11 08 2004 - Inside Slant on the Georgia Bulldogs

Scout.com takes an inside slant look at the Dawgs after thier win over Kentucky.

There have been times this season when Georgia's bounty of offensive talent and its yardage totals have not added up to points on the scoreboard. Saturday at Kentucky was not one of those times.

The Bulldogs cut loose for a season-high 589 yards of offense against a moribund defense, but this time the yards led to plenty of points in a 62-17 victory.

"It's good to put up 62 on anybody, I don't care who it is," wide receiver Reggie Brown said. "We didn't score that much on Vandy."

Then again, no one's going to confuse Vandy and Kentucky for Georgia's next opponent. Auburn is 9-0, ranked third in both polls and the BCS standings, and already is assured of a spot in the SEC championship game.

"As soon as I got them all together, I said it was a good game but it's time to get your minds right," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "It's going to be a heck of a game."

For Georgia to hold up its end of the deal the eighth-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 SEC) will have to work harder for their points than they did against Kentucky.

"We took care of business and did what we had to do," wide receiver Fred Gibson said. "Now we can get ready for the big game we've thinking about. This big game against Auburn has been in the back of everybody's head"

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB David Greene -- Between the win, a touchdown pass and no interceptions, Greene set three records on Saturday: An NCAA Division I record with his 40th win as a college starter, surpassing former Tennessee star Peyton Manning; ran his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 206, breaking the SEC record; and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE Leonard Pope that gives him 68 for his career, breaking the school record he had shared with Eric Zeier.

KEEP AN EYE ON: TB Thomas Brown -- True freshmen Thomas Brown and Danny Ware have shared the spotlight at tailback all season. This time it was Brown's turn, with a career-high 130 yards and three touchdown runs.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Auburn's 9-0 and on cloud 9 now. We're just going to go to Alabama and try to ruin it for them." -- Georgia receiver Fred Gibson.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The Bulldogs are on a roll offensively, averaging 509 yards over the past four games. "The offense has really been hitting on all cylinders really for the last month or so," quarterback David Greene said. "We're just going to have to keep it up, especially this next week."

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: The defense, however, seems to be slipping. Georgia allowed 344 yards against the worst-rated offense in Division I-A and gave up two third-quarter touchdowns. "We're not playing Georgia defense right now," Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

ROSTER REPORT: With starting true freshman TB Danny Ware sustaining knee and ankle injuries in the first quarter, true freshman Thomas Brown took over and carried 22 times for career highs of 130 yards and three touchdowns. That also meant more playing time for backups Michael Cooper and Tony Milton. If Ware is unable to play against Auburn this week, Brown will most likely start and be backed up by Cooper, Milton and Tyson Browning.

DT Ray Gant returned to game action after suffering a separated shoulder against Tennessee.

Senior strongside LB Arnold Harrison returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury against Marshall on Sept. 18.


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