UPDATED: Georgia manhandled in its own backyard by No. 5 Boise State

The question for the Georgia Bulldogs was whether last year’s losing season was a trend or an aberration. While there’s much football still to be played, they could not have liked the answers they got Saturday night.

Facing No. 5-ranked Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in a game they hoped would return them to national relevance, the 19th-ranked Bulldogs instead were manhandled by their visitors from the Mountain West Conference 35-21 before a partisan crowd of 73,614.

“Boise State just beat us tonight,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “They were better than we were and my hat’s off to them. Our players understand that and our players understand that we’ve got to get a lot done before we play next week and open Southeastern Conference play. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We know that everybody’s 0-0 in league play. Our goal is to win the Eastern Division and that’s not changing. So we have to get ready for that.”

It was the Broncos’ first win in history over an SEC team. They were 0-4 previously. But the former WAC member has won its last five against BCS schools.

“It means a lot to us,” said Boise State’s Chris Petersen, who improved to 62-5 as the Broncos’ head coach. “We have tremendous respect for the conference and for UGA. Last time we were down here it wasn’t even a game.”

The Broncos lost 48-13 to Georgia at Sanford Stadium in 2005.

It was Georgia’s ninth loss in its last 11 tries against Top 10 opponents.

While there certainly was no shame in losing to team ranked among the five best teams in America, the fact that it was the Bulldogs’ were coming off a losing season and have been trending downward was more problematic. It was Georgia’s 13th loss in its last 27 games under Richt. No. 12 and SEC East favorite South Carolina comes to Athens next week.

“I don’t think there’s any deflation,” said Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, who stood up and addressed the team after the game. “We were competitive. We know we’re a good team and we know we can bounce back from this adversity. Boise State is not just a good team. They’re a great team and they deserved to win that game. But SEC starts next week and we know what we’ve got to correct.”

In the end, Georgia just didn’t have an answer for Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. The Heisman Trophy candidate, who is on pace to become the winningest quarterback in college football history, proved unstoppable for the last two and a half quarters of play. He finished with 261 yards and three touchdowns on 28-of-34 passing and was never sacked.

“He’s a very good player so he knows where to go with the ball and when to go there,” Richt said. “They protected him well, too. He rarely got knocked down. . . . We didn’t get enough pressure on him.”

Twenty-one of Boise’s points came in a 12-minute stretch that started with 48 seconds left in the second quarter and ended with the Broncos ahead 28-7 with three minutes remaining in the third.

Conversely, Georgia was not at all sharp on offense. The Bulldogs tried to execute a newly-implemented, no-huddle offense and struggled to make sight adjustments from the press box. They committed three penalties on their first offensive possession and never seemed to get into sync.

Quarterback Aaron Murray was 16-of-29 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Orson Charles led the Bulldogs with six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. True freshman wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who started the game at flanker, caught a 51 yard TD pass and finsihed with three for 64 yards.

But the much anticipated debut of tailback Isaiah Crowell was anticlimatic from the beginning. He didn’t start the game — junior Richard Samuel did — and found little to no running room behind Georgia’s porous offensive line. Crowell ended up with 63 yards on 15 carries.

“It was tough, it was tough,” Crowell said. “They really ran to the ball well. But it’ll be all right. It was a good experience for all of us. . . . I was real hyped seeing all the fans and support.”

Because Georgia had elected to receive after winning the pregame coin toss, Boise State got the ball to start the second half. And the Broncos knew what to do with it.

They came flying down the field in a hurry-up offense that left the Bulldogs huffing and puffing. Boise negotiated 76 yards in just seven plays when running back Doug Martin scored on a toss-sweep around left end. The drive consumed less than four minutes.

Georgia had a chance to answer, gaining a first down at the Boise 28 on the ensuing possession. But a false-start penalty, followed by a short run, followed by a dropped pass by Tavarres King and sack of Murray left the Bulldogs facing fourth-and-18. Then Blair Walsh’s 54-yard field goal attempt was wide left.

