A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s victory over Idaho State:
My game story, which notes the game went as designed:
ATHENS — The Georgia and Idaho State football programs got exactly what they bargained for. Georgia got a big win, and Idaho State got a big check.
In a game that was true to both teams’ place in college football’s pecking order, Georgia breezed to a 41-0 halftime lead and a 55-7 victory Saturday, and Idaho State received $525,000 from UGA for making the 2,000-mile trip from Pocatello to Athens.
The outcome was what is supposed to happen when the Big Sky Conference meets the SEC, when a school with an $8 million athletics budget plays a school with an $85 million athletics budget, when a team that plays its home games before an average of 5,500 fans in an indoor arena steps into 92,000-seat Sanford Stadium.
Jeff Schultz’s column, which looks ahead to next week’s game:
. . . Hello, Auburn.
“I know we’ve got a chance to win,” A.J. Green said Saturday. “I feel like they haven’t faced anybody else like me and [quarterback] Aaron [Murray] with our offense. We’re really going to show them. We’re going to shock a lot of people.”
This might be the first time in recorded history a player on a 5-5 team has thrown down the gauntlet against potentially the best team in country. But you’ve got to admire the spunk.
Andy Johnston’s sidebar on the 30th anniversary celebration of Georgia’s 1980 national championship:
. . . There was plenty of reminiscing and ribbing this weekend as the players on Georgia’s 1980 football team got together for a reunion at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest on Friday night before being honored at halftime of Saturday’s game against Idaho State.
. . . “I can believe it’s been 30 years because I was wondering how I was going to look, but everybody looks about like me. About 50,” said Tim Crowe, a sophomore defensive lineman in 1980 who is a firefighter in Athens. “We had a great time [Friday] night, and I can tell we’re getting older because we didn’t hang out as long. We all made it back to the rooms.”
Andy’s sidebar on A.J. Green’s big game against Idaho State:
ATHENS — Aaron Murray insists he wasn’t fixated on throwing the ball to A.J. Green on Saturday. It only seemed that way.
Green caught six passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns to bounce back from his worst game of the season and help Georgia roll past Idaho State 55-7.
My notebook, which notes that a lot of Bulldogs got to play:
. . . Georgia substituted massively during the game, with 74 players seeing action.
Said coach Mark Richt: “Some guys played for the first time ever. Some played for the last time ever. Some played for the first and last time ever.”
And Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery, including this shot of Todd Grantham celebrating Brandon Boykin’s interception: