Russ has been the only bulldog representing Georgia on the sidelines since he came out of retirement in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis at the end of the 2010 season for an ailing Uga VIII, who died in February 2011. Russ filled in all of the 2011 season before becoming Uga IX in September, 2012. He filled in for the final games two games in 2009 and the first six in 2010.
Russ, who is retiring, is “fine,” according to Felton. The Seiler family, which has cared for the famed line of Bulldogs since 1956, didn’t want to bring both dogs to Saturday’s game.
Que, a grandson of Russ, already has had tryouts of sorts at UGA Picture Day and the Countdown to Kickoff fan event earlier this summer.
A collar ceremony for “Que” would come later in the season. Consider Saturday a way to see how he responded to a gameday atmosphere.
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Atlanta rapper Pastor Troy led a spirited rendition of the UGA Bulldog cheer. He came wearing his Pastor Troy belt that looks like a boxing champion’s belt.
Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s touchdown catch was the 12th of his career.