ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- David Greene's historic day lifted No. 3 Georgia to a revenge victory.
Greene threw a school-record five touchdown passes and tied a school mark for career wins by a quarterback as the Bulldogs pasted No. 13 Louisiana State, 45-16.
The Bulldogs made sure they sent a message to LSU and the rest of the Southeastern Conference as they scored the most points against the Tigers in the Nick Saban era and got a bit of redemption for a pair of losses to LSU last season.
Greene, who completed 10-of-19 passes for 172 yards, hit Reggie Brown with a 25-yard scoring strike to stake Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC East) to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. He hit Fred Gibson with a two-yard pass and connected again with Brown, this time for 29 yards, to give Georgia a 24-0 lead with nine minutes left in the half.
LSU (3-2, 1-2 West) scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to get back in it. JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe with an 18-yard TD pass and Chris Jackson kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to pull within 24-10.
"The momentum of the game was back with us at the end of the first half when we scored 10 quick points," said Saban, who joined the Tigers prior to the 2000 season. "I thought we were ready to play, and the outcome is a curveball to me."
But Greene, who recorded his 36th win to Johnny Rauch for the most in school history, helped the Bulldogs regain the momentum in the third quarter with a pair of TD passes. Gibson was on the receiving end of a 24-yard TD pass and Sean Bailey hauled in a 21-yard toss with a minute remaining in the third quarter to make it 38-10.
Georgia, which entered the game with a questionable offense, turned in a balanced performance against of the nation's premier defenses. Freshman Danny Ware, who missed a game with a bruised lung, rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries for the Bulldogs, who collected 430 yards of total offense.
The Bulldog defense recorded five sacks and allowed the Tigers just 67 yards rushing. Free safety Thomas Davis led Georgia with eight tackles and forced two fumbles.
"Georgia's defense is pretty good. They put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and they do a good job of mixing up their blitz and zone coverages," Russell said. "They really did a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback."