UGA's Moreno sports a new 'do, but it doesn't help

The Covington News - - Sports -

ATHENS — Ge­or­gia run­ning back Know­shon Moreno went with a new 'do for a crit­i­cal game against Alabama.

He gladly would have traded it for a dif­fer­ent score.

The sopho­more shaved down each side of his head be­fore Satur­day night's game, leav­ing

hawk. But he got to carry the ball only nine times in the Bull- of the Heis­man Tro­phy talk that grew out of his spec­tac­u­lar play

"It was just some­thing new," Moreno said with a shrug, clear- ly not in the mood to dis­cuss his hair­style.

The third-ranked Bull­dogs (41, 1-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) fell be­hind 31-0 by half­time and didn't have many op­por­tu­ni­ties

quar­ters.

- son-low 34 yards, though he did man­age his 10th touch­down on a short run late in the third. Stafford banged up Ge­or­gia quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford took a blow to the head in the third quar­ter, which left him woozy though he did man­age to play the rest of the game.

Stafford skipped out on postgame in­ter­views, ap­par­ently to get fur­ther tests. Coach Mark Richt said it doesn't ap­pear to be any­thing se­ri­ous, and the quar­ter­back has an off week to brush away any cob­webs.

It was tough night for the ju­nior, who was un­der con­stant pres­sure from Alabama's mas­sive de­fen­sive line. He com­pleted 24-of-42 for 274 yards and two touch­downs, but both of those came late in the game when the out­come wasn't in doubt. in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son.

Of more con­cern to Ge­or­gia: line­backer Dan­nell Ellerbe (knee) and re­ceiver Kris Durham (an­kle) went down and could miss some games, though nei­ther in­jury is con­sid­ered sea­son end­ing. An­other block

Zach Ren­ner sure has a knack for block­ing punts.

For the sec­ond game in a row, the red­shirt fresh­man man­aged to get his hand on the ball. This time, it was a par­tial block that touch­down of the night.

"Per­son­ally, I feel like any­one can do it," Ren­ner said. "I just try to get to the ball ev­ery time." Green's mis­cue

A.J. Green fol­lowed up his big night in the desert with a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against the Tide.

Ge­or­gia's star fresh­man did lead the team with six catches for 88 yards, but most of his pro­duc­tion came af­ter Alabama al­ready had built a big lead.

Plus, Green had a cru­cial turnover in the sec­ond quar­ter that helped the vis­it­ing team build a 31-0 lead at half­time. Af­ter mak­ing a catch over the mid­dle, the ball was stripped away and snatched out of the air by Alabama's Dont'a Hightower.

The Tide drove quickly for a touch­down that made it 24-0.

"That was a good play by the de­fense, but it was my fault," Green said. "I should have se­cured it be­fore I ran."

Adding to his mis­ery: Alabama fresh­man Julio Jones had

- clud­ing a 22-yard touch­down just be­fore half­time.

Green and Jones were of­ten com­pared dur­ing their high school ca­reers and rated by many re­cruit­ing ser­vices as the top two at their po­si­tion. Ex­tra points

Ge­or­gia's 31-0 deficit was its largest at half­time since 1999, when Auburn led by the same score mid­way through. ... Prince Miller's 92-yard punt re­turn was the sec­ond-long­est in school his­tory, sur­passed only by Jimmy Cam­pagna's 100-yarder in 1952. ... The Bull­dogs dropped to 5-4 in games in­volv­ing two Top 10 teams at San­ford Sta­dium.

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