Georgia football: Keys to Bulldogs' loss to Central Florida in Liberty Bowl

January 1, 2011 

KEY PLAYER

UCF RB Latavius Murray was named the game’s MVP after rushing 18 times for 104 yards. He also scored the game’s only touchdown.

KEY MOMENT

Aaron Murray completed a 30-yard pass to Kris Durham to the UCF 29 on fourth-and-5 with less than a minute left in the game. A better throw may have resulted in Durham scoring on the play.

KEY DECISION

Georgia’s decision to go for a field goal instead of a first down or touchdown. While it was early in the game, coach Mark Richt’s decision to go for three points loomed large late in the game when UCF scored to go ahead 10-6. The Dogs had taken their first drive from their 2 to the UCF 3, and they faced a fourth-and-inches. Instead of trying for the first down, Richt sent Blair Walsh in to kick a 20-yard field goal.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“There’s a reason for why we ended up the way we did. We have to make some changes. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future. … But we need to improve, and we’re going to improve. We’re going to get Georgia where it belongs.”

-- Georgia coach Mark Richt

BY THE NUMBERS

4

Georgia’s bowl win streak ended at four with the 10-6 loss to UCF. The Bulldogs fell to 26-17-3 all-time in bowls.

1996

Georgia ends the 2010 season with a 6-7 record, its first losing season since 1996, Jim Donnan’s first year as the coach, when the Bulldogs went 5-6.

2

Sophomore cornerback Branden Smith grabbed his second interception of the season in the final minute of the opening quarter. In the second quarter, junior cornerback Brandon Boykin made his third interception of the season.

77

A.J. Green had eight catches for 77 yards to lead UGA’s receivers. For his career, he has 166, third-most in team history.

4-5

Due to a gastrointestinal condition, Bulldog mascot Uga VIII did not attend the game. “Russ,” who was a substitute masot for the final two games last year and the first six this year, filled in. He is now 4-5 in his career.

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