Dawgs hold on: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's 27-24 win.

REBOUNDING: Charles Johnson's decisive play in the final seconds capped a rare day for the Bulldogs' starting defensive ends, who were as productive as advertised for the first time this season.

"I think we all would have said we would have gotten a little more production out of that group by now," Richt said. "It was good to see them pressure better. They played well, and hopefully they can build on that performance."

Quentin Moses, a preseason All-American, came into the game with one sack and had two against Mississippi State.

"It's a big burden off your shoulders," he said.

Moses and Johnson combined for seven tackles and three sacks.

LONG DAY: Redshirt freshman Bryan Evans made the first start of his career, and Mississippi State took advantage. MSU quarterback Michael Henig admitted his team was looking to pick on Evans, who gave up several completions, including a 46-yarder by Tony Burks that set up an MSU touchdown.

Evans ended the game tied for the team lead with seven tackles and also was credited with a pass breakup on a pass that bounced off his chest.

BIG GAP: When Massaquoi caught his 11-yard touchdown pass late in the first half, it was just the second time this season a Bulldog wide receiver has scored.

The first came in the first quarter of the season opener against Western Kentucky when Mario Raley caught an 18-yard touchdown pass. After that, Georgia went 28 consecutive quarters without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver until Massaquoi's grab.

Sophomore Kenneth Harris also added a positive note to the wide receivers' day. Harris, who caught three long passes to convert crucial third downs, had four catches for 106 yards to become the first Georgia player with more than 100 yards receiving since Massaquoi and tight end Leonard Pope did it against Auburn.

"It feels real good to get out there and have a couple big catches just to get my confidence up because I've really been down on myself thinking about catching the ball," Harris said. "Today, I really didn't think too much about catching the ball, I just went out there and caught it."

INJURY UPDATE: Backup center Ian Smith expected a busy day on Saturday. Instead, he didn't see the field. Starting center Nick Jones, who as of Sunday was doubtful due to a knee sprain, played every snap.

"I intended to play the whole time," he said.

Freshman linebacker Darius Dewberry pulled a hamstring and is questionable for the Floridagame. Starting defensive tackle Ray Gant suffered a back injury that he will have evaluated.

As expected, tight end Martrez Milner (toe), offensive lineman Chester Adams (ankle) and cornerback Ramarcus Brown (hamstring) didn't dress out for the game. Adams said after the game that he'll be back to play the Gators, and Georgia coaches are hopeful all three will return.

THIS AND THAT: The Mississippi State band's halftime performance consisted entirely of music from video games, including "Halo," "Mortal Kombat," and "Super Mario Bros." … Andy Bailey missed Georgia's first extra point attempt of the season when he hit the left upright with 14:58 left in the fourth quarter. Georgia kickers had made 62 in a row before the miss. Bailey also was the last Bulldog to miss one, in 2004 against Georgia Tech. … Senior offensive tackle Daniel Inman was called for three false starts.


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