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From the editor : vance leavy Well I don’t know about you, but this is about as rock Let’s hope that is truly where our program is at this bottom as I can stand for our beloved boys in Red and point because that means better circumstances are just Black. Each week, they knock on the door towards playing around the corner. as a cohesive unit, yet somehow things just aren’t in sync. Now how we get there is a whole another question. The Bulldog Nation is naturally up in arms as to what has It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that everyone happened to its football program. that loves Georgia is in a real need for a victory in Boulder Now Mark Richt finds himself in a spot where he must on Saturday. That includes every member of the team, the find production immediately. coaching staff and all red and black supporters. However instead of being able to focus on that on SunFor that reason, it’s time for everyone to take a deep day, our 10-year program leader woke up to discover an- breath. other player had found trouble. The young man was swiftly How did that feel? Perhaps like a fresh breath of mounreleased from the team. tain air. Maybe a rocky mountain high? I don’t know about I’m sure at this point Richt is probably asking himself you, but I think a trip to Boulder could be just what the what else can happen. But more importantly, I know he will doctor ordered for our team and its fanbase. make good on his commitment to the young man to “assist For our players, they will have an extremely long flight him in finding a place to continue his education and foot- to think about whether or not they want to continue this tuball career,” like he said Sunday evening during his regular multuous spiral. And hopefully that soul-searching will rescheduled teleconference with the media. sult in a unit clicking on all cylinders. Can we please make Without quesa big-time play before tion, this latest incithe other team? You dent will only guys need some moincrease the fodder mentum. But you have among Georgia supto earn it! porters. Has Richt For our fans, a lost control of his unique road trip to one program both on You know the season is going bad when you realize after the game that the place of God’s great creations and off the field? you hung out before kickoff in Starkville was named Rock Bottom. will certainly be the perDoes he have the fect remedy. Longtime muster to get his team back in the winner’s circle? friends will be able to remember that Georgia football is First and foremost, I don’t think Richt has lost control about priceless moments, even when the wins aren’t comof his program. He loves those boys like his own sons just ing easily. like every other person who has taken on the hearty occuFor our head coach, a quick trip to the mountains pation of coach. This rings even truer in the college ranks might be the perfect therapy. Hopefully it will remind him where mothers and fathers turn the responsibility of raising of where he began to love the game of football as a fifth their children over for four or five very important years. grader in the Denver area. That passion to play the game The bottom line is that with 85 plus players there’s no the way it was meant to be will hopefully come through to way any football program is batting his players for what is sure to be a wild, high attitude bat100% in behavior. However for tle. whatever reason, Coach Richt has Soak up that mountain air coach. And get you and certainly had his share of problems your program a win against the Buffaloes. 2010 is all about during his tenure. And these inci- finishing from this point forward. Will it get rolling with a dents are certainly magnified when rocky mountain high or will a rock bottom feeling go to an the play on the field also isn’t up to even further all-time low? par, which is where the Bulldogs Hope to see you in the mountains where the Denver are after losing the last three games. Bulldog Nation is waiting to show us one awesome time. Like I said, rock bottom. Go Dawgs!
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This season has been very disappointing thus far for Georgia, but one of the bright spots has been the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. The highly recruited and regarded prep phenom out of Plant High School in Tampa, has the look and makings to perhaps carve out a memorable career and maybe one day join Georgiaâ€™s list of distinguished all-time great quarterbacks. â€œFireballâ€? Frankie Sinkwich and â€œThe Scintillating Sicilianâ€? Charley Trippi are two of the three greatest players â€“ along of course with â€œthe Goal Line Stalkerâ€? Herschel Walker â€“ in Georgia history. These two did it all, playing offense and defense, running and passing. Though Sinkwich and Trippi set passing, touchdown responsibility and total offense regular season and bowl records that stood for decades, they were considered halfbacks, fullbacks and tailbacks during their iconic careers. Georgiaâ€™s first â€œtrueâ€? quarterback was fellow college football hall of famer Johnny Rauch. For over a half-century Rauch was the lone quarterback in college football annals to have started behind center in four games. He also started every game in his Georgia career, which ended with Rauch having the record for the most career passing yards in Bulldog history. He, Trippi, Joe Tereshinski, Jack Bush and Dan Edwards were some of the headliners on Georgiaâ€™s great 11-0 SEC and Sugar Bowl champions of 1946. Rauch and Joe Geri starred for the SEC champions of 1948. Rauch and Buck Belue are the only starting quarterbacks to have piloted the Bulldogs to multiple SEC titles. Following the glory days of the 1940s that was highlighted by three SEC crowns (1942, â€™46 and â€™48), the consensus national title of â€™42, a partial national championship in 1946, and four trips to major bowl games â€“ the â€™42 Orange, â€™43 Rose, â€™47 Sugar and â€™49 Orange â€“ the program fell on its hardest times ever in the 1950s. There were some outstanding players for those teams coached by Hall of Famer Wally Butts, including quarterback Zeke Bratkowski. â€œThe Pitchinâ€™ Poleâ€? set several Georgia passing records and then went on to a long NFL career as Bart Starrâ€™s back-up for the Green Bay Packers and then as an assistant coach, including a stint as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. Fran Tarkenton and Charlie Britt were an outstanding combination at quarterback for Georgiaâ€™s SEC champions of 1959. Tarkenton and Bill Herron hooked up on one of the biggest plays in Bulldog history to lead the Bulldogs past Auburn to the conference crown. The game prior, Britt had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win over Florida. Tarkenton would go on to a distinguished career highlighted by three Super Bowls, breaking the record for career passing yards, and being selected as one of the hosts of â€œThatâ€™s Incredible.â€? Georgia didnâ€™t win much in the early 1960s, but the Bulldogs had a stellar signal caller in Larry Rakestraw, who set the NCAA record for single game passing yardage, throwing for 407 at Miami in 1963. Rakestraw was also a standout baseball player for the Bulldogs. Vince Dooley was hired as Georgiaâ€™s coach prior to the 1964 season and the Bulldogs fortunes immediately turned dramatically upward. His first two quarterbacks were Preston Ridlehuber and Lynn Hughes. Hughes went on to become an All-American safety on Georgiaâ€™s 1966 SEC Championship team that went 10-1 and finished No. 4 nationally. Georgiaâ€™s quarterback in 1966 was Kirby Moore, who vaulted to iconic status as the front end of one of the most iconic plays in Bulldog annals. Moore to Pat Hodgson to Bob Taylor, the famous flea flicker, pushed the Bulldogs past defending and eventual national champion Alabama in 1965. It all came together the following year, and Moore was at the helm for one of Georgiaâ€™s best ever teams. Two years later the Bulldogs would win the second of Dooleyâ€™s SEC championships. Georgiaâ€™s 1968 squad is one of the best ever fielded in Athens, and super sophomore Mike Cavan was calling the signals and earning AllSEC accolades. Cavan was the conferenceâ€™s top passer in â€™68, a season that was highlighted by an unprecedented demolition of â€œthe big three.â€? Georgia blasted Florida 51-0, topped Auburn 17-3 and shellacked Tech 47-8.
