The good and the bad - MTSU game

THE GOOD: Though it gave up its first touchdown of the season, Georgia's defense again turned in a solid effort, holding the Blue Raiders to only three second-half first downs.

Offensively, there were no turnovers and David Greene and D.J. Shockley combined for 317 yards passing and missed on just 10 passes. Freshman Michael Cooper stepped in during the second quarter for injured Tony Milton and ran 12 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

THE BAD: Start with the penalties. Georgia set a school record with 18 penalties for 129 yards, and both the offense and defense share the blame for the lack of discipline. Losing wide receiver Fred Gibson to a left pulled hamstring on a meaningless kickoff return late in the game will hurt the Bulldogs, though Coach Mark Richt accepted responsibility for Gibson being involved in the play. Georgia's red zone offense needs a lot of work.

THE INJURIES: Gibson is expected to miss at least the South Carolina game, and possibly more. Milton left the game after the first quarter with a bruised leg. His status for this week is uncertain. Tight end Ben Watson should be back after taking Saturday off to let his sore ankle heal. Richt hopes that defensive lineman Marcus Jackson (thumb surgery) can play this week in a cast.

NOTABLE: Thanks to improvements at Sanford Stadium, the crowd of 90,058 was the largest to ever watch a football game in the state.

QUOTABLE: "Right now, it doesn't look real good, but we'll have to see. It was poor judgment on my part to leave him in the game. I apologize to Fred and everyone watching the football game. We should have taken him out." — Richt on Gibson's injury.

UP NEXT: Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play when it plays host to South Carolina (2-0) Saturday. The game will be televised on CBS at 3:30 p.m. The Gamecocks are coming off a 31-7 upset of No. 15 Virginia, and haven't allowed an offensive touchdown to the Bulldogs in the last two meetings.


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