THE GOOD: Georgia’s passing game got all the glory Saturday with five touchdowns, but the running game was just as spectacular in its own way. The Bulldogs averaged 4.5 yards per carry against a defense that had allowed just 2.6 yards per carry in its first four games. Auburn and its heralded running game averaged 3.9 yards per carry against LSU. Coach Mark Richt said he thinks the play of Danny Ware and Thomas Brown was one of biggest difference between Saturday’s game and Georgia’s two losses to LSU last year. “Looking back on that tape, they made a huge difference,” Richt said. Eleven of the Bulldogs’ 20 first downs came on the ground. Ware became just the second running back in the last 18 games to gain more than 100 yards against the Tigers. He had 109 on 22 carries and has now had more than 100 in each of the two games in which he has played all game.
THE BAD: It’s tough to find any bad in Saturday’s effort, so we’ll go with average. That’s how Richt described the play of linebacker Odell Thurman. Of course, that’s average by the high standards Thurman has set. The Monticello native returned from a three-game suspension and tied for the team lead in tackles with eight. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, and a fumble recovery. Still, it wasn’t the kind of dominating performance the Bulldogs have come to expect from him, Richt said. “He did some really good things, but he’s not reacting as quickly as he will once he gets greased up a little bit,” the coach said. “I think he’ll have a better performance this week. He didn’t feel like he had a great game, he had a pretty good game.”
THE INJURIES: Offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles was the only Bulldog to suffer any significant damage. He left in the second quarter due to a sprained knee, but an MRI taken Saturday night revealed no significant damage. Offensive tackle Daniel Inman hurt his hand, but both are considered probable for the Tennessee game. Linebacker Arnold Harrison, who missed the LSU game due to a bruised shoulder, is questionable for the Tennessee game, Richt said.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs will face their second quarterback rotation in two weeks Saturday. The Volunteers have rotated two true freshmen all season. Brent Schaeffer started the first three games, but Erik Ainge took the job for the Auburn game. His first performance was a flop, as he completed 17 of 35 for 173 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Schaeffer, the more athletic of the two, was 1 of 5 for 13 yards. “I’d think right now they’d have to be continuing to decide how to play those guys,” Richt said. “I guess they thought Ainge was separating, and he had some trouble. I think we’ll see them both. There is even a more drastic difference between the two and the two we played against LSU (Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell). We’ll certainly have to have a plan for whichever one of them is in the game.” Ainge is 53 of 91 for nine touchdowns and five interceptions overall. Schaeffer is 14 of 26 from two touchdowns and has also rushed for 63 yards and one score. … Also, Richt confirmed that offensive lineman Josh Brock probably will join Bartley Miller as a redshirt this season.
QUOTABLE: “We’re not that much better than them. We just came out and made plays. It was something we probably just dreamed about.” – Georgia quarterback David Greene on the win over LSU.
UP NEXT: Georgia plays Tennessee (3-1, 1-1 SEC) at 3:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. The game will be televised by CBS.