ATHENS, Ga. – Knowshon Moreno got just eight carries a week ago before suffering cramps in his leg and leaving the game. He made up for lost time Saturday, rushing for 174 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia’s 56-17 win over Central Michigan.
The Bulldogs showed off their big-play potential throughout the game, netting 10 plays of 19 yards or more, including a 52-yard touchdown run by Moreno and a 54-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi.
Even the defense got into the act. Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs picked off a Dan LeFevour pass in the second quarter and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Bulldogs a 28-0 lead.
A week after Georgia earned criticism for losing focus in the second half against Georgia Southern, Central Michigan also took advantage of a lull in the Bulldogs’ defense.
After Dobbs’ interception, the Chippewas made their way into Georgia territory on four consecutive drives, pulling to within 28-14 before the Bulldogs turned the tide.
It was Moreno, however, who stole the show.
Central Michigan had been touting LeFevour for Heisman consideration, but Moreno laid a far greater claim to the honor. The sophomore tailback had touchdown runs of 52 and 21 and rumbled 29 yards on a third-and-14 play in the third quarter, bringing the crowd to its feet by hurdling a defender along the way.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned in a strong performance through the air, connecting on 17-of-27 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
The Bulldogs, who had outgained Central Michigan by nearly 200 yards midway through the second quarter, racked up more than 500 yards of offense for the second straight game.