Dawgs Survive Auburn: News and Notes

Dawgs Survive Auburn: News and Notes

AUBURN - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's 17-13 win over Auburn.

FILLING IN NICELY

Josh Davis started Georgia's first game of the season at right tackle then sat on the bench for the next nine games. Saturday, however, he got his second crack at the starting lineup, filling in Justin Anderson, who missed the game with a foot injury.

"It felt good to contribute more to the team and help in a win," Davis said. "You practice hard all week to go out there and play and learn what to do, so it felt good."

Davis was part of a line that didn't allow a sack and helped open enough running lanes for Moreno top pick up 131 yards on the ground.

Those numbers alone aren't enough to ensure a second start when the Bulldogs host Georgia Tech in two weeks or even earn a pat on the back from his offensive line coach.

"I think I did good," he said, but I'll ask Coach (Stacy) Searels how I did on Monday."

A BIT OF REDEMPTION

It has been a rough few weeks for freshman kicker Blair Walsh, who entered Saturday's game having missed five of his past eight field-goal attempts. Things got worse on his first try against Auburn, as the Tigers blocked a 21-yard try.

"You want to try to get up under it, and I didn't get under it enough," Walsh said. "I hit it too low, and they just blocked it."

Walsh got a second chance in the third quarter, however, driving a 27-yarder through the uprights to give Georgia a four-point lead.

Walsh said making his second attempt was a big confidence booster as he tries to correct some technical flaws in his routine.

"I'd like to start a streak now with that field goal," Walsh said, "and to be able to come through for my team on that, I can't ask for anything else."

POINT OF CONTENTION

Auburn had its kicking problems in the game, too. The Tigers missed the point-after try following their first touchdown of the game, and it came back to haunt them in the fourth quarter.

Trailing by four, Auburn needed a touchdown late, but had the Tigers connected on the extra point in the first half, they could have simply kicked a field goal to go into overtime after driving deep into Georgia territory with just seconds remaining in the game.

"We haven't blocked a kick all year long, but we got good penetration, the holder bobbled the ball, and they didn't get the extra point," defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said. "They had kicked that extra point, they easily kicked the field goal, then we go into overtime and who knows what would happen? That's just guys going hard every play."

PLAYING IN PAIN

Tight end Tripp Chandler started Saturday's game, but left in the first half with a left knee injury. The senior was already playing with a sore shoulder that kept him out of three games this year and requires him to wear a harness during the game. Despite being considered doubtful to return, he made it back on the field in the second half, and Richt said Chandler will continue to try to play.

"I don't know how bad it is, but he's just a senior that wants to play," head coach Mark Richt said. "He's just willing his way to stay in the game, I guess. But he's beat up pretty bad."

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