Turning point: New Mexico State answered Georgia’s initial touchdown with a field goal drive, but Georgia tailback Brandon Harton quickly atoned for an earlier fumble near the goal line. Harton opened the ensuing drive with a 27-yard run and carried six times on the possession for 49 yards, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run to help Georgia go up 14-3 in the second quarter.
Stat of the half: Five. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray set a new school record in the first half with five touchdown passes thrown to five different receivers – Aron White, Michael Bennett, Orson Charles, Brandon Boykin and Chris Conley. He also matched the school record for touchdown passes thrown in a game.
Best player in the half: Brandon Harton. Georgia endured questions all week about whether it would be able to run effectively with four tailbacks out -- Richard Samuel missed the game after ankle surgery and Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome served one-game suspensions. Harton showed that any concerns were unfounded, rushing 10 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in the first half.