ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 01: Jonathan Jenkins #6 of the Georgia Bulldogs picks up and tackles LaDarius Perkins #27 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Georgia Vs. Mississippi State: UGA Defense Dominates In 24-10 Victory

Georgia's defense bailed out Aaron Murray's career-high three interceptions to grind Mississippi State for UGA's third consecutive win.

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State: Are You Not Entertained, Bulldog Nation?

Saturday's win was too dominating to be called ugly. Can the Dawgs continue to win boring?

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State Final Score: UGA Defense Dominates In 24-10 Win

Georgia's Shawn Williams grabbed a game-ending interception on a Chris Relf pass thrown high across the middle with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal a 24-10 UGA win Saturday afternoon. After a 0-2 start to 2011, the Athens Dogs' third consecutive victory was built with explosive early scoring and a defense that held Mississippi State to 3 points and 213 yards.

A combination of Chris Relf and a debuting Dylan Favre went 19 of 33 for 157 yards, averaging only 4.5 yards a pass. Mississippi State was 4 of 15 on third downs, and running back Vick Ballard was held to 23 yards.

UGA spent most of the fourth quarter running out the clock, but failed to put up insurance points. After one drive was cut off by an Aaron Murray pick-six, the Dogs responded with another run-heavy drive balanced by Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas, but kicker Blair Walsh was wide right on 48-yard field goal attempt.

Walsh was 1 of 3 on the day, but Murray's three interceptions was the most notable issue on Georgia's offense. Murray finished 13 of 25 for 160 yards and two TDs.

Georgia's senior cornerback and return specialist Brandon Boykin left the game with a knee to the back of the head on a tackle on Mississippi State's last possession. 

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State Score: MSU Cuts Lead on Murray Pick-Six, 24-10

After accomplishing virtually nothing in the second half against a stout Georgia defense, Mississippi State scored its first touchdown of the day on Aaron Murray's career high third interception of the game, a 72-yard return for a touchdown by defensive back Darius Slay. Murray now has six interceptions in 2011 after throwing only eight all of last season.

Georgia had been grinding the clock on 21-point lead, calling seven consecutive rushing plays before Slay undercut a pass intended for Orson Charles down the sideline. Mississippi State had managed only 177 yards of total offense (only 56 rushing), and threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 14 on the UGA 30-yard-line earlier in the fourth quarter. Georgia's defense has confounded both State quarterbacks, as the Starkville Dogs are 4 of 14 on third downs.

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State: Special Teams Trade Goofs, UGA Leads 24-3

After Mississippi State's Arceto Clark fumbled deep inside MSU territory, Georgia was able to put up the only points of the third quarter so far with a  27-yard Blair Walsh field goal.

Another Mississippi State punting gaffe was answered quickly by sloppiness from Georgia earlier in the quarter. MSU punter Baker Swedenburg muffed a snap to set UGA on the MSU 17 yard line, but Georgia holder Drew Butler would mishandle the snap on UGA field goal attempt from the five-yard-line, returning possession to State. 

Backup quarterback, prolific Twitterer and South Mississippi Royalty Dylan Favre has entered the game for Mississippi State after Chris Relf has led MSU to only two first downs in three quarters of play. Favre was sacked on his first play, and is currently 0 for 2 passing.

After throwing two touchdowns in the first half, Aaron Murray has struggled. Following his two second quarter interceptions, Murray has completed only two passes for 23 yards thus far in the third quarter. 

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State Halftime Score: Defense Bails Out Murray Interceptions, UGA Leads 21-3

A seven yard Carlton Thomas touchdown run capped off a two minute drive to give Georgia a 21-3 halftime lead over Mississippi State, after the UGA defense allowed zero points from Aaron Murray's back-to-back interceptions.

Murray's second interception could've been disastrous for Georgia's momentum: MSU linebacker Cameron Lawrence dropped into coverage and grabbed a pass on the Georgia 28, giving the MSU Dogs a chance to cut into Georgia's 14-3 lead late in the second quarter. But State quarterback Chris Relf would throw a pick of his own to Sanders Commings on State's second play, setting up a long 81-yard UGA scoring drive.

After starting the season 0-2, UGA has now scored at least 21 points in the first half of its last three games. Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell has 90 yards on 12 carries, while Aaron Murray is 11 of 16 for 137 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Chris Relf is 11 of 17 for 94 yards, but almost none of State's passing has gone downfield, as Georgia's defense has limited MSU to short gains. The Starkville Dogs are 2 of 8 on third downs.

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State Score: UGA Dogs Take 14-3 Lead Thanks To Field Position

Georgia has twice answered a Mississippi State three-and-out drive with an Aaron Murray touchdown pass, the second a six yard pass to Malcom Mitchell to give UGA a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Murray was only 4-of-6 passing for 45 yards in the first quarter (compared to Chris Relf's 80 yards), but Georgia's average starting field position has been inside Mississippi State territory. The touchdown to Mitchell capped a four-play, 1:46 long effort that started at the MSU 22-yard-line after State punter Baker Swedenburg shanked an 11-yard punt.

Mississippi State answered the second UGA touchdown with another three-and-out drive, giving Georgia the ball back before Murray would be intercepted by MSU sophomore Nicko Whitley at the State 20-yard-line.

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State Score: Isaiah Crowell Almost Starts Another Highlight Reel, UGA Leads 7-3

Isaiah Crowell would've had a huge 49 touchdown rush late in the first quarter, but instead was kept to a just 14 yard gain, as he stepped out of bounds at the 35-yard-line. Georgia would later punt after Aaron Murray was sacked on third down.

