Georgia reeling after more injuries, another loss

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — First, the injuries started mounting up for the Georgia Bulldogs. Now the losses are, too, damaging any hopes of getting back to Atlanta for a third consecutive season.

Georgia's Reggie Davis (center) loses control off the ball in the loss to. Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs blew a second-half lead and dropped their second game in a row.  MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia's Reggie Davis (center) loses control off the ball in the loss to. Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs blew a second-half lead and dropped their second game in a row.

At least the Bulldogs have a much-needed break in the schedule to rest up before the annual showdown against Florida.

“This is a much needed open date, we got to figure this out,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Do some soul searching and really figure out what we need to do individually and as a team to get better. There are still a lot of great games left, a big game versus Florida in a couple weeks. We got to put this one behind us, get back to work, find a way and ... just keep getting better.”

The Bulldogs survived their injuries in pulling out an overtime win at Tennessee.

Then they lost to Missouri and suffered two more injuries Saturday in a 31-27 loss at Vanderbilt that knocked Georgia out of the Top 25 on Sunday.

Receiver Chris Conley suffered an ankle injury on the final play and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons hurt his right foot in the second quarter and didn’t return.

“It’s tough, but we got to just keep grinding,” Murray said. “Like I said, our leaders really have to step up and make sure everyone stays focused, stays hungry and keeps working.”

It can’t help Murray that receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley both are gone for the season with torn ACLs, and Michael Bennett currently is dealing with his own injured knee. Running back Todd Gurley missed his third consecutive game with a sprained ankle.

That left J.J. Green and former Aquinas standout Brendan Douglas playing as freshmen. Both had stretches against Vanderbilt where they ran very well, but Douglas fumbled after a catch with 1:59 trying to get more yards.

Officials took out defensive end Ray Drew when they flagged him for targeting when he hit Austyn Carta-Samuels after the Vanderbilt quarterback threw a pass with 11:19 left in the second quarter. The play was reviewed and upheld, sending Drew to the locker room. He came in third in the SEC with five sacks in the previous three games.

Another targeting penalty kept alive Vanderbilt’s first TD drive in its comeback on fourth down. Ramik Wilson hit Vandy receiver Jonathan Krause with his shoulder on an incompletion on fourth-and-4. Review kept Wilson in the game, but the penalty stood for a first down.

“I’m ready to see how this officiating, this is going to go over this weekend,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said.

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Just My Opinion 10/21/13 - 04:50 am
Yeah, the fat lady is

Yeah, the fat lady is singing, I'm afraid. What a weird and sad turn-around of a season for the Dawgs. As far as the Targeting infractions go, I hope y'all get a chance to see them....look on YouTube?...and even the most casual football fan would have to look at the Ray Drew penalty and scratch your head wondering what all the fuss is about! Even the TV announcers were certain that it'd be overturned, and were shocked when it wasn't.
Oh, well. Hey, look on the bright side! A lot of other SEC teams lost also. Guess it's time we start rooting on the Tigers from Missouri!

justthefacts 10/21/13 - 07:39 am

Yes, no one could have seen this coming. The team that beat USC and LSU would have run the table and had a good chance at the making the big game. But, it was not meant to be. That team no longer exists. Every game left is now 50/50 at best. Let's hope they somehow find a way to win most of them.

Riverman1 10/21/13 - 09:04 am
Yeah, ALL our expectations

Yeah, ALL our expectations with all our teams have left the building. Let's just hope we all win out from here. It's a much different mood this week.

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