ATHENS - Georgia held its so-called practice game on Wednesday, where "Georgia" (consisting of the players likely to play in the opener) took on "Buffalo" (the scout-teamers.)
The result was a classic, or a "barn-burner" as head coach Mark Richt called it: Georgia rallied to win 49-48, in overtime.
And before anybody gets too worried, "Buffalo" was spotted a 35-0 lead. They played one half of action, so essentially they simulated Georgia needing to rally from five touchdowns down in the second half.
"We had a rousing halftime speech by me, and it worked," Richt joked.
Here are the stats for "Georgia" players. (In other words, everybody you see here is a first or second teamer):
Todd Gurley: 6 carries for 54 yards, 1 TD
Ken Malcome: 6 carries for 50 yards
Keith Marshall: 3 carries for 17 yards
Richard Samuel: 3 carries for 10 yards
Aaron Murray: 20-25, 253 yards, 2 TD
Christian LeMay: 3-5, 42 yards
Hutson Mason: 2-4, 24 yards, 1 TD
Marlon Brown: 7 catches for 98 yards
Rantavious Wooten: 3 catches for 37 yards
Arthur Lynch: 2 catches for 36 yards
Chris Conley: 3 catches for 29 yards
Michael Bennett: 2 catches for 26 yards, 1 TD
Tavarres King: 2 catches for 24 yards
Rhett McGowan: 3 catches for 23 yards, 1 TD
Marshall: 1 catch for 23 yards, 1 TD
Malcome: 1 catch for 18 yards
Merritt Hall: 1 catch for 5 yards
Mike Gilliard: 4 tackles
Malcolm Mitchell: 3 tackles
John Jenkins: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Jarvis Jones: 3 tackles, 1 TFL
Amarlo Herrera: 3 tackles, 1 INT
Connor Norman: 3 tackles
Jordan Jenkins: 2 tackles, 1 TFL
Cornelius Washington: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD
Sheldon Dawson: 1 tackle
Garrison Smith: 1 tackle, 1 TFL
Shawn Williams: 1 tackle, 1 PD
Damian Swann: 1 tackle, 2 PD
Abry Jones: 1 tackle
Christian Robinson: 1 tackle
Ramik Wilson: 1 tackle
Branden Smith: 1 PD
- So the starting defense gave up 13 points ... But Richt said at one point he gave "Buffalo" about a 61-yard gain down to the 11. He wanted to see his defense in a red-zone situation. Receivers Michael Erdman and Kenneth Towns scored the touchdowns for "Buffalo," which failed on a two-point conversion in overtime.
- Marshall had a 30-yard run called back because of a penalty. He also had the touchdown catch, which drew praise from Murray.
"He had a sweet run. I mean he juked three guys. That was like a Madden move," Murray said, meaning the video game. (For those of you who didn't catch the reference.)
- Freshman Faton Bauta served as the scout-team quarterback, taking pretty much every snap for "Buffalo."
- There were no interceptions against Georgia.
- Herrera had a pick-six for the Georgia defense.
- Richt wouldn't bite on a question about who the starting safeties will be. That was an obvious attempt to get some insight on the unannounced suspension status of senior safety Bacarri Rambo.
"I probably won't ever say that," Richt said. "Just because strategically I don't want people to know what we're gonna do. (It) might give them a hint. I don't want to give them a hint."
- There isn't any set plan on the kick return specialists. Todd Gurley had a kick return. Malcolm Mitchell and Branden Smith had punt returns.
- Richt made a point of saying that the media being excluded from practice on Tuesday was not because of what happened Monday: During the fourth period, the last one that the media viewed, freshman tailback Keith Marshall received a hit that briefly put him out of practice.
Tuesday's practice was supposed to be open for three periods, but instead was closed altogether. But Richt said that was because they shortened the entire practice.
"I wasn't mad at anybody," Richt said.