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Bulldogs win despite struggles without top rushers

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia coach Mark Richt is not accustomed to
winning with only 13 points.

Then again, Marshall coach Bob Pruett isn't used to getting only
three points from his team.

The Bulldogs' defense made up for a lackluster offensive
showing, holding Marshall to 160 yards and seven first downs in a
13-3 victory Saturday.

The only other time in Richt's four years that Georgia won with
as few as 13 points was a 13-7 win over South Carolina in 2002.
Pruett's Marshall attack had not been held to so few points since a
42-0 loss to Toledo in 2000.

More than one-third of the Thundering Herd's total yards came on
their first play from scrimmage -- a 57-yard pass that set up a
33-yard field goal by Ian O'Connor. Otherwise, Georgia's defense
was dominant, holding Marshall to 37 yards rushing.

"They have a great defense," Pruett said. "We set out three
to four years ago to schedule the best teams in the country, and
Georgia is definitely one of those teams."

Marshall (0-3) has lost back-to-back games against top 10 teams
and has lost three straight games for the first time in Pruett's
nine seasons. Marshall lost to Ohio State (No. 7 ESPN/USAToday; No. 9 AP) 24-21 last week.

No. 3 Georgia sacked Stan Hill three times and pressured the
senior into rushing other incompletions. Earl Charles managed only
33 yards rushing on 13 carries.

"Georgia's defense looked really good," said Hill, who
completed 11 of 23 passes for 123 yards. "They are one of the best
in the nation. ... Georgia probably has the best front four in the
nation. It is hard when they drop seven and their front four still
gets pressure on you."

The defense kept Georgia (3-0) undefeated despite being held to
one touchdown.

"I think we'll have to put a few more points on the board the
next time we play," said Richt of Georgia's Oct. 2 home game
against No. 5 LSU.

With David Greene completing 17 of 30 passes for 209 yards and
freshman Thomas Brown rushing for 81 yards with a strong second
half, Georgia controlled the clock with 18 first downs. But the
Bulldogs netted only 13 yards rushing in the first half and managed
only a field goal in the second half.

"I'm not bothered, really," Richt said. "I'm really pleased
with the victory, and I'm very pleased with how the defense
played."

Starting tailback Tyson Browning fumbled twice in the third
quarter, including one on a punt return that Georgia recovered.
Browning's other fumble, after a catch on Georgia's first
possession of the second half, was recovered by Marshall's Chris
Royal at the Georgia 11.

After taking the ball at the 11, three runs by Charles set up
Marshall's fourth-and-1 play at the 2. Trailing 10-3, Marshall kept
its offense on the field instead of going for the field goal. Under
pressure, Hill rolled to his right and threw the ball at receiver
Brad Bates' feet, ending the drive.

Browning was held to 21 yards rushing on seven carries. Top
backup Michael Cooper, who scored the game's only touchdown in the
first quarter, suffered a bruised thigh and missed most of the
second half.

Brown, surprisingly tough for a 5-foot-8, 185-pound back,
started in place of Danny Ware, who suffered a bruised lung in last
week's 20-16 win at South Carolina but could return against LSU.

Georgia led 10-3 at halftime thanks to an 11-play, 67-yard
touchdown drive in the first quarter.

Cooper vaulted over the line for 3 yards on a fourth-and-1 play
from the Marshall 17 to keep the drive alive. Cooper scored from
the 2 following a 12-yard pass from Greene to Fred Gibson.

Marshall surprised Georgia when Hill faked a handoff and passed
to an open Emanuel Spann for 57 yards on the Herd's first play from
scrimmage.

A pass interference call against Georgia cornerback Tim Jennings
two plays later pushed Marshall to the 6-yard line, but Hill was
sacked on third down, leading to the field goal by O'Connor.

Georgia's Andy Bailey kicked a 33-yard field goal in the second
quarter for a 10-3 lead and added a 29-yarder in the fourth
quarter.