Cavan went on to a distinguished coaching career. As an assistant at Georgia, Cavan signed Herschel. He then went on and did an excellent job as a head coach at Valdosta State, East Tennessee and SMU. Cavan has since returned to Athens and serves as a Major Gifts Officer with the Georgia Bulldog Club. One of Georgiaâ€™s favorites has done an incredible job and is one of the programs greatest assets for Greg McGarity. Another all-time Bulldog great â€“ Georgiaâ€™s best ever running quarterback â€“ Andy Johnson led the Bulldogs to an incredible 11-1 campaign in 1971, as he was named national sophomore of the year. A dynamic athlete, Johnson was a stellar baseball player at Georgia, the all-time leading basketball scorer for Athens High, and then a longtime NFL standout with the New England Patriots. I asked the legendary icon Erk Russell one time in the mid1980s who the best quarterback Georgia had was while he was there. Before I could finish the question, coach Russell emphatically said â€œAndy Johnson.â€? Ray Goff, who finished seventh in the Heisman voting as a senior in 1976, and Matt Robinson provided an outstanding one-two punch for Georgiaâ€™s stellar teams of 1975 and â€™76, when the Bulldogs made it to the Cotton and Sugar Bowls. Goff was the runner, Robinson, who was a good runner too, was an excellent passer and went on to a long NFL career. In 1976, Georgia secured signature wins over Alabama, Florida and Tech, captured the SEC title and played mighty Pitt for the national championship. Buck Belue burst onto the scene as a freshman in 1978, as he led the Bulldogs to an incredible 29-28 comeback win over Tech. As a starter, Belue rolled up a record of 27-3, and was a two-time first team All-SEC selection in 1980 and â€™81 as he helped the Bulldogs to the national championship and back-to-back conference crowns. His fellow Valdosta native John Lastinger took over in 1982, and helped the Bulldogs to the 1982 SEC championship with an 11-1 record, and a 10-1-1 campaign in 1983. The Bulldogs finished No. 4 in both â€™82 and â€™83 with Lastinger behind center. Georgiaâ€™s most prolific passer was Eric Zeier. A highly touted prospect, Zeier came on as a freshman as passed for the most yards in SEC history. Extremely tough, Zeier was hit hard numerous times throughout his career, but was never knocked out of a game until an injured knee took him out of his career finale, a rout of Tech. Mike Bobo followed Zeier and had an outstanding career, highlighted by a 102 1997 campaign that he capped with a 26 of 28 passing performance in a 33-6 win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. For three years Georgia had another elite one-two punch with David Greene and D.J. Shockley. Greene was the quarterback as a freshman in 2001. Then in 2002, he and Shockley were a big part of the incredible 2002 SEC championship juggernaut that went 13-1 and finished No. 3 nationally. The following year, the Dogs went 11-3, lost in the title game and finished No. 6. The Dogs just missed out on the championship game in â€™04, but the Bulldogs posted a 10-2 mark and again finished No. 6. Greene graduated with the most wins (43) by any quarterback in college annals. Shockley came on and in his lone season as the Bulldogs starter, led Georgia to the SEC championship with one of the great seasons in school history. He was the Bulldogs most feared runner and threw 28 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Matthew Stafford was one of the most highly touted recruits in Georgia history, coming to Athens from Dallas, Texas. He got his feet wet as a freshman in 2006, highlighted by a great performance in an upset win at Auburn. Then in 2007, he and All-American Knowshon Moreno led the Dogs to one of the great seasons in school history. Georgia beat Alabama, Florida, Auburn and Tech then won the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-2 and No. 2 in the land. Stafford had a fine junior season and turned pro. He was the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. This is a quick overview of some of Georgiaâ€™s best quarterbacks and some of my favorites ever. Hopefully for the Bulldogs, this discussion can be held again in a few years and Aaron Murrayâ€™s name will be included.
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Much to wonder about the Dogs Some things I’m wondering about following the Bulldogs’ disastrous showing in Starkville, an error-plagued 24-12 setback which stretched Georgia’s losing streak to three … for the first time since the 1990 football season: • If these Bulldogs are going to find something positive in the Rocky Mountains this coming weekend or is the Bulldawg Nation going to be subjected to simply more horrid execution, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball? • If Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense will begin putting two halves together? After shaky first-half performances against both South Carolina and Arkansas, the Georgia defense adjusted and played much better after intermission against both teams. Then the Bulldog defenders hold Mississippi State to a lone touchdown for three quarters only to buckle under in the final period when they simply couldn’t make third-down stops when they needed to. • If, along that same line, the Bulldogs’ stop-em gang will begin recording some sacks of the opposing quarterbacks, like we expected from this supposedly aggressive defense when Todd Grantham brought the new 3-4 alignment to Athens? After notching five sacks against South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, the defense could manage only one sack against Arkansas and then was blanked while facing State QB Chris Relf last Saturday night. Where is that pressure we all heard about, and what has happened to ace sacker Justin Houston the past two outings? After having three sacks in Columbia Houston, too, has been blanked in the last two games. • If, moving to the other side of the ball, the Georgia offensive line that was so highly touted in the preseason, is ever going to shake off its lackluster blocking efforts of the first four outings and become dominant once again … the way the Bulldog O-line was in the season finale with Georgia Tech last fall? After the offensive front could create space for only 61 yards rushing against Carolina, it did make room for the Georgia backs to improve to 139 yards against Arkansas but the Georgia ground attack then fell back with 113 net yards in the loss in Starkville. With the experience and ability of this group, the Bulldogs should surely run for more than 200 yards each and every game but, heading for Boulder Saturday, Stacy Searels’ O-line has created minimal running room for the Bulldog tailbacks. Experience aside, is this group simply not quick and strong enough to handle the defensive fronts they’re encountering? • If, that said, assuming the blocking does improve on down the schedule, will the Georgia tailbacks be able to take advantage of such and also make something happen themselves? Down through the years, the really great backs (Herschel, Bo, Knowshon, Garrison Hearst, Willie McClendon, etc.) have only needed a small and quick opening to run through. Once they were past the line of scrimmage, those guys made people miss or either ran over linebackers and defensive backs to keep the chains moving. Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, who were in tandem for the first time this season against Mississippi State, simply have to run with more explosiveness and demonstrate an ability to get into the open field … yes, the way they did against Tech last season. • If redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray will continue to do outstanding things with both his quick feet and good passing arm? Murray has learned the ropes fast as a quarterback and leader for this Georgia team and had he not been sacked a whopping six times by the Razorback defense, he would had added considerably to the career-high 253 yards passing he compiled that day. One thing’s for sure, the Bulldog offensive coaches should never try to curb Murray’s instinctive running ability. With his ability to turn sure losses into gains – like he demonstrated against Mississippi State Saturday night when he passed for a new career-high 274 yards and also ran for 32 – Murray gives the Georgia offense the same dimension it owned in 2005 when a quarterback named D.J. Shockley was leading the Bulldogs to the SEC championship. Murray, having directed a spread offense in his prolific high school days in Tampa, seems much more comfortable in the shotgun than he does taking the ball under center in Georgia’s play-action mantra and also, with his good speed, looks more capable throwing on the rollouts than he does standing back in the pocket. I’m sure those are attributes Mike Bobo and the Georgia coaches will really tap into as this 2010 season moves along and Georgia’s No. 11 gains even more ex-
