Six defensive ends – starters Marcus Howard and Rod Battle and reserves Jarius Wynn, Brandon Miller, Demarcus Dobbs and Jeremy Lomax – had played before the Warriors' second drive of the game was half finished.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Wood, a defensive tackle, made the earliest appearance of his career, coming in late in the first quarter.
Georgia opened the game with a 4-2-5 alignment, using only two linebackers, but the Bulldogs had switched from that before Hawaii ran its first play because of a penalty on the Warriors to open the game.
SHORT NIGHT: Senior wide receiver Mikey Henderson had his collegiate career ended 69 seconds into the game when he received a vicious and illegal hit from Hawaii's Kennan Jones. Henderson was looking up to field a punt when Jones dove and hit Henderson in the head with his helmet before the ball arrived.
Henderson suffered a concussion on the play, and Jones was flagged for a 15-yard penalty. Henderson tried to return early in the first quarter at wide receiver but came out after one play and was declared out for the remainder of the game.
Junior linebacker Marcus Washington also was injured early. Washington was bothered by a sprained ankle for much of bowl practices and appeared to aggravate the injury with 7:30 left in the first quarter. He limped off the field and did not return in the first half.