A 49-yard punt return set up yet another short scoring drive for the Broncos that put them ahead 28-7 with 3:10 left in the third, and the outcome was essentially settled.

Georgia would give its fans brief hope when a penalty nullified its punt back to Boise. On fourth and two, Murray hit Orson Charles for a 36-yard touchdown that cut the Broncos’ lead in half with more than a minute left in the third quarter.

But then the game disintegrated into a scoring match and the Bulldogs were too far behind to make up enough ground.

Georgia falls to 9-2 in season openers under coach Richt. It also lost to Oklahoma State in 2009.

Georgia uncharacteristically chose to receive the opening kickoff after winning the opening coin toss and proceeded to have a horrible first possession. After Boise’s line-drive kickoff forced Brandon Boykin to take a knee for a touchback, the Bulldogs were flagged for three penalties – two false starts by tackle Justin Anderson and a delay of game on fourth down — and lost a total of 10 yards before having to punt.

Neither team registered a first down through the game’s first four possessions. But the Bulldogs finally registered a big one on the second play of their third offensive possession.

Brandon Boykin, lining up in the slot left, took a handoff on a reverse right and took it 80 yards for the Bulldogs’ first score of the season. It was the first time in Boykin’s Bulldog career that the senior cornerback had ever played on offense.

After exchanging punts again, Boise answered the score. Taking over at their own 42, the Broncos drove the 58 yards in just five plays, scoring on Moore’s 17-yard pass to wide open freshman Matt Miller over the middle. Miller got the start because sophomore Gerald Boldewijn was suspended for the game. The PAT tied the game at 7-7 with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter.

Georgia was in position to re-take the lead when it reached the Boise 26 on the ensuing possession. But on fourth-and-1, Richt decided to go for the first down. But Samuel was stopped for a loss by Shea McClellin on the dive at right tackle. McClellin was unblocked on a missed assignment by tight end Orson Charles.

The teams exchanged turnovers shortly thereafter. Boise had driven to Georgia’s 26 in four plays when Branden Smith intercepted a Kellen Moore pass near the 15-yard line. But Georgia gave it right back.

On third-and-three at its own 25, Murray attempted to go deep to true freshman Malcolm Mitchell down the left sideline. Mitchell was tightly covered by defensive back Jerrell Gavins, who had inside position and intercepted the pass.

This time the Broncos made Georgia pay. They drove 51 yards in seven plays to score on Moore’s 12-yard pass to tight end Kyle Eflaw. The Bulldogs had a busted coverage on the play, with just three defenders trying to cover four receivers on Boise’s right. The score came with just 48 seconds remaining in the half.

435 comments Add your comment

john

September 3rd, 2011
11:30 pm

what is with the arena league uniforms dogs were wearing?

happydawg29

September 3rd, 2011
11:31 pm

john

September 3rd, 2011
11:32 pm

no comment, dog fans?

alex

September 3rd, 2011
11:33 pm

UGAy is garbage!!!!! GO TECH!!!!!!

Augustajacket

September 3rd, 2011
11:34 pm

Your Dream is a nightmare team go U.S.C.

JoeBrave

September 3rd, 2011
11:34 pm

NO MORE RICHT! NO MORE BOZO, NO MORE GRANTHAM!!! FIRE THESE B@STARDS!

john

September 3rd, 2011
11:34 pm

FormerDawgChamp

September 3rd, 2011
11:35 pm

I can’t find much positive to take from this game. No offense, no defense! Boykin and the punter were the best players wearing red and black. Coach Richt must go!! NOW!!!!!!!!

Warhorse

September 3rd, 2011
11:35 pm

Another year where the Dream team/BCS/championship/world beaters of August comes crashing to the dust in September. It looked like Jacksonville of the past two decades in the fourth quarter: A lot of orange and blue in the stands celebrating and parking lots a sea of red as fans scamper.

ATLER (RAMBLIN WRECK)

September 3rd, 2011
11:36 pm

Music to my ears. How did little Hershal Walker do by the way? Rememder puppies, the game is played on the field not the blogs!!!!!!! What a great weekend for Tech fans!!!!

