Dawgs over Hogs: News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's 23-20 win over Arkansas.

GOOD CALL: A conservative call by Richt in the fourth quarter paid off huge. Richt called a timeout with 10:15 left in the game to consider going for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 28-yard line. He decided to punt after the break, and Arkansas' Peyton Hillis fumbled the ball.

Mike Gilliam recovered the ball at Arkansas' 20-yard line, and the Bulldogs ended up with a crucial field goal on the drive.

BLUFFING HOGS: Arkansas' coach Houston Nutt made a big deal all week about making a change at quarterback. It may all have been for show, though. Not only did sophomore Robert Johnson start, but he played every snap.

It made for an anticlimactic day for ESPN pro football analyst Chris Mortensen, who got a press pass to the game thinking his son might start or at least play for the Razorbacks. Alex Mortensen is Arkansas' second-string quarterback.

TEAM MEETING: Senior cornerback led the Bulldogs in an emotional meeting in the east end zone as the team took the field for the second half.

"I told them, ‘We're a family,'" he said. "When things get tough, we have to come together as a family."

REDEMPTION: Bryan McClendon took care of last week's tainted touchdown early against the Razorbacks, by catching an 11-yard scoring pass on the Bulldogs' first drive. McClendon, a senior,was given credit for his first career touchdown last week against Vanderbilt, but the SEC's director of officials said this week that the ball was trapped and shouldn't have been ruled a score.

McClendon's second score was unquestionable, as he beat safety Randy Kelly for a score with 10:43 left in the first quarter.

THIS AND THAT: Atlanta Braves' rookie sensations Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann, both Georgia natives, were on the sideline for the game. ... Former Bulldogs Thomas Davis and Wayne Johnson also were in attendance. ... Georgia had just four penalties for 20 yards. ... The Bulldogs will consider playing true freshman Kade Weston this week, Richt said.

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