Georgia football: Keys to Bulldogs' win over Idaho State

November 7, 2010 


Key player

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia. The sophomore safety has been on the wrong end of big plays this year, but Saturday his own sparked the Bulldogs to the rout. It was 13-0 in the second quarter when Rambo grabbed an interception and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. It was Rambo’s fourth career interception and his second for a touchdown.

Key moment

Last year, when Idaho State decided to accept the $525,000 payday and come to Georgia. The Bengals, who are now 1-8, were overmatched and never had a chance. Even head coach John Zamberlin, who is now 6-37 at Idaho State, said, “We played this game for revenue.”

Key decision

The toughest call for the winning team in a rout is when to pull the key players. The Bulldogs started in the third quarter, replacing Aaron Murray with Hutson Mason at quarterback. The starters were out there at the beginning of the second half, a decision that looked questionable when tackle DeAngelo Tyson got hurt on the first play. But Tyson appeared to be OK, and no other starters were known to be injured.

Quote of the game

“We started off a little slow offensively, but the defense did a good job of making plays. We had a pick-six and another interception, and, after that, the offense got into the flow. The defense and special teams really did ignite this thing today.”

— Georgia coach Mark Richt

By the numbers


Georgia had that many yards on interception returns, which up until Idaho State’s final drive was more than Idaho State’s total yardage.


A.J. Green caught six passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yarder in the second quarter.


Georgia finished with 450 yards, 181 rushing and 269 passing.

— Seth Emerson, Kevin Price

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