Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, right, celebrates with teammate Rantavious Wooten, after the pair connected on a pass for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State today in Athens, Ga.Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Georgia fifth-year senior receiver Rantavious Wooten has the unique distinction of catching at least one touchdown pass in all five seasons.
He will not exit his collegiate career without a 100-yard game.
Wooten had four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 45-6 trampling of Appalachian State. The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder from Belle Glade, Fla., notched his previous best of 83 yards in the Oct. 12 loss to Missouri.
"It feels pretty good," Wooten said. "For me, this game is all about fun, and today was that. It's also all about seeing preparation and the opportunity to turn it into results. I was glad to make some big plays today and help us get the win."
Wooten is now fifth 2013 Georgia receiver to collect a 100-yard game, joining Michael Bennett and the injured trio of Chris Conley, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley.
Mason airs it out
Bulldogs backup quarterback Hutson Mason entered Saturday having played in just one game this season and having attempted no passes.
That changed against the Mountaineers, as the 6-3, 202-pound redshirt junior from Marietta set career highs on 11-of-16 passing for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"It was nice to see Hutson get in and operate the offense," coach Mark Richt said. "He did a lot of good things. I know he hated that last pick, but it's good to experience that, too. He'll make those corrections."
The interception was Mason's first in 10 career appearances.
Mason completed a 24-yard pass to Jonathon Rumph to help set up a 3-yard touchdown toss to Kenneth Towns. Those were the first career catches for Towns and Rumph, a junior college transfer who wound up with four receptions for 98 yards.
"Getting back out there after not really doing that for two years was a great feeling," Mason said. "The process that I've had to go through made it that much sweeter."
No Gurley complaints
Richt said after the game that it's obvious Todd Gurley is not at full strength.
Still, the sophomore tailback was not complaining after his 13-carry, 75-yard performance. In the two games since his return from an ankle sprain, Gurley has carried the ball 30 times.
"I was feeling pretty good -- really much better than I thought I would," he said. "I knew that [the injury] was there, but it didn't really bother me too much. I would have liked to have been able to play a little more, but I wanted to be cautious. It was a good day."
Odds and ends
Georgia improved to 73-17-2 in homecoming games after racking up 441 passing yards, the third-most in program history. ... Junior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson, who entered Saturday leading the SEC in tackles, added 12 more, with one being a tackle for loss. ... Junior safety Corey Moore was penalized for targeting in the second quarter and was ejected, making him the third Bulldogs player to be flagged for targeting (Ray Drew and Wilson) and the second to be ejected (Drew).
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...