Georgia got its first taste of life without A.J. Green a week earlier in an easy win over Tennessee Tech. The forecast for the final two weeks of the season might not be so pleasant.
Green sprained his left shoulder – an AC sprain according to head coach Mark Richt – in the second quarter of Georgia's 31-24 win over Auburn on Saturday, and while the prognosis isn't set in stone yet, Richt said the star receiver could be out until Georgia's bowl game.
"It's indefinite, and we just don't know," Richt said. "I would think he'd play in a bowl game for sure, but other than that, I'm not sure if he'll make it any sooner than that."
While Green was making his way to the locker room, his fill-in was busy catching the first touchdown pass of his career.
Sophomore Israel Troupe hauled in a 50-yard bomb from quarterback Joe Cox early in the second quarter to pull Georgia to within 14-7.
"I was ready to make a big catch and help my team out," Troupe said. "You don't really get plays like that and you just have to make them work when your number is called."
It was the first catch of the season for the rarely used receiver, who had four catches for 39 yards a year ago. Troupe has seen little playing time this season, but he was the target of a pass from Logan Gray in the end zone last week that was intercepted.
"Troupe is proof, we have depth and receivers all over the board," said freshman receiver Rantavious Wooten. "When A.J. went out, we didn't know how long, but we just went after it."
Troupe also made a diving catch, finishing with 64 yards for the game.
"It was special," Troupe said. "It was real special."