Dawgs beat WCU: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's win over Western Carolina.

BAD DAY FOR DAVIS: If Boling does start at guard, it probably will be at the expense of Chris Davis, who was yanked from Saturday's game twice.

The first time came after it appeared he allowed quarterback Matthew Stafford to be sacked, a play that resulted in a lost fumble, however offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and Richt both said Stafford was at fault on that play. Stafford called the wrong protection for the defense, Bobo said.

Still, Davis was on the bench the next drive.

In the third quarter, Davis was flagged after shoving a Western Carolina player well after the whistle. He was immediately taken out of the game by Searels.

NOT SO SPECIAL: Georgia's special teams continued to struggle. The Bulldogs allowed Western Carolina's Mike Malone to average 26.1 yards on seven kickoff returns. They also had to call a timeout because they had too many men on the field on a Catamount field goal and had an illegal procedure penalty on a punt.

"You can't have that," Richt said. "There's an issue."

THERE HE IS: Junior receiver Demiko Goodman made a dramatic return to Georgia's receiver corps. Goodman, who tore his ACL last year, didn't have a catch in the first two games, but led the Bulldogs on Saturday with 51 yards on two catches, including a diving 34-yard touchdown catch, his first scoring catch.

"It just felt good to be on the field today," said Goodman, who estimated his knee is 90-95 percent back to full strength. "When you get an opportunity to make a play, it builds your confidence."

REALLY?: Senior running back Thomas Brown now has 2,006 career rushing yards. A 4-yard touchdown run Saturday made him just the 12th Bulldog ever to eclipse 2,000 yards on the ground.

"I had no idea I was that close," he said.

Brown needs 26 more yards to move into 11th place all-time.

ZAMBIASI HONORED: Macon's Ben Zambiasi was recognized at halftime for his induction into Georgia's Circle of Honor. Zambiasi, who still is Georgia's all-time leading tackler with 467 stops, was named an All-American in 1976. Zambiasi went on to a Hall of Fame career in the CFL after leaving Georgia.

INJURY UPDATE: Starting safety Kelin Johnson (ribs) and starting cornerback Bryan Evans(knee) each sat out but said after the game they could have played if needed. Both expect to be back at practice early this week. Tight end Na Derris Ward sat out due to a groin injury but also expects to be back soon.

Defensive tackle Corvey Irvin suffered a left ankle injury but said he'll be ready to play Alabama.


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