perience. • If this Bulldog receiving corps is on the verge of becoming one of Georgia’s most complete pass-catching groups ever? With AllAmerica A.J. Green sitting out the first four games, guys like Kris Durham, Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Logan Gray, Israel Troupe and Rantavious Wooten had to step up and, for the most part, they’ve done just that. Especially the 6-5 senior Durham, who has played like an allstar receiver over the first four games when he’s totaled 17 catches for 324 yards and one score with one TD called back. Once the great Green rejoins the lineup this coming Saturday in Boulder, Colo., Murray’s certainly going to have plenty of weapons to choose from, that is, if the aforementioned O-line and blocking backs give him time to operate. • If, speaking of Green, he’s really going to have one huge coming-out party in the Rocky Mountains this Saturday evening? Yes, it’s hurt A.J. even more than it’s hurt the team and the Bulldog Nation to have to sit out fully one-third of what is likely his last season in a Georgia uniform. That’s why I’m fully expecting Green to total some 10-15 catches against the Buffalo defense Saturday night. • If the Georgia tight ends are going to become a receiving part of this offense once again? Aron White had the only catch by a Georgia TE in the loss to Arkansas, and then the Bulldogs’ tight end corps again showed only one reception against Mississippi State, that being a 12-yard catch by Charles. Speaking of Charles, the highly-touted sophomore has totaled only five catches for 57 yards over the Bulldogs’ four outings to date. Charles was one of the best prep tight ends in the country at Tampa Plant and needs to be given ample opportunity to achieve that same status as a collegiate player. • If Georgia’s record-setting punter, Drew Butler, is going to shaky off his mild slump in the past three games and begin booming ‘em high and far once again, the way Butler did last season when he broke the school record and led the country with a 48.1 average … en route to the coveted Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter? Against Mississippi State, Butler averaged 42.7 on three punts while booting one dead at the State 7-yard line. Entering the Colorado game this weekend, Butler owns a 44.3 punting average … still not too shabby. • If the Bulldogs’ hardly-ever-miss place-kicker, Blair Walsh, is about to win some down-to-the-wire games for Georgia with a swing of that right foot? He’s a perfect 7-for-7 in field goals on the season and has already earned Kevin Butler’s weekly award for best specialteams performer three separate times in this publication. • If this Georgia football team, considering how shaky the Bulldogs have looked fundamentally in these last three losses, can regroup and claim winnable games against Colorado, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ketnucky, thereby carrying a disappointing, but halfway decent, 53 record into the Oct. 30 battle with the Florida Gators? Or will they continue to spiral downward and drop two or three more games before meeting a Gator bunch that should have only one loss – to No. 1 Alabama this week – when Georgia-Florida gets here? • If finally, considering all the angst, frustration, anger and puzzlement circulating through the Bulldog Nation after these three consecutive and unexpected losses, would a four-game Georgia win streak entering the Florida game at least mellow a bit all those folks wanting to clean house with Richt, Bobo and the rest of the Bulldog coaching staff? Would they realize that with those 10 wins Richt has averaged in his nine years at UGA prior to this season that “down” seasons are something that’s going to jump up and bite any coach that stays in this business long enough? Ask Vince Dooley (5-5-1 in 1969, 5-5 in 1970, 6-6 in 1974, 5-6 in 1977 and 6-5 in 1979). Ask Nick Saban (6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5 records at Michigan State from 199597, 8-5 at LSU in 2002 and 7-6 at Alabama in 2007). Of course, I fully realize the difference is Dooley won a national title at Georgia in 1980 and Saban’s LSU team captured the national crown iin 2003 while his Alabama squad won the BCS national championship last season. But, you get the point here. Every coach is going to suffer through off years but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to regain national prominence. Richt had his worst season at 8-5 in 2009 and his Bulldogs might be hard pressed to equal that this season. But, rest assured UGA fans, he will make the Georgia Bulldogs a national title contender again in the near future.
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eorgia makes its first ever football trip to Boulder, as the Bulldogs square off with the Buffaloes Saturday at Folsom Field. Badly needing a victory, the Bulldogs have gone through some mighty struggles, sagging to lows unseen in Athens since the early and mid 1990s. The Bulldogs offense in SEC games has scored touchdowns in only three of 12 quarters. The defense has given up a touchdown on the opponent’s opening drive in each of the last three games. Georgia is 1-3 for the first time 1993 and 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since that season. The Bulldogs last four conference games have been losses to Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State – programs that have won a total of two SEC titles. Dating back to 1997, the Bulldogs have won at least eight games every year. That streak is in serious danger. For a campaign that began with such great expectations, Georgia is mired at its lowest point in dark years. The Georgia people are truly pulling together, knowing that the Bulldogs will be back. The question is when? Colorado has struggled of late, as the Buffaloes seek to regain respectability and then restore their greatness of the 1990s. Under the watch of former Boise State coach Dan Hawkins, the Buffaloes have gone through four consecutive losing seasons, bottoming out at 3-9 a year ago. Colorado’s last winning season came in 2005, Gary Barnett’s final season at the helm in Boulder. That team actually made it to the Big XII Championship Game, but got bludgeoned by Texas 70-3. In the 1990s, Colorado boasted one of the top programs in the country with Bill McCartney leading the program. The Buffaloes won the 1990 national championship with Darien Hagen and Eric Bieniemy leading the way. That team will be honored Saturday afternoon. The twist, with Georgia in town, is that the Buffaloes shared that national title with Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were voted No. 1 in the UPI/Coaches Poll. Colorado beat Notre Dame, coached by Lou Holtz in the Orange Bowl. A controversial penalty negated a Rocket Ishmail punt return for a touchdown and the Buffaloes prevailed. Holtz voted Colorado fifth. Had he voted the A.P. national champions third or better, Colorado would have been the consensus title winner.
