Late timeouts cause a stir

Published: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 9:38 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE Urban Meyer played coy when asked about two late timeouts he called during Florida's 49-10 thrashing of Georgia Saturday.

Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran wasn't so sure.

Asked if he thought the timeouts called in the last minute were an answer to Georgia's end zone celebration last year, Curran said, "No question."

Meyer said he called the timeouts because tailback Emmanuel Moody was running well and he wanted to give him some more carries.

"He deserved it," Meyer said.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said, "Every team has timeouts and they can use them whenever they want."

Florida ran the ball after each of the timeouts with Moody running for 17 and 10 yards. He finished as the game's leading rusher with 71 yards on seven carries.

"(He wanted us to) enjoy the moment, enjoy the game," Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said. "He didn't do anything wrong."

Most of the Georgia players said there was nothing wrong with the timeouts being called. Curran believed Meyer was sending a message.

"They earned the opportunity to send that message," Curran said.

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