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Georgia tries to rebound

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ATHENS -- Georgia will face off against Idaho State Saturday, marking the Bengals first-ever visit to Sanford Stadium and the Bulldogs first time playing one of the nine teams in the Big Sky Conference.

"Right now we are just thinking about winning the rest of our games,'' Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "There is honor in that. We have fans that have paid their money for season tickets and people that love the Dawgs and want to see them do well. Our guys have pride in what they do and understand they have a job to do. That goes for coaches too and everyone involved in our program."

After a tough loss to Florida in Jacksonville, Richt continues to have confidence in his quarterback.

"I didn't see (Aaron Murray) have any different demeanor in this game,'' Richt said. "Like I said (after the game), when you look at what happened on the first turnover, Florida's cornerback broke on the ball and Murray did his normal stop and threw it on rhythm. On the other pick, the ball was a catchable ball so I don't think that was a bad throw. I don't think the turnovers were because he was too hyped. He did a lot of good things, but he wasn't as accurate as he wanted to be. He didn't play a whole lot different than what he's done all year."

Both the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-4 SEC) and Bengals (1-7, 0-6 Big Sky) will be coming into this game off overtime losses-each by a field goal. Idaho State is on a seven game losing streak since beating Montana Western in the first game of the season on Sept. 4.

Richt is pleased to report that going into the game Saturday they are pretty healthy as a team with only a few bumps and bruises.

"The only guy right now who would be questionable is (Kris) Durham,'' Richt said. "He got his lung bruised a little bit so we'll see how it goes. At the end of the game Ben (Jones) had something, but it's nothing serious and I've been told that he'll be fine."

Richt was glad to see A.J. Green getting more involved in the passing game more, and said the Bulldogs designed more plays to get him more opportunities.

"We had 16 plays that we called where he was a primary receiver and about six others where he was the number two receiver, but for whatever reason on some of those the ball went somewhere else,'' Richt said. "There were a couple times where we had a quarterback scramble and other things. There are a lot of things that go into whether we get him the ball or not. Most of your route concepts have other receivers in the progression depending on the coverage. We threw the ball and caught it for the most part but overall the passing game was pretty solid."