"We didn't play as well as I would have hoped," Richt said. "I know there's only six guys,but that's just the way it is right now."
Neither the run blocking nor the pass blocking was good enough, Richt said. Western Kentucky had one sack.
"It was rough," center Nick Jones said of playing the whole game while most of his teammates got a half day off, "but we knew what the deal was going to be."
The only scholarship backup to play was Washington County's Seth Watts, a sophomore who made his biggest impact by being called for holding in the end zone, resulting in an automaticsafety and two points for Western Kentucky.
"I hope it's a cool night next week," Richt said.
TOUGH CALL: Sophomore quarterback Blake Barnes found out the same time that everyone else in Sanford Stadium that he had fallen to fourth on the depth chart.
"They didn't tell us anything (before Saturday)," he said. "They just put Stafford in andtold me it was a decision they made in the last two weeks of practice. Same story,disappointed, keep fighting. It's never over."
BUTTER FINGERS: Richt bragged all preseason about how well his offensive players were catching the ball, but it didn't carry over to the first game. Four Bulldogs dropped very catchable passes.
The most noticeable, and most troubling, was by tight end Martrez Milner, who entered the game with a shaky history catching the ball and dropped a perfect pass from Joe Tereshinski inthe end zone in the third quarter.
Peach County's A.J. Bryant also dropped a pass in the end zone, although his wasn't the gimmee that Milner's was. Kenneth Harris and Kris Durham also let balls that hit them in both hands fall to the ground.
"We'll just keep working," Richt said. "I haven't lost faith in anybody."
NEWCOMERS: Georgia played more true freshmen Saturday (six) than it did all last year (five).
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, linebacker Darius Dewberry, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, cornerbacks Prince Miller and Asher Allen and Durham all played. None of the Bulldogs' true freshmen offensive linemen even dressed out for the game.
"I was nervous in the locker room, but once I got on the field it was like, ‘This is where I'm supposed to be at,'" said Dewberry, the Peach County High graduate who had four tacklesagainst the Hilltoppers. "I think I did pretty well."
INJURY UPDATE: Wide receiver Mikey Henderson (hamstring) appeared to be the only Bulldog to suffer an injury of any significance. Linebacker Marcus Washington was shaken up in the firsthalf but returned in the second half.
Senior defensive tackle Ray Gant said his banged up shoulder felt great, and he would be ready to play against South Carolina.
Fullback Jason Johnson (ankle), defensive end Marquis Elmore and offensive lineman Zeb McKinzey (shoulder) didn't dress out for the game due to injury. Offensive linemen DanielInman and Ian Smith, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and cornerback Thomas Flowers didn't play due to suspension.