Halftime analysis: Georgia 16, Michigan State 0

January, 2, 2012
Turning point: Georgia and Michigan State's defenses controlled the early going before Georgia finally broke through with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King -- to that point the longest play in Outback Bowl history -- that put Georgia up 9-0 late in the second quarter.

Stat of the half: 8-0. Brandon Boykin accounted for half of Georgia's 16 points in the first half. The senior cornerback tackled Spartans receiver Keshawn Martin for a safety on MSU's very first offensive play. He later returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown -- replacing King's long touchdown catch as the longest play in Outback Bowl history.

What Georgia needs to do, what Michigan State needs to do: Georgia's defense has dominated thus far and the Bulldogs will win as long as that continues. The Bulldogs have allowed only 72 yards and two first downs. The Spartans desperately need to find an offensive spark. Their defense mostly played a strong first half, but the offense has done next to nothing.



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