Boise State Broncos Stomp the Georgia Bulldogs in Season Opener

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIISeptember 4, 2011

Kellen Moore Cut Georgia To Pieces
Kellen Moore Cut Georgia To PiecesKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It was not a good day for the Georgia Bulldogs. In fact it wasn't a good day for the SEC. Utah State dominated national champion Auburn before letting the game slip away in the closing seconds. BYU beat Ole Miss and in the much anticipated BSU-Georgia matchup, the Broncos basically manhandled the Bulldogs.

After getting off to a 7-0 lead, Georgia allowed Kellen Moore to cut apart their secondary with surgical precision. Despite having smaller linemen, the Broncos controlled the line of scrimmage. BSU used a no-huddle hurry-up offense that had the Georgia defense gasping for breath. Once the Broncos took the lead in the second quarter, Georgia never had a chance and never came with 14 points.

BSU dominated Georgia in almost every category. The Broncos had 24 first downs to Georgia's 13. The Broncos had 261 passing yards to Georgia's 235. Georgia had more rushing yards, 134 to 129, but Boise State had more total offense 390 yards to 369.

Boise's Kellen Moore was 28 for 34 and 261 yards with 3 TDs and 1 interception while Georgia's Aaron Murry was 16 for 29 and 235 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception.

Just looking at the stats, one might think the game was closer than it was. From the second quarter though, the Broncos thoroughly dominated the Bulldogs.

This was an important win. Despite their nearly flawless record over the past several years including wins over Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma, most football cognoscenti did not believe BSU could stand up to an SEC team. BSU's only loss in the past two years was a 34-31 loss to Nevada last year. In an unscientific survey on Bleacher Report, 65% of fans thought Georgia would win.

BSU was favored by three points and easily beat the spread. The ease with which BSU beat Georgia was surprising to most fans outside of Boise, Idaho. When one considers that lowly Utah State, a perennial WAC bottom-dweller dominated Auburn for much of their game and BYU beat Ole Miss, it may be that there is more parity among football conferences than folks realize.