JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia coach Mark Richt defended the play-calling during the overtime period of Saturday's 34-31 loss to Florida - not the least of which was the decision to go Kris Durham in the end zone instead of trying to get the ball to A.J. Green.
"We were pretty sure we were going to get a matchup with their free safety (Ahmad Black) and Durham, and we felt like that was going to be a good situation," Richt said in his post-game press conference. "We ran A.J. in motion and their cornerback stayed with him, and our outside became one-on-one with Durham and their safety. It was a good matchup and worthy of a shot."
Unfortunately, for Georgia, Murray's throw wasn't quite on the money and Black was able to force the incompletion.
"If we had placed that ball a little bit better, Kris would have had an opportunity to make a play on the ball," Richt said.
Following a 1-yard run by Caleb King, Murray went back to pass again only to be intercepted by Will Hill, who returned the football 89 yards before being knocked out at the 1-yard line by Tavarres King.
Later, Chas Henry's 37-yard field goal won the game for the Gators.
"On third down you're trying to get in position to score a touchdown because you know a field goal might not be what it takes," Richt said. "When you are in those situations, you just have to play ball. They got some pressure and the ball was tipped up in the air and got picked."
Career day for Charles
Getting to score a touchdown against Florida was a dream come true for Orson Charles. But losing to the Gators ruined whatever pleasure he might have had.
"We lost, that's all that matters," Charles said. "We lost."
It's been a difficult season for Charles, who came into play with just 10 catches for 139 yards and no touchdowns. Against the Gators, he grabbed six passes for 108 yards and one touchdown, a 29-yarder in the fourth quarter from Murray that enabled Georgia to tie the game at 24-24.
"It just ended up working that way," Charles said of his success. "We've been running routes all season and trying to get open. Today, we were able to make some plays."
Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs left with an apparent ankle injury in the second half and did not return.
Backup linebacker Michael Gilliard (hamstring) did not travel with the team.
THIS AND THAT: Justin Houston had two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks in the first half. Houston leads the SEC with 9.0 sacks. Also of note, junior cornerback [db]Brandon Boykin recorded his first career sack early in the third quarter while Bacarri Rambo had a career-high 13 tackles including nine solo stops.
Dobbs wore No. 31, rather than his regular No. 58, in honor of senior safety Quintin Banks. Banks was forced to retire this preseason because of re-occurring knee injuries. He is now a student coach.
Sophomore cornerback Branden Smith returned to the lineup after missing the last three games after suffering a concussion. Smith had an interception on the first half.
Junior Nick Williams also returned to action after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
Georgia (4-5, 3-4 SEC) returns to Athens to face Idaho State (1-7, 0-6 Big Sky) on Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the WSB. The Bulldogs have never faced the Bengals. Idaho State fell to Montana State today.
Junior kick returner Brandon Boykin had four returns for 111 yards and moved closer to the all-time Bulldog career KOR record with 1,616 yards on 60 returns.
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