Dawgs beat Colorado: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's 14-13 win over Colorado.

NEW PLAN: Georgia will take a long look at its running game after gaining a season-low 54 yards on 27 carries.

"What'd we average? Two yards a carry," Richt said. "That's not very good."

Kregg Lumpkin led the way with 52 yards on 12 carries. The Bulldogs will consider using different formations for its running game, Richt said. Saturday's total was their lowest since last year's Arkansas game.

Starter Thomas Brown had just three carries for minus-7 yards, marking his third poor performance in this season's four games.

ANOTHER BLOCK: Dale Dixson saved Georgia's shutout streak, at least for a while Saturday. After Colorado marched to Georgia's 9-yard line on its opening drive, Dixson blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby.

It was the Bulldogs' second blocked kick in as many weeks and the 24th of the Mark Richt era. Last week, the Bulldogs blocked a UAB punt and returned it for a touchdown.

It was Georgia's first blocked field goal since the 2003 season, when the Bulldogs blocked four.

SURPRISE APPEARANCE: Junior Mikey Henderson made a surprise appearance as a punt return. Richt and Henderson said earlier in the week that Henderson would not return kicks to keep a load off his tender hamstring, but he was forced into action after Asher Allen failed to recover from a big toe injury suffered in the middle of the week.

Both Allen and Thomas Brown looked shaky handling punts during pregame warm-ups, Richt said.

"Right after we finished our warm up I went to Mikey and said, ‘You're returning punts today. It's where you belong anyway,'" Richt said.

Henderson also took the first snaps of his career at wide receiver, however he didn't catch a pass. His 3-yard gain in the third quarter was ruled a running play since the ball was thrown backward to him.

TAKING IT ALL IN: Senior defensive tackle Ray Gant had a unique perspective on the game. He sat out due to a foot injury and got to see how both the offense and defense acted on the sidelines.

"It got rough for a second there. I saw guys losing hope, but our senior leadership stepped up and we got it done," he said. "We started flat. We underestimated them. We got complacent. Thank the Lord we were a good enough team to overcome it."

THIS AND THAT: Freshman wide receiver got his second straight start when the Bulldogs opened in a three wide receiver set. … Walk-on Ben Wilson kicked off for the Bulldogs so Coutu could rest a sore quadriceps muscle. … For the first time since the 2004 Auburn game, the Bulldogs went to the halftime locker room scoreless.

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