Georgia vs. Auburn Game notes

AUBURN, Ala. — As the final seconds were leaving the Jordan-Hare Stadium clock Saturday night, <b>Terrence Edwards</b> rushed up to a group of reporters on the sideline and delivered a message he hoped would reach Gainesville, Fla.

Said Terrence Edwards, the Georgia receiver who is out with a separated shoulder: "Tell the Gators they don't have to play no more! Tell Snell his prediction didn't come true.''

 Florida offensive guard Shannon Snell made Georgia's bulletin board when he not only correctly predicted Florida would beat the Bulldogs, but then he further stated that Georgia would lose again, thereby opening the door to Florida advancing to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

 Said Snell: "I think this will put a statement on our season when we beat Georgia and take them out of the BCS. They've still got to play Ole Miss and Auburn. One of them is going to knock (Georgia) off. They can put that up as bulletin board material if they want.''

 Georgia beat Ole Miss 31-17 before clinching the SEC Eastern Division title with Saturday night's last-minute win over Auburn.

 Florida played host to South Carolina Saturday night and would have been playing for the East title if Georgia lost to Auburn.

 More than one Georgia player had Florida on his mind after the Auburn game.

 "I hate it for them,'' said Georgia senior Jon Stinchcomb of the Gators. "I'm really upset for Shannon Snell.''

 Added Stinchcomb with a smile: "I'll leave a ticket waiting for him at will-call.''

 Hello Mr. Hood: Auburn defensive back and return specialist Roderick Hood was a thorn in the side of Georgia's special teams all through the game.

 Though Hood, from Carver High in Columbus, lost a fumble on his first punt return in the first quarter, he affect field position throughout the game as he finished with 70 yards on two punt returns and 92 yards on four kickoff returns.

 On Georgia's first kickoff of the second half, Brett Kirouac tried to avoid Hood by trying a high and short kick, but Hood bravely caught the ball at the 27 and broke through a pack of tacklers for a return of 19 yards to the Auburn 46

 Hood was given an on-field greeting from a former high school teammate when Georgia senior Ryan Davis made the tackle to stop Hood on a kickoff return at the Georgia 33 in the third quarter.

 "Tell Hood I got him,'' Davis said with a smile.

 Hood and Davis played key roles on defense. Hood was credited with four tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and one pass broken up.

 Davis had more playing time than usual at safety because starter Kentrell Curry was sick with a virus. Curry started but did not play in the second half.

 Davis was credited with two tackles.

  Rotating quarterbacks: D.J. Shockley played one series in the first quarter, leading Georgia to one first down before the drive stalled at the Bulldogs' 42.

 Starter David Greene played most of the rest of the game and the entire second half.

 There was a twist to the two-quarterback system in the second quarter when Greene opened a drive. Greene gave way to Shockley on second down when Shockley ran for seven yards. Then Greene came back in for third down.

 When Greene began moving the offense in the second half, Coach Mark Richt didn't want to disrupt the flow.

 "When we scored on the first two drives of the second half, I just wasn't going to mess with that,'' Richt said.

  Bowl talk: Scouts from the Sugar, Capital One (Citrus), Outback and Peach bowls attended the game.


 Linebacker lineup news: As expected, linebackers Boss Bailey and Chris Clemons returned to their normal positions.

 Bailey had filled in for Clemons at weakside linebacker while Clemons missed two starts with a sprained ankle, but with Clemons' return, Bailey was back at strongside linebacker.

 Bailey suffered a sprained knee last week against Mississippi but returned to practice Wednesday.

  Injured but still trying: Both of Georgia's injured receivers — Edwards and Damien Gary — made the trip. Edwards still has his left arm in a sling to protect the separated shoulder he suffered last week.

 Despite his injury, Edwards was on the field before the game, playing a one-hand game of catch with Gary, who is off crutches as he continues t

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