Dawgs beat Jackets again - News and Notes

ATLANTA - News and note from Georgia's win over Georgia Tech.

PICKING IT UP: The Bulldogs neutralized Georgia Tech's complicated and aggressive blitz package in the first 30 minutes. Jackets linebacker Gerris Wilkinson got his team's first sack of the game with fewer than five minutes remaining in the half, and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley had plenty of time to throw on that play but couldn't find an open receiver.

NOT PIKCING IT UP: Georgia's receivers didn't do as good a job as the offensive line. The main culprit was senior Bryan McClendon who had a ball bounce off his chest and be intercepted by KaMichael Hall and dropped a first down pass on a second quarter drive.

BIG ONE: Junior defensive end Quentin Moses got his 10th sack of the season in the second quarter, and it was a big one. Moses toppled Tech quarterback Reggie Ball for a 10-yard loss to drive the Yellow Jackets from Georgia's 22 to the Bulldogs' 32, out of field goal range. Tech ended the drive with a punt.

REGAINING FORM: For the second week in a row, sophomore running back Kregg Lumpkin was the second tailback in the game for Georgia. Lumpkin surpassed Danny Ware last week for the backup spot behind Thomas Brown.

Lumpkin, who started in 2003 but missed all of 2004 due to a knee injury, looked good on his first drive, carrying the ball four times for 32 yards on his first series of the game. A 16-yard Lumpkin run got Georgia to the Tech 2-yard line and set up the Bulldogs' first score.

BACK IN GAME: Safety Tra Battle returned to field and to his starting position Saturday night. Battle suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Auburn and did not play against Kentucky.

Battle missed a key tackle on the Yellow Jackets' first drive of the game. He had his arms around Tech fullback Mike Cox short of a first down, but the 245-pound Cox ripped free and got the first down to extend a drive Georgia Tech would later score on.

EARLY BLOW: DeMario Minter's rematch against wide receiver Calvin Johnson got off to a bad start for Minter, but it's hard to blame him. The Georgia senior had tight coverage on Tech's sensational sophomore in the end zone, but Johnson dove to the corner to catch a 2-yard scoring pass with 10:16 left in the first quarter.

Nickel back Paul Oliver actually drew the matchup with Johnson most of the second half. Johnson had just one catch in the first 30 minutes. Oliver was defending Damarius Bilbo when he got his third interception of the season to stop the Yellow Jackets' final drive of the half.

THIS AND THAT: Center Ryan Schnetzer started his third straight game. Schnetzer and Russ Tanner rotate series at the position. ... Offensive tackle Daniel Inman limped off the field during the Bulldogs' second drive of the game but returned for the third series only to leave before that possession was over. He was taken to the locker room in the first quarter. ... Georgia won the toss and deferred to the second half. ... Gordon Ely-Kelso shanked a punt in the first quarter that traveled only 23 yards. ... Former Bulldog Champ Bailey was on the Bulldogs' sideline.


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