Dawgs blank UAB

Posted Sep 16, 2006

ATHENS - Georgia pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time in 26 years and the Bulldogs got touchdowns from four different players in the 34-0 victory against Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

After a video tribute honoring the late Erk Russell was played at halftime, the Bulldogs posted their second straight shutout since the national championship year of 1980 when Russell was the Bulldogs¹ defensive coordinator. For the game, Georgia (3-0) held the Blazers (1-2) to 163 total yards.

Georgia has allowed just 12 points in the first three games, the fewest since 1937.

Tailback Kregg Lumpkin, quarterback Matthew Stafford and fullback Brannan Southerland scored offensive touchdowns for the Bulldogs, while defensive back CJ Byrd posted a special teams touchdown following a blocked punt. Kicker Brandon Coutu drilled three more field goals, including a 55-yarder.

Lumpkin opened the day¹s scoring as he scampered in from eight yards out in the first quarter. Coutu added the extra point for the 7-0 lead. Lumpkin paced the Bulldogs with 54 yards on 10 carries.

Georgia led 10-0 at the break as Coutu connected on the 55-yard field goal, the third-longest of his career.

Coutu opened the third quarter with a 38-yard field goal to make it 13-0.

Then, defensive back Prince Miller shot through to block a Blazers punt and Byrd scooped it up and ran it in from 11 yards out for the touchdown. Coutu¹s extra point pushed the lead to 20-0.

In the fourth quarter, Stafford, who made his first career start, ran in from four yards out. Coutu again booted the PAT for a 27-0 advantage. Stafford finished the game 10-of-17 passing for 107 yards.

Southerland capped the scoring with a 1-yard run. Coutu¹s kick accounted for the final margin of 34-0.

Georgia will entertain Colorado next Saturday.

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