Georgia 55, Idaho State 7: Read all about it

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:


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November 6th, 2010
9:35 pm

great comeback game worried about the 2 field goals at the beginning but we scored an abundance of points in the end


November 6th, 2010
9:37 pm

Bet Nick Saban wished he could have beat La Monroe in 2007 in his 1st year installing the 3-4, the way Grantham’s D beat Idaho St in Grantham’s 1st year installing the 3-4 was a thing of beauty, and much better than a Saban-like let down to lose to a team you’re favored to beat.


November 6th, 2010
9:42 pm

@ greg look at the SC game as well we gave up 40+ points to worser team last year and in the new 3/4 we gave up less than half of that to a better team i see us becoming a top 20 D in the nation team soon


November 6th, 2010
9:45 pm

and gotta love the D taking two to da house. rambo and the senior corner botth took one back which is pretty good


November 6th, 2010
9:53 pm

Coming up: Auburn 42, UGA 24. Beatdown.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 6th, 2010
9:58 pm

Greg you have GOT to let this 2007 Bama thing go. We all saw it. We all loved it. The best part was Parker-Wilson getting SACKED at the end of the game. Please don’t keep talking about it, as none of us care anymore about it. Thanks

Salon du Jour

November 6th, 2010
9:59 pm

Richt’s salon tan looked great. There’s that.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

November 6th, 2010
10:04 pm


November 6th, 2010
10:17 pm
Just heard today that the GA defense is ranked 28th in the country this year. Last year? 58th. Enough said.

K-Baby, add that to the 10 points LESS average we have given up this year to the common teams from last year’s sched, and anyone who doesn’t see a major improvement is BLIND. Not to mention a brand new D line (last years are playing on sundays) and mostly new secondary and linebacker corps. UGA is a very good team, despite our record. Best part is, we’re VERY YOUNG, and will be much better next year, when teams like USC, AU, UT, KY will be rebuilding due to major skill positions graduating and leaving early. Looking Good in Athens! :)


November 6th, 2010
10:17 pm

Just heard today that the GA defense is ranked 28th in the country this year. Last year? 58th. Enough said.


November 6th, 2010
10:19 pm

Can’t wait for next week, Ga needs a signature victory and another one against Tech to close out the season. Gotta love A.J.’s confidence.

I just hope the SEC officals don’t steal another Ga victory to protect the highest ranked team. Go Dawgs!!!


November 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

How come if you go and read the GT blog, you see one or two UGA “fans” (I’d like to not associate myself with their type), but you come on to the UGA blogs, and it is infested with these insect GT nerds?
I get that a lot more of them are on the computer, but get over it.
Also, can we block Greg? His shtick is OLD.

Blind Loyalist

November 6th, 2010
10:33 pm

Wow, we looked awesome today! I was really impressed. If we could just start the season over, I bet we would go undefeated! Finally, back among the elites.

dawg for life's mother

November 6th, 2010
10:36 pm

Dear Abbey, I’m really worried about my son. He seems so pre-occupied with football fans. I think he wets the bed to! What should I do?


November 6th, 2010
10:37 pm

The score is 55-0 and you for it on 4th down. Classless but no surprise.

With or without Tebow

November 6th, 2010
10:49 pm

The Big Sky Conference……now there’s a conference the dawgs can excel in!

Dogs Dawg

November 6th, 2010
10:54 pm

I know in my heart that UGA is the best 5 loss team in the country!


November 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

…hey typical….after the first drive of the 3rd quarter we were playing people from in the stands…we played 74 players…went the entire fourth quarter with walk-ons…it we had wanted it could have been 100-0…I think a lot of class was shown…Spurrier would have had his first team quarterback throwing passes with 30 seconds left…you sound like a TECH fan…seeing as they are always trying to comment on UGA’s class or lack thereof….see you later in the year to see who is class of the state.


November 6th, 2010
11:14 pm

We have a 50/50 chance to make it to a bowl.
Of what relevance has this season been?


November 6th, 2010
11:30 pm

LMAO..Hey red panty U…yall catch that Kansas,Colorado score????LMAO..btw whos that idiot that said yall are really good??Dream on girls…LMAO


November 6th, 2010
11:32 pm

Playing with people from the stands?? LOL you freaking liar…Not only do you idiots lie you suck too..yall dont have a snowballs chance in hell of going to a bowl…Classless bunch of red panty nerds..


