Dawg Day Afternoon

ATHENS, Ga. - Coach Ed Orgeron was concerned all week about the Bulldog rushing attack. On Saturday, everybody understood why.

The Rebels (1-4, 0-3) stayed within striking distance for three quarters, despite numerous errors, but Georgia (4-1, 2-1) ran roughshod over Ole Miss throughout the final period to ward off the upset and defeat the visitors 45-17 before a Sanford Stadium crowd of 92,746.

The Bulldogs rushed for 328 yards and five scores including a career-high 184-yard total from senior Thomas Brown. It was the highest individual rushing day from a Georgia back since Verron Haynes achieved 207 yards against Georgia Tech in 2001. It was the most total rushing yards for the Bulldogs since facing Ole Miss in 1991.

Knowshon Moreno complimented Brown with 93 yards on 14 touches.

"Their running backs ran us over," Orgeron said. "I'm really disappointed in the play of our defense, especially against the run in the second half. The play of the defense isn't what we expect here."

Ole Miss trailed by seven after the first two quarters but took the opening kickoff of the second half and delivered a game-tying 84-yard drive that lasted more than nine minutes. The possession was capped on a two-yard plunge from BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

The score ignited the northwest corner of the stadium occupied by Rebel fans, but it would be the last thing for Ole Miss to cheer about because of 28 unanswered from the Bulldogs.

The Rebels posted a solid day offensively in terms of yards, but a first quarter miscue inches from the Georgia goal will be looked back on as the mistake that hurt the most.

With Ole Miss leading 7-0, the Rebels marched down the field hoping for a two-score advantage and appeared to get it when Marshay Green received a pass, scampered close to the end zone and dove for the pylon. Green looked to have broken the plane but was ruled down.

On the next play, Georgia turned the momentum with a fumble recovery thanks to a bad exchange between Seth Adams and Thomas Eckers, who played in the place of usual starting center Cory Actis.

The Bulldogs tied it up 96 yards later on a Brown scamper from midfield.

"We thought about (reviewing the Green play) it," Orgeron said. "I thought they were going to review it. That is what I was clamoring for. It just didn't happen the way we wanted. Hindsight, I probably should have called timeout and had it challenged. But they should have looked at that thing."

Adams put up the go-ahead score to open the game on a 45-yard toss to Mike Wallace less than five minutes into the contest. The senior QB finished the day 24-of-35 for 228 yards and both a touchdown and an interception. Wallace caught three balls in all for 62 yards.

Shay Hodge led the team with six grabs for 77 yards.

The Bulldog running attack was fierce, but Ole Miss' ground attack was productive also with 158 yards led by Green-Ellis' 108 yards on 22 carries. Bruce Hall was more than adequate in his secondary role with 45 yards on seven rushes.

Georgia responded with the score knotted at 17. Four touchdowns on the ground followed including a 6-yard score from Fred Munzenmaier with just 57 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs' offense also added 144 yards from quarterback Matthew Stafford on 13-of-21 passing.

Ole Miss amassed 77 yards of penalties against only 15 for Georgia. The most harmful being a personal foul call on Kentrell Lockett that gave the Bulldogs a first down on their second scoring drive.

Josh Shene (30) and Georgia kicker Brandon Coutu (20) traded field goals in the final minute of the first half.

Peria Jerry and Tony Fein led the Rebels with eight and seven tackles respectively.

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