Dawgs Bark Loudly in Season Opener

Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Richt
Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Richt
Thomas Brown celebrates a touchdown
Thomas Brown celebrates a touchdown
Matthew Stafford: 18-24, 234 Yards, 2 TD's vs. Oklahoma State
Matthew Stafford: 18-24, 234 Yards, 2 TD's vs. Oklahoma State

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Thomas Brown ran for two first-quarter touchdowns, Matthew Stafford threw two second-half scoring passes and Number 13 Georgia shut out Oklahoma State in the second half to beat the Cowboys 35-14 in their season opener.

Stafford, a sophomore beginning his first full season as the starting quarterback, was 18-for-24 passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Georgia (1-0) led 21-14 at halftime and Stafford put the game out of reach with touchdown passes to Bruce Figgins, a freshman tight end, and Michael Moore.

Oklahoma State's Bobby Reid was 16-for-30 passing for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Reid completed a 20-yard scoring pass to Adarius Bowman in the first quarter. Mikey Henderson's 63-yard punt return set up Stafford's 9-yard touchdown pass to Moore in the fourth quarter.

There were no turnovers for either team until less than 10 minutes left in the game, when Georgia safety Kelin Johnson intercepted a fourth-down pass by Reid. Dantrell Savage scored on a 5-yard run with 5:43 left in the first half, but that was the last time the Cowboys' high-powered offense could get into the end zone.