Dawgs Drill LSU: News and Notes

BATON ROUGE - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's win over LSU.

POWER NAP

It's not exactly a medical miracle, but tight end Aron White found out the power a good nap Saturday.

The redshirt freshman sprained his shoulder in practice last week, and Thursday afternoon Richt said White couldn't lift his arm over his shoulder and would not make the trip to LSU. After a mid-day power nap, however, White's shoulder had miraculously healed.

"I don't know what he was dreaming about," Richt said, "but it was a good thing."

Not only did White travel with the team, but he hauled in his first career catch – a 48-yard reception from Stafford. It was the first reception by a Georgia tight end since Sept. 20.

"It was my only chance to come to Baton Rouge to play," White said, "so I had to take advantage of it."

RUNNING TO A WIN?

Georgia focused on its running game against LSU as running back Knowshon Moreno rushed for 163 yards, a performance that included a 68-yard touchdown run.

Moreno's consistency on the ground Saturday caused all sorts of problems for the Tigers. On top of not being able to slow him down, Moreno also caused LSU to be more cautious and less aggressive, which affected the Tigers' passing defense. The issue is the rushing yardage, LSU head coach Les Miles said.

"If you give up the rushing yardage, you're not going to put the pressure on the quarterback. As long as they had the lead, there's little reason for them to spread you out and just toss it over the line and allow us to get in the backfield. It's hard to pressure a team that is running the football pretty well."

SETTTING THE AGENDA

Georgia's pass rush has been roundly criticized this season for failing to accumulate sacks, but Saturday's game set up perfectly for the Bulldogs' defensive ends to tee off on LSU's quarterbacks.

While Georgia had just two sacks in the game, Justin Houston's takedown and Jeremy Lomax's half-sack were the first of the season for the Bulldogs' defensive ends.

The key, Richt said, was a strong performance by Georgia's offense.

"In order to get a pass rush we had to get them into third-and-long, but we also had to score points," Richt said. Part of the reason we didn't get a pass rush against Alabama is … we didn't score any points at all in the first half. We never got them in a position where they felt they had to drop back and throw the football to keep drives going. This time, we got them in third-and-longs and we also scored enough points to make them have to get into that type of mode of operation."

KEEPING THE SCOREBOARD BUSY?

Georgia's 52-point performance against LSU was the second most points the Bulldogs have scored in a game this season. The Bulldogs scored 56 against Central Michigan earlier this season.?

Saturday's game marked the fourth time Georgia has eclipsed the 50-point barrier since Richt took over in 2001.?

"We go into every game trying to score every time we get the ball," Stafford said. "That's our thought process and what we work towards, and we were able to move the ball well on (LSU). We got some big plays when we needed them (Saturday)."

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