November 17, 2012

Offense sets new mark

For all the grief offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has received from Georgia fans over the years, Saturday's 45-14 win would have been the perfect opportunity for him to do a little boasting.

With six touchdowns Saturday, Georgia set the school record for most touchdowns in a season with 56, breaking the old mark of 54 set by the 1942 national champs.

But that's not Bobo's style.

"No, that's a credit to our guys. I've said all year we've got a bunch of unselfish guys. We've got a tremendous group of guys who are mature and handle their business each week," Bobo said. "Obviously, we've got guys who people would call stars but I don't see anybody who has a star mentality or attitude. I see a team and to me that's been Coach Richt's deal since he's been here. It's always been a team which pulls for each other."

Senior wide receiver Tavarres King was impressed when told of the new mark, but stressed Georgia's work is far from done.

"That's awesome. I bet Coach Bobo is pretty excited, but we've got a few more to get," King said. "To be a part of that is just great."
There's been a lot to be excited about, for sure.

With his 15-carry, 68-yard effort, Todd Gurley became the only true freshman back at Georgia other than Herschel Walker to pass the 1,000-yard plateau while quarterback Aaron Murray surpassed the 9,000-yard passing more after completing 18 of 28 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles.

"We've been very productive, obviously and we're scoring a lot of touchdowns. We're not having to kick as many field goals as we have in previous years," head coach Mark Richt said. "You get four more points every time you score a touchdown, so obviously when you score touchdowns your point totals go up. I think Mike and the guys are doing a really good job. We're executing, and we've got a really good chemistry with that group and we've only got two seniors and that's Marlon and TK on that side of the ball. Hopefully, the future is bright there as well."

Branden Smith gets some time on offense

Senior cornerback Branden Smith laughed that he was starting to wonder if he'd ever get an opportunity to play offense for the Bulldogs again.

After rushing for a combined 354 yards along with seven catches for 63 more during his first three years, Smith came into Saturday's game against the Eagles still looking for his first offensive opportunity in 2012.

He finally got his wish, picking up nine yards on two carries, including seven on a direct snap in the first half.

"It was surprise to me, too," Smith said of his offensive opportunity. "We worked on it a little during practice, but much, so I really didn't know if I was going to get carries. It felt good."

Smith said he'd been lobbying Bobo to give him another chance.

"I've been getting in Coach Bobo's ear about it," Smith said. "He did good by telling me he'd let me touch the ball a few times."

Injury update


Georgia appeared to come out of Saturday's game without any major injuries.

Fullback Merritt Hall left early in the contest with what appeared to be an ankle injury before returning, as did safety Bacarri Rambo who briefly left with an undisclosed ailment before also coming back into the game.

Richt said wide receiver Chris Conley was also feeling the effect of a groin issue, but came back to finish out the contest. Backup offensive lineman Watts Dantzler also left with an undisclosed injury.

•Offensive guard Chris Burnette missed his second straight game while nursing a shoulder injury.

Richt sent league tape on cut blocks

Just in case Saturday's officials had any questions on the difference between a legal cut block and an illegal chop block, Richt sent SEC head of officials Steve Shaw some tape earlier in the week to make sure both referees and Bulldog coaches were clear.

"We got as much film up as we could on some questionable calls, or questionable plays. We asked 'Is this a cut? Is his a legal cut? Is this a chop type thing?"" Richt revealed. "We sent it to our officials and Steve Shaw came back and said this would have been a penalty, this would not have been a penalty. We understood it well and just wanted to make sure our officials understood it well and got to see as much film as possible to be able to make the determination."

The Eagles were called for only one chop block in the game, but it came at a key time late in the second quarter after it appeared Georgia Southern had a picked up a huge first down on a short fourth-down run.

After missing a 39-yard field goal, Georgia drove 78 yards to go up 17-7 at the half on a 24-yard scoring pass from Murray to Malcolm Mitchell.

Quotable

"Oh yeah, absolutely. We'll see what happens. I'm just really glad we got the victory. I'm very impressed with Georgia Southern and Coach Monken. I think he's doing a super job" - Mark Richt on whether or not he'll be rooting for teams above Georgia to lose to have a chance of advancing to the BCS championship.

This and that

Alec Ogletree led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles, followed by Christian Robinson with nine. … Georgia converted one fourth-down play in the game, making the team 2-of-6 for the year. … Georgia's 10th-win season marks the 20th time in school history the program has won that many games. … Linebacker Jarvis Jones was named a finalist for the Lombardi Award Saturday.