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NCAA Game Summary - Central Michigan at Georgia



(Saturday, September 6th)

Final Score: (2) Georgia 56, Central Michigan 17

Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Knowshon Moreno rushed for 168 yards and three scores on 18 carries, and Matthew Stafford passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 2 Georgia to a 56-17 win over Central Michigan.

Stafford was 18-for-28 passing for the Bulldogs (2-0), who have outscored opponents 101-38 so far this season heading into a test next week at South Carolina.

"We have a lot of confidence going into South Carolina. It will be a different atmosphere and a tough environment," Stafford said. "It's going to be a tough game, and we'll have to show up."

Mohamed Massaquoi caught five passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while Richard Samuel and Caleb King each ran for a score for Georgia, which has won nine straight games dating back to last season.

Dan LeFevour threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 23-for-43 passing, and had an interception to lead the Chippewas (1-1). Joe Bockheim and Jean Pitts each had a touchdown reception in the loss for CMU.

"The running game helps our offense and we got turned into a one-dimensional team today," LeFevour said. "To their credit, they are a great football team; Georgia's defense is very fast and physical."

The Bulldogs wasted little time, as they scored on the first possession of the game. Stafford capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive with a three-yard toss to Massaquoi for a 7-0 lead.

Georgia also found the end zone on its first touch of the second quarter. Moreno started the progression with a 28-yard dash, and King ended it with a pair of rushes, including a one-yard plunge that made it 14-0.

After a series of punts, the Bulldogs took the ball at the CMU 45 and used a pass-heavy drive to notch another touchdown. Stafford completed passes to Michael Moore for 12 and 16 yards, then found Demiko Goodman for 16, and Moreno eventually scored on a one-yard dash with 5:29 remaining.

Georgia's defense participated in the rout, as later in the second quarter, Demarcus Dobbs picked off LeFevour and dashed 78 yards into the end zone to make it 28-0.

"I started out rushing the passer and he got rid of it, so I dropped back," Dobbs said. "It was a great play by Prince Miller to tip the ball. We are taught to run to the ball. I ran to the ball, caught it and saw green. I was fortunate enough to score a touchdown."

The Chippewas finally cracked the scoreboard on their ensuing drive, when LeFevour found Bockheim for a 12-yard score with 27 ticks left before halftime.

Central Michigan further cut into their deficit by opening the second half with a quick, six-play, 68-yard drive. LeFevour and Pitts hooked up for a 32- yard touchdown completion.

But Georgia responded almost immediately, needing just two plays to hang another touchdown on the board. After Stafford completed a short pass, Moreno ran for 52 yards into the end zone, making it 35-14 in favor of the Bulldogs.

After Andrew Aguila booted a 30-yard field goal for CMU, Stafford found Massaquoi for a 54-yard touchdown to put Georgia on top 42-17 midway through the third quarter.

A Bulldogs drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters resulted in another Moreno score, this time on a 21-yard scamper. Samuel's one-yard touchdown run midway through the final stanza completed the scoring.

Game Notes

Georgia owns a 32-2 non-conference record, including a 22-0 record at home, during the Mark Richt era -- which began in 2001...It was Moreno's seventh career 100-yard game.

09/06 21:42:25 ET


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