– Everyone knew Knowshon Moreno was a special running back who gained many yards on his own, but this Georgia season is re-proving the point. While Georgia’s offensive line clearly has not created the rooming room that was expected, Richard Samuel and Caleb King haven’t been able to generate much on their own, either. Saturday was a low point for the running game (just 45 yards on 24 attempts, just one first down rushing) -– a performance brightened only by the promising debut of freshman tailback Washaun Ealey. Mark Richt said after the game Saturday and again Sunday that Ealey will get more playing time, although he said the staff isn’t ready to “change up the depth chart this second.” Richt didn’t, however, rule out the possibility of that happening in the days ahead.
– And watching Charles Scott break loose from several would-be tacklers on LSU’s game-winning touchdown Saturday also reminded you of what Georgia hasn’t been getting from its tailbacks post-Moreno.
– What will be missing when Georgia and Tennessee play Saturday in Knoxville? A ranked team. According to UGA, it’ll be the first time in 25 meetings since 1937 that the Dogs and Vols have played with neither team ranked in the Associated Press or coaches’ Top 25 polls. Saturday’s 20-13 loss to No. 4 LSU dropped Georgia out of the polls for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006. “I’m just glad it’s not the final poll,” Richt said.
– Georgia and LSU combined for one touchdown in the game’s first 57 minutes — and three touchdowns in the final three minutes.
– Amid Georgia’s much-dissected shortcomings Saturday — running game, kickoff coverage, not stopping Scott when it mattered most, dismal first-half offense, Brandon Boykin returning an interception from the end zone, etc. –- two other plays shouldn’t be overlooked: Joe Cox overthrowing a wide-open A.J. Green on a first-quarter deep ball and Blair Walsh missing his first field goal in nine attempts, a mere 32-yarder, in the third quarter. Those two plays might have meant 10 points in a game decided by 7.
– Richt on Trindon Holliday’s 40-yard kickoff return that set up LSU’s winning touchdown: “We got punctured right in the heart of our kickoff-coverage team. Their wedge did a very nice job. And everybody knows Holliday is a special cat.” Richt said another factor was that Georgia was kicking into the wind.
– Georgia was penalty-free in the first half. Alas, the Dogs had seven penalties for 59 yards in the second half, including the very costly two for 20 yards in the final 69 seconds.
– While still mystified by the excessive-celebration penalty on Green — and, for that matter, by the same penalty on LSU after its subsequent score –- Richt concurred with the call against Orson Charles for his celebration after his 22-yard reception in the third quarter.
– As for the penalty on Green’s celebration, Richt said Georgia will consult with the SEC about the call and the rule this week. “Based on what I saw, I just need to be educated as to what would constitute a flag for excessive celebration,” he said on a teleconference Sunday, “and I want to be able to educate our players in the right way so that won’t happen to us again in the future. . . . I want to play within the rules, but I also want [the team] to have some spirit and have some ability to enjoy some success.”
– Cox on his own celebration of Green’s touchdown with 1:09 to play: “I know I was excited, just running around like an idiot.”
– There were some Sanford Stadium boos in the first half Saturday, most notably on a third-and-8 play on which Georgia ran the ball (Samuel got 2 yards). Cox heard the boos. “People expect you to throw the ball [in that situation],” he said. “They don’t know there’s nobody up in the box for run support, and if you block it right, there’s no one to tackle the back and you get 30 yards. . . . If it works, people think you’re geniuses.”
– Georgia’s defense got more sacks Saturday (6, including 3 in a row to start the second half) than in the season’s first four games combined (5). “The defense was having fun out there,” said DE Justin Houston, who had two sacks against LSU and has been a difference-maker since returning from suspension. “It’s so much easier to play defense if you are having fun out there.”
– Dating to last season, Georgia is 0-4 against top-10 teams, losing to Alabama and Florida last year and to Oklahoma State and LSU this season.
– Of Georgia’s 19 losses since 2003, 12 have been by seven points or less.
– And does anybody have a clue what type of game Georgia will play against Tennessee? “It has been a very unusual year in regard to knowing what you’re going to get on a week-to-week basis,” Richt said Saturday night. “We have not really been able to predict how the ballgame is going to go.”