Originally created 10/30/00

Georgia notebook

A look at No. 17 Georgia two days after losing to Florida 34-23:

What worked: After getting torched by Jared Lorenzen and Kentucky a week ago, Georgia's defense stepped up against Florida and held it to 316 yards of total offense. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs' offense gave up four turnovers that the Gators converted into a pair of touchdowns late in both halves.

What didn't: Quincy Carter. Georgia's junior quarterback, after sitting out a week because of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, was ineffective in the second half. He turned the ball over four times Saturday, including twice in the game's final five minutes. In fairness, Carter aggravated his injury in the first half on a hard hit and was not able to run the option after that. Still, Carter finished as Georgia's leading rusher with 53 yards.

What's next: Georgia (6-2, 4-2 SEC East) is off this week and returns to action Nov. 11 when it travels to Auburn.

Injuries: Georgia coach Jim Donnan said Sunday that Carter's shoulder injury is the only significant one for the Bulldogs. Carter said he was in a lot of pain after Saturday's loss, but he'll have two weeks to recuperate.

Analysis: Saturday's loss will haunt the Bulldogs. With South Carolina's loss earlier in the day, a Georgia win would have put it in prime position to win its first SEC East title and play in the championship game. Instead, Georgia could not get the job done against Florida for the 10th time in 11 tries. With three regular season games (Auburn, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech) remaining and a bowl berth likely, a 10-win season is still possible for the Bulldogs. It will be interesting to see if they respond to the challenge or pack it in.

Quote: "We're in the same position we were the past three years. We can't pull the same thing we did last year, losing two out of three." -- Donnan


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