October 10, 2009

Very few highlights for Dawgs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - So, you think Georgia's 45-19 loss to Tennessee was bad?

Just think what the score would have looked like if not for Brandon Boykin and Bacarri Rambo. The duo accounted for Georgia's only two touchdowns, Boykin with his 100-yard kickoff return and Rambo when he returned an interception back 28 yards for a score.

"I feel like anyone can do it when you have holes as big as that," Boykin said. "It's just a matter of running the ball. That was a bright spot, but that was about it."

For Boykin, it was his second 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season.

Boykin and former Bulldog Gene Washington share the mark now with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season. In 1973, Washington's two covered 96 yards vs. Clemson and 86 yards vs. N.C. State.

Earlier this year Boykin broke the school record after taking a kickoff 100 yards back for a touchdown versus South Carolina.

He is the first SEC player to have two 100-yard kickoff returns in one season in SEC history. He finished the day with 128 returns yards (32.0 avg) on four kicks to give him 529 kickoff return yards this season.

Boykin's return versus the Vols also ties the longest scoring play on the road in school history. Georgia had a 100-yard punt return for a touchdown in 1952 at Vanderbilt by Jimmy Campagna and a 100-yard INT return by Charlie Britt in 1959 versus Florida in Jacksonville. Since 1941, the NCAA put a maximum length on all plays at 100 yards.

Rambo's interception was the second of his career and occurred when he caught a tipped pass. It was the first interception return for a touchdown since Darryl Gamble returned two for scores at LSU last fall.

"I got it in my hand and I was like 'let's go,'" he said. "I'm used to playing offense and used to having the ball in my hand."

Injury update

The Bulldogs appeared to escape the game without any major injuries.

Tavarres King (concussion), Akeem Dent (hamstring), Marcus Dowtin (finger), Kiante Tripp (shoulder, stinger) and Caleb King (broken jaw) did not make the trip.

More turnovers, more points

Opponents have now scored 71 points off 16 Bulldog turnovers this year, dropping to minus-11 in turnover ratio this year.
Georgia, meanwhile, has converted five turnovers into 13 points after Rambo returned his INT for a TD against the Volunteers. Georgia gave up one interception in the first quarter on a tipped pass from Bulldog quarterback Joe Cox.

Cox threw another pick early in the second half and senior split end Michael Moore fumbled a catch in the fourth quarter, which led to a touchdown.

Moore had six catches for 49 yards.

Butler still punting strong

Sophomore punter Drew Butler had to punt six times for a 49.8 average with four covering 50+ yards and one inside the 20.

His first punt was his longest at 61 yards. He came in today leading the nation with a 49.8 average.

This and that

Redshirt sophomore split end Zach Renner blocked a punt with :23 seconds left in the opening half to give the Bulldogs two points on a safety as it went through the endzone. This was the third blocked punt of his career after he tallied one against Alabama and Arizona State in 2008. … Sophomore A.J. Green led the Bulldogs with 60 yards receiving and tied his career-high with eight catches. It was the third time he had eight receptions in a game. Freshman wide receiver Marlon Brown had his first career reception on a 9-yard catch in the second quarter. … Freshman Arthur Lynch started the first game of his career. The Bulldogs started two tight ends on offense, six linemen and no wideouts after starting their first drive on their own 1-yard line.

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