September 11, 2010

Notebook: Stats don't impress Houston

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Justin Houston wasn't in the mood to talk about individual superlatives.

The junior linebacker became the first Bulldog to collect three sacks in game since Marcus Howard in the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii.

But on a day which saw Houston's effort go for naught in Saturday's 17-6 loss, there wasn't a lot the Statesboro native to feel very good about.

"I don't look at individual stats," Houston said. "The team lost. No matter how good I did, it doesn't matter because the team lost. If the team lost, I lost. The way I look at it. That just means I've got to do better for us to win."

Midway through the third quarter, it appeared Houston had provided Georgia the break it was looking for when he sacked quarterback Stephen Garcia for a 1-yard loss, forcing a fumble that Christian Robinson picked up to give the Bulldogs back the ball at their 24.

Quarterback Aaron Murray responded by directing Georgia 66 yards to the Gamecock 10 before Washaun Ealey's fumble ended the drive.

Houston finished with 10 tackles, including the three sacks and two more tackles for losses of 10 yards.

Poor timeout management hurt Dawgs

So much for preserving your second-half timeouts.

Georgia used all it had barely halfway through the third quarter, a fact head coach Mark Richt took the blame for during his post-game press conference.

"One was an alignment issue where we were going to get a penalty for not having enough men on the line of scrimmage, which is still coaching because we've got to let our guys know what the heck they're doing," Richt said. "The other two we just didn't do a good job with our substitution, and that's coaching, too, so that falls on our ability as a staff to get the right guys out there at the right time."

Richt didn't go as far to say the loss of timeouts ultimately affected the game's outcome.

"It could have helped us at end, certainly," Richt said. "I don't know if it would have been the difference, but it would have helped."

Injury update

Fullback Shaun Chapas left late in the second quarter after injuring his ankle and did not return.

Richt did not know the extent during his post-game press conference.

Also, tailback Caleb King dressed out for the game but did not play after twisting his ankle a week ago against Louisiana-Lafayette.

This and that

Linebacker Akeem Dent wore the No. 31 jersey against the Gamecocks. Last week, senior receiver Kris Durham had the honors. A different Georgia player will wear the No. 31 in each game this fall as a way to honor former safety Quintin Banks who decided to retire prior to the season due to injury. …. Blair Walsh connected on a 27-yard field goal in the opening quarter and then a 26 yarder in the third period. Walsh is now 4-for-4 on the season and is now 39-for-49 in his career. He is 12-for-14 from 20 to 29 yards in his career, including 6-for-6 in the last two seasons. … Twice Saturday, Ealey took a snap at quarterback out of the Wildcat formation with Murray splitting out as a wide receiver. … Freshmen twins Alec Ogletree and Alexander Ogletree became the first brothers at Georgia to play together in the same game since 1999. Against South Carolina, they took the field on special teams. Alec is a 6-3, 224-pound strong safety while Alexander is a 5-10, 207-pound fullback. Before the Ogletrees, Dustin and Miles Luckie in 1999 were the last siblings to play for Georgia in the same game. … Georgia had offsides called on its defense midway through the third quarter and it resulted in a first down. This was the Bulldogs' first defensive penalty of the season. Two plays later, Georgia forced a fumble. In 2009, opponents had 18 fumbles and Georgia recovered just two.

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