Georgia over Boise State: News and Notes

ATHENS — D.J. Shockley's impressive debut as No. 13 Georgia's starting quarterback would have been downright stunning with more help from his receivers.

The Bulldogs dropped five of his passes Saturday, one each from wide receivers Sean Bailey and T.J. Gartrell, tight ends Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner and fullback Brannan Southerland. The passes to Bailey, Gartrell and Southerland all would have gained at least 20 yards.

"Coach (Mark) Richt came in and halftime and said, ‘If we catch the ball, we'll be fine,'" Milner said.

Bailey and Milner each made it up to their quarterback by catching long touchdowns later in the game. Bailey got two touchdown passes after his drop.

"Overall, we probably made more than we missed," Richt said.

GEORGIA-FLORIDA SITE: Georgia's athletic board will vote Friday on a contract that would keep the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville through the 2010 season, a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. The current deal runs out after the 2006 game.

The Bulldogs have won just two of the last 15 games played in that city, and there was discussion about moving the game to home-and-home sites or perhpas playing it every other year at a nuetral site in Georgia.

TAILBACK WHO?: All three of Georgia's top three tailbacks played in the first half, but none of the three heralded players had a breakout game. Thomas Brown led the backs with eight carries for 42 yards. Kregg Lumpkin had seven for 23 yards, and Danny Ware added four for 17 yards

"We kept scoring so we kept throwing it deep," Brown said. "You can't be too upset about that. If we get 40-plus points a game, and I keep getting 40 yards, I'll be happy as long as we keep winning."

DAZZLING DEBUTS: Tony Taylor's return to action was about as good as he could have asked. After missing 2004 due to injury, Taylor picked off a Jared Zabransky pass on the first defensive play of the 2005 season. It was a bookend play for the junior middle linebacker. His last play of the 2003 season was an interception of Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton to seal a victory in the Capital One Bowl. Taylor missed 2004 due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

On the next drive, redshirt freshman Dannell Ellerbe went one better, intercepting a pass on his first collegiate play.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kenneth Harris tried to keep pace later in the game, when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Shockley on his first play for the Bulldogs.

INJURY UPDATE: Taylor and safety Greg Blue, who were slow getting up after separate plays in the third quarter, suffered leg cramps. Linebacker Jarvis Jackson left the game in the third quarter after suffering a lower leg bruise.

Defensive tackle Darrius Swain suffered a strained knee and did not return to the game. Swain was on crutches after the game but said he was "fine."

FRESHMAN PARTICIPIATION: Five true freshmen played for the Bulldogs. They were safety C.J. Byrd, defensive tackle Jeff Owens, linebacker Marcus Washington, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Tripp Chandler.

Massaquoi caught a 24-yard pass from Tereshinski on his first play of the game and a 23-yard pass on his third play.

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