Joshua

September 3rd, 2011
11:36 pm

Just an embarrassment to the legacy of Georgia….not just for this game, but for the past 2 years (14-13 record). This crap is more of the same. Let this be the “Fire Mark Richt” campaign….been saying it for 2 seasons. Not being a fair-weather fan, just being realistic. If you disagree with me, than you are exactly what this team is….use to LOSING!!!!!

Downandout

September 3rd, 2011
11:38 pm

Same old Dawgs, no running game and no pass blocking. DEfense, what’s that ?

meandog

September 3rd, 2011
11:38 pm

Well at least after SC torches us and we have to struggle again for six wins Richt and Bobo the clown are out of here!

rincon dawg

September 3rd, 2011
11:38 pm

at least the band came to play

nice unis

September 3rd, 2011
11:38 pm

FormerDawgChamp

September 3rd, 2011
11:38 pm

Tech fans…you have your own issues to worry about. And comparing yourselfs and taking pride in seeing an AWFUL Bulldog team get whipped says a lot about what you have to look forward to this season. I’ll tell you where you’ll be in December. On the couch watching the ACC championship along with the Dawgs! Misery sure loves company lol

Jake

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

I bleed red and black but all i have done is bleed of the last couple of years! Makes me feel a little better for not getting season tickets for the first time in 11 years.

thetoastedhead

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

John, got beat by a better team tonight,,,,period. Now why don’t you go and thump your chest for whoever you root for and get off our page……

Relentless Pursuit

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

South Carolina will crush us. I truly wish the best for Richt in his next job, as long as it’s not associated with the University of Georgia. What a waste of player talent.

meandog

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

Get rid of Richt and the ugly uniforms too!

rainey 1

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

We need a quarter back and bench darmekius

dougmo2

September 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

EAT IT MUTTS

01HAWK

September 3rd, 2011
11:40 pm

WEEDEATER SUBWAY POULAN GMAC PAYLESS SHOE BOWL IS A CALLING.

Have fun in BHAM, SHREVEPORT, BOISE ON THE BLUE TURF. NASHVILLE……………………..OH, YOU GET THE PICTURE.

The Truth

September 3rd, 2011
11:40 pm

Ga you suck. You lost to a mountain west team on the first game of the season. Your a joke with your coach. You will never be Shiiiiiiit, only a bunch of wanna bees. Thats right i spelled it that way for a reason. If Murray is the best QB in the Sec than I can promise you no SEC national champions this year. Your game just made me throw up in my mouth. You and your lame asssssssss combat series Jerseys. You cant compete with Boise st. Your coach is a JOKE when it comes to college football.

Eric C.

September 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

This game will not help BSU any when all is said and done…UGA is a 5-8 team at best, horrible…just downright horrible play tonight

chickenman

September 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

1st off lets not jump on aaron murray. This was the most pathetic line play i have see in years and comparing that to the last few years here is saying something.. This was VT all over again with unblocked dline.. It isnt gonna be any easier next week. Richt has to step up and somehow rally the troops because i for 1 am not gonna jump on the bandwagon here until next week. How they respond to SC will be the defining moment for the dogs. Sink or Swim.

01HAWK

September 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

Samuel is a running back ? What a joke

Kane337

September 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

UGA sux! hahahahahhahahah!

BigTimeTECHFan

September 3rd, 2011
11:41 pm

oh man, Kellen Moore was just to good, Boise St’s OL/DL looked real good, handled UGA easy.

UGA does look good at TE, and got to see what Mitchell can do. couple nice plays by the Frosh.

UGA looked talented on D, a little out of shape, 5 guys calling for break on the 1st series of second half.

Who was that last week that said Muury was as good as Kellen Moore, bet he feels stupid right now.

Actually UGA looked a little better, tighen up on the play calling and block a little better for Crowell and they will be ok

alex

September 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

Would someone please tell the georgia coaching staff that the ghetto uniform and poor play are embarassing the entire sec! Hard to believe richt could be so stupid, but it appears he is. He has got to go.

