Boykin Runs into Record Book

SHREVEPORT, LA – Brandon Boykin ran his way into the record books with an 81-yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter against Texas A&M, helping Georgia to a 44-20 win over the Aggies.

Boykin's return came after A&M took an early 7-0 lead. Boykin fielded the ensuing kickoff and ran virtually untouched up the middle of the field and into the end zone to tie the score.

The touchdown was the third of the season following a kickoff for Boykin, which moved him past Gene Washington for the school record for both a season and a career. It also tied Boykin with Tennessee's Willie Gault for the SEC's single-season record.

Boykin already set the Georgia record for return yardage in a season earlier this year. Boykin fell just 12 yards shy of 1,000 return yards for the season.

Block party

Boykin wasn't the only Georgia player to come up big on special teams in the first half – two others got in on the fun with crucial blocks.

Geno Atkins blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt by the Aggies early in the second quarter to keep the game tied at zero.

After Boykin's big return tied the game at 7 late in the second, sophomore Bacarri Rambo got in on the act with a blocked punt deep in Aggies territory. The ball bounced on the turf and Vance Cuff recovered at the 2-yard line. Tailback Caleb King cashed in on the next play to give the Bulldogs the halftime lead.

Missing in action

Linebacker Rennie Curran didn't take the field until the first play of the second quarter as punishment by the coaching staff for a rules violation.

Curran had started every game this season and entered play as the SEC's leading tackler. The junior is considering leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Damaged without Davis

Georgia right tackle Josh Davis didn't play against Texas A&M after suffering an ankle injury in practice earlier in the month. He was replaced by Vince Vance to start the game.

Davis had started six straight games for the Bulldogs at right tackle, which so happened to coincide with Georgia's revived running game. His absence was felt immediately as the Bulldogs mustered just 27 yards on the ground in the first half against the Aggies.

Extra points

Georgia was held without a point in the first quarter for the fifth time this season. In the Bulldogs' last eight games against FBS opponents, they've scored a total of just 17 points in the first quarter… A.J. Green started at wide receiver, his first appearance since injuring his shoulder against Auburn on Nov. 13… Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson became the fourth quarterback to throw for 300 yards against Georgia, but the first since Jonathan Crompton in Week 7.

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