Originally created 10/03/04

Greene throws for five scores in Gerogia win

ATHENS, Ga., - Georgia's offense finally showed up - and there went Louisiana State's hopes of making another run at the national championship.

David Greene set a school record by throwing five touchdown passes and the third-ranked Bulldogs got a huge victory in the Southeastern Conference, shredding No. 13 LSU and its fearsome defense 45-16 on Saturday.

It was a totally unexpected performance by Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC), which has never been an offensive juggernaut during Mark Richt's four years as coach. The Bulldogs had managed just three touchdowns in their two previous games; they had that many against LSU before the game was 21 minutes old.

The Tigers (3-2, 1-2) had not given up this many points since a 56-13 loss to Florida in 1996.

Greene completed only 10-of-19 passes for 172 yards, but half his completions went for TDs. He tied Johnny Rauch as the winningest quarterback in Georgia history with his 36th victory as a starter.

Reggie Brown had two touchdown catches and set a career high with 110 yards receiving. Fred Gibson also hauled in a pair of scoring passes.

LSU cornerback Trey Daniels had an especially miserable day, getting burned on three of Greene's touchdowns.

The Bulldogs didn't just pass the ball. Freshman Danny Ware, who sat out the last game with a bruised lung, rushed for 109 yards. Another freshman, Thomas Brown, chipped in with 81 yards and scored Georgia's final touchdown on a short run.

The Georgia defense made life miserable for LSU quarterbacks Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell, who spent most of the afternoon running for their lives. Hard-hitting safety Thomas Davis caused two Tigers running back fumbles, both of them leading to Georgia touchdowns.

The Tigers claimed the BCS share of the national title last season, but there won't be any repeat. LSU already has more losses than its championship team. That's not the only change from 2003.

LSU beat the Bulldogs twice on their way to No. 1, including a 34-13 rout in last year's SEC championship game. Georgia avenged the worst loss of the Richt era with a dominating performance.

The Bulldogs raced to a 24-0 lead, withstood a brief flurry from LSU at the end of the first half and sealed the victory in the third quarter.

On Georgia's second possession, Greene lofted a perfect pass down the right side, Brown outjumped Daniels for the ball and got a foot down just inside the pylon for a 25-yard touchdown.

D.J. Shockley relieved Greene on Georgia's next possession, completing a 47-yard pass to Brown that set up Andy Bailey's 32-yard field goal.

Georgia didn't let up. Davis jarred the ball loose from Justin Vincent and Quentin Moses recovered it at the LSU 35. Greene went back in and finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Gibson, who leaped over Daniels to make it 17-0.

LSU fumbled the ball right back, and Greene floated a 29-yard scoring pass to Brown, who made a leaping catch and somehow got a toe down before tumbling out of bounds.

Down by 24 points, the Tigers finally showed signs of life. Russell threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe with just before the half, and the Tigers' Chris Jackson booted a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the half. LSU went off the field with some momentum, but it didn't last long.

Greene threw two more touchdown passes in the third, putting the game out of reach.


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