January 2, 2012

No consistency at RB

TAMPA, Fla. - If there's been one word to describe Georgia's running game this year, one word immediately jumps to mind - inconsistent.

That was certainly the case during Monday's 33-30 loss in triple overtime to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl.

The Bulldogs rushed 35 times a mere 55 yards, putting the onus on quarterback Aaron Murray to try and carry the offense.

No quite. Murray had issues of his own, fumbling once and throwing a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six that Georgia native Darqueze Dennard returned for a 38-yard touchdown.

But the fact the Bulldogs weren't able find any semblance of a running game against the Spartans' front line, certainly didn't help matters leaving offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to state the obvious during the Bulldogs' post-game press conference at Raymond James Stadium.

"We've got to become more consistent in the run game and this year we were not able to be consistent," Bobo said. "There are going to be times when you're going to have lost yardage, get stopped or maybe get just two or three yards, but you've got to keep firing away at it. We probably didn't do that enough today, but we've still got to get consistent at the position."

Ken Malcome opened for the Bulldogs - his second start of the year - and rushed 12 times for 51 yards before leaving with an undisclosed injury early in the fourth quarter.

Malcome joined freshman Isaiah Crowell on the sideline.

Crowell left the game with an ankle injury early in the second quarter after rushing three times for just three yards. He did not return.

"Isaiah's had some bumps and bruises that and hurt that same ankle today, then Ken went down and he was not able to go any more," Bobo said. "Again, we've just got to become more consistent. I think at this point that's entirely clear. We've got to do a better job."

The Bulldogs hope some help will be forthcoming come Signing Day.

Georgia already has a commitment from North Carolina standout Keith Marshall, and is in the running for Stephenson High standout Mike Davis and Marshall's fellow Tar Heel state native Todd Gurley.

Junior Richard Samuel played Monday, but was not effective, rushing nine times for just six yards.

Record night for King

Wide receiver Tavarres King had a record night, catching six passes for 205 yards, but like the rest of his teammates was not in a celebratory mood.

"The record is kind of irrelevant. The win is what I'd rather have. To me, there's not bitter-sweetness, it's just bitter," King said. "I'd rather have zero yards and win."

The 205 yards combined for by King and Murray set a school bowl record, an effort that included an 80-yard touchdown completion in the first half.

Murray completed his first 10 passes for 97 yards before his first incompletion in the 2nd quarter. Also, he had a 60-yarder to King who had a career-high 146 yards receiving. The 80-yard touchdown was a Georgia bowl record, the previous mark was a 67-yarder in the 1947 Sugar Bowl from Charley Trippi to Dan Edwards. King and Murray hooked up for a 53-yarder on the go-ahead touchdown drive to give him a school record and bowl record 205 receiving yards.

Injury Update

Junior nose tackle John Jenkins left in the fourth quarter following an interception off a tipped pass from Alec Ogletree and did not return.
There was no immediate news on the injury for Jenkins, who was taken from the sideline on a golf cart.

• The Bulldogs played the game without defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (ankle) and linebacker Mike Gilliard (ankle).

This and that

With Saturday's loss, Georgia is now 4-4 in overtime games, including 2-1 in bowl games and 1-1 in the Outback Bowl. Richt is 2-2 all time in overtime. … Bacarri Rambo's interception in the first overtime was the eighth of his career. … With eight points today, senior Blair Walsh set the SEC and Georgia record for most career point with 412, breaking the mark of Georgia's Billy Bennett (2000-03). This tally ranks second in NCAA history. He set the mark with a 47-yarder in the 2nd overtime for a 30-27 lead. … Senior left tackle Cordy Glenn made his 50th career start (47thconsecutive), tying the school mark for most by a lineman (Clint Boling had 50 from 2007-10) and second overall by any player. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome made his second career start at tailback (first came vs. Ga. Tech this year). Junior Christian Robinson made the starter at inside linebacker for Gilliard who had started the past 11 games. Sophomore Garrison Smith started at defensive for the second straight game for the Tyson. While he didn't start, junior running back Samuel returned for the first time since the win over Florida Oct. 29. … MSU got 14 points off three turnovers while Georgia got 3 points off three INTs. They did not score off a fumble by Murray in the 2nd quarter. In the third quarter, MSU got a Murray interception, and it led to a touchdown and two-point conversion that covered 48 yards on nine plays. Then in the third quarter, Murray was picked again on a tipped pass, resulting in a 38-yard INT return for a touchdown by Darqueze Dennard. That made it 16-14 as the two-point conversion failed. Shawn Wiliams picked off Kirk Cousins and ran it back 45 yards to the MSU 12, and it led to a 32-yard field goal. It was Williams fourth interception on the year.

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