Practice report: Georgia rallies to defeat ‘Boise State’ 38-34

ATHENS – Down 31-0 at halftime, Georgia rallied in the second half and scored a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining for a dramatic 38-34 win over Boise State Wednesday in Sanford Stadium.

OK, so it wasn’t the real Boise State. It was the Bulldogs’ scout team posing as the No. 5-ranked Broncos and going against Georgia’s varsity offense and defense in a practice game at Sanford Stadium.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he spotted “Boise” the 31 points — they only played one half –  to “create some drama.” And it did.

The Bulldogs were trailing by three inside the Boise 5-yard line late in the fourth quarter when Quantavious Harrow, playing the role of a Broncos’ defensive back, flew in and forced a turnover. But Boise was unable to run out the clock and had to punt the ball back.

Georgia won when Hutson Mason hooked up with Tavarres King on a fade route on third-and-goal.

“We had a great second half and just rolled right through them,” quarterback Aaron Murray quipped.

Richt was happy with the final result and the overall play of the defense but otherwise wasn’t particular thrilled.

“We would not have been ready today,” Richt said. “Even our pregame warmup left a little to be desired.”

Georgia’s defense was particularly resourceful, creating six turnovers and “at least” four interceptions, Richt said. Two of those picks were returned for touchdowns by cornerback Brandon Boykin.

“It was interception mania there for a minute,” Richt said. “But their offensive line didn’t protect very well and that’s the main reason why.”

UGA kept “unofficial official” stats for the scrimmage. Tailback Isaiah Crowell had six carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, Ken Malcome added 11 for 61 and a TD and Brandon Harton had five for 26 and a score for the Georgia offense.

Murray was 5-of-9 passing for 79 yards and Mason 7-of-9 for 98 and a TD. Tight end Orson Charles had three catches for 31 yards, King added three for 21, tight end Aron White had two for 46 and Harton ripped off 49 yards on one reception.

“I actually think it was the best we’ve done in one of these kinds of games” Murray said. “The offense was pretty sharp.”

Defensive end Abry Jones was the defensive star with three tackles and two sacks, cornerback Jordan Love had three stops, a sack and forced a fumble and safety Shawn Williams had an interception and pass break-up.

“As a defense, we took it as our first chance to attack what Boise does,” Abry Jones said. “I think we did a good job. Now we’ve got to go back and look at the film and see what we can do better.”

Also, place-kicker Blair Walsh nailed a 56-yard field goal in his only attempt.

Captains named

Georgia coaches appointed captains for the Boise State game before Wednesday’s scrimmage. They are center Ben Jones, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, punter Drew Butler and Boykin.

Boykin said he was particularly proud of the honor.

“It means a lot,” he said. “Playing in the Dome in my hometown in the first game of my last year, I really appreciate it.”

Missing in action

Most of the players who have been out the last few days remained sidelined with injuries. Among them was TB Richard Samuel (quadriceps), FB Bruce Figgins (hamstring), TB Carlton Thomas (ankle) WR Malcolm Mitchell (leg muscle) and WR Marlon Brown (ankle).

Etc. . . .

Afterward, Richt said the tailback’s depth chart going into the final week is Samuel first, then Crowell, Harton and Malcome. . . . Georgia will hold a special teams practice today, then a closed situational scrimmage on Friday.

411 comments Add your comment

BurbankDawg

August 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

Let’s just hope our defense doesn’t spot them 31 points on Sept. 3.

GO DAWGS

August 24th, 2011
8:39 pm

second…ill take 38 points september third thats for sure

scott

August 24th, 2011
8:40 pm

Let’s just hope our defense can force six turnovers!

chickenman

August 24th, 2011
8:42 pm

like that eric berry song a few years back… AARON MURRRAYY… AARROONN MURRAYY

Prozac Dawg

August 24th, 2011
8:43 pm

Still very concerned about injuries. I think CMR may be pulling a Bowden here. These types of practices are very good for the team since they take into account real game situations

dawggirl

August 24th, 2011
8:49 pm

Prozac, what do you mean “pulling a Bowden”?

