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
"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
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.
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