Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dawgs Outlast Hawgs

FOOTBALL

Joe Cox silenced any doubters with a record tying performance in the Dawgs 52 - 41 conference win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville. The senior quarerback tied a school record with 5 TD passes. He had a career night, going 18- for-26 for 375 yards and 5 TDs. Cox tied a school record shared by Matthew Stafford (Ga. Tech 2008), D.J. Shockley (Boise State 2005) and David Greene (LSU 2004) with 5 TD passes in a game.

Meanwhile, Razorback QB Ryan Mallett tied a school mark for Most TD passes by an opposing QB with five. Florida's Danny Wuerffel had five versus the Bulldogs in 1995 in Athens.

Sophomore wide receiver A.J. Green (7-for-137, 2 TDs) had his 3rd career game with 100+ yards receiving and first this year. Last year, he had a career-high 159 vs. Arizona State and 132 against Vanderbilt. He had a career-high 2 TD catches today and finished with 137 yards on seven catches, his catch for a two-point conversion was the first one since Matthew Stafford connected with Kris Durham vs. South Carolina last year.

Sophomore tailback Richard Samuel scampered a career-long 80 yards for a TD in the second quarter to make it 21-17. It was the longest rushing TD for a Dawg since 2007 when Knowshon Moreno went 80 yards versus Troy. It was the longest rushing TD by a Dawg in an SEC game since 1997 when Robert Edwards went 80 yards versus Kentucky. Samuel had his first career 100-yard game, tallying 104 yards on 16 carries.

Sophomore tightend Aron White's 21-yard TD catch was his fifth career catch and three have been for touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Tavarres King caught his first career TD, a career-long 50-yarder.

Freshman Orson Charles caught his first career TD, a 44-yard strike from Joe Cox.

Redshirt sophomore punter Drew Butler, who leads the SEC, