Georgia's defense started slowly against Georgia Southern's difficult flexbone offense, but a solid second half gives the Bulldogs confidence facing a similar Georgia Tech offense next weekend.
According to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Georgia's Aaron Murray can be a better quarterback if the Bulldogs develop a more productive running game.
With Georgia Tech geared up to stop the Bulldogs' running game, Georgia turned the passing game loose. QB Aaron Murray completed passes to nine different receivers in a 31-17 victory.
Georgia's defense overwhelmed Auburn's vaunted running game, while Georgia's running game ran roughshod.
Orson Charles and Aron White are playmaking tight ends who have benefited greatly from Georgia's improved running game.
Georgia got run over by Missisippi State a year ago, but it stuffed Chris Relf and Vick Ballard and beat the Bulldogs on Saturday.
With Chris Burnette out of action, Kenarious Gates played all 82 snaps on a high ankle sprain because the O-line needed him.
It's homecoming against New Mexico State. But would have been a blowut -- and might still be -- at least holds some interest over what Georgia will do for a running game with four tailbacks out for this game.
Two in-season suspensions could have lodged a sizable chip on Georgia RB Carlton Thomas' shoulder. Instead, he is now looked to as the team's emotional and motivational leader.
The Dawgs led only 7-3 after the first quarter, but at halftime it was 49-3 and all but over.
Because of suspensions and injuries Georgia is without four running backs, including leading rusher Isaiah Crowell, for Saturday's game against New Mexico State.