Jimmy

August 24th, 2011
8:49 pm

AARROONN MURRAYYY, he’s very SCAARRREY!

They Serve Gruel In Prison

August 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

Our defense will be agents of chaos.

Paul Johnson

August 24th, 2011
8:52 pm

Does this paper even cover my team anymore?

TampaGator

August 24th, 2011
8:52 pm

How could Georgia lose to Boise. They have a former Bronco QB and they beat them on the “summer” dream field already…….absolutely guarantees a win…..and also means they will beat SC, Florida, win the East, absolutely clobber an All-Star team made up of Bama, LSU, Arkansas, MSU, and Auburn (sorry Ole Miss) players in the SEC championship game……and then completely show up the Sooners in the NCG…..which will…..after the Georgia victory……immediately stop being the MNC.

Dawg_Mike

August 24th, 2011
8:52 pm

too many interceptions…is it bad throws or good defense?????

graydawg

August 24th, 2011
8:53 pm

while posting such things may be fun for the Dawgnation to enjoy, it also gives posting material to BSU. No need to know what the O and D does against simulations. For my part, I’d rather hear who looks strong and wait for the real action on Sept 3rd. When facing the #5 team, I would rather they not know our stats.

TampaGator

August 24th, 2011
8:55 pm

…..but I am still picking Georgia 35 to 31….with a last minute Georgia drive to victory after trailing for most of the game.

TampaGator

August 24th, 2011
8:58 pm

DawgMike…..

I think those interceptions were against your scout “make believe” Boise team…..so I doubt it was a defensive issue. But…..it was only practice. And, as John Brantley knows, practice does not guarantee gamep-day performance. If it did, John Brantely would have won the Heisman last summer and fall.

Prozac Dawg

August 24th, 2011
8:58 pm

dawggirl,

In a word, trickeration. His mentor was Bobby Bowden @ FSU. Bobby liked for you to look at the left hand while the right was busy.

bwkdawg

August 24th, 2011
8:59 pm

Have anyone heard of any changes too the depth chart I was on a pay site today and they had our starting safties being cummings and williams and our corners being smith and boykn, just havn’t actually heard anything.

OkieDawg

August 24th, 2011
8:59 pm

10 days 00 hours 00 minutes 00 seconds, but whose counting?

WestOfAthens

August 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

Look forward to next week, thanks Chip, keep it up

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

Our scout team is about the talent level Boise is used to playing. 9 teams on their schedule are ranked 71st and higher on Rivals 1-120 pre season ratings. They play mostly cupcakes. Why would Peterson ever want to come to the SEC and Face Miss St one week, Auburn the next,then LSU, then travel to Florida, come home to Bama and ride over to Athens and see the Dawgs and finish out with South Carolina. The North Nevada States of the world look pretty good to him.

tide roll

August 24th, 2011
9:01 pm

“their offensive line didn’t protect very well.” What a surprise! You and bobo have incredibly allowed what would have been outstanding offensive line depth to instead line up for Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss. and Tennessee!! This has got to be the most frustrating college football program in America.

jim

August 24th, 2011
9:01 pm

tampagator…has no comma…button on…her computer

Rozeman13

August 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

Lets not get to wound up yet! I didnt see our scout team pre seasonrd ranked.

no dog

August 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

jim

August 24th, 2011
9:03 pm

tide roll…he was talking about the scout team. i know you have posters of 6′6″ 315 college boys on your wall?

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:04 pm

tide roll………….you’re an uniformed a$$. Tennessee Started 5 true freshman on the OL last year with ZERO depth.

Prozac Dawg

August 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

I did not … know tampagator was a ….woman

Mark Richt

August 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

JB—-Appreciate your support and confidence. Keep drinking the Kool-aid and be sure to share with the other dreamers.

Danielle

August 24th, 2011
9:08 pm

What a freaking joke. Four months from now, when the “FOR SALE” signs sprout up in Richt’s front yard, will the Richt apologists still be yapping?

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:08 pm

Wonder if Garcia will get drunk Saturday night watching us play Boise on TV? It’s what drunks do on Saturday night watching ball games. His game will be over about 4. I think they open against Pitt Masters BBQ school.

