 5th, 2011
7:46 pm

A fun day today….it’s nice to have a blow out when you take your kids to the game so you do not have to work to control your emotions and language in front of the kids…..I hope that Crowell learns a lesson and realizes he is throwing away a huge opportuntiy if he sticks with the weed and that Harton starts against Auburn.

Auburn

November 5th, 2011
7:47 pm

pansy teams over….back to reality for the dogs next week.

Just goes to prove...

November 5th, 2011
7:50 pm

@Old Coach…name calling??? Really, it has come to that? You want the truth?
You can’t handle the truth!
I saw Hutson Mason walking on water…he changed water to wine…he’s perfect, he’s from the state of Georgia, while Murray is from Florida…everyone knows Georgia has the best football players…you’re way off base if you think Murray can hold a candle to Mason…besides Murray wouldn’t be started if Mett wasn’t set up by Murray’s brother while on Spring Break…everyone knows Mett should be starting at LSU, after all he’s from Georgia and we all know the best football players are from Georgia!!!!

JAWJeRDAWG

November 5th, 2011
7:51 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

If Brandon Harton has a good practice week, I would like to see him start against Auburn. I think Brandon Harton earned right today.

Maybe that would give Crowell further cause to run hard, stay in the game, and play his best when he is in.

I’m certainly no coach and may be wrong in saying that, but I think IC might just need a little extra stimulation. You know, the kind that doesn’t come from a reefer.

Go Hawgs tonight, and Go Dawgs!

geodawg

November 5th, 2011
7:57 pm

Love the Redcoat Band! Love the young men who stepped up today and played like Dawgs! Man, is it great to be a Bulldog, or what?!!!!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2011
8:05 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

I agree

Harton should get the start

I understand this was a high school team but Harton hits the hole very fast and in this league and you have to be able to do that

Only one problem though. You cant run a back that size up the middle against an SEC D-line but Bone head Bobo will do it unfortunatley

ca dawg

November 5th, 2011
8:05 pm

wheel routes hurt us today. malzahn is going to throw 10 of those at our d. hope we’re ready.