December 28, 2009

Curran suspended for first quarter

Linebacker Rennie Curran was conspicuous by his absence in the first quarter of Monday's 44-20 win over Texas A&M.

It turns out the junior was suspended for the first 15 minutes because he missed a running session while back in Athens before the team arrived in Shreveport.

"It was not a huge deal other than he missed an early-morning run," head coach Mark Richt said. "Our policy is if you miss an early-morning run or something simple, you have to miss the first quarter of the next game. He was nothing big in any way, shape or form, but he did sleep in when he was supposed ot be there. It was not a big deal, believe me."

Curran had started Georgia's first 12 games.

Boykin sets mark

With his 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the second quarter of Monday's 44-20 win over Texas A&M, sophomore Brandon Boykin etched his name into the SEC record book.

"The blocking did a great job. It just parted like the Red Sea," Boykin said. "Once the blocking took out the kicker, it was just smooth sailing."

Besides setting a school mark, the former Fayette County standout tied Willie Gault's record for kickoff returns for a touchdown with three.

Boykin had a couple of 100-yarders earlier this year.

A former Griffin High star who went on to a standout career at Tennessee, Gault set the record in 1980.

Boykin came in with a school record 881 kickoff yards on 36 returns. Monday, Boykin had two returns for 107 yards.

Another record set

Monday's 44 points against the Aggies enabled the Bulldog to set a school record for the most points in a bowl game, besting the previous high of 41 set against Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

Georgia also tied the school bowl record with six touchdowns.

The Bulldogs, who made their record 13th-straight consecutive appearance in a bowl game, is now 7-2 in bowl games under Richt.

Dawgs block out Aggies

Special teams played a huge role in Georgia's victory, first when defensive tackle Geno Atkins blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt, the first by Georgia since A.J. Green in the Arizona State game.

Later, redshirt freshman Bacarri Rambo blocked a punt that was recovered by junior Vance Cuff at the Aggie 2-yard line to set up a touchdown run by Caleb King.

The Bulldogs now have blocked 11 field goals in the Mark Richt era which began in 2001. They also have blocked 18 punts and threePATs in that time.

This and that

Tight end Aron White (offense) and defensive tackle Geno Atkins (defense) earned Bowl MVP honors on offense and defense. White tied a bowl record with two touchdown catches while Atkins blocked a field goal and finished with three tackles and one sack. … Vince Vance started at right tackle in place of the injured Josh Davis. … Redshirt freshman cornerback Sanders Commings notched his first career interception at the Bulldog 10. It came on a fourth down play late in the third quarter. It led to a punt. Junior safety Reshad Jones had a 59-yard INT return to the Aggie 28 with 32 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. It was a team-high fourth for Jones and 111h overall in his career. … Sophomore Blair Walsh nailed a 49-yarder to give the Bulldogs a 17-14 lead with 9:25 left in the third quarter. Walsh has hit 20-of-22 overall this year including 7-for-7 from a range of 40-49 yards. He tied a bowl record with five PATs and he's 92-for-92 in his career.

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