ATHENS, Ga. – Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards and Martrez Milner caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown as the backups led No. 7 Georgia past Louisiana-Monroe 44-7 Saturday.

D.J. Shockley completed 13 of 20 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown and added a 28-yard touchdown run while playing three quarters for Georgia.

Ware started at tailback for Thomas Brown, who was held out with a slightly separated shoulder.

Milner filled in at tight end for Leonard Pope, who did not play for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Georgia also was without injured starting linebacker Jarvis Jackson, but the Bulldogs (3-0) still gained 543 yards in the easy win over the Indians (0-3).

Brandon Coutu kicked three field goals, including a 58-yarder – tied for the third-longest in school history – for Georgia.

Shockley capped Georgia’s opening drive with his 28-yard scoring run, and he added a 25-yard scoring pass to Milner in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were held to a 40-yard field goal by Coutu in the second quarter. Coutu missed from 31 yards later in the quarter.

Louisiana-Monroe ended a six-quarter scoring drought when Joel Stelly recovered an onside kick to set up a 53-yard touchdown drive at the start of the second half. Quarterback Steven Jyles scored on a keeper from the 2 to cut Georgia’s lead to 17-7.

Georgia answered with another 40-yard field goal from Coutu and Kregg Lumpkin’s first touchdown since the 2003 season. Lumpkin, who missed the 2004 season with a knee injury, scored on an 18-yard run on Georgia’s first play after an instant replay ruling kept the drive alive.

During the drive, Kenneth Harris lost the ball after a 31-yard reception, and Louisiana-Monroe’s Eddie Webb came up with the apparent fumble. A video review upheld the officials’ ruling that Harris was down before he lost possession.

Minutes later, the officials were back in front of the TV monitor for another review. On a third-and-19 play from the Louisiana-Monroe 9, Jyles fumbled when hit by Georgia’s Quentin Moses. Calvin Johnson recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and the video review confirmed Jyles fumbled before his arm was in a passing motion.

With 5:05 left to play, Tyson Browning scored from the 16 following a Louisiana-Monroe turnover to cap the scoring.

AP-ES-09-17-05 1658EDT


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