Georgia Notebook

ATHENS - Wide receiver Fred Gibson blamed no one but himself after re-injuring his left hamstring Saturday.

ATHENS - Wide receiver Fred Gibson blamed no one but himself after re-injuring his left hamstring Saturday.

"I was the one who made the decision (to play)," he said.

He'll have plenty of time to think about that decision as he sits out next week's LSU game. Coach Mark Richt said he will definitely hold Gibson out next week, which will allow him three weeks to get healthy because Georgia has an open date the following week.

"Hopefully, he'll be back by Alabama (on Oct. 4)," Richt said.

The Bulldogs made the decision to play Gibson after he ran well in Thursday's practice and then measured at 75 percent on a strength test.

"We started to wonder if he pulled a hamstring in the first place," Richt said.

There was no doubt after Gibson clutched his left leg and fell to the ground after his only catch of the day, a 19-yard grab.

"I should've sat out," Gibson said. "I'm the type of person who wants to be on the field. I just rushed it."

It wasn't a good day overall for injured Bulldogs. Tight end Ben Watson and defensive tackle Ken Veal, who tried to play on sprained ankles aggravated their injuries and missed the second half. Watson said after the game he wasn't sure if he would play against LSU, while Veal said he was certain he would be back.

"I just tweaked it," he said.

Starting running back Tony Milton, who didn't dress for the game, said he would be back against LSU.

"They figured out what was wrong with me," he said, adding it was a joint problem. "I should be ready to go."

Richt said he's hopeful the Bulldogs will get safety Kentrell Curry (stress fractuce) back next week, but defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said that was unlikely.

STICKING WITH ROTATION: The Bulldogs won't abandon the option or backup quarterback D.J. Shockley after Saturday, Richt said. Shockley is 6-for-13 passing for the season after a 1-for-2 day against South Carolina. His only drive of the first half ended after two plays when his awkward option toss was recovered by South Carolina defensive end George Gause.

"In D.J.'s defense, it's hard to jump off the bench and us say, "Here's your one series in the first half,'" Richt said. "I don't think we'll change anything. You can expect to see (Shockley) in the first half (every game)."

Richt also said the Bulldogs would continue to hone their limited option package.

POLLACK'S CONTRIBUTION: Defensive end David Pollack had just five tackles, well below his All-America standards, but he made a huge impact in areas that don't show up on a statistical summary.

Pollack was pressuring the quarterback on two of South Carolina's three first-half interceptions.  He was also responsible for the Gamecocks' two biggest plays of the game being negated. With 6:42 left in the first quarter, Taqiy Muhammad caught a 24-yard pass to give the Gamecocks a first down on Georgia's 11-yard line. Later in the first half, Matthew Thomas caught a 22-yard touchdown pass for South Carolina. Both plays were called back because a Gamecock offensive lineman was holding Pollack.

"I think right from the beginning his impact is big," VanGorder said. "Anybody that plays against us is going to start there, with him."

TONE IT DOWN: Despite Saturday's dominating performance, part of Richt's postgame speech had a scolding tone. He wasn't happy with some of the strutting he saw from his team after big plays.

"It's OK to have swagger, but you don't won't to be too proud of yourself," he said. "I don't like the walking away from teammates. I want them celebrating together. I think we're on the borderline of deserving personal foul calls."

The Bulldogs were called for two personal fouls, one when safety Thomas Davis gestured at an opponent and another on a late hit on the quarterback by lineman Ray Gant. Gant later said he deserved the penalty, which turned a fourth-and-23 into a first-and-10.

"It wasn't really the hit, it was the driving into the ground," he said. "Yeah, it was on me."

SOLID DEBUT:  Freshman running back Kregg Lumpkin finally made his highly anticipated debut in a Georgia uniform Saturday. The former All-American carried the ball seven times for 33 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

"He showed me some things," Richt said, adding he was impressed by Lumpkin's cutting ability and a nice 5-yard reception he made in the second half.

NIFTY SPECIAL TEAMS: The only success the Gamecocks had in the first half was with their punt team. South Carolina kept its second drive of the game alive with a fake punt that caught the Bulldogs completely out of position. Backup punter Joey Bowers ran untouched around the right end deep into Georgia territory. for 24 yards. Georgia eventually stopped that drive on an interception by Sean Jones.

"It was a great call, a gutsy call," Richt said.

On South Carolina's next drive, Bowers tried it again on a fourth-and-17 from from its own 20-yard line. This time, though, he didn't see enough running room, stopped and drilled a wobbly punt that stopped rolling after 51 yards.

THIS AND THAT: Georgia had punting success the old-fashioned way. Athens native Gordon Ely-Kelso averaged 41 yards a kick and put four of five inside the 20-yard line. ... The Redcoat Band paid homage to the late Johnny Cash in the fourth quarter by playing a few bars of Ring of Fire, one of Cash's signature songs. Cash died early Friday morning. ... Jones had two interceptions Saturday, becoming the first Bulldog with two picks in a game since he did against Auburn last year.

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