Georgia beats Auburn: News and Notes

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

SAY WHAT?: The call, or non-call, that appeared to upset Richt the most came near the end of the first half when punter Brian Mimbs, a Dublin native, fell to the ground on a punt. Richt felt roughing the punter should have been called and had a two-minute meeting at midfield with the officials before leaving the field.

Mimbs said the official told him no Auburn player hit him on the play.

"He told me nobody hit me and he told me he really should have thrown an unsportsmanlike conduct flag on me for faking," Mimbs said. "I don't know what that was about, but I didn't want any controversy. I just walked off the field."

BROWN'S RETURN: Thomas Brown admits he was down in the dumps after missing the last three games due to a broken collarbone, but he boosted his own spirits and those of his team in his return, rushing for 84 yards on 14 carries.

His 53-yard run was the longest run of the game.

"It was just nice to come back and help my team," he said.

Freshman Knowshon Moreno retained the starting job and had 22 carries for 101 yards, his fourth straight 100-yard game. Moreno now has 1,104 yards on the season, the eighth-best single season in school history.

MORE LINEBACKER MOVEMENT: Junior Marcus Washington wasn't in the starting lineup. Instead, Georgia moved Dannell Ellerbe to the middle linebacker spot and started freshman Rennie Curran on the weak side and senior Brandon Miller on the strong side.

"I guess (linebackers coach John Jancek) didn't think I was making enough plays out there and got the playmakers in the game," Washington said.

Ellerbe responded as he has all season and led the team with eight tackles.

INJURY UPDATE: Georgia didn't appear to suffer any injuries of note in the game. Freshman wide receiver Tony Wilson didn't play due to a shoulder injury. Safeties Quintin Banks (knee) and Donavon Baldwin (hip) did not play due to injuries.

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