“I’m man enough to admit that I cost us this game,” he said. “Sixteen to 14 is a win.”
Coutu missed two field goals, one a 39-yard attempt into the wind and one from 52 yards that hit the right upright, as the No. 4 Bulldogs lost 14-10 to No. 16 Florida in Alltel Stadium.
“I’m frustrated for everybody in (the locker room), especially the seniors,” Coutu said, “As long as they stay behind me, I know what I have to do, and maybe I’ll win them one.”
Coutu’s teammates all were behind him after the game, several said.
“I just told him to keep his head up,” quarterback Joe Tereshinski said. “As an offense, we put him in some tough situations. There should be no blame on Brandon at all.”
Saturday’s misses won’t affect Coutu’s spot on Georgia’s depth chart, Coach Mark Richt indicated.
“I think he’s a heck of a kicker,” Richt said. “I know he is. I have a lot of confidence in him. That hasn’t changed at all. If we had made both kicks, Florida might have been more aggressive. You can’t say that was the difference in the game.”
BACK IN THE GAME: Quarterback D.J. Shockley (sprained MCL) said after the game that he has no doubt he’ll be able to play in the Bulldogs’ next game, Nov. 12 against Auburn. In fact, he can start working in practice this week in at least a limited role, Coach Mark Richt said.
Defensive tackle Kedric Golston (elbow) also will return, Richt said.
NO GO: Georgia thought it would get at least something out of starting strongside linebacker Brandon Miller, but the sophomore didn’t take the field. His sprained left ankle forced the Bulldogs to juggle their linebacker corps once again this year.
REVENGE?: Richt said he remembers recruiting Florida defensive end Justin Mincey, but Mincey doesn’t see things the same way.
“This was a personal issue for me,” said Mincey, a graduate of Charlton County High School who led the Gators in tackles with seven and pressured Joe Tereshinski into his final incompletion Saturday. “Georgia never gave me a chance out of high school, and I just wanted to show them I could get the job done.”
TURNAROUND: Florida converted all four of its third down opportunities on its first drive of the game. It converted just 1-of-9 from that point on.
ARM IN ARM: Georgia continued its four-game-old tradition of entering the field before the game walking with their arms locked in groups of five and six. Against the Gators, Shockley and Golston were in the middle of the front line.
THIS AND THAT: Florida hadn’t scored on its first possession of the game all season until Saturday. ... Mary Persons graduate Tra Battle led the Bulldogs with seven tackles. ... Quentin Moses had one sack, increasing his team-high total to eight. ... Saturday’s loss snapped a nine-game winning streak by Georgia.