Mark Richt's Comments…
As Adams peered into the postgame interviews, he probably heard the word "Auburn" more than "Idaho State."
This has not been the season to be expected of a Georgia football team, as Adams stated earlier this week. And a rout over an overmatched FCS team would not change that.
But a win over Auburn would. That's why even head coach Mark Richt turned the discussion to the second-ranked Tigers moments after Saturday's easy win.
"Every man on the team, I'm sure even before the clock hit zeros, was thinking about going to Auburn and playing this game," Richt said.
Richt's players may have turned their thoughts to Auburn before the clock hit zeros in the first half.
After a sluggish first quarter, the Bulldogs erupted to put it out of reach with 35 points in the second quarter. That was the most in one quarter for Georgia since 1988.
Idaho State (1-8) did little more on Saturday than avoid a shutout with a late touchdown, and walk away with a $525,000 payout.
As Idaho State head coach John Zamberlin bluntly put it: "We played this game for revenue."
For Georgia (5-5), it continued the trend-line of its season: The five wins have been by an average of 35.8 points, while its five losses were by a combined 35.
It was the also fifth straight game the Bulldogs scored at least 30 points, a first for the program.
The defense was credited for much of the damage. Bacarri Rambo and Vance Cuff each returned an interception for a touchdown. Brandon Boykin set up another with an interception return to the Idaho State 3.
Last week, the Bulldogs were candid in how devastated they were by losing in overtime to arch-rival Florida. While beating Idaho State didn't reverse that, they were a bit more jovial in victory.
"I made a bet with (linebackers) Akeem Dent and Marcus Dowtin that I'd be the first one with an interception," Rambo said. "It kind of scared me, because one got in Dowtin's hand, and I was like, Oh man I've lost my bet. But then I saw him and said, It's still on."
There was more good-natured joking when Boykin was stopped at the 3 on his interception return.
"We were joking around with each other. I was like, ‘Man y'all didn't block for me like you did when Rambo scored,'" Boykin said. "But no, when I caught it No. 10 jumped on my back and held on for dear life. So I couldn't really get in there. But the secondary played really well."
The rout was all-encompassing, what Richt called "just a good team victory."
It also allowed Richt to empty his bench, and rest his starters for the visit to Auburn. The unbeaten Tigers and quarterback Cameron Newton are ranked second in the BCS standings.
On Thursday, Adams said when asked about the state of Georgia football: "There are better days ahead. I think we're gonna be fine in the long run."
It could be better in the short run if the Bulldogs were to pull off the upset on the Plains.
"I think it can be huge for us," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "They're gonna be ranked 1 or 2 in the nation. It's gonna be exciting. We're gonna be ready for the challenge."
"If we come out and win this game, it's really gonna show a lot of people to respect us," receiver A.J. Green said. "It's gonna be a big game, we're gonna be ready for it."