Not much has gone right for Georgia this football season, and only one thing has been perfect.
Junior place-kicker Blair Walsh made field goals of 25 and 35 yards during the first half of last Saturday's 24-12 loss at Mississippi State and now is 7-for-7 this season on attempts. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder from Boca Raton, Fla., made 20 of 22 field-goal tries last season, when he was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award.
"I can't complain right now about the field goals and kickoffs and all that stuff," Walsh said after the loss in Starkville. "It just [stinks] losing. I don't want to do this and have a losing season. Nobody wants that. We need to turn it around, because this is unacceptable."
Walsh has made all 10 of his extra-point attempts and is 102-for-102 for his career in that category, but he has tried only three extra points in three SEC games this season. The Bulldogs did not score a touchdown Sept. 11 in a 17-6 loss at South Carolina, and they elected to go for two points with 87 seconds remaining at MSU.
Last long trip?
Georgia visits Colorado this week, which is its third long regular-season trip in as many years after playing at Arizona State in 2008 and Oklahoma State last year. The Bulldogs will stay closer to home in upcoming seasons with scheduled visits to Louisville (2012) and Clemson (2013), and a series with Oregon in 2015-16 has been canceled.
Associate athletic director Arthur Johnson said several factors led to axing the deal with the Ducks, which was signed in 2006, including new athletic directors at each school.
"We actually started discussions before Greg [McGarity] came in and before they got an AD on board," Johnson said. "They've had a lot of changes in the Pac-10 with expansion, and one of the keys for Greg is to play as many home games as possible. When we have the home-and-homes like that, we obviously have to return those games."
Colorado has gone 2-10, 6-7, 5-7 and 3-9 the past four seasons and is 2-1 this year with victories over Colorado State and Hawaii sandwiched around a 52-7 loss at California.
Vols-Dogs at 12:21
The Oct. 9 game between Tennessee and Georgia at Sanford Stadium will be televised by the SEC Network with a 12:21 p.m. kickoff, it was announced Monday. That is on WDSI in Chattanooga.
CBS elected to use a six-day option for its telecast next week and will decide between Alabama-South Carolina and LSU-Florida. Whichever game is not picked by CBS will air at 7:30 on ESPN or ESPN2.
This is the second consecutive year in which the SEC Network will show Tennessee-Georgia, a matchup that CBS had six times from 2001 to '08.
Odds and ends
South Carolina freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore rushed 37 times for 182 yards (4.9 per carry) against Georgia and has rushed 47 times for 184 yards (3.9) in the other three games. ... Bulldogs junior cornerback Brandon Boykin has 1,215 yards on 48 career kickoff returns, which is second in school history behind Gene Washington, who amassed 1,637 yards on 71 returns from 1973 to '76.
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