"It's one of those things that I'll always remember," Lynch said. "Any time you you can contribute to the team, whether it be catching the ball, blocking, special teams; you always kind of feel more fulfilled with your level of play."
Lynch missed the Appalachian State game with bruised ribs, but returned to action against conference rival Auburn where he made four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Lynch rebounded from his injury well, which led to an opportunity to go out strong in his final game between the hedges.
"Artie did a nice job and Artie's in a position kind of where he's the guy out there," Mike Bobo said. "Artie knows he's going to get the majority of the work and he's been a tough, resilient guy for us. His opportunity came tonight and he was able to step up and make some plays for us."
However, senior quarterback Aaron Murray was not able to finish his final home game. Murray got out to a hot start with 18 completions for 183 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Late in the second quarter, however, Murray left the game with what's been labeled as a knee injury. It was tough for Murray's Georgia teammates to watch, but especially tough for Lynch.
"You hate to see a guy go down in his last home game," Lynch said. "With everything in the near future coming up for him I think it's a tough spot, but he's a tough kid and whatever injury it may be, however serious it is he'll overcome it and his future is still bright."
While Murray is scheduled to have an MRI, Lynch said he has no idea what to expect, but he's hoping it's nothing too serious.
"I'm hoping for the best," Lynch said. "I'm hoping it's a sprain or an MCL or something like that, but honestly I have no idea. I think we'll all have a better idea tomorrow. It's just an unfortunate situation, especially the way he was playing the last couple of games and really all season."
With Murray out for the second half, junior Hutson Mason took over at quarterback. Mason finished the game with 13 completions for 189 yards and a touchdown. While Murray is unmistakably Georgia's leader on offense, Lynch said this team looks at Mason with similar confidence when he enters a game.
"I thought he did great. When Aaron does go down, which he doesn't often, when Hutson goes in the game there's no drop of expectations," Lynch said. "There's no drop in confidence. Everyone believes in Hutson. Everyone knows he has the upmost ability to run this offense and run it with efficiency. That's what he did tonight."
Lynch and his fellow senior receivers held up their end of the bargain in terms of production against Kentucky. Mark Richt asked the seniors to prepare to play their best game in the days leading up to Saturday and the upper class-men responded. Three of Georgia's top four receivers were seniors.
"It was special. It was a special night knowing this was our last game between the hedges," receiver Rhett McGowan said. "It was definitely special to go out with a big game like that so it was very exciting."