October 29, 2011

Notebook: Win very emotional

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There were a lot poignant moments that took place on the field at EverBank Field following Georgia's 24-20 win over arch-rival Florida.

One of the more memorable was five of Ben Jones' teammates trying to push the 315-pound center up into the stands to celebrate with a throng of delirious Georgia fans.

It took some doing, but Jones finally made it up, screaming at the top of his lungs, a tear or two running down his cheek.

"Man … I can't even explain it myself, but this was for the seniors," junior nose Jonathan Jenkins said. "This was about us coming together against a great team … to see the coaching staff hugging each other giving each other high-fives, jumping with the players … wow. This was one intensified victory."

The out-pouring of emotion was unlike many long-time Georgia followers had witnessed in some time.

For some, especially the members of Georgia's senior class, Saturday's victory stood all by itself.

"Nothing compares to it - no game," cornerback Brandon Boykin said. "People talk about it being just another game, and I'm the same way, but it's not. To get that victory against a team like this, it does mean a little bit more."

Head coach Mark Richt said the fact his Bulldogs were able to come back from a 17-3 deficit made it all the sweeter.

"We talked about the St. Louis Cardinals," Richt said of the World Series champs. "No, I don't think ours was more dramatic, but hey, it showed that guys who don't quit have a chance."

Injury update

• Starting left guard Dallas Lee injured his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

He was replaced by Kenarious Gates.

• Running back Richard Samuel appeared to sprain his ankle on the game's final play and had to be helped from the field. Richt did not immediately have an updates on either Lee or Samuel.

• Running back Isaiah Crowell said he suffered a shin contusion, although he did return and finished the game.

Jones plays, Geathers doesn't

Safety Shawn Williams said he was literally chomping at the bit to get in the game once his first-half suspension was over.

"That was rough," Williams said. "Every second that went by … I was just counting them down. I just couldn't wait for the second half to get here."

Williams made up for lost time once in the game.

Although he recorded just one tackle, he was Johnny on the Spot in the third quarter when he recorded a fumble forced by linebacker Jarvis Jones at the Gator 18 to set up Georgia's first touchdown - a 14-yard pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King.

Walsh's woes continue

Kicker Blair Walsh missed another pair of field goals, giving him 10 for the year.

The senior from Fort Lauderdale is now just 13 of 21 for the year.

Walsh had missed just 12 field goal attempts combined in his first three years.

Saturday, Walsh kicked a 32-yard field goal to bring Georgia within 7-3, but missed his next two attempts of 33 and 37 yards.

This and that

Florida only managed one first down the entire second half … Mike Gilliard once again led the Bulldogs in tackles, collecting six against the Gators. … Georgia is 8-for-18 on fourth down conversions this season including 3-for-3 today. Georgia's other two fourth down conversions for touchdowns were when Murray hit Orson Charles for a 36-yard score versus No. 5 Boise State and flanker Tavarres King for a 32-yard TD against No. 12 South Carolina. Saturday, King had 3 receptions for 44 yards. ... True freshman Chris Conley also had a career-high two catches for 20 yards. Also, sophomore Rhett McGowan had his second career catch in the third quarter for a first down. McGowan also had a 12 yarder versus Idaho State in 2010. … Georgia (6-2, 5-1 SEC) extended its winning streak this season to six in a row following a 0-2 start. This is the first six-game streak since winning its last seven during the 2007 season including beating Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-2. Also, Georgia now leads the UF series 48-40-2 including 41-38-1 in Jacksonville. The Bulldogs are now 4-3 all-time against Florida coming off a bye.

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