- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
How the game was won: Georgia started somewhat slowly, leading 7-3 early in the second quarter, but poured it on in building a 49-3 halftime lead. The Bulldogs’ 49 points at halftime ties for the most Georgia has scored in a half dating back to 1950.
Turning point: New Mexico State cut Georgia’s lead to 7-3 early in the second quarter, but tailback Brandon Harton atoned for an earlier fumble near the goal line by leading the Bulldogs on a 61-yard touchdown drive. Harton rushed six times for 49 yards on the possession, including a 4-yard touchdown run that sparked the rout.
Stat of the game: 438: Georgia’s offense was successful both on the ground and through the air in building a big first-half lead. The Bulldogs compiled 438 yards by halftime – 200 rushing and 238 passing.
Player of the game: Brandon Harton. The diminutive running back was the Bulldogs’ only scholarship tailback Saturday, but he came up big against the Aggies. Harton carried 15 times for 98 yards and one touchdown while filling in for injured Richard Samuel and suspended Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome.
Record performance: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray only played one half, but he tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the first 30 minutes. He hit Michael Bennett, Brandon Boykin, Chris Conley, Orson Charles and finally Aron White with scoring passes that put Georgia up 49-3 at halftime.