Dawgs beat Troy: News and Notes

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

SLIPPERY SUCKER: Quarterback Matthew Stafford finally has some company in the turnover department. Coming into the game, Georgia had turned the ball over six times, the fewest number in the NCAA, and all six were by Stafford (five interceptions, one fumble).

When head coach Mark Richt was asked this week about the fact that none of his running backs had fumbled, he said, "Shhh, we're not talking about that."

Sure enough, the jinx Richt feared hit his team as Knowshon Moreno and then Brannan Southerland fumbled the ball away on Georgia's first two possessions.

"Everybody wanted to brag about Knowshon and how he never fumbles, and sure enough it comes out on the first carry," Richt said.

INJURY UPDATE: Several Bulldogs suffered injuries, and the most serious seems to be to reserve linebacker Chris Gaunder, who hurt his right knee covering a kickoff in the second half and did not return to the field. He left the field on crutches and wearing a large brace.

Gaunder will receive an MRI before his status is determined.

Houston County graduate Quintin Banks, a freshman safety, was injured late in the game and fears there may be MCL damage in his knee, he said.

The remainder of the Bulldogs who were hurt --defensive tackle Kade Weston (ankle), cornerback Asher Allen (lower leg) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (knee) – are expected to play against Auburn. Of the three, Weston's injury is the most serious. He left the field on crutches, but both he and defensive line coach Rodney Garner said he will be fine.

Senior running back Thomas Brown could return from a collarbone injury next week. Brown missed the Troy game to be with his sister, who had a baby.

DUAL RETURNERS: Georgia ended the debate over who would return punts by starting both Thomas Flowers and Mikey Henderson in one formation. Flowers appeared to have wrested the starting job from Henderson when he was sent in to return the first two kicks, but Flowers and Henderson both went deep on Troy's third punt of the year.

That formation, which Georgia hadn't used all season, worked as Flowers caught the ball and returned it 22 yards to set up the Bulldogs' second touchdown drive of the game.

Flowers ended up getting both of the returnable kicks and had a long of 59 yards.

THIS AND THAT: Georgia has scored more than 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2002. The Bulldogs have scored more than 40 four times this season. …. Tripp Chandler's 22-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his second scoring grab of the year. … Senior wide receiver Sean Bailey was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after a first half touchdown catch because he flipped the ball toward defender Elbert Mack after the catch. … At halftime, Georgia's video message board featured three proposals back-to-back-to-back. … Ramarcus Brown and Asher Allen alternated returning kickoffs, and Allen had the better day, returning three kicks for 92 yards. … Brandon Coutu's 46-yard field goal in the third quarter was his second longest of the season.


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