Still drinking it...

August 24th, 2011
9:10 pm

Kool-Aid is going to have to open a new factory in Athens to supply the demand from you homers.

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:12 pm

What’s the line on how many times Johnson will call his Quarterback a dumba$$ during the showdown( LOL) with Western Carolina?

JAWJeRDAWG

August 24th, 2011
9:12 pm

Well, after I posted and chicked on it, it did take you to the Macon Ledger site. Very well worth reading in addition to Chip’s report.

It really looks like we are coming together as a TEAM. .. Go Dawgs!

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 24th, 2011
9:13 pm

Why would Peterson ever want to come to the SEC and Face Miss St one week, Auburn the next,then LSU, then travel to Florida, come home to Bama and ride over to Athens and see the Dawgs and finish out with South Carolina
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No SEC teams have this schedule so why would Boise State want to have it? 4 games against the SEC West and 3 against the SEC East. Only teams who could positively have this schedule are Ole Miss and Arkansas and neither does.

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:14 pm

there are a couple of loser haters hanging out here tonight. They sure are worried about us?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 24th, 2011
9:14 pm

No excuses losing to Boise sorry

I dont care if they have 50 yrs to prepare

Not the same level of talent
Not the same level of schedule

Hecuva Dawg

August 24th, 2011
9:14 pm

This team has a “MORE EXCELLENT SPIRIT” about them. They will pull together against all foe and folley. I believe the Junkyard Dawgs of old are back!!!. Like what I am hearing from the leaders of the ranks.

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:15 pm

Paul, Google Auburn’s schedule. Pretty tough.

Prozac Dawg

August 24th, 2011
9:16 pm

@JAWJeRDAWG,
Your link came out fine. The same info can also be found at Dawgs247. This is a pay site but sometimes they have stuff for free.

http://georgia.247sports.com/Board/19/-Wednesday-824-from-Athens-LIVE-THREAD–3834308/1

Tossed Salad

August 24th, 2011
9:16 pm

Brandon Harton better not see the field.

Boyz St

August 24th, 2011
9:17 pm

Georgia will get their mutt butts run out of the Ga Dome in short order…..Boyz St rules
Aaron Murray will be mauled and Isaiah Crowell will get a rude introduction to big time football…he fumbles twice and gets less than 30 yards total. Junkyard Dawgs defense will be exposed and be running backwards all night…….we are going to dye that turf blue…..GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tossed Salad

August 24th, 2011
9:18 pm

Flat Tire, since when does “level of schedule” have anything to do with the FIRST game of the season?

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:19 pm

Might happen week two Boyz, but Boise ain’t got nothing we’re scared of.

Prozac Dawg

August 24th, 2011
9:19 pm

Mmmmm, I like mashed potatoes with ketchup… red and black ketchup with silver butter!!!

JAWJeRDAWG

August 24th, 2011
9:22 pm

@ Prozac Dawg

Thanks for sharing that, too. I’ll check in ocassionally to get the freebees. .. Go Dawgs!

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:22 pm

Prozac Dawg…………..you really on that stuff?

Boyz St

August 24th, 2011
9:22 pm

JB….ask Oklahoma what is to be scared of……Boyzee State will kick some SEC dog butts….mark it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 24th, 2011
9:23 pm

JB
I don’t need to Google Auburn’s schedule (or LSU’s for that matter which is just as tough). My point is that there are a few weak sisters in the SEC and every team plays at least 2 of them. BSU would not have to play every powerhouse in the SEC – UGA, UF, among others, don’t.

JB

August 24th, 2011
9:24 pm

I really feel good about the Boise game. I just like our Athletes vs theirs. Size and speed. We are not deep on the OL, but the starters avg 330 pounds. The D is really big and fast.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

August 24th, 2011
9:24 pm

Tossed Salad

Since your not used to size and speed of an opponent like UGA

Just like 2005

Roaddawg80

August 24th, 2011
9:24 pm

Paul in NH

Your right! Actually they would play 5 games in the west and 3 games in the east. Thanks for making a point it is actually even harder than that!