Alabama had not had a freshman hit 100 yards receiving since Amari Cooper did it against Notre Dame in the BCS title game to end the 2012 season.
That is until Calvin Ridley racked up 120 receiving yards on five catches.
“It’s not really too hard to catch them when there ain’t nobody around you either,” Pruitt said.
Ridley was Jake Coker’s favorite target on a night he completed 11 of 16 passes for 190 yards.
“I’ll give him credit, he made some pretty great plays on some crucial moments,” Jenkins said.
He hit Ridley on the sideline for a 50-yard sideline pass. The two hooked up again on a 45-yard touchdown with 3:48 left in the second quarter.
“Probably my fault,” Pruitt said of the touchdown pass. “They’re up there checking at the line, tried to kill a coverage and we go to another deal and we didn’t get it executed. That’s something we’ve done from the first day I’ve been here.”
Safety Quincy Mauger chalked up the play of the secondary “as one of those things where we had to pay attention to details knowing our keys and we kind of slipped up and they took advantage of it.”
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Center Brandon Kublanow left the game in the second half because he was bothered by a lower leg injury, coach Mark Richt said. “He just couldn’t push off. We felt like he couldn’t get any movement up front. We just needed to get a guy in there that was healthy. He was kind of gutting it up, Kublanow was.” Hunter Long replaced Kublanow. …Isaiah McKenzie left the game after a punt return with what Richt said looked like a hamstring injury. McKenzie dealt with a hamstring injury during the preseason as well. …Safety Dominick Sanders told Richt after the game that he was “OK” from what is an apparent thigh injury. … More than 600 were credentialed for Georgia’s sports communications for the game, longtime director Claude Felton said. That includes not only media--including those from the SEC Network’s SEC Nation--but NFL scouts and bowl game officials. Some of the other biggest games drawing media interest in Athens under Mark Richt were the 2013 game against LSU and the 2008 game against Alabama. Ten NFL teams were represented in the press box: Houston, Baltimore, Kansas City, the New York Giants, New Orleans, New England, San Diego, Philadelphia, Oakland and Pittsburgh.