Dawgs beat Oklahoma State: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's 35-14 win over Oklahoma State.

SHARING THE LOAD: As expected Thomas Brown started the game at tailback, and as expected Kregg Lumpkin and Knowshon Moreno saw early playing time.

By the end of the first half, Brown had eight carries for 44 yards and two rushing touchdowns, more than he had in 62 rushing attempts last year. Moreno had five carries for 16 yards, and Lumpkin had two carries for 2 yards.

ALMOST PERFECT: The dropped passes that plagued Georgia last year didn't show up until late in the first half, when Tony Wilson couldn't grab a pass that would have resulted in a first down with 4:12 left in the half.

MAKING HISTORY: Columbus' Bruce Figgins was part of something Saturday that had never happened at Georgia since at least 1964. Figgins and fellow true freshman Trinton Sturdivant both started for the Bulldogs, Figgins at tight end and Sturdivant at left tackle.

It marked the first time in at least 43 years that the Bulldogs had started two true freshmen in the season opener on offense and defense combined. (Complete records before 1964 are unavailable.) In 1998, true freshman quarterback Quincy Carter and punter Wynn Kopp both started in the first game of the year.

Sturdivant and Figgins got in on the action early. On Georgia's first play from scrimmage, Brown took a handoff and ran behind that pair for a 14-yard touchdown.

Figgins made a bigger impact early in the third quarter, when he caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to put the Bulldogs ahead 28-14 with 9:43 left in the third quarter.

MIMBS' DEBUT: Dublin's Brian Mimbs didn't get to ease into his job as the Bulldogs' starting punter. Mimbs was standing deep in Georgia's end zone midway through the first quarter, when he got off a line drive kick that rolled to a stop after 42 yards.

Mimbs, who barely edged out true freshman Drew Butler for the right to start the game, finished the first half with three punts and a 43.3-yard average.

His third punt was a beauty, bouncing high at the Oklahoma State 2-yard line, but Brown allowed the ball to roll into the end zone, resulting in a touchback.

THE MONEY MAN: Oklahoma State's uber-booster Boone Pickens was optimistic prior to the kickoff of Saturday's game. Pickens has given $235 million to the school in the last 10 years.

"We've got a good team," Pickens said. "Are we good enough to compete at this level? We're about to find out. It won't take long."

The Cowboys trailed 7-0 less than a minute into the game but had worked their way into the game by halftime, trailing 21-14.

THIS AND THAT: Brandon Coutu handled kickoffs for Georgia … Redshirt freshman defensive back Donavon Baldwin didn't dress out for the game. Georgia sports information did not know the reason before the game. … Backup fullback Jason Johnson missed the game due to a neck injury. … Thomas Brown was the Bulldogs' starting kickoff return man. … Wilson started at wide receiver along with Sean Bailey.

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