Georgia used 6 first-half turnovers to build a 31-0 lead en route to a shocking 48-13 win over Boise State in Athens Saturday. Speaking of shock, quarterback D.J. Shockley, starting his first game for the Bulldogs, completed 16 of 24 passes for 289 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns. He rushed five times for 85 yards and another score, while playing just three quarters. Shockley hit 12 of his last 13 passes before giving way in the 4th quarter. For his efforts, he was nominated for National Player of the Week.
Boise State's Jared Zabransky threw an interception into quadruple coverage on the first play of the game, which led to a Shockley touchdown. Then, after the ensuing kickoff, he threw another ball that was nowhere near a Bronco and it too was picked off. Shockley tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Harris, who easily caught the ball when Gerald Alexander fell down, and it was very quickly 14-0 midway through the first quarter. Boise State then was forced to punt, and the ball came loose. When Jeff Carpenter recovered the loose ball , the Broncos had an excellent chance to get back in the game even though they had started horrendously. But Zabransky's scramble led to yet another Bronco turnover, eliminating that chance. Two more bizarre interceptions and a fumble that Zabransky failed to dive on, and the rout was on. Taylor Tharp came in and performed nicely, going 5-7, but it was too late.
There were other bright spots besides the play of Tharp—Freshman Ian Johnson picked up 48 yards in 6 carries in his Bronco debut, Antwon Carter gained 47 yards and a touchdown on 7 carries, and Carpenter accounted for 17 yards on 3 carries. All told, the Broncos picked up 17 first downs, 5 less than Georgia, which either had short fields because of the turnovers or scored on long touchdowns. Punter Kyle Stringer was his usual excellent self, averaging a booming 46.4 yards per kick.
Boise State lost for the 4th time in 43 games and will take on Oregon State this coming Saturday at 3:30 in Corvallis..