Dawgs Fall in Stillwater: Post-Game Notes

STILLWATER, OK - Post-game notes from Georgia's loss to Oklahoma State.

*Rare Road Loss Under Mark Richt: Georgia fell to 30-5 in an opponent's stadium including 10-3 against ranked teams. It was the first non-conference road loss in an opponent's stadium for Georgia under Richt, falling to 6-1. The previous losses came at #11 LSU in 2003, at #3 Auburn in 2004 to unranked Kentucky in 2006 and to unranked Tennessee in 2007. Also, Georgia is now 3-2 all-time versus top 10 teams in an opponent's stadium under Richt.

Today marked the first season-opening loss for Richt. He was 8-0. The Bulldogs are now 88-25-3 all-time in season openers. It was the first season-opening loss for Georgia since 1996 when Jim Donnan's Bulldogs fell 11-7 to Southern Miss in Athens.

*Points off Turnovers: OSU scored 10 points off three Bulldog turnovers including two deep in their own territory. The Bulldogs did not create any turnovers. Georgia's first turnover came in the first half and OSU converted it into a field goal. The Bulldogs turned the ball over at their own 5-yard-line and managed to hold the Cowboys to minus-5 yards on four plays, resulting in a 28-yard field goal in the final minutes of the half. In the fourth quarter, a Joe Cox fumble led to a 32-yard TD drive by OSU and a 24-10 lead. Late in the final quarter, OSU got an interception on a tipped pass intended for Tavarres King. It gave OSU the ball at their own 41 and they ran out the clock.

*Butler Booming: Sophomore punter Drew Butler had six punts for an average of 57 yards. This marks the second best average for a single game in Georgia history. The record is held by Bobby Walden of 63.0 yards versus Texas in 1958 on three punts. Butler's longest today was a 75-yarder, which was the longest since Brian Mimbs had a 77-yarder versus South Carolina last season. Butler's father, Kevin, was an NFL standout and Bulldog All-American kicker and is now on Georgia's post-game radio show.

*Moore Hauls In TD: Senior split end Michael Moore scored Georgia's first touchdown of the year after snagging a 4-yard pass from Cox in the opening quarter. This was Moore's fourth career touchdown. The first of his career came against OSU in 2007.

*Walsh Connects From 53: Sophomore place kicker Blair Walsh kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter. This was the longest field goal for the Bulldogs since Brandon Coutu's 55 yarder against UAB in 2006. It was the longest field goal for Georgia on the road since Hap Hines hit a 54 yarder at Kentucky in 1996. Walsh's first career field goal was a 52 yarder against Georgia Southern last year, which was the longest FG for a Georgia freshman at Sanford Stadium.

*True Freshmen Playing: Georgia had six true freshmen play. Tight end Orson Charles, tight end Arthur Lynch, defensive back Branden Smith, linebacker Michael Gilliard, defensive end Montez Robinson and defensive tackle Abry Jones all played. Smith played at defensive back, receiver, quarterback, receiver and on numerous special teams, including returning one kickoff in the third quarter.

*Curran and Dowtin Leading Tacklers: Linebackers Rennie Curran and Marcus Dowtin tied for the team-high in tackles today with eight. It was a career-high for Dowtin. Curran also had one pass breakup and one QB-pressure. Curran was the second leading tackler in the SEC last year with 115.

*Quarterback: Although senior quarterback Joe Cox (15-for-30, 162 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) started the game and took a majority of the snaps at quarterback, redshirt sophomore quarterback Logan Gray and freshman defensive back Branden Smith each took one snap during the game's opening quarter as Georgia scored its lone touchdown on that opening drive of 10 plays and 80 yards. Gray also returned one punt and Smith returned a kickoff. Smith had three carries for 11 yards.

*Trailing At Halftime: Coming in today, the Bulldogs were 16-15 under head coach Mark Richt when they trailed at halftime. The last time Georgia trailed at the half was against Michigan State in the Capitol One Bowl. The Bulldogs trailed 6-3 at the half and ended up winning that day 24-12. Today, they fell behind 10-7 and eventually lost 24-10.

*Injury Report: Sophomore left tackle Trinton Sturdivant injured his left knee midway through the third quarter and did not return.

*Up Next: Georgia (0-1) returns to Athens and will play host South Carolina (1-0) on Sept. 12, and ESPN will televise the game live at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks have served as the SEC-opening opponent for the Bulldogs since they joined the league in 1992. Georgia leads the all-time series 45-14-2 and Richt is 6-2 versus the Gamecocks. Since 2001, six of those eight games have been decided by six points or less.


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