AUBURN, Ala. — Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had to be helped off the field late in the game after taking a hit to the knee.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said there didn’t appear to be any structural damage, and it was only “a blow” to the knee bone.
Murray did not appear to be limping as he walked off the field after the game.
“He actually wanted to go back in and play; he was up and able to,” Richt said. “But I just told him get your rear end out of there.”
Mixed reviews for Newton
Perhaps it was just frustration, but Georgia linebacker Justin Houston didn’t issue huge compliments to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
“I thought, for me personally, he wasn’t anything special,” Houston said. “He didn’t do anything special to us tonight. We just had some blown assignments, and they capitalized on our blown assignments, what’s been going on all season.”
Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, had kinder sentiments.
“That’s a player,” Green said. “I haven’t seen a quarterback (like) that since Vince Young. He’s a great quarterback and just a great player.”
Richt played it safe on two key decisions.
Georgia took over at its 21 with 51 seconds left in the first half, after Auburn tied it at 21. Given the nature of the game and Auburn’s struggling defense, the Bulldogs might have tried to pass downfield.
Richt said his decision depended on the kickoff return. He told offensive coordinator Mike Bobo that, if the Bulldogs returned it past the 30, they would go into their one-minute drill.
“They had grabbed momentum back,” Richt said. “And I wasn’t really interested in getting it where they got another score before the end of the half.”
But Richt said he didn’t really think about going for it at the end of the third quarter, rather than kicking a field goal that made it 35-31.
“It did cross my mind,” Richt said of going for it. “I felt like by putting points on the board, we still were putting enough pressure on them that we had to continue to score. And they did.”
Brandon Boykin set Georgia’s career record for kick return yards, breaking the mark held the past 24 years by Gene Washington. But Boykin didn’t brag, especially because the return team was bottled up all game. The junior averaged 15 yards per return.
“I don’t even think I got past the 30 on any return,” Boykin said. “We’ve got to go back and see what happened. But that’s about the worse we’ve done all season.”