STARKVILLE, Miss. - During Saturday's post-game press conference following Georgia's 24-12 loss to Mississippi State, it was a grim-faced Mark Richt who responded to a question by UGASports regarding the current state of his Bulldog football program.
During his opening statement, Richt said that needed to "look from within" to try and figure out the problems in an effort to keep the Bulldogs' season from snowballing every further.
But what did he mean?
Although Richt didn't offer any specifics, he made it clear that the first person he needs to evaluate is himself.
"I've got to make sure everything we're doing is the right thing to do and we're doing it well," Richt said. "I've got to make sure, that's my job as the head coach. I'm responsible for everything that happens. We've got to make sure every part of our football program starts to do the things we need to do to win."
Richt did not say what his first order of business would be.
"I'm not going to say anything right now because I don't know for sure," Richt said. "I need time to think and reflect."
Wide receiver Kris Durham said he received a "stretched ligament" in his shoulder during the fourth quarter.
He did not return.
Also, fullback Shaun Chapas dressed out but only received a handful of snaps.
This and that
Only 52 Bulldogs received snaps Saturday.
Durham recorded four catches for 64 yards to lead Georgia. Durham had a career-high 101 yards versus Arkansas last week. Tonight, redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray finished with a career-high 18-for-31 with 274 yards and one TD, a 40-yarder to Tavarres King with 1:27 left in the contest.
Junior kicker Blair Walsh drilled a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter and then a 35 yarder in the last minutes of that quarter. Walsh is now 7-for-7 on the year and 42-for-52 in his career.
Junior cornerback Brandon Boykin had three kickoff returns for 69 yards. This total gives him 1,215 kickoff return yards in his career on 48 returns. Boykin is now No. 2 on Georgia's all-time list. Gene Washington (1973-76, 71 ret. for 1,637) is the school record holder.
Senior linebacker Darryl Gamble intercepted the third pass of his career on a MSU trick play midway through the second quarter. This was the Bulldogs' fourth INT of the season and Gamble's first since grabbing two against LSU in Baton Rouge in 2008. Following Gamble's interception, Georgia went three-and-out.
Junior tailback Caleb King returned to action in the opening period after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. He finished with nine carries for 23 yards.
Sophomore defensive end Abry Jones made his first start for Georgia.
In honor of senior Quintin Banks, Akeem Hebron wore No. 31, rather than his regular No. 37, in honor of senior safety Quintin Banks. Banks was forced to retire this preseason because of re-occurring knee injuries. He is now a student coach. A different Bulldog will wear No. 31 each game this season.
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