"He came right to me, and he said, ‘Coach, I just pulled my hamstring. I'm out,'" Richt said. "He immediately knew it."
The injury was not as serious as Coutu first feared, and he is expected to kick in Georgia's bowl game, Richt said. Senior Andy Bailey replaced Coutu. Bailey missed his first extra point but hit his next in his only action of the day. Bailey's miss could have been the result of a high snap that through off the kick's timing, Richt said.
"I don't know if Coutu would have made that one to be honest with you," Richt said.
Two Georgia Tech punts ended up under a pile of bodies in the Georgia end zone, but the Bulldogs recovered both for touchbacks. The first time, Henderson bobbled a Durant Brooks kick and fell on it in the end zone.
Then, in the third quarter, Ramarcus Brown inadvertently ran under a Brooks punt, which hit his shoulder and bounced into the end zone. Brown recovered the ball to prevent a Georgia Tech touchdown.
Henderson finished with two returns for seven yards. He has 19 returns for 214 yards this season. Thomas Flowers, who had taken over Henderson's job, has five returns for 101 yards this season.
INTERESTED OBSERVER: Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo snuck out of the coaches box just as Kentucky was lining up for a two-point conversion that would have tied its game with Tennessee at 52-52. Bobo, who had just called a four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that put the Bulldogs ahead 23-14 didn't get to see the fateful play because the Wildcats called timeout, and he had to go back to work.
The Tennessee-Kentucky score was announced in Bobby Dodd Stadium with 1:00 left in the third quarter, drawing a big cheer from the Georgia Tech faithful.
THIS AND THAT: Safety CJ Byrd recorded his first career interception, and safety Reshad Jones had his second. … Georgia has won at least 10 games in five of Richt's seven seasons. … The 31 points scored by the Bulldogs were the most allowed by Georgia Tech this season.