Bulldogs Blog

Slow start hurts Georgia once again

ATHENS, Ga. — For the seventh time in 11 games, Georgia spotted its opponent a lead in the first half.

Kentucky got off to a strong start Saturday, with a personal foul on Georgia helping to set up a 20-yard touchdown throw from Morgan Newton to Derrick Locke on the Wildcats’ second possession.

Georgia quickly rallied, taking the lead in the second quarter, but it was yet another example of a slow start for a team now building a reputation for coming from behind.

Against South Carolina, Arkansas and last week against Auburn, Georgia rallied from a first-half deficit to win the game. The Bulldogs rallied back against LSU, too, only to see a late lead evaporate with just over a minute remaining in the game.

Georgia also trailed in the second half against Arizona State before winning on a last-second field goal, meaning the Bulldogs have trailed at some point in eight games this year.

No Green, no problem

Freshman receiver Rantavious Wooten got the starting nod at flanker with A.J. Green out of action following a shoulder sprain last week. Wooten made the most of his opportunity, connecting with quarterback Joe Cox on a pretty pitch-and-catch early in the second quarter for a 21-yard touchdown.

Wooten ran a curl route down the right sideline, stepping in front of Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley to grab the pass at the last second, then falling backward into the end zone for Georgia’s first touchdown of the game. It was also the first touchdown of Wooten’s career.

Orson comes up big

While Wooten was busy adding some sizzle in Green’s absence, it was tight end Orson Charles who stepped into the role of go-to receiver against Kentucky.

Charles, a true freshman, had four catches for 73 yards in the first half alone, including a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Charles became the first receiver besides Green to catch at least three passes and have at least 50 yards receiving in the same game since Michael Moore did it in Week 3 against Arkansas. Both marked career highs for Charles.

Quick hits

Junior linebacker Darryl Gamble donned a No. 18 jersey rather than his usual No. 50 to honor teammate Bacarri Rambo, who missed Saturday’s game after suffering a concussion against Auburn last week. … Place-kicker Blair Walsh connected on field goals of 21 and 45 yards in the first half Saturday, making him 16-of-17 on field goals for the season. He has hit all nine of his attempts from beyond 40 yards this season, and is on pace to break Billy Bennett’s school record for field-goal percentage. … Senior linebacker Marcus Washington got his first start since 2007 in Saturday’s game.