The New Mexico State Aggies didn’t play their best football on Saturday at USC.
I didn’t think the Aggies would win, but I thought they would keep it within three to four touchdowns — instead they lost 63-16. I thought Georgia wouldn’t throw the ball as well as they did — starting quarterback Aaron Murray and backup Hutson Mason combined to go 26 of 33 for 369 yards and six touchdowns.
I thought the Aggie secondary had arguably their worst game of the season and the reality is that Murray surprised me — he played much better Saturday than he did last week against Florida.
Other than that, much of the game went how it could have been expected.
The Georgia offensive line is BIG and opened big holes for the Bulldogs in the running game.
Also, Georgia’s defensive line and linebackers came as advertised and the Bulldogs secondary is top notch. They have a very good overall defense without any weaknesses.
I thought Georgia would score between 38 and 42 points and that the Aggies would score between 14 and 21. Sixteen Aggie points was in the ballpark but Georgia’s 63 were much than anticipated. The Bulldogs scored 42 second-quarter points, 21 of which came in the last 4:30 of the period. That was the ballgame.
I thought Kenny Turner looked good (23 carries, 94 yards; eight catches 127 yards; two touchdowns) and freshman quarterback Travaughn Colwell held things together in a relief role. Colwell has good athleticism and good arm strength. He can be a real weapon for the Aggies if he keeps improving.