Geno Atkins. Atkins was a beast at the line of scrimmage, getting pressure consistently on Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson and he chipped in with a blocked field goal on special teams, too.
Giving the grad assistants a shot. Mark Richt said all month that he had faith in the two graduate assistants — Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle — to get the job done after three former assistant coaches were let go Dec. 2. The Aggies moved the football, but they didn’t turn it into points, and some of the credit surely goes to the young coaches who prepared the D.
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Brandon Boykin’s kick return for a score. There were plenty of big plays on special teams for Georgia, but Boykin set the tone with an 81-yard kick return that took all the air out of A&M’s sails following its lone first-half touchdown.
THEY SAID IT
“I almost had a heart attack.” — Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner on his reaction to the cooler of water that was dumped on him near the end of the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
0: Number of points scored in first 27:27 minutes of the game.
21: Points scored in the 1:11 as Georgia took a 14-7 lead.
3: Number of kick returns for touchdowns Brandon Boykin has this season, tying an SEC record. His score Monday came on an 81-yarder.
24: The number of TD passes this season for Joe Cox after he threw two to Aron White on Monday. That left him one shy of Matthew Stafford’s school record.
4: The number of first downs Georgia had in the first half of the game, while A&M had 14.
91: The number of plays Texas A&M ran in the game.
105. Number of yards Texas A&M outgained Georgia by, 471-366.
362: Number of yards passing by Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson.
78. Number of yards Washaun Ealey rushed for to lead Georgia. Caleb King added 40,
6: Number of receptions for Georgia A.J. Green. The wideout finished with 57 yards. A 16-yard reception was his longest of the game.
— David Hale