Boise State: Over/Under - Revisited

ATHENS – Dean Legge takes a look at the critical numbers in Georgia's blow out win over Boise State.

20 First Downs…

"Last season when Boise State's offense was held to less than 20 first downs in a game, they struggled to win each game. Against BYU, Boise State had only 19 first downs and won by one point. Against Fresno State, the Broncos had only 19 first downs and held on to win. In their only loss of the season, Boise State managed only 15 first downs and fell to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl."

Boise ended the game with only 17 first downs, and suffered their worst defeat in years.

25 points

"Since Dan Hawkins took over the Bronco program in 2001, Boise State has struggled to win while scoring less than 25 points. The Broncos are 1-5 while scoring under 25 points with two of the losses coming to SEC schools – Arkansas and South Carolina."

The Broncos ended the game with only 13 points, all of which came after the game was no longer in doubt.

5 punts

"If the Bulldogs can force five punts or more Boise State will struggle. Boise State's three closest games, a loss to Louisville, an overtime win against San Jose State and a one-point win over BYU were also games where punter Kyle Stringer punted five or more times."

Boise State punted the ball five times for an average of 46 yards. The likely would have punted more, but Georgia forced four interceptions.

28 points

"Since the SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992, Georgia is 10-0 when scoring at least 28 points in a contest. However, the Bulldogs are 1-2 in opening games when scoring less than 28."

D.J. Shockley's production was enough to win the game, but the Bulldogs ended with 48 points on 574 yards.

11th or worse

"The Bulldogs are a mediocre 5-6-1 all time when opening the season against a team ranked in the AP's top 25 – Boise State is ranked 18th in this week's poll. However, the Bulldogs are a perfect 4-0 in season openers against teams ranked, but not in the AP top ten."

Make that 6-6-1 overall against AP Top 25 teams in season openers, and 5-0 against teams ranked, but not in the top ten in season openers.


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