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Nine players, nine touchdowns

11/5/2011

Nine different players scored offensive touchdowns for the Bulldogs in their 63-16 homecoming rout of New Mexico State on Saturday.

It's not something that happens often, which stands to reason. In fact, according to ESPN Stats & Information, Georgia is the only FBS team to perform the feat against another FBS team since at least 2004.

The only other FBS team that has had nine different players score offensive touchdowns in the past seven years is Florida, which did it against FCS foe The Citadel on Nov. 22, 2008. The Gators won 70-19 and got touchdowns from, in order: Louis Murphy, Chris Rainey, Riley Cooper, Percy Harvin, Deonte Thompson, Kestahn Moore, Moore (again), Javier Estopinan, David Nelson and Emmanuel Moody.

The only players from that list still on the Florida roster are Rainey and Thompson. Four of those players -- Murphy, Cooper, Harvin and Nelson -- are in the NFL. Surprisingly, Tim Tebow didn't have a touchdown, though he did throw TD passes to Murphy, Cooper and Thompson.

Georgia's nine don't quite have the same star power. Four of the Bulldogs -- Brandon Harton, Chris Conley, Kyle Karempelis and Rhett McGowan -- scored the first touchdowns of their careers. Karempelis and McGowan are walk-ons, and Harton is a former walk-on who just got a scholarship this season.

Two of the Georgia touchdowns were scored by starting cornerbacks turned running backs Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin.

The Bulldogs played without four running backs, three of whom were suspended, including leading rusher Isaiah Crowell. They also were without leading receiver Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring).