It was another bad day for Georgia on the injury front.
Receiver Chris Conley appeared to sprain his ankle on the final play of the game, a desperation pass. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons left the game after an undisclosed leg injury in the first half.
I dont know whats up with Josh. He just was out for the rest of the game, head coach Mark Richt said. Chris needed help getting off the field at the end of the game. So thats never a good sign. I dont know. ... I think it was an ankle sprain, I dont know how serious it was.
They were just the latest in a ridiculous run of injuries for Georgia.
The Bulldogs played Saturday without their two top tailbacks entering the season (Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall) and three of their top four receivers (Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett). Conley was the fourth of the top receivers.
Starting free safety Tray Matthews also missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury.
When that happens, your margin for error is even smaller, Richt said of the injuries. Youve gotta play better, youve gotta play smaller. And yeah were going through it right now, in a tough way. But weve got a good group of guys, weve got a good group of coaches, were gonna stick together.
Douglas fumble unacceptable
Freshman tailback Brendan Douglas had a critical fumble for a second straight game. He was disconsolate afterwards, tears in his eyes as he met the media.
Its unacceptable to fumble, he said.
Asked how hard this was for him, Douglas replied, Pretty hard.
And he left it at that.
But Richt didnt come down hard on his tailback, who also fumbled inside the 5 in last weeks loss to Missouri.
Hes got good habits, Richt said. Im sure they did a good job of knocking (the ball) out. And every once in awhile the ball gets knocked out. But as a young back, hell learn to do an even better job of securing the football.
Rumph doesnt play
Jonathan Rumph, the highly touted junior college transfer, did not get in the game despite being active for the first time this season. Rumph, the teams tallest receiver at 6-foot-5, missed the first six with a hamstring.
Richt deferred to receivers coach Tony Ball. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Rumph just hasnt been able to practice enough.
A guy thats missed that much practice is just still trying to get better, and it just didnt feel like he could go, Bobo said.