ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- The opponent may have had something to do with it, but David Greene was a far different quarterback than in Georgia's first two games.
Back in as the full-time starter, Greene passed for 346 yards and four touchdowns as the eighth-ranked Bulldogs cruised to a 45-7 victory over Division I-AA Northwestern State.
In Georgia's first three games, coach Mark Richt used a two-quarterback system, alternating between Greene and highly touted freshman D.J. Shockley. But those plans were scrapped when Shockley suffered a broken foot in last week's win over South Carolina that will keep him sidelined up to six weeks.
Greene passed for a career-low 67 yards in the Bulldogs' season-opening win over Clemson, then completed 11-of-19 passes for 169 yards against the Gamecocks.
"We finally started executing today," Greene said. "It felt good to play like we can. We gained some momentum and it carried over. We just came out ready today."
The sophomore completed 26-of-43 passes against Northwestern State (3-1), which lost for the first time this season.
Backup Cory Phillips threw an 11-yard TD pass to Michael Johnson with six minutes left in the contest. The five touchdown passes set a school record for a single game.
Georgia (3-0) took control early, scoring a pair of touchdowns 1:37 apart in the first five minutes of the first period.
"We showed a four-receiver set for the first time," Richt said. "Their defense brought a lot of blitzes. They were blitzing a lot of safeties and out-manning us in the running game."
After Greene tossed a five-yard TD pass to Reggie Brown, Bruce Thornton returned Sean Jones' blocked punt to make 14-0 with 10:10 left in the first period.
"I just tried to put my head down and run up field," Jones said. "The next thing I knew, I was at the punter. I knew I would be able to get it."
Greene threw TD strikes of five yards to J.T. Wall and 12 yards to Terrence Edwards in the second period, helping Georgia extend its lead to 31-0 at the intermission.
"There were a lot of things that made me feel good about this game," Richt said. "Our last drive before the half was very positive. We executed most everything well."
The Demons got on the board on Kevin Magee's 11-yard TD pass to Freddie Harrison in the third period, but the Bulldogs answered on Greene's three-yard TD pass to Edwards that made it 38-7.
Georgia was originally scheduled to play Tulane this week. But the Green Wave decided last fall that they wanted out of the series and Northwestern State was scheduled as a replacement.
"We had to get over the stigma of playing Georgia in front of this big crowd," Northwestern State coach Scott Stoker said. "We got overwhelmed early in the game, and they are the No. 8 team in the country for a reason."
Musa Smith paced Georgia on the ground with just 70 yards on eight carries. The Bulldogs rushed for only 142 yards on 28 carries.
But Georgia held the Demons to just 266 total yards, including only 55 on the ground. Magee completed 17-of-23 passes, but threw for just 150 yards. Backup Ben Beach was 4-of-11 for 61 yards.
"They (the defense) played great," Greene said. "They did their best to keep Northwestern State out of the end zone. They played just like our slogan, 'Finish the drill.'''