– Marlon Brown was the more hyped of the two receivers Georgia signed in February, but Rantavious Wooten became the first to catch a pass as a Bulldog. He caught two, in fact, against Arizona State on Saturday. The first was a spectacular 27-yard gainer on 3rd-and-12 in the second quarter. The second was a crucial 11-yard gainer on 3rd-and-4 early in the drive that led to the game-winning, game-ending field goal. Brown again didn’t play, but teammates and coaches continue to say he’s making progress in practice, doing fine and will be contributing soon.
– If the Dogs are going to play a bunch of close games this season –- and obviously they are — then it’s a good thing to have a confident placekicker. And Blair Walsh is surely that, riding an 8-for-8 streak on field goals after the dramatic 37-yarder that beat Arizona State as time expired. Defining “game-winning” kicks as those that break a tie or bring the Dogs from behind in the final two minutes of a game, Georgia says Walsh’s was UGA’s 14th since 1942.
– A.J. Green’s two-game totals against Arizona State: 16 catches for 312 yards. Unless the Dogs and Sun Devils somehow meet in a bowl, Green won’t face Arizona State again.
– Joe Cox mentioned Sunday that Green had single coverage on the huge 36-yard reception that put the Dogs in position for the game-winning field goal because ASU doubled tight end Orson Charles on the play. Cox theorized that Arizona State’s awareness of Georgia’s success in throwing to receivers other than Green the week before made that play possible.
– Georgia has been outscored 54-6 this season off turnovers. 54-6! Opponents have scored the 54 points off 12 Georgia turnovers, while Georgia has scored six points off three opponent turnovers. Those numbers make the Dogs’ 3-1 record pretty amazing, really.
– The turnovers have been consistent, too –- exactly three in each of the first four games. “I almost feel like we’re that record that gets stuck,” Mark Richt said.
– Richt said Sunday that he thinks Caleb King’s third-quarter fumble against Arizona State occurred when center Ben Jones‘ shoulder pad bumped squarely into the ball.
– Yes, Georgia has trailed in all four games this season.
– If you missed it, defensive tackle Brandon Wood played in Saturday’s game, his first action of the season after off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries.
– Justin Houston looked like he will, indeed, be a big part of the answer to the year-old question of who’ll put pressure on opposing QBs from the edges. He made his presence felt on Saturday. Cornelius Washington is showing promise, too.
– As promised, Bacarri Rambo got more playing time in the secondary –- and earned even more. He got his first collegiate interception, just Georgia’s second of the season, and impressed Richt with his open-field tackling.
– When LSU brings its No. 4 national ranking to Sanford Stadium on Saturday, it’ll be the highest-ranked opponent to visit UGA since . . . 1995, when No. 3 Florida played between the hedges while Jacksonville’s stadium was being renovated.
– LSU will be the fourth top-10 opponent Georgia has played since the start of last season. The Dogs lost the first three –- to Alabama and Florida last year and to Oklahoma State in this season’s opener.
– And I’m sure you’ve already noticed that the SEC has three of the top four teams in this week’s AP and coaches’ polls.