How they got there was another wild ride when the wheels nearly came off.
The Bulldogs continue to act like they can’t stand prosperity.
They are outscoring opponents 68-31 in the first 15 minutes of their six SEC games, but that’s the only quarter Georgia has put up more points than their opponents.
In the fourth quarter, Georgia’s taken it on the chin, 72-37, including 25-0 against Vanderbilt and Florida.
Things began to unravel in the third quarter with a 23-3 lead against the Gators with a dropped pass on what was ruled a lateral to Arthur Lynch and a safety on a sack.
“It was a little stressful,” quarterback Aaron Murray said of the 23-20 Bulldogs win. “It seems like it’s happening every week. We understand we’ve got to keep fighting until the very last whistle.”
Against Vanderbilt, special teams breakdowns led to touchdowns off a muffed punt and high punt snap.
“You can’t predict the type of things that have happened,” coach Mark Richt said. “It’s mostly self-inflicted wounds. I use that term more than I’d like to this season. …You’d like to make people earn it at least, make it a little bit tougher. …It’s hard to hold people off once they get their blood pumping again.”
Georgia held Florida off by ending the game with a 15-play drive that ate up the final 8:17 on the clock.
“We answered the bell and it just happened on that last drive,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “To be honest with you I’d like to finish the game like that every time. I know the drama, but when you finish a game like that it gives your team confidence.”
Morgan ride `positive’ vibes from teammates to Groza semifinalist
Marshall Morgan’s super sophomore season for Georgia was recognized Monday when he was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award for nation’s top placekicker.
Morgan was shaky as a freshman, but since returning from a two-game suspension for a boating under the influence charge to start the season, he’s 13 of 15 on field goals and has made all 22 extra points attempted.
“Of course, I believed in myself, but now that’s it’s actually happening, it’s a lot better feeling,” Morgan said.
Morgan said he can feel the confidence of his teammates now.
“They’ve seen how I was kicking this whole summer,” Morgan said. “I feel like they wanted me out there. It just made me feel really good having guys talking positive stuff in my ear and not guys on the team talking negative like a few last year maybe.”
He said there were a few remarks “not meant to hurt you, but it sticks on. Now you look back and put it in your face kind of.”
Morgan leads the nation in field goals per game at 2.2 and is tied for the longest field goal in the FBS this season from 56. He has two of the five longest, with another from 55.
Morgan, from Coral Springs, Fla, is the only kicker from the SEC on the list.
On top of that, Morgan was selected SEC special teams player of the week Monday for the third time this season.
He was 3 of 3 against Florida on field goals Saturday, including a long of 49.
Murray also was named Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award for nation’s top quarterback. He’s one of five in the SEC, including LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, the former Bulldog and Oconee County High product.
The three finalists for both the Groza and O’Brien Awards will be announced on Nov. 25.
Georgia senior Garrison Smith also was named Monday as SEC defensive lineman of the week. He had a career-high nine tackles, including 2 ½ sacks against the Gators.
Scott-Wesley addressees arrest
Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, facing a suspension next season after his arrest last week for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, took to Twitter Monday to address the incident in his campus dorm in a series of tweets.
“I won’t apologize. You deserve more than that,” wrote the sophomore, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. “I will let my actions moving forward speak for me. I hope u can respect me coming to you as a man as I admit that I was wrong. I let the #bulldognation down. I understand your frustrations. I will take my punishment as a man as I continue to get healthy. This is not an apology, but a promise. A promise to uphold the morals and character that my family and coaching staff have instilled in me. God bless!”
Georgia’s policy calls for a suspension of 10 percent of the season for a first drug offense, which is one game in football.
This and that
Tailback Todd Gurley wasn’t listed on Georgia’s official injury report Monday and practiced, according to teammate Brendan Douglas. Gurley got winded against Florida when he combined for 187 total yards and played while “banged up,” late, according to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Tight end Arthur Lynch missed practice Monday with a bruised ribcage from a hit on a catch against Florida.
The kickoff time and TV selection for Georgia’s football game at No. 7 Auburn on Nov. 16 is on hold until after Saturday’s games. The game will either air at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, 7 p.m. on ESPN2 or 7:45 p.m. on ESPN. CBS is using its six-day selection window to decide between Georgia-Auburn and Florida-South Carolina.
Georgia plays Appalachian State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Athens on WSB-TV. Bob Neal, D.J. Jones and Zach Klein will call the game.
Saturday’s captains: center David Andrews, receiver Michael Bennett, Smith and special teamer Corey Campbell.