Georgia Notebook: Bennett breaks record

ATHENS -- Place-kicker Billy Bennett added two more lines to his resume Saturday by becoming the Southeastern Conference's all-time leading scorer and setting the SEC's career field goal record.

Bennett set the scoring mark with an extra point with 13:03 left in the second quarter. That gave him 372 career points, one more than previous record holder Jeff Hall of Tennessee.

He hit his record 79th career field goal on the final play of the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead and pushing him past Alabama's Phillip Doyle. Bennett went on to make two more to bump the record to 81.

"It means a lot," he said. "It's a special thing. I can't really say what it means, I'm just proud. It's been out there for a while. I kind of wanted to get it out of the way and move on."

The Bulldogs presented Bennett with a game ball after their 30-10 win over Kentucky, but he was uncertain if it was the ball from the record-setting extra point or field goal, or either one.

"I'm going to tell my dad it's both," he said.

The record is bittersweet for the rest of the Bulldogs because Bennett has only had a chance to kick so many field goals because Georgia's offense has struggled to score touchdowns the last two seasons. Earlier in the week, Bennett compared himself to a basketball player who shoots a lot.

"If you shoot enough, you're going to score some points," he said.

Still the record is meaningful, particularly since it came in the senior's last game in Sanford Stadium.

"It's really special, but it's tough to think it's the last time I'll play here," he said. "I just thank God for allowing this team to have the struggles it's had in the red zone."

Georgia coach Mark Richt said after the game he didn't begrudge Bennett the record.

"Billy's made some huge kicks for us," Richt said.

NOT TO BE OUTDONE: Kentucky's Derek Abney also set the league record for kickoff return yards and overall kick return yards. He had 115 kickoff return yards to up his career total to 2,319. He added 14 punt return yards to that to give him 3,318 total return yards for his career. Abney is second place on the SEC career all-purpose yardage list. He passed former Georgia great Herschel Walker on Saturday.

KICKOFF TIME: All indications are that Saturday's game against Georgiatech will kick off at 1 p.m., but the official announcement won't come until today. The game will be on ABC at either 1 p.m. or 8 p.m.

STILL NO JONES: Safety Sean Jones went from probable on Wednesday to not dressed out on Saturday. The Bulldogs expected the junior to return this week after missing the Auburn game due to a lingering shoulder injury.

"There's a very good chance for Sean to be back (for the Georgia Tech game)," Richt said.

NO COMMENT: Defensive end David Pollack heard thousands of fans chanting, "Stay, Pollack, stay," in the final minutes of Saturday's game, but he's not committing to anything yet. Pollack, a junior, would be an attractive prospect if he skipped his senior season and made an early entry into the NFL Draft.

"I don't want to talk about it or worry about it right now," he said.

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE FOR BACKUP: Richt put backup quarterback Joe Tereshinski III in with five minutes left in the game and Kentucky down by just 13 points. When Tereshinski's first drive ended in 1:02, and the Wildcats got the ball back with 3:55, it looked like the move might hurt the Bulldogs, but Richt didn't second-guess himself afterward.

"We were going to hand the ball off no matter what," he said. "Joe milked (the clock) down as good as David could have. Now if he had fumbled it, I might have felt that way."

Tereshinski led a touchdown drive on Georgia's final possession, handing the ball off five straight times. He has yet to throw a pass in a game.

INJURY UPDATE: Guard Josh Brock was limited into the second half after aggravating a shoulder injury. He is expected to be ready for the Georgia Tech game. Also, defensive lineman Kedric Golston confirmed that he won't be ready to play against the Yellow Jackets.

GUEST SPEAKER: Walker, Georgia's all-time leading rusher, was the Bulldogs' honorary captain and spoke to the team on Friday night. It was a nice treat, Richt said, for all his players, who had heard so much about Walker but never met him.

"They hear all about him, but we didn't ever see Herschel," Richt said. "They were wondering if he even existed. He's the most positive guy I can remember being around."

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Georgia's special teams is at least becoming consistent in its inconsistency. The Bulldogs allowed Kentucky two first downs fake kicks, one a field goal and one a punt, but also blocked a Wildcat field goal.

On Kentucky's first drive of the game, the Bulldog defense forced a fourth-and-two from Georgia's 10-yard line. The Wildcats lined up for a field goal, but holder Anthony Thornton took the snap and ran around right end to Georgia's 1-yard line.

Quarterback Jared Lorenzen scored on a sneak two plays later to tie the score at 7-7 with 7:34 left in the first quarter. It was the first time an opponent has scored an opening-drive touchdown against Georgia.

Thomas Davis redeemed the group on Kentucky's next attempt, blocking a 44-yard Taylor Begley attempt with 2:46 left in the first half. However, the Wildcats extended another drive, their first of the second half, with a fake punt that Tommy Kick carried 14 yards to help set up a 48-yard field goal.

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