After holding Mississippi State to three-and-out on their opening possession, Georgia wasted no time to take an early lead in a three play, 1:14 drive when Aaron Murray hit Orson Charles on post route for a 21-yard touchdown pass. 

Mississippi State would pass their way to a 1st and 10 on the UGA 20, but quarterback Chris Relf would take a sack and then a flag for intentional grounding. The Starkville Dogs would settle for a 42-yard field goal.

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State: MSU Dogs Attempt To Mark Their Territory On UGA's Midfield

Mississippi State’s Bulldogs decided to gather at midfield and stomp Georgia’s “G” during pre game warmups, which naturally drew the ire of Georgia players. The two teams were separated with barely any pushing or shoving, thus concluding 12,395th time this highly original pregame antic has occurred in college football.

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State: TV Schedule, Online Streaming And Radio Coverage

Georgia looks to climb over the .500 mark for the season and avenge last season's loss to Mississippi State in the process. Georgia coach Mark Richt thinks the home Athens crowd can play a huge part in the game, especially if the crowd noise from Sanford Stadium can interfere with Mississippi State's no huddle offense. 

"When he looks to the sideline," Richt said, turning to face the side of the room, "that's the time when we need the fans to go berserk. That's when they're going to try to communicate to their line what they're going to do. We don't want them to communicate well. We want them to have trouble hearing each other and we want offensive linemen to jump offsides. So, UGA fan base, that's the time when we want you to go crazy, when he looks to the sideline after he starts his cadence."

Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday Oct 1

Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens Ga

TV: Fox Sports South

Online: Streaming: ESPN3

Radio: WSB AM 750

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State Spread, Odds Update: Dogs Are Touchdown Favorite At Home

Georgia heads into the weekend as a seven point favorite over Mississippi State on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. According to Oddshark.com, the betting is split evenly at 50-50 between each team. Many fans may be expecting a Georgia win at home on Saturday but may be nervous about laying a whole touchdown. 

Georgia enters Saturday's match up at 2-2 against the spread this season and 2-5 against the number over its last seven games. Furthermore, Georgia is 4-1 in its last five games against Mississippi State with that lone loss occurring last season. Mississippi State is 1-3 against the spread this season and has a 4-2 record straight up on the road in its last six.

The total number is 53 for this game and 67 percent of the betting is going with the over. Given that both of these offenses are averaging in excess of 30 points per game, that could be a smart play.  Taking a little deeper look, four of Georgia's last five games at home have gone over the number and five of their last seven overall. Mississippi State has been under in each of its last two games. 

For more on this game, Georgia fans should visit Dawg Sports and Mississippi State fans should check out For Whom The Cowbell Tolls

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Georgia Vs. Mississippi State: The Manic-Depressive Preview Will Have Its Revenge

Two Bulldogs enter, one Bulldog leaves. Our two-man previewing team debates over which one that'll be.

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2011 Georgia Football Schedule: Dawgs Gunning For Revenge Against Mississippi State

Last year's loss to South Carolina in the second game of the season, while disappointing, was understandable for a team rebuilding in several key areas. The following week's loss to Arkansas was at least close, and besides, the Razorbacks ended up in a BCS bowl. But there was no lipstick for the pig that was the Dawgs' 24-12 loss at Mississippi State the following week, a 60-minute stinker in which the struggling Georgia offense didn't even get into the end zone until late in the fourth quarter when State was already preparing coach Dan Mullen's Gatorade bath. It was the first time the Georgia Bulldogs had to bow down to their bizarro brethren since 1974; more importantly, it represented an unequivocal sign that the 2010 season was headed over a cliff. For that reason, this year's matchup will be a critical test of just how far Mark Richt's Bulldogs have bounced back.

BETTER KNOW THE (OTHER) BULLDOGS
Coach: Dan Mullen, 14-11 in two years at Mississippi State
Last season: 9-4, 4-4 SEC; finished 5th in the SEC West and ranked 15th in the final AP poll
Returning starters for 2011: 15 (eight offense, seven defense, zero special teams)
Key returners: QB Chris Relf, RB Vick Ballard, WR Chad Bumphis, CB Johnthan Banks 
Key losses: DE Pernell McPhee, OT Derek Sherrod, CB Maurice Langston

Best-case scenario: Georgia's bigger, more experienced defensive front clamps down on Chris Relf more than they were able to last season and leads the team to a get-back win in Athens. Don't expect a blowout win even if the Georgia Dawgs are at the top of their game, because let's face it, this is not the hapless Mississippi State program of the late Jackie Sherrill/early Sylvester Croom eras; Dan Mullen has fashioned his team into a fairly potent instrument that's no longer a gimme win for anyone, much less a Georgia team in transition. But UGA still has the edge in talent, and with stouter play from the front seven and a crisper running game on offense, they're more than capable of earning their revenge.

Worst-case scenario: Without A.J. Green, the offense continues to struggle and falls to State in another ugly game. MSU is replacing its entire starting linebacking corps, but every other unit on their defense returns mostly intact, and that could spell trouble for a Georgia offense that couldn't get out of its own way in Starkville last year, particularly in the running game. Georgia's offensive line supposedly has been getting in much better shape this off-season, but without the talent and experience of Trinton Sturdivant guarding Aaron Murray's blind side, the rugged State defense will give them everything they can handle.

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