Kordell Stewart, Michael Westbrook and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam led the Buffaloes to an 11-1 campaign in 1994. Colorado finished No. 3 in the final poll, losing only to national champion Nebraska. As recently as 2001, Colorado was a major player on the national scene. The Buffaloes pulverized Nebraska in the regular season finale and then beat Texas to win the Big XII title. Colorado just missed out on a spot in the national title game. The once-beaten Cornhuskers got the nod over two-loss Colorado. Miami rolled to victory. At the top of Colorado’s to-do list is a winning season and return to a bowl. The Buffaloes last post-season appearance came in 2007, when they fell to Alabama in the Independence Bwol to finish at 6-7. With struggling Georgia coming to town, the Buffaloes sense blood in the water and a shot at a signature victory over a royal program. Colorado downed in-state rival Colorado State in their annual Denver season opener. The Buffaloes were blown out at Cal, but bounced back nicely to top Hawaii, pushing Colorado’s record to 2-1 headed into the open date before the Bulldogs visit. Here are some key match-ups that will help determine Saturday’s winner: Hansen and McKnight vs. Georgia DB’s Tyler Hansen and Scotty McKnight have developed into an outstanding passing duo. Georgia has struggled mightily in pass coverage at times this season, most notably against All-American candidate Ryan Mallett in a 3124 Sanford Stadium loss to Arkansas. Two Razorback receivers were uncovered on walk-in touchdowns. With a new defensive staff and base scheme, the Bulldogs, as expected, have gone through some serious growing pains. But Georgia can ill-afford breakdowns that lead to easy scores. To win in Boulder, the Bulldogs must make the Buffaloes earn their scores. A.J. vs. Buffalo DB’s On the flip side, Georgia welcomes back the ultra-tal-
TEAM STATISTICS SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-Yards PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards INT RETURNS: #-Yards KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-Yards Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards Average Per Punt Net punt average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3RD-DOWN Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN Conversions 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-Yards MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS
UG 97 24.2 68 28 39 1 497 588 91 138 3.6 124.2 4 912 66-110-2 8.3 13.8 228.0 6 1409 248 5.7 352.2 13-275 8-80 4-43 21.2 10.0 10.8 4-3 27-171 42.8 19-841 44.3 38.7 30:41 24/58 41% 2/4 50% 8-48 0 11 7-7 0-1 (12-13) 92% (8-13) 62% (10-10) 100%
OPP 79 19.8 64 28 32 4 435 542 107 148 2.9 108.8 5 794 49-88-4 9.0 16.2 198.5 5 1229 236 5.2 307.2 15-262 5-26 2-0 17.5 5.2 0.0 5-1 21-148 37.0 23-997 43.3 37.3 29:19 23/55 42% 2/3 67% 10-66 0 10 3-4 0-0 (6-7) 86% (5-7) 71% (10-10) 100%
Score by quarters Georgia 17 Opponents
2nd 23 24
4th 97 27
ented A.J. Green, who served a four game suspension. Green gives the Bulldogs big play ability that has been sorely missed. His return should open up the underneath passing game and possibly enhance a sagging rushing performance. The Bulldogs rank at or near the bottom in several offensive categories, including rushing. Green gives the offense an enormous lift and big play juice. Though he may be rusty, holding Green in check will be Colorado’s top defensive priority. Georgia OL vs. Buffalo Front Georgia’s offensive line has struggled this season. After an awesome performance in a memorable 30-24 regular season finale victory over Tech a year ago, and with every starter returning, it looked as though the offensive line would be one of Georgia’s greatest assets this season. But they haven’t gotten the push in the running game and certainly have struggled in protection at times this year – most notably allowing a pair of crucial sacks in the loss to Arkansas. Colorado’s D-Line goes 270, 280, 285 and 285. The Bulldog front badly needs to “man up.”
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TEAM STATISTICS FIRST DOWNS by rushing by passing by penalty FIRST DOWN PLAYS/YARDS average gain on first down THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY percentage FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY percentage RUSHING ATTEMPTS yards gained yards lost NET RUSHING YARDS average per rush average per game PASSING ATTEMPTS passes completed had intercepted completion percentage NET PASSING YARDS average per attempt average per completion average per game QBs sacked/yards lost TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS TOTAL NET YARDS AVERAGE GAIN PER PLAY AVERAGE PER GAME FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES/YARDS TURNOVERS (Margin) TOTAL RETURN YARDS Punt Returns: No-Yards Interceptions: No-Yards Misc. (Fumble/Blk. FG) Returns KICKOFF RETURNS: No-Yards average per return PUNTS yards average TIME OF POSSESSION average per game TIME SPENT IN THE LEAD TIMES PENETRATED OPPONENT 20 scores/td,fg GOAL-TO-GO SITUATIONS scores/td,fg TOTAL DRIVES drives ended by: TD FG Made/FG Miss Punt Downs/TO SAF/Clock TOTAL POINTS average per game
CU 61 27 30 4 95/378 3.98 23-45 51.1 1-1 00.0 129 552 110 442 3.42 147.3 85 54 4 63.5 558 6.56 10.3 186.0 8/70 214 1000 4.67 333.3 6-4 28/224 8 60 8-51 4-9 0-0 12-262 21.8 17 677 39.8 100:42 33:34 73:12 7 6/5,1 5 4/4,0 38 8 1/1 17 0/7 0/4 62 20.7
OPP 45 13 29 3 78/414 5.31 8-34 23.5 0-5 0.0 74 273 58 215 2.91 71.7 99 66 4 66.7 723 7.30 11.0 241.0 8/29 173 938 5.42 312.7 5-1 14/120 5 226 8-70 4-74 1-82 7-110 15.7 14 613 43.8 79:18 26:26 76:03 11 9/6,3 7 6/5,1 36 6 4/2 14 4/5 1/0 68 22.7
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By Murray Poole Location: Boulder, Colo. Conference: Big 12 Enrollment: 30,196 Record: 2-1 after a 24-3 win over Colorado State, a 52-7 loss to California and a 31-13 win over Hawaii. Mascot: Ralphie (live mascot), Chip (costumed mascot) Why Colorado could win: The Buffaloes will be fired up to defeat a Southeastern Conference opponent, knowing the national prestige a win over Georgia would bring the school. In fact, the Colorado marketing department has declared the Georgia game as a â€œblackout.â€? CU fans are encouraged to wear Photograph by Rob Saye black as a sign of solidarity as the Buffaloes play host to an SEC program for just the second time in history. And, too, playing on its home field Colorado would like to avenge its one-point loss to the Bulldogs in 2006 in Athens. If the Buffaloes can force Georgia into miscues and turnovers â€“ like they had in the disastrous loss to Mississippi State Saturday â€“ while playing in the thinner air of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado could certainly pull off the victory and deal Georgia its fourth consecutive loss, thus adding to the Bulldogsâ€™ troubles this season. Why Colorado could lose: The Buffaloes could, and should, lose to the Bulldogs because of Georgiaâ€™s superior skill people on both sides of the ball. If California was able to hang 52 points on the Colorado defense, then the Georgia offense, especially with All-America A.J. Green back in the lineup for the first time this season, should also be able to light up the scoreboard in Boulder this coming Saturday evening assuming, of course, the Bulldogs donâ€™t continue stopping themselves. What Coloradoâ€™s coach is saying: â€œOur O-line just dominated,â€? Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins said after watching his Buffaloes rush for more than 250 yards in the win over Hawaii. â€œOur O-line was moving the line of scrimmage.â€? And on Coloradoâ€™s joining the Pac-10 Conference in 2011: â€œRight now all Iâ€™m concerned about is getting ready for Georgia.â€? What Coloradoâ€™s players are saying: â€œIt must have been heart-breaking for the guys here,â€? said Buffaloes defensive tackle Conrad Obi, a junior from Grayson, Ga. commenting on Coloradoâ€™s 14-13 loss to Georgia in 2006. â€œI was a senior in high school at the time and still kind of neutral, although Iâ€™d been to a game (in Athens) a couple of weeks before. I'm really looking forward to this game. We had an awesome win (against Hawaii) but weâ€™ve got to keep it going.â€? What Coloradoâ€™s fans are saying: From a long-time Colorado fan on his teamâ€™s ability to defend Georgia All-America candidate A.J. Green, who will be suiting up for the Bulldogs for the first time this season Saturday night: â€œOur pass defense is actually very good, we have two NFL caliber corners, both seniors, both over 6-feet and 200 pounds. Jimmy Smith could be a late 1 or early 2 in the draft.â€? Noteworthy: The Bulldogs and Buffaloes have met only one previous time in their history, in 2006 in Athens when Joe Cox rallied Georgia to the 14-13 win over Colorado â€Ś Through the Buffaloesâ€™ three games, junior quarterback Tyler Hansen has completed 54-of-85 passing attempts for 558 yards and four touchdowns, with also four interceptions. Smallish junior tailback Rodney Stewart (5-6, 175) is Coloradoâ€™s leading rusher with 253 yards on 67 carries. The Buffsâ€™ leading receiver is senior Scotty McKnight with 14 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
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JD’s five keys to a Boulder bash ing in the Big XII, Colorado obviously faces some elite athletes, but they haven’t gone up against anyone like Green. If Georgia is going to make a run at an outstanding record, Murray and Green need to get in sync quickly, because the Bulldogs are sorely lacking big play punch.
Blast the Buffaloes – Georgia’s offensive line, projected to be one of the Southeastern Conference’s best, has been disappointing so far this season. Even in the seasonopening victory over LouisianaLafayette, Georgia’s offensive line had trouble moving around the Ragin’ Cajun front when the Bulldogs needed tough yardage. The Bulldogs need to take the fight to the Colorado defensive line, initiating the contact, creating a surge and beating back the Buffaloes.
Reserve Power – The altitude will have an impact. Make no mistake. Georgia’s basketball team won on a last second three from Jonas Hayes in 2002 in Boulder. At the first media timeout around the 16:00 minute of the first half, an excellent, well conditioned Bulldog team was huffing and puffing heavily. So was the then-color commentator on a walk to downtown Boulder from the team hotel. Georgia will have to substitute early and often. The Bulldog reserves will have to play big. And they’ll have to play a lot.
Aaron and A.J. – Georgia’s top offensive weapon is back after a four-game suspension. This will be A.J. Green’s third quarterback in three years. He’s excelled with Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox and certainly should with the talented redshirt freshman Aaron Murray. Play-
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Ealey does it – Washaun Ealey is Georgia’s best running back, and he should have the opportunity to have a big night in Boulder. It starts with the aforementioned offensive line, but Ealey has shown that he can get into a rhythm and be a highly effective runner. If the Bulldogs lead with the pass and counter-punch with the run, look for Ealey to possibly break off a long run. Georgia’s record under Mark Richt’s watch when a tailback goes for over 100 yards is 39-3, and the Dogs could have the opportunity to improve
Avoid the Breakdowns – Georgia must make Colorado work for its touchdowns. In the Bulldogs loss to South Carolina, poor tackling – much of which star freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore had to do with – plagued Georgia. But in the loss to Arkansas, the Bulldogs made things way to easy for star Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett. On two of the Hogs touchdowns, their receivers were uncovered. These are the kinds of breakdowns that can obviously get a team beat.
A view from Boulder ... Buffaloes looking to get back to a bowl gameand a win against Georgia helps the cause By Jeff Dantzler
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Even though Georgia has struggled the last two years, are the Colorado people excited to have a prominent program from the Southeastern Conference coming to Boulder? Most definitely; we pride ourselves in top non-conference games, and games in recent years here against Arizona State, Florida State and West Virginia, for example, have all sold out, were on national television, etc. UGA is only the second SEC team to ever visit Boulder; the only other time was 1979 (LSU). Is it odd this season playing in the Big XII, with everyone knowing you’re going to the PAC-10 next season? That honestly is an unknown; our first Big 12 game is at Missouri the week after the UGA game. And that’s the 20th anniversary of the Fifth Down game, so I am sure that will be extra fun. What does going to the PAC-10 mean to Colorado? Opens the door to many new possibilities and opportunities. Schools match our academics much better than most of the Big 12 schools (which includes the type of student-athlete admitted to school); better match with facilities, as the “arms race” in the Big 12 South is never-ending; and we have many more alums in the Pac-10 states than those in the Big 12. Have you always felt a closer connection in Boulder to the west coast than Big XII country? Not necessarily; our original roots all were with our fellow Rocky Mountain schools. Joining the Big 6 to form the Big 7 in 1948 was a step up athletically. As time evolved and more and more students started attending CU from the west coast,
it gradually changed the landscape here. The dynamic changed when the Big 8 merged with four SWC schools in ’96; fitting in with the Texas schools was different, and as I said, they’re in an arms race.
