Saturday, November 5, 2011
Dawgs roll to seventh straight win
By Chris Low
Georgia's running back stable was depleted, but the No. 18 Bulldogs didn't miss a beat in romping past New Mexico State for a 63-16 victory Saturday.
Consider it the Bulldogs' final prelim before the stretch drive of the Eastern Division race.
Georgia will obviously be cheering hard later Saturday night for Arkansas over South Carolina. If the Hogs win, that means Georgia can wrap up the East crown with victories the next two weeks over Auburn and Kentucky. Both games are at home.
Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome all watched from the sideline Saturday after being suspended last week for testing positive on a drug test. Also, Richard Samuel is out for the rest of the regular season with an ankle injury.
Sophomore Brandon Harton, a former walk-on, started and rushed for 98 yards, but it was sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray who stole the show with five second-quarter touchdown passes. Murray tied a school record with five touchdown passes in a game.
Murray has now thrown 23 touchdown passes on the season. He threw 24 last season as a redshirt freshman and is well on his way to having 50 touchdown passes in his first two seasons.
Branden Smith, one of the Bulldogs' cornerbacks, had a 56-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Even with Crowell back, Smith and fellow cornerback Brandon Boykin are players the Bulldogs will want to keep involved on the offensive side.
All in all, this is right where Georgia wanted to be after losing those two games to open the season. We'll see if the Dawgs can finish the job ... and get the help they need.