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Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2002 6:29 PM EDT
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(7) Georgia 41, New Mexico St 10
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ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- David Greene passed for two touchdowns and Damien Gary returned a punt 71 yards for a score as seventh-ranked Georgia had its way with another overmatched opponent and coasted to a 41-10 win over New Mexico State.

Gary and Musa Smith each scored a pair of touchdowns for Georgia, which routed Division I-AA Northwestern State last week and improved to 4-0 for the fourth time in the last six seasons. The Bulldogs resume Southeastern Conference play next week when they visit Alabama.

Greene completed TD passes of 20 yards to Damien Gary and 10 yards to Terrence Edwards in the second quarter to help the Bulldogs build a comfortable 34-7 halftime lead.

"We had a lot of outstanding plays. The best play came from the offensive line and the backs," said Georgia coach Mark Richt, who still saw room for improvement. "Our offense was pretty poor in the second half. We've just got to continue to work hard. Sooner of later, we'll make those plays and be dangerous."

Greene is back as the primary quarterback while D.J. Shockley, who split time with Greene in the first two games, recovers from a broken bone in his foot.

The versatile Gary also scored on a punt return in the first quarter to put Georgia in front 10-0.

"I don't think anyone is going out for popcorn on punt returns," Richt said. "Damien's doing a great job of making the initial people miss."

"It definitely got some momentum going, especially for the offense," Gary said.

New Mexico State lost its compusure following the punt return by Gary, who had a kick return for a score last week nullified by a penalty.

"We did not handle the adversity of the punt return," New Mexico State coach Tony Samuel said. "This game is so emotional. We were really flat after that."

Smith carried 12 times for 79 yards and scored on runs of 10 and 13 yards in the second quarter.

Kentrall Curry increased the lead to 41-7 when he returned an interception 77 yards for a score early in the third quarter.

Freshman Paul Dombrowski completed just 11-of-26 passes for 152 yards for New Mexico State (1-3), which won for the first time last week against New Mexico.

Dombrowski scored the lone TD for the Aggies on a two-yard run in the first quarter following an interception by Robert Canidate.

Georgia improved to 24-3 against non-SEC opponents at Sanford Stadium since 1992.


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