Will the move to the PAC-10 open up the California recruiting pipeline that was so successful in the 1990s? We’ve never stopped recruiting California, but it could bump it up back to that level, sure. California has produced the second-most players on our team for at least 25 years running. Photograph by Rob Saye
What does Colorado need to do to win the game Saturday? We killed ourselves against California early with penalties, dumb mistakes and bad field position. Basically, we need to be the team that played the second half against Hawai’i (328-100 edge in yards and 31-3 on the scoreboard in the second half). We’re better than people want to believe, but losing a game 52-7 will do that. I would think with A.J. Green returning, UGA is going to be primed for a big game, so the old adage “we can’t stop him, we can only hope to contain him” may apply. What is your impression of Georgia? Top notch program, class people (Claude Felton rocks), passionate fans judging by the rumors
that as many as 10,000 are traveling here. And in all honesty—there should be more of these kind of games between BCS schools and less of the cupcakes ones. Kudos for UGA to leave SEC territory, not only to play a different opponent, but to show their kids a part of the country many have never likely been to before.
What are Colorado’s goals for this season? We want to get back to the postseason, but we don’t feel the Big 12 North title is out of reach despite what others believe. We missed going to a bowl game in back-to-back years for the first time since an eight-year drought from 1977-84, so we don’t want that streak to reach three.
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Well, it hasn’t been this bad for a Georgia football team since 1990 as that was the last time – until this season – that the Bulldogs have lost three consecutive games. Hoping to snap back and avoid starting out at 0-3 in the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs shot themselves in the side with one mistake and bumble after another and came out of the Twilight Zone known as Starkville, Miss. saddled with a 24-12 loss to Mississippi State Saturday night. Yes, the same Mississippi State team that also entered the game at 1-2 and 0-2 in the conference. The Athens Bulldogs will now limp onto the plane for Colorado this weekend saddled with a stunning 1-3 season mark and the aforementioned 0-3 league worksheet. Spanning last season, Georgia has now lost its last four SEC games to Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State and is now 2-7 in its last nine conference outings. “We’re definitely in a place I’ve never been in as a coach or a player, that I can remember,” said a visibly disappointed Georgia head coach Mark Richt. “It’s certainly not a good place to be in but we are where we are. Right now, we haven’t done anything good enough to earn a victory as a team and until we all get it together, we’re not going to win. It’s our responsibility to get everybody ready to do things it takes to win a ball game, and I’ve done a pretty poor job to this point of doing that. No doubt, the self-inflicted wounds came back from a year ago,” said Richt. “Tonight, we had a turnover and penalties that negated everything we did. But you’ve got to play by the rules, got to wrap up and hold onto the ball. “Every single thing we’re doing right now needs to be evaluated,” Richt added. “We have to make sure we’re doing the right things, not just jump off the deep end but find out what we’re doing. We’ve got to look within and certainly I have to look within myself and I’m asking every coach and player in this program to do the same thing. Obviously, there’s going to be frustration when you’re not getting the results you’re looking for.” Richt said the Bulldogs simply missed out on one opportunity after another against a State team that took full advantage of every Georgia miscue. “We had our chances, had our opportunities but just couldn’t get it done,” he lamented. “Again, nobody can jump ship and we can’t let the outside forces tear us apart. Certainly, everybody is frustrated but we’re a family and have got to maintain that because there’s a lot of football still to be played. The season’s not going to be canceled. We have to
get back, brush ourselves off and get back to work.” After the host Bulldogs got on the board with a 53-yard drive the first time they touched the ball, Georgia had ample opportunities to take the lead but, on one occasion, Washaun Ealey continued to be plagued by fumbles near the goal line as he coughed up the ball into the end zone while being hit after a 20-yard pass reception from Aaron Murray, to the State 1-yard line. Then, in the second quarter, Kris Durham rambled 40 yards for an apparent touchdown after a short toss from Murray only to see the score wiped out by a holding call against Bulldogs’ sophomore wide receiver Marlon Brown.
What Worked Absolutely nothing in a loss of this magnitude. What Didn’t Work Absolutely everything didn’t work when your offense isn’t able to score a touchdown against Mississsippi State until just over a minute remaining and the game is already out of reach.
Thus, instead of likely leading Mississippi State by 147, the Bulldogs were eventually forced to settle for a pair of field goals by Blair Walsh, from 25 and 35 yards. And then, after trailing 7-6 at the halftime break, Georgia watched the frustration mount in the final two periods as Mississippi State continually kept the Bulldogs from reaching the end zone and went on to build a 24-6 advantage in the waning minutes. Georgia then finally struck for a too-little, too-late touchdown with just 1:27 remaining when Murray and Tavarres King hooked up on a 40-yard pass. In addition to the Ealey fumble at the goal line and Durham’s negated touchdown, just another prime example of the Bulldogs’ futility this night came late in the third period
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when Georgia reached the State 25 and Murray then hit Durham down the middle for another first down … only to see the ball again brought back to the 40 due to another holding infraction. To compound matters, Durham was injured on the head-on hit he received on that play and wasn’t to return. And, still another, back in the second period following a Drew Butler punt, the ball bounced off Bacarri Rambo, down to cover the kick, and State recovered at the Georgia 45. And want still another example of Georgia shooting itself in the foot and everywhere else? When the Bulldogs finally did manage a pass interception – by Vance Cuff early in the third – it, too, was nullified by an off-sides penalty, thus giving the ball right back to State. It was simply that kind of night for the Bulldogs … just something happening negatively the evening long.
Top Performers Statistics are clearly for losers but Murray did complete 18-of-31 passing attempts for a career-high 274 yards and also rushed for 32 yards on seven keepers. “It’s one of those things where you’re not embarrassed to be a Georgia Bulldog,” said Durham, who had four receptions for 64 yards plus the touchdown that was called back. “But we’re embarrassed at the way we’re playing. Our season could turn into a catastrophe if we don’t stay together.” Will Rocky Mountain High be a Low Also? Can A.J. Green make that much of a difference for this sputtering Bulldog offensive unit? We’ll all find out when Georgia goes against a 2-1 Colorado team Saturday night in Boulder. The Bulldogs, if they’re to avoid Richt’s first losing season, will most certainly have to find the victory trail against the Buffaloes … before then facing Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Florida in succession. But, even with Green, unless they rid themselves of all these self-inflicted wounds, the defeats could continue to pile up.