November 7th, 2010
12:11 am

Dawgs Bury Spuds!

Next week, Dawgs Skin Tigers!

Or if you prefer…Dawgs Pluck War Eagles!


November 7th, 2010
12:41 am

SEC Auburn cruises with Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn former OC Arkansas for OC Tulsa Best known for his Wildcat formation on offense based upon Single Wing.

Gus Malzahn is a Legend. He always produces 10 plays a game of over 15 yards.
College Football Recruits follow Gus Malzahn, and if he leaves, the recruits transfer. He’s that good.

Gene Chizik hired Gus Malzahn, just as Les Miles hired John Chavis, Chief, after I had lobbied for UGA to hire Chief.

What Auburn’s Offense and LSU’s Defense have done under these Monumental Hires by Gene Chizik and by Les Miles, is without a doubt the single most significant reason Gene Chizik is ranked # 2 and why Les Miles is ranked # 5 in the nation.

Auburn beat LSU and LSU is the nation’s top-ranked 1-loss team this morning. Coach Richt can make all the noise he wants; he has no offense to keep pace with Gus Malzahn’s. And, no Defense like John Chavis’ either, while we are on the topic.

I figure Florida moves into the Top 25 today, up from Number 29.

SEC South Carolina will be the Worst Ranked SEC team, beat us
SEC South Carolina will lose 4th Loss vs Florida, both beat us.

There will be 4 SEC West teams ranked, 2 in the Top 5.

2 SEC West Top 5 in the nation
3 SEC West Top 10 in the nation
4 SEC West Top 15 in the nation

Then, there is the SEC East

SEC East Georgia could have won this season, there for the taking

2 SEC East teams hanging by a thread Top 25
Both trailing
SEC West Missy State

7 Ranked SEC Teams
UGA not among them


November 7th, 2010
12:42 am

Again this year as last year.

But I digress, since Georgia is doing so great.

Top Half of The SEC ?

7 ranked SEC Teams, that more than covers Top Half SEC.

Bottom half of The SEC :



No Offensive Coordinator like Gus Malzahn.
No Defensive Coordinator like John Chavis, Chief.

I see

Colorado Lost Again today.

But Colorado beat us.

Colorado is now 3-6 on the season, including their win over CMR.

Louisiana Lafayette Lost Again today 2-7.

Idaho State stands at 1-8 and 3-29 over the last 3 years total.

ACC NC State drops out of Top 25
ACC FSU drops out of Top 25

Big XII Baylor Bear hoax of a team drops out of Top 25
Big XII Texas Lost to drop to 4-5
Big XII Missouri Lost to drop nearly out of Top 25

PAC 10 Arizona will drop like ton of bricks nearly out of Top 25 too


Georgia tek and UGA will both end the season at 6-6.

Virginia Tech, # 22 , is the only ranked ACC team.
Virginia Tech, remember, lost to Boise State & James Madison already.
B.S. they are # 22.


November 7th, 2010
1:11 am

nothing to celebrate here…… woooo hooo, we beat a team that was 1-6? what a joke……. they should have called this a scrimmage……. but our coach is happy to be 5-5……

lets see after next week we will be 5-6……..

P. Bull Terrier

November 7th, 2010
2:26 am

Typical – That’s a great choice of screen names because you come across like the Typical Moron who doesn’t know anything about football, but decides to add his two cents worth to the discussion. Most people would consider it classless to kick the field goal in that situation. Going for it on 4th down at least gives the defense a chance to make a play and stop the drive. Kicking the field goal at that point would be seen as trying to run up the score. You would have a better argument if you claimed the missed field goal attempt by the back-up kicker near the end of the game was classless, but even then, most people understood the coach was just trying to give as many players as possible a chance to get in the game. Try watching a few more games sometime. You might learn something.


November 7th, 2010
6:52 am

That is the problem we have around here.

Folks posting who know nothing about sports, nothing, especially not football.

You kick the field goal with the back-up kicker.

If the other team doesn’t like it, let them go back to mampy-pampy land.

It’s football, for God’s sake.

Beat the snot out of the opponent.

