ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Here is the quick hit reaction to this game. The main theme about the game was how dominant Boise State was on the offensive and defensive line all night. Boise State was able to protect Kellen Moore the whole night and if my memory serves me correctly he was only really pressured two times with one of those forcing an interception early in the game.
Speaking of Moore he was very impressive by going 28-34, 261 yards, three touchdowns and that one pick. The offense did not get clicking until the third quarter when Georgia seemed to loose steam with players taking breaks. What was especially odd was that with just under three minutes into the second half Georgia had to call a timeout for players who needed a break. That is the point when I felt that Boise State was going to win.
OBNUG has their recap up and lists their top five plays:
1. Kellen Moore to Matt Miller. The 100th TD pass of Moore's career and the first (of 100?) TD catches for Miller came as a perfect answer to Brandon Boykin's 80-yard TD run. Even better, what seemed like our first chance to sweat out a Dan Goodale field goal try after back-to-back lost yardage plays turned into a tie ballgame on a slick catch and run by Miller. Nicely done, Montana youth football system.
2. Brandon Boykin 80-yard TD run. Technically, it was a top five play of the game and a bottom five moment for my stomach. Blocked beautifully, there wasn't much Boise State could do after Boykin turned the corner on Byron Hout.
3. Kyle Efaw TD catch. Efaw is not known as a mauler, but he bulled his way into the end zone on his second quarter touchdown catch. Nice of the O-line to give Moore until the day after Labor Day to find a receiver, too.
4. Chase Baker and Jamar Taylor sack Aaron Murray to force a 55-yard field goal. After Boise State went up 21-7, Georgia responded with an actual, composed drive inside the Bronco 30. And that was about all the universe could handle as Taylor and Baker combined for a 3rd down sack to push Georgia into 55-yard field goal range and a big ol' wide left.
5. Tyler Shoemaker's TD catch from Kellen Moore. Shoemaker deserved a primetime Emmy for his role as fake blocker-turned-TD catcher on Boise State's second score of the third quarter. Shoemaker got open just enough for Kellen Moore to find him in the back of the end zone.
Before taking a look at the stats I thought the running game piled up a lot of yards, but not really. Doug Martin and D.J. Martin combined for 101 yards between the two and Martin averaged only 2.4 yards per carry and ended up with 57 yards.
The wide receivers seemed just as good as Autsin Pettis and Titus Young. There was no difference between this years group who was also missing Geraldo Boldewijn who was listed as a co-starter. Nine different players caught a pass and Tyler Shoemaker who was to be the top receiver caught only two touchdown passes but did have a touchdown.
The defensive line was impressive as well and stuffed the Georgia running game and were able to get after Aaron Murray. To be fair to Georgia they only had two healthy backs in Saturday's game, but I don't know if they had more depth that it would have made a difference.