Led by Knowshon Moreno, Georgia responded just fine after being bounced from No. 1. Moreno rushed for 168 yards and tied his career high with three touchdowns, while massive defensive end Demarcus Dobbs rumbled for an improbable 78-yard score after picking off a deflected pass to lead the second-ranked Bulldogs past Central Michigan 56-17 on Saturday.
Matthew Stafford got in on the fun by completing 18-of-28 for 213 yards, hooking up with Mohamed Massaquoi on a pair of touchdown passes.
Georgia started the year No. 1 and opened with a 24-point win over Georgia Southern that really wasn't that close. But the voters were more impressed with Southern California's 52-7 rout at Virginia, so they pushed the Trojans ahead of the Bulldogs.
Unfazed by the snub, Georgia (2-0) raced to a 28-0 lead over the Chippewas just before halftime, and stymied any hopes of a comeback with two big scoring plays early in the third quarter.
After Central Michigan (1-1) closed to 28-14 on Dan LeFevour's second TD pass, Moreno put it away. The sophomore took the pitch on a sweep around right end, burst upfield when he spotted a hole, stiff-armed defensive back Eric Fraser and crashed off the pylon for a 52-yard score.
Moreno wasn't done, either.
On a 99-yard scoring drive, he did a great impression of an Olympic hurdler, even if this was between the hedges instead of the Bird's Nest. When Vince Agnew tried to cut down Moreno at the knees, he leaped over the would-be tackler and kept on going for a 29-yard run.
Moreno's final carry of the drive, and the game, was a 21-yard touchdown that equaled his three-score performances against Florida and Troy during a brilliant freshman season. He's off and running again with the seventh 100-yard game of his career.
Stafford threw a 54-yard scoring pass to Massaquoi, who finished with five catches for 79 yards.
But the longest play of all came from a most unlikely player.
With Central Michigan trailing 21-0 but threatening late in the first half, LeFevour attempted a short pass over the middle.
Georgia's Prince Miller stepped in to break it up, the ball popped up and Dobbs cradled it at the 22. The 282-pound sophomore took off the other way and didn't stop running until he rolled into the end zone with the first TD of his career.
LeFevour, who put up similar pass-rush numbers a year ago to Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, wasn't nearly as effective outside the Mid-American Conference. He was 23-of-43 for 248 yards, but ran just four times for 20 yards.
Georgia took the opening kickoff and converted three straight third-down plays before Stafford hit Massaquoi with a 3-yard touchdown throw.
After a short punt, Moreno broke off a 28-yard run on Georgia's first offensive play of the second quarter, and redshirt freshman Caleb King finished the drive with a 1-yard TD run that made it 14-0.
Asher Allen's 25-yard punt return put the Bulldogs on Central Michigan's side of the field, and Moreno appeared to score when he fell on a loose ball after Demiko Goodman lost it stretching for the end zone. The replay showed Goodman was actually down when he fumbled, but Moreno still got the TD on a 1-yard run.
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