Originally created 09/22/96

UGA Notebook



Dax Langley lost his place-kicking duties this week, but he apparently didn't lose his confidence.

Langley, who handled the placement kicks and the punting in the first two games, was replaced as Georgia's place-kicker by freshman Hap Hines of Marietta on Thursday. Langley had gone 3-for-3 on extra points, but was 0-for-2 on his field-goal attempts, including a 24-yarder last week at South Carolina last Saturday.

So on Saturday, Langley did just the punting. He booted the ball xxxx times for xxxx yards, an average of xxxxx. Entering the game, he was averaging 40 yards on 11 punts.

In the third quarter, a Langley punt was fumbled by Texas Tech's Dane Johnson and the loose ball was recovered by Georgia's D.J. Johnson. The Bulldogs, however, were unable to capitalize on the miscue.

PICKED OFF: Texas Tech quarterback Zebbie Lethridge had not been intercepted coming into Saturday's game. In fact, he had thrown 273 straight regular-season passes without being picked off - 211 of which took place last year and set the Southwest Conference (which is now defunct) all-time best mark.

On Saturday, he threw six passes before being intercepted by Georgia's Alandus Sims in the first quarter, stopping his regular-season streak at 279. Corey Johnson then snagged an interception in the second quarter.

ON THE AIR: Saturday's game was broadcast by ESPN2, giving the Bulldogs nine consecutive games on television dating back to last year's Vanderbilt game. The Bulldogs are 81-56-5 in games on the tube.

HOME FOLKS: Texas Tech's roster is made up mostly of players from the Lone Star State. The Raiders have just five non-Texas players - two from California, one from Colorado, one from Florida and one from British Columbia.

RELIABLE: Five Georgia players started all 12 games last year and have started all three games this year - Greg Bright, Larry Brown, Juan Daniels, Corey Johnson and Adam Meadows. Meadows has started 28 games overall, while Johnson has started 26 straight.

HELPING HAND: The United Way recognized three student-athletes and the Georgia Athletic Association for their community service in a pregame ceremony.

Honorees from UGA included Nancy McDuff, UGA's Campaign for Charities chairperson; John Shafer, UGA senior associate athletic director; and basketball players La'Keshia Frett, Brandi Decker and Kedra Holland-Corn.

THANKS, HARLEY: Harley Bowers, who covered the Bulldogs for more than five decades for several newspapers in Georgia, recently retired as sports editor of the Macon Telegraph and was recognized in a pregame ceremony.

WELCOME BACK: The 1971 Georgia football team had its 25th reunion at Saturday's game and was recognized at halftime. The '71 Bulldogs went 11-1 and won the Peach Bowl. Members of the team included Robert Honeycutt, Andy Johnson, Kim Braswell, Tom Nash, Bobby Poss, Mixon Robinson, Buzzy Rosenberg, Craig Hertwig, Chip Wisdom and Royce Smith.

Also honored was Bob Poss Sr., a member of the 1942 team that went to the Rose Bowl. He was presented with a jersey bearing his number (68) and a silver tray with a barbecue sandwich, Brunswick stew and a soft drink - a reference to his Poss' Foods which was UGA's concessionaire for more than three decades.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: There are several television sets in the Sanford Stadium press box, which are utilized to show other games around the country. On Saturday, as you might expect, most were turned to the Florida-Tennessee game.

But one of the TVs was kept on The Weather Channel to help track the system that brought rain to Saturday's game. The rain began to fall during pregame warmups, starting at 5:05 p.m. It rained throughout the first half, but the only play it really seemed to affect was Texas Tech's missed extra point attempt when holder Fred Scovell mishandled the snap.