January 2, 2008

Notebook: Barnes, deLaureal get to play

NEW ORLEANS - Quarterbacks Blake Barnes and Jonathan deLaureal may have worn two of the biggest smiles following Tuesday's Sugar Bowl victory over Hawaii and they only played three snaps.

In the waning seconds, Barnes came in to take two knees, followed by deLaureal who took the final snap of the Bulldogs' 41-10 win.

For Barnes, the plays were his final as a Bulldog.

The junior is transferring to Division II Delta State to finish out his college career.

"This was great, this was really four of the best years of my life, being at Georgia," Barnes said. "I love Georgia. I'm not leaving on any hard terms or anything, but I'm looking forward to going somewhere and playing ball for a year. But to play in my last game for Georgia, in the Sugar Bowl, is a great feeling, a great experience."

For deLaureal, it was a chance for the redshirt freshman walk-on to play a game in his hometown.

"I had no idea I was going to get that chance," deLaureal said. "At the very last minute, Coach (Mark) Richt called and told me was going to try and get me in."

Second-string quarterback Joe Cox also got to play a couple of series for Georgia, but went 0-for-4 throwing the ball.

Allen sets school record

Cornerback Asher Allen set new records for kickoffs and kickoff return yardage during the victory.

Allen's first return, a 31-yarder gave him 690 yards for the year to go along with a new school mark of 28 returns.

It was his only return of the night.

The former Tucker star also had a huge night defensively, picking off two passes to tie a Georgia bowl record. Allen also led Georgia with nine tackles.

Dennis Roland's father passes away

Dennis Roland Sr., father of former Georgia offensive lineman Dennis Roland, passed away after nearly a three-year battle with Hodgkins lymphoma.

Roland had been the head coach at Central Gwinnett High School. He was 51.

Three Bulldogs go down with injuries

Senior Mikey Henderson's final game did not go as planned as he was knocked out of the game with a concussion while attempting to return a first-quarter punt.

On the play, Hawaii's Keenan Jones' helmet made contact with Henderson just before he caught the ball, drawing a 15-yard personal foul call.

Henderson was walking around on the sideline following the injury but did not return.

The Bulldogs also lost starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant to a sprained right knee in the third quarter, while Marcus Washington injured his left ankle in the second quarter. Neither player returned.

Coutu sets BCS record

Not only was Brandon Coutu's 52-yard goal the longest in a Sugar Bowl since Florida's Jeff Chandler booted a 51-yarder in the 2001 contest against Miami, but it was the longest ever in a BCS game.

The previous long was Chandler's 51-yarder.

Last year, Coutu kicked a 51-yard field goal in Georgia's Chick-fil-A bowl win over Virginia Tech. He later kicked a 45-yarder early in the fourth quarter to cap the Bulldogs' scoring.

This and that

Thomas Brown, Kelin Johnson, Fernando Velasco and Coutu were voted team captains and represented the Bulldogs at midfield before the game. … Former New Orleans Saint great Archie Manning handled the opening coin toss. … Andy Bailey handled kickoffs for the Bulldogs. … Georgia President Michael Adams and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin were both introduced before the game. Both were lustily booed. … Washington started at Mike linebacker for Dannell Ellerbe. … Georgia had 21 points off of six Hawaii turnovers. … Georgia is now 4-5 all-time in the Sugar Bowl, including 2-1 under Richt. … Kris Durham caught three passes for 48 yards, including a career-long 28-yarder. … Georgia's 41 points set a record for most points in a bowl. The previous best was 40 in the 1942 Orange Bowl against Texas Christian. The 31-point margin of victory was also Georgia's biggest in Bulldog bowl history.

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