Dawgs fall to Florida: Three Keys Revisited
UGA VI
UGA VI
Dawg Post Reporter
Posted Oct 29, 2006


ATHENS - Josh Kendall reviews his three keys to Georgia's game with Florida.

Let it fly

Rather than shooting from the hip, the Bulldogs came into the game planning to establish the run and throw play-action passes later. It didn’t work because they never got their running game going. Georgia ran the ball 26 times for 64 yards, an average of 2.5 yards per carry.

Win the turnover battle

Not even close. Georgia turned the ball over five times and has averaged 3.75 turnovers in the last four games. Three of those games, not coincidentally, have been losses. Florida turned the ball over just twice Saturday.

Dominate special teams again

Nope again. Florida had 46 punt return yards to Georgia’s 4, 61 kickoff return yards to Georgia’s 30 and got a turnover on special teams when a short punt bounced off the back of Kelin Johnson’s leg.

Notable: Georgia coach Mark Richt did not answer Sunday when asked if tight end Martrez Milner will lose his starting position after dropping two more passes against Florida. “If we do make a decision, we wouldn’t make anything public until we talk to the players,” he said. Milner, a senior, is tied the team lead with 17 catches and has 232 receiving yards. … Florida coach Urban Meyer said during his Sunday teleconference that Gators quarterback Chris Leak may have played with a concussion throughout the second half of Saturday’s game, but Richt and his staff didn’t notice anything unusual, Richt said. “I thought he was still completing balls and hitting his target,” he said. “I didn’t see him go the wrong direction on any kind of play-action or anything like that. He seemed to be doing just fine.” Leak was 6-of-12 passing for 45 yards and one interception in the second half. … A reporter from a Tennessee newspaper asked Richt on Sunday about an incident during the Volunteers’ 51-33 win over Georgia in Athens on Oct. 7 in which Bulldog safety Tra Battle fell near the Tennessee sideline while chasing a Volunteer. Richt acknowledged that he had seen an Internet video of the play but didn’t say he felt anything suspect occurred. “It’s so hard to say,” he said. “It was on the other sideline. It happened quick. It’s not that uncommon for guys to run into each other on the sideline.” Richt made no complaint to the league about the play, he said. … The four BCS conference teams Georgia has beaten this year have a combined record of 11-24.

Quotable: “On those given days, they’ve played better than us. There’s no doubt about it. We’ve had many games and many chances, but are not able to get over the hump.” -- Richt on Florida’s 15th win in the last 17 games against Georgia

Injuries: Georgia didn’t suffer any new injuries against Florida, Richt said. The only player not to suffer a season-ending injury who is questionable for the Kentucky game is linebacker Darius Dewberry (hamstring).

Up next: vs. Kentucky, Saturday, 1 p.m., Lexington, Ky., no live television


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