Remembering Shockley

September 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

It seemed like the Dawgs were an undisciplined, out of sync team out there. I have no shame in losing to a number 5 ranked team, but we are bigger, faster and stronger than that team and they just played harder and had a MUCH better game plan.

Why do we run it or throw deep so often on 1st and 10? We are so predictable on offense and it makes no sense. Meanwhile, Boise State’s Moore didn’t even have a completion longer than 15 yards. Interesting how he through for 300 or so yards. For goodness sake, let’s use some high percentage plays for once and stop setting ourselves up for 2nd and 10!

I really hope we are more organized next week.

bh

September 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

not a good start. I have always been and will always be a bulldog fan, but this is just ugly. bobo’s play calling is as bad and predictable as ever (no ingenuity at all) and our offensive line is simply embarrassing. did we condition this summer? first drive of 2nd half and half of our defense was gassed. I hope they turn it around, but tonight was simply awful.

Eric C.

September 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

The Truth, you are right…it is very sad

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be DAWGS

September 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

How bout them very average, over rated, delusional, big talking DAWGS!!! Sweet!!! Just a short drive to 0-2. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

JoeBrave

September 3rd, 2011
11:43 pm

FSU is calling you Mark Richt! take Bozo, and Grantham with you on the way out! get out and don’t come back worthless waste of coaching space!

uga fans suck

September 3rd, 2011
11:43 pm

If uga fans woried about ther team more than there uniforms and spell checks then maybe they would be worth something but i guess u cant ask for more from a bunch of country a$$ rednecks lmao

sss

September 3rd, 2011
11:43 pm

At least there is the NFL. Falcons all the way!

joanne

September 3rd, 2011
11:43 pm

only one game,BUT, if we don’t clear up the mistakes we’ll be 0-2 by this time next week. oh well– I hope Boise State wins the national championship. maybe then we won’t appear to have been so bad.

tampadawgs

September 3rd, 2011
11:43 pm

FIRE RICHT!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin

September 3rd, 2011
11:44 pm

Can’t wait to hear the sports talk shows on Monday. :)

OMG

September 3rd, 2011
11:44 pm

So much for the new strength program. we just got whipped and it wasnt as close as the score. maybe now every reporter will stop singing the praises of our strength coach who hasnt actually trained a football player in 15 years. we were stiff, unconditioned, cramping in an indoor setting, and way too many injuries. wow.

cheshire

September 3rd, 2011
11:44 pm

Both GT and UGA are irrelevant nationally… the difference is that GT fans admit it.

Vodka

September 3rd, 2011
11:45 pm

“We felt like Georgia needed a game like this to let people know we’re still a good football team,” coach Mark Richt told reporters on Friday. Feel free to discuss UGA Nation.

When will you guys fire this losing coach that has taken a top tier SEC program on a slow decline to the SC and Vanderbilt level (sorry to offend you SC fans, Yall are looking better each year).

BTW, to see how SEC football should be played all one had to do was switch between this and the LSU vs Oregon (#3) Game.

uga fans suck

September 3rd, 2011
11:45 pm

when is the last time uga won the national championship or any kind of title

Fire Mark Richt

September 3rd, 2011
11:45 pm

jumping on the bandwagon to Fire Mark D!ckless Richt!

rincon dawg

September 3rd, 2011
11:46 pm

will someone please take richts zanex bottle away from him so he can coach.

David

September 3rd, 2011
11:46 pm

Dream Team? Really? HAHAHAHAHAHA

Red Vs Blue

September 3rd, 2011
11:46 pm

Where are all the UGAy fans that said Boise State was over rated??? oh yeah…..they are still on the tech blog talking a whole bunch of sh!@ that they cant back up. GO VOLS

Pope UGA XXIII

September 3rd, 2011
11:46 pm

E M B A R R A S S M E N T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not Disappointed!

September 3rd, 2011
11:46 pm

I honestly think the game was over at Halftime, but I knew it at the end of the 3rd. I hope the Dawgs get it together! South Carolina didn’t look that good to me. Hang in there!

Ramblin Wrecks!