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Kevin Butlerâ€™s players of the game Kevin Butler, former University of Georgia legendary kicker and a member of the Georgia radio broadcast team, will each week during the 2010 football season select his offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for Bulldawg Illustrated. Here are Butlerâ€™s selections and reasons why for the Bulldogsâ€™ 24-12 loss to Mississippi State. OFFENSE â€“ Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, who completed 18-of-31 passing attempts for a career high 274 yards including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King and also ran for 32 yards on seven carries in the loss to the State Bulldogs. â€œI just think Aaron had a solid game throwing the ball,â€? said Butler. â€œThe one down side to it all is heâ€™s our quarterback and is not getting those red zone opportunities and weâ€™re not getting into the end zone. But Aaronâ€™s got tremendous character and played with the kind of effort and confidence unlike a redshirt freshman. He showed great confidence running the ball and had extra effort, jumping one guy and making some moves. Aaron is showing heâ€™s a winner and hopefully that will start spreading to the other players on offense.â€? DEFENSE â€“ Senior outside linebacker Darryl Gamble who came up with a pass interception and recorded several tackles in the loss to Mississippi State. â€œDarrylâ€™s interception was big and he did what he was supposed to do,â€? said Butler. â€œHe kept his coverage and was steady with his reads. That interception stopped a pretty good drive and any time you get a turnover, thatâ€™s a big defensive play. Overall, the defense is still playing confused so far and is not making plays on a consistent basis and Darrylâ€™s play has to spark his teammates on defense.â€? SPECIAL TEAMS â€“ Junior place-kicker Blair Walsh who, with field goals of 25 and 35 yards, supplied the Bulldogsâ€™ only scoring until the Murray-to-King touchdown pass with just over a minute left to play. â€œI go with Blair again (for third time this season),â€? said Butler. â€œHeâ€™s our offense right now, seven for seven on the season, and if we canâ€™t get into the end zone, his perfection is one area we donâ€™t have to worry about. Heâ€™s 1,000 percent and that says it all, and with the way the season is playing out, his kicks are growing with importance each week.â€?
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Bulldawg leader: Fred Munzenmaier Georgia fullback has completed his childhood dream of playing for Bulldogs on Saturdays
His Foundation: Mother, Angela Parents names: Fred and Angela Munzenmaier Siblings names: Ron, 37; Abby, 28.
By Murray Poole
Main attribute that makes Fred a leader: Itâ€™s his caring for people. Fred puts other people ahead of himself. Heâ€™s a very caring person and always tries to do not for himself but the team as a whole.
red Munzenmaier has really had a knack for finding the goal-line in his Georgia career. The 6-2, 235-pound senior fullback from Norcross, after being redshirted in 2006, carried the ball just one time in each of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, with both carries resulting in touchdowns. In â€™07 Munzenmaier scored on a 6-yard run against Ole Miss, and in â€™08 he scored on a 1-yard run at LSU. Then, last fall, Munzenmaier appeared in 13 games and rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries with touchdowns coming against Arizona State and Vanderbilt. In Georgiaâ€™s Independence Bowl win over Texas A&M, Munzenmaier carried four times for 20 yards. In this question-and-answer with Munzenmaier and his mom, Angela, the Bulldog Nation gets a special insight into the player who wears No. 48 for the Bulldogs. What do you view as the most important quality in being a leader for the team? I think it would be consistency and just being able to work every day. We have guys on this team who work extremely hard but as seniors, we have to show them we like to work and just the culture here. And you have to do it every single day because you never know who is watching.
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has and I think heâ€™s having an awesome season so far. What is the best play or game youâ€™ve had while at Georgia and why? I guess my best play would not have been one of my own runs. Last year, we were behind against Auburn and were running a play up the middle. I was blocking and Caleb (King) sprung free and scored, and we came back to win. We both made the same read, saw the same thing and Caleb found the hole and made the play. That was the most important play that Iâ€™ve been a part of so far.
Who do you consider to be the most important mentor in your life so far, and why? Iâ€™d say my dad; he has always been the force of reason for me in my life. Obviously, itâ€™s impossible to always make the right decisions as a young man but heâ€™s always been there to help me.
When you leave Georgia, what do you hope folks say about your contribution to the program? I just hope that people will see me as someone who played hard and was a contributor to our team. Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to play for Georgia and to have the honor to get to go out there and play, is special for me. I just want people to see me as someone who played as hard as I could.
What fellow player on the team motivates you to be the best you can be and why is that the case? Iâ€™d say it would be both of my roommates, Shaun Chapas and Kris Durham. Shaun and I play the same position so we can critique each other and push each other to get better. Shaun is an inspirational person and heâ€™s always pushed me to be better. And Kris is the other person who motivates me because heâ€™s had a lot of setbacks with injuries but has come back to play fearlessly. Kris works hard and uses every bit of talent that he
What regular Georgia opponent do you enjoy playing the most and why? I look forward to the Georgia Tech game each year. No matter what the records are, that is always a big game. You can have a great season and not get that one and it doesnâ€™t feel complete. And you can have a not-so-great season and get that one and it doesnâ€™t feel so bad. Itâ€™s a big rivalry and itâ€™s like our college state championship.
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Best childhood story: Fred has had a childhood friend, Richard, since they were both two. One day when they were about 10 years old, Richardâ€™s mom took them to Six Flags. She had this little sports car, a Jaguar, and you could barely sit three people in it. Well, when they got to Six Flags, they decided they would play one of those games where you throw the ball at a target to win a stuffed animal. Well, Fred did real well and walked out of there with a stuffed animal that was twice his size â€“ it was just huge. So Richardâ€™s mom had to drive home with the stuffed animal in that small Jaguar, and she couldnâ€™t even see out of the rearview mirror. So Richard and Fred had to give her directions on switching lanes and so forth, and when they got home, we asked them how in the world did they ever get home with that big thing in the car? Thatâ€™s just one of Fredâ€™s childhood stories. Best thing about his time at Georgia: Fred has definitely matured a lot and the main thing about Georgia is his having made such good friends. He lives with Shaun Chapas and Kris Durham, and theyâ€™ve really formed a bond between them. And us parents have a bond as well. We stay at the same hotel for road games, tailgate together and just hang out together. Nicest thing heâ€™s ever done for you: Fred does special things for me all the time. Out of the clear blue sky, he will text me and say he loves me, have a good day â€Ś things like that. He will cook me breakfast for Motherâ€™s Day and just does special things all the time. Heâ€™s very close with all his family. A few things about Fred outside of football: He loves playing golf and is still trying to master the game. He loves wake boarding on the lake at Hartwell. And Fred really loves spending time with his dog, a black lab named Bu, which is short for Malibu. Most entertaining story about UGA fans: It just amazes me that all the Georgia fans are very family oriented. When weâ€™re tailgating the boys will come over after the game and sit with us, eat food and wait for the traffic to die down. And none of us (senior playersâ€™ families) have missed a game in five years. What has Coach Richt meant to Fred? Coach Richt has been a very good mentor; heâ€™s been a positive influence on Fred. A lot of it has to do with Coach Richt being a Christian man, and that plays a big part in Fredâ€™s life. Coach Richt looks out for not only the guys when it comes to football but what their lives are going to be after football.