If they don’t like it, they can get a better team.

Try harder.

Last year, they lost 64-0 to Oklahoma, this same Idaho State. They were 0-9 all season long 2009.

They were 1-11 in 2008.

They are used to having the snot knocked out of them.

Just as we are used to losing to crappy teams, once a year for 10 years now and counting.

Just as we are used to losing to Florida, all but 2 times the last 10 years now and counting.

Just as we are used to losing to Top 10 Final AP Poll teams, 8 of the 11 times CMR Era.

We are absolutely NO GOOD with “wins” over teams who combined to be 11-31 this morning.

And, with loses to the likes of 3-6 Colorado and everyone else too.

This is mamby-pampy land, right here on these blogs about this team in this sport.


November 7th, 2010
7:23 am

Love the Georgia tek nerds posting on Bulldogs’ blog about Florida with Florida handles

Such as those ABOVE


Only problem is

CMR Era 2-8 Georgia vs Florida
CMR Era 1-8 Georgia tek vs UGA

We are twice as good against Florida as you are against us & you haven’t beat FL since 1978


November 7th, 2010
8:09 am

Typical…….How can beating an oppenent by 55 be bad? You are taught to beat the other guy senseless and try and make them cry. Only when they cry do you achieve total satisfaction. Guess you never play anything? The idea is, you must make the other team feel like they never want to play you again! That is the thrill of victory!!


November 7th, 2010
8:12 am

Georgia Bulldogs :

# 54 Total Offense 2010 Georgia Bulldogs

CMR Era Average NCAA Total Offense all 10 years # 52

We are worse on Offense this year, than usual.

# 15 Total Defense 2010 Georgia Bulldogs

The problem exactly as I said before the season started, while all of you were in here BRAGGING how Georgia has 10 of our 11 Starters BACK this 2010 season, is our


Not our Defense.

I told you that.


November 7th, 2010
8:15 am

Paddy, yeah

We are really great.

A win over these is also worthless :

3-6 Colorado *
1-8 Idaho State
2-7 Vandie
3-6 vols
5-5 Kentucky

*Oops 1 of these Oops EVERY YEAR per year CMR Era
*Loss to not Top 25 Final AP Poll team # 10 in the CMR Era 10 yrs


November 7th, 2010
8:21 am

Chattanooga put up 24 points on Auburn – UGA will double that. If CTG’s D can slow down their offense a little better than Chattanooga did, we have a game!

5-5 looks dang good to me after starting 1-4. It would to most any FAN!!

There’s no reason for the Dawgs to start the season slow, or even each game as slow as they have… except the fact THEY START A FR QB AND A BRAND NEW D.

The Dawgs barely lost to a Florida team that got a lot better the past 2 weeks, as evidenced by their domination of Vanderbilt. But Vandy scored 2 TDs… the Dawgs didn’t allow (albeit at home). Anyone who can’t see this defense getting better than anything we’ve seen the past 3 years is totally BLIND.

As for the poor season… take a look at stalwarts Texas, Oklahoma and USC this year. I wouldn’t say they are leading the pack either (although they aren’t 5-5). But every team has issues from time to time. I for one am waiting to see how the entire season plays out – the Dawgs will surprise a few folks.

17 of 20

November 7th, 2010
8:47 am

I am so glad that Aaron Murray plays for Georgia, that kid is a turnover machine.


November 7th, 2010
9:01 am

BoWeevil…I realize we are not very good this season. I was making a general statement about beating your opposition with no mercy. I would love to beat Auburn by 50. But it won’t happen this year. It may never happen. But you must have that nasty attitude when you play sports. It is what seperates the very good from the “mamby bamby” teams.

I'm just saying

November 7th, 2010
9:31 am

Paddy…maybe someone should have told Coach Richt that this summer when he did away with two-a-days. You can’t have a nasty attitude when you soft.


November 7th, 2010
9:33 am

Lord have mercy. This AJ Green kid is a real hoot. He’s spent half the season not dressed out becuase he’s on time out for cheating and now he’s gonna run that weenie washer at Auburn? Georgia needs a short class for it’s players in how to keep that mouth shut when you’re in the process of making the University looks like fools for offering you a scholarship because obviously you’re a moron. Get on down to Auburn, take your whipping and come back and hope that you can beat Georgia Tech and make this season not one that will go down in the books as the worst ever. AJ Green you are killing me.

