BOULDER, Colo. - Frustration is building in the Georgia lockerroom. Senior defensive end Demarcus Dobbs makes no bones about that.
As he addressed a handful of media member, Dobbs said the Bulldogs 1-4 start following Saturday's 29-27 loss to Colorado is tough for him to comprehend.
It marked the first times the Bulldogs have dropped four straight contests since 1990.
"We're Georgia. We never expect ourselves to get four losses, or lose to the teams we have lost to," Dobbs said. "We just have to push ahead and we cannot give up on each other. All we have is each other. We've got to keep grinding and finish the season out, hopefully on a high note."
At this point, that's about all head coach Mark Richt can hope.
"Am I worried about it (morale)? It's hard; it's not easy, but I have a lot of faith in our guys," Richt said. "They'll stay together; they'll keep working. No one's going to give in or quit and nobody's going to do a negative thing within our ranks."
But Dobbs is also a realist.
For the third time in the past four games, the Bulldogs can point to a key fumble that played a direct role in Georgia winning or losing when Caleb King dropped the football at the Colorado 27-yard line with 1:55 to play.
That frustration is starting to show through.
"I thought it was a shoo-in, that's how comfortable I was. I put my helmet down. I was ready to run on the field and celebrate, but it didn't happen that way," Dobbs said. "We made a fatal mistake and that type of stuff needs to be corrected. We cannot turn the ball over at the end of the game. It felt like death to me. We have to keep grinding and support each other."
Freshman linebacker T.J. Stripling suffered a right knee injury late in the first quarter and had to be carted off the field.
Stripling was playing on the Bulldogs' kickoff coverage squad when the injury occurred.
Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Branden Smith left the game in the second with a concussion and did not return.
Wide receiver Kris Durham dressed out but did not play due to a stinger he suffered last week against Mississippi State.
Jones suspended for first half
Starting center Ben Jones did not play the first half while serving a suspension as a result of a of a late clipping penalty he incurred in the closing minutes of last week's game at Mississippi State.
Richt and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive both reviewed game tapes and conferred during this past week. Both agreed the half game suspension was in order.
"It was poor judgment on Ben's part," said Richt in a statement before the game. "He feels very badly about the incident and has sent a note of apology to the Mississippi State player. I have talked with (Mississippi State Coach) Dan Mullen and he appreciated the concern and Ben's apology."
Chris Davis started at center Jones' absences.
This and that
Blair Walsh drilled a 33-yard field goal with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter and then a 20 yarder with 12:30 left in the game. He missed a 41 yarder as time expired in the half. It was only the second miss of Walsh's career from that range (40 to 49 yards). Walsh is now 9-for-10 on the year and 44-for-55 in his career. He also connected on two PATs and is 104-for-104 in his career.
Junior cornerback Brandon Boykin had one kickoff return for 72 yards midway through the first quarter and finished with two for 97 yards.. His first return set up Walsh's field goal. This total gives him 1,312 kickoff return yards in his career on 50 returns. Boykin is No. 2 on Georgia's all-time list. Gene Washington (1973-76, 71 ret. for 1,637) is the school record holder.
Sophomore split end Marlon Brown hauled in his first career touchdown on an 8-yard strike from Murray with 10:40 left in the third period. It gave Georgia a 24-14 advantage.
Defensive end Brandon Wood wore No. 31 in honor of Quintin Banks.
Former Bulldog and current Denver Bronco running back Knowshon Moreno attended the game and stood on the Georgia sideline.
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