December 3, 2011

What's next for Dawgs?



ATLANTA - Georgia knows it has one more game to play this year. But where?

Saturday night, indications were that the Bulldogs will likely spend their New Year's Holiday in Florida at either the Capital One Bowl in Orlando or the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

"We'll go wherever they want us to go, but right now we're not really thinking about that," tight end Aaron Murray. "But right now, this one hurts. I'm sure we'll bounce back, but right now (where they play) is not on our minds."

Both the Capital One and Outback Bowls had representatives at Saturday's contest.

The Capital One - which has the first pick after the BCS bowls announce their selections - will get the first choice.

Georgia (10-3) will learn its post-season destination Sunday afternoon.

A Capital One representative told UGASports that his game will choose between Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia, although the Orlando games is expected to choose between the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs, with the program that is passed on, likely earning a spot in the Outback Bowl, perhaps against Nebraska.

The Cotton Bowl, which also had a representative in Atlanta, is expected to go with Arkansas.

Crowell has day to forget

Isaiah Crowell (ankle) played after all in Saturday's SEC Championship, but it wasn't a game he'll likely remember fondly.

The freshman rushed 10 times for just 15 yards as the Tigers completely negated the Bulldogs' running game, holding Georgia to just 78 yards.

"We've got to take this as motivation to keep working hard," said Crowell. "Hopefully we can get back here next year and get the job done."

Ken Malcome - who came on in the fourth quarter - led Georgia with five carries for 37 yards.

Crowell didn't help the Bulldogs' cause in the fourth quarter and he wasn't even in the game.

After LSU was called for a personal foul on a play out of bounds, Crowell pushed a Tiger player in a brief sideline scrum, resulting in an off-setting personal foul penalty of his own.

"I just lost my head," Crowell said. "It won't happen again."

Jones says he's coming back - again

The biggest question posed to linebacker Jarvis Jones had nothing to do with Saturday's 42-10 loss to LSU. No, the biggest question everyone wanted to know was whether or not the draft-eligible sophomore would return for his junior year.

Two months ago, Jones told UGASports he was indeed coming back for another season with the Bulldogs, something he re-emphasized in the Bulldogs' locker room.

"Our whole defense is coming back; why would I break up a happy home?" he said. "I love Georgia. I love my teammates, I love my coaches. I think we're going to the top. We can't do nothing but get better around here."

Walsh sets NCAA record

With his 40-yard field goal in the first quarter, senior kicker Blair Walsh set an NCAA record with the 44th game of his career with at last one field goal, breaking the mark of former Georgia kicker Billy Bennett (2000-2003).

INJURY UPDATE

• Running back Richard Samuel (ankle) was on the dress list but did not do so.

• Defensive end DeAngelo Tyson dressed but did not play. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Garrison Smith.

• Linebacker Mike Gilliard injured his ankle midway through the second quarter and did not return.

THIS AND THAT

Former Bulldog linebacker Boss Bailey was honored before the game along with 11 other former SEC Legends. … Georgia held LSU scoreless in the first quarter and without a first down all half. LSU's seven points in the first half came on a punt return. Georgia has now outscored its opponents 105-27 in the opening period this season. LSU's only touchdown of the half came on a 62-yard punt return by Tyrann Mathieu, the second against the Bulldogs this year. … Drew Butler's 62-yard punt in the first half was the fourth-longest in championship game history.

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