Pago Pago Dawg

November 7th, 2010
9:40 am

Can you imagine scoring 65 points and still get beat! The Big House was a rockin….

Saint Simons

November 7th, 2010
9:44 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))


18 of 21

November 7th, 2010
9:50 am

Auburn won’t break a sweat. Auburn 48, UGAy 17.

A glorious performance and the beatdown of the ages.

And see what loudmouth AJ Green has to say after hiss butt-whipping.

Burma Shave

November 7th, 2010
9:54 am

Without his tan

Richt would be pale

How many of his players

Are in jail.

Burma Shave


November 7th, 2010
9:59 am

But every team has issues from time to time.

Including 45 players arrested in the past three years? No, my friend, no other school has all the issues that UGA has, and they’re not just from time to time.

Thugs rule in Athens.

1980 was so long ago

November 7th, 2010
10:04 am

Great comeback – Ha Ha – uga has 5 wins against teams with a 13-33 overall record (2-15 in SEC play)

“”"Chattanooga put up 24 points on Auburn – UGA will double that. If CTG’s D can slow down their offense a little better than Chattanooga did, we have a game!”"”"

You must realize the reality that Idaho State has won only 3 games in the last 3 years. uga must have had to look thousands of miles away to find this patsy.

UTC has a winning record, beat Georgia Southern, lost to App State by only 1 point, and for my money would probably beats Colorado (0-5 Big 12). It’s about time CTG’s defense slowed somebody down that has a winning record!!!!!!!!

jack bull

November 7th, 2010
11:42 am

two quick things, anyone know if A Lynch is being red-shirted(i assume he is), just wondering? and, my K-State buddy called me last night, very happy that they killed Texas, and he said “well, i would think Georgia has a shot at Auburn, except we all know now that Alabama got beat, the SEC wants Auburn to win out, so good luck with getting any calls next week”….that’s how the rest of the country looks at it, makes ya think, huh?


November 7th, 2010
11:52 am

UGA: How does it feel to play suck an inferior team that brought an 0-7 record to Athens and is a joke of a football team. Hey, your team is 500 now and will get creamed by Auburn and be 5-6. Then, the Jackets, with our second string QB beat you at home and your 5-7 and not going to any bowl for the 1st time in 14 years. Congrats on a great season. keep up the great work.


November 7th, 2010
11:54 am

Georgia! I cannot wait to torch your sorry D for about 300 yards of rushing and another 200 passing. We win 65-17.


November 7th, 2010
11:55 am

On the post-game radio show yesterday, Kevin Butler gave a brutally honest assessment of this years running game. The offensive line can’t consistently dominate even inferior defenders, King and Ealey don’t have the speed to hit the corners effectively (this is why most running plays are called between the tackles) and don’t hit the holes hard enough, and Thomas has the speed but more often than not makes the wrong cut.


November 7th, 2010
11:57 am

For some reason, I just didn’t get the urge to go on a Tech blog Thursday night and start typing (and I assume giggling), “hahahahahahahhahahahahahhahah.”

Am I not normal? I mean, a few Tech fans show up here, whether Tech wins or loses, and start insulting UGA, whether we win or lose.

Boys . . . . . . . . . . just go find a girlfriend . . . . .you’ll enjoy female company much more than typing, you know, if you are boys.


November 7th, 2010
12:04 pm

You know what, jack bull? I say, who cares about the rest of the SEC? To hell with UF, UA, AU, LSU , and the rest. I’ve pulled for some of those jackasses for several years in the BCSCGs, and then had to read, and listen to, the crap some (I, know, SOME) of their fans crow all year long about.

In the end, if a SEC team, such as Bama, or UF, wins the Big Game, it hurts UGA, and its recruiting. To hell with them . . .


November 7th, 2010
12:05 pm

Cam, just hope you are still playing next Saturday. You may be at home on the couch counting your money . . .

Dogs Dawg

November 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

I think UGA has to be the best 5 loss team in the country.


November 7th, 2010
2:36 pm

Boweasel, you must be under the age of 25, correct? You and your comments reflect it. Try to fool some of us about your age with more sophisticated lines of thought.