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Jeff Dantzlerâ€™s Top 25 There were some great games this past Saturday, especially in the rugged Southeastern Conference. The Big Ten could be the best its been in several years. UCLA got a monster win on the road at Texas, handing the Longhorns their most lopsided loss under Mack Brownâ€™s watch. Meanwhile, Oklahoma had an escape against Cincinnati. Alabama is the best team in the country, but their schedule is much tougher than it has been the last two years. 1. Alabama â€“ Heisman trophy winning tailback Mark Ingram had a run that will go down as his best thus far at Bama, and it was one of the big plays in a thrilling 24-20 victory over Arkansas in Fayetteville. This was another championship win for the Crimson Tide. 2. Ohio State â€“The Buckeyes got another easy win over an outmatched foe. Atlanta native Cameron Heyward is one of the countryâ€™s best defensive tackles, and the Buckeyes appear to be the class of the Big Ten. 3. Oregon â€“ The Ducks got off to a slow start, but one of the most dynamic offenses in the country got untracked and Oregon rolled past Arizona State. Oregon has put up a couple of quality wins and absolutely buried a couple of small schools. 4. Auburn â€“ What a big, impressive victory for the Tigers, who took advantage of a slew of South Carolina turnovers to trim the Gamecocks 35-27 on the plains. Cameron Newton is a big time player at quarterback. 5. Florida â€“ The Gators are finding themselves and getting hot at the right time. The big one is here with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Florida has so many athletes and the Gators lead the country in interceptions. The Crimson Tide and Gators are 60-4 combined since â€™08 with two of the losses to one another. 6. Texas Christian â€“ Andy Dalton had another big night, as TCU took down SMU 41-24 on a Friday ESPN affair. The Mustangs hung around, surely spurred on by Parentâ€™s Weekend festivities, but the Horned Frogs were able to pull away in Dallas. 7. Nebraska â€“Bo Pellini has restored the pride in the Big Red. The Cornhuskers eased past South Dakota State 17-3. If Nebraska is able to win the North, the Cornhuskers could challenge Oklahoma or Texas for the conference championship. 8. Oklahoma - Bob Stoops and the Sooners had a narrow escape against Cincinnati. The game was played at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals. Oklahoma can run it and throw it, and in typical Stoops fashion, they run and hit. 9. South Carolina â€“ The Gamecocks were in good shape at Auburn, but turnovers did them in. South Carolina has an open date, then Alabama comes to town. The Crimson Tide will be hosting Florida this week. 10. Arkansas â€“ In what will go down as one of the most painful losses in school history â€“ a couple of notches below the famed 1514 with Texas â€“ the Razorbacks came up just short against Alabama. The Hogs led 20-7 in the second half, but Bama is just too good. The question now is whether the Razorbacks can recover mentally? 11. Boise State â€“The Broncos got their second big September victory, as Boise State cruised past Oregon State. Kellen Moore is an outstanding quarterback and the Broncos have the chance at another special season. Nevada is the biggest remaining challenge. 12. LSU â€“ The Fightinâ€™ Tigers have an absolutely loaded defense, with an All-American candidate up front in Drake Nevis, at linebacker in Kelvin Shappard and sensational Patrick Peterson at corner. The Tigers edged West Virginia 20-14, and now host Tennessee.
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Gruff & Grump By Chad White and Al Hickson
This is tough to watch If we could figure out a way to write this article without writing it, we would choose to do so. At this point, we can’t be sure that using the word embarrassment is an understatement or just a little rude, no matter validity, to so many involved. Last week’s opening paragraph to this column was incredibly difficult to write. This week it feels more like a classic Jerry Jeff Walker song we aren’t allowed to pen in this forum. We are a very bad football team. One of the reasons is because our record is 1-3. The biggest reason is because we were the much lesser team in a 24-6 (actually 12) loss Saturday Night. The Dawgs were out gunned by a team that played sloppy football most of the night. It did not appear a single facet of our play performed to expected standards. This is a tough time for the Dawgs, let’s be certain. As the head man says himself, these are the toughest times yet. Again, we could attempt to leave out our general in-
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not come out and say it like he did. That also won’t save Coach Bobo from the wrath of the faithful. He shouldn’t take this wrath alone. Apparently no coach on staff from the head man to the wide receiver coach can come up with any type of play that could create a mismatch for a number of our players. No one? Against Mississippi State this is the best we can do? Pitiful. And, is there no one on the entire staff that can illicit the needed passion? Again, what is going on here? Our team was just totally dominated by Mississippi State. Think about that. We can’t really talk about the rest of the game details. None of them matter, really. 24-6 (actually 12) losers to Mississippi State. Again, marinate on that for a minute. The University of Georgia Bulldogs were just worn down and ground up by the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Only their own sloppiness prevented this from being worse.
Photograph by Rob Saye
terpretation of the wellness of our team. Only, the task becomes much, much harder on a weekly basis. The University of Georgia football team finds itself in a dismal place. Make no mistake of our support for this situation. As sure, so many doubts tend to solidify discouragement. There are a lot of good people involved in this incredibly difficult circumstance. From players to coaches there, clearly, stands a large group of good people. However, the translation of this into a good football team just isn’t happening. This group of good people are not getting the job done. On hardly any level. Even our All-America punter is having a sub par year (at least for the incredibly high standards he set for himself). It pains us to say that our team is painful to watch. But, it is true. It is painful. We cheer and we support and want to believe but it is just painful. We are what we are and we do what we do by God. We are a power running team come hell or high water. We continue to ask if anyone with a headset has any semblance of a plan? What is going on here? The lines on both sides just get pushed around and shoved out of the way. Sheesh. Is there a team on the schedule we can physically dominate other than Idaho State? It really is too much for us. It seems so mundane to even discuss it at this point. Same old thing. Bobo gets an A for standing up like a man after the game and calling it like it was. Sure, it is obvious in every manner the offense is not getting it done at all. But, plenty of people do
If anyone involved can do something about this, now’s a good time to start making some progress towards getting a move on in a better direction. The head man says he’s working on it and is going to reflect inward also. That all seems fine and well and we hope it works out. We really do. As a wise man told a story for just this occasion not long after this contest, it became apparent how simple it has really become for us. When the Dawgs finally crossed the goal line with however much time was left that was far, far too little, a six year old boy named Jack yelled out “we have a chance”. That is the kind of blind hope we are down to here at headquarters. When faced with trying to believe in this staff’s ability to turn this around through the coming rigors of the schedule, we encourage them greatly to do so. Some think they can. Okay, fair enough. We want it to happen. For three hours on any given Saturday we can transform our minds into that place where having a chance is oh so very real. For that period in time we know all about just how right Jack is about our good chances. Of course, Jack believes in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy, too. Worked by Mississippi State. Uh-uh-uh. How bout that for power? So, who knows? Colorado is next. Great road trip. Hope the Dawgs show up. We will be in that corner hooping and hollering. Get it done boys. Go Dawgs!