There was conflicting information coming out of the Georgia camp regarding Saturday's status of backup running back Carlton Thomas, who as not at Sanford Stadium for the Bulldogs' 19-10 win.
Prior to the contest, UGASports Information personnel told UGASports that they checked with the Bulldog lockerroom and were told Thomas did not dress out due to "personal reasons." But when he took his turn at the podium for his post-game presser, head coach Mark Richt had a different story.
"I'll save somebody the grief for having to ask about Carlton Thomas," Richt said. "Carlton did not play because he violated a rule and that's all I'm going to say about that."
Thomas wasn't the only absent running back for the Bulldogs Saturday.
Starter Isaiah Crowell only made it through two carries before what the post-game notes described as a "left ankle injury." He did not return.
Richt said he didn't know if either of the running backs would be available for Saturday's game at Georgia Tech.
"I don't know. That's a good question," Richt said. "I don't know."
Crowell excited the game after a five-yard run, when he came up lame and limped off the field.
"It was bad enough where he didn't play anymore after two carries," Richt shrugged. "We'll just have to wait and see."
With Thomas and Crowell out, redshirt sophomore Brandon Harton rushed 23 times for 101 yards, while Ken Malcome saw the most action of his career with nine carries for 37 yards.
Malcome pleased with effort
After running three times for 10 yards last week against Auburn, Malcome finally got the playing time he'd been hoping for Saturday against the Wildcats.
With Crowell and Thomas out, Malcome's nine-carry, 37-yard effort more than tripled his attempts and carries he'd been able to secure in his only two other games.
"I knew one day by day would come, I'm a hard worker and I knew one day my number would be called," Malcome said. "I just took advantage of the opportunity. Even though I had that mistake early in the game, I didn't let that stop me."
The mistake Malcome spoke of was fumble on his first carry, when he dropped the ball at the Bulldog 20-yard line, a play that set up Kentucky's lone touchdown, a 2-yard pass from quarterback Maxwell Smith to Tyler Robinson.
"I was sick. I didn't know what to do," Malcome said. "But I bounced back, forgot about it. My teammates really picked me up and told me to forget about it."
Besides Crowell, defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson suffered an unspecified injury early in the third quarter, but did return.
• Nose tackle Kwame Geathers did not play after injuring his ankle last week against Auburn.
• Aaron Murray took a shot on his hand, but said after the game it was only a bruise and did not seem concerned.
Brown's touchdown came on busted play
Credit wide receiver [Marlon Brown[/db] for some fancy improvising during his 7-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter Saturday.
"I ran the wrong route," Brown said. "I wasn't supposed to that way; fortunately it worked out."
One never would have known.
Brown turned out being wide open in the back of the end zone when Murray found him for the Bulldogs' only touchdown.
"I don't know what route he ran really and truly," Richt said. "If he ran the route he was supposed to he wasn't very convincing on it and I guess he looked around to make sure he was in as much space as he could be in and Murray was able to hold it long enough to find it and feel comfortable."
This and that
Bowl representatives attending Saturday's game included ones from the Sugar, Capital-One, Chick-Fil-A, Outback and Gator.
Georgia won its ninth consecutive game, the longest winning streak in a season since the 1982 team under Vince Dooley went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season. Under Richt, Georgia won 11 straight games over a span of two seasons, winning the final seven in 2007 and the first four contests in 2008.
Redshirt sophomore outside linebacker and Butkus Award semifinalist Jarvis Jones recorded 2.5 sacks versus the Wildcats to give him 12.5 in a season. This ties David Pollack (2004) for the No. 3 spot in the school record books for a season and leads the SEC this year. Jones was third in the nation coming into the game with 10 sacks.
Pollack owns the school record with 14 in 2002. Sophomore Alec Ogletree led the Bulldogs with eight tackles while Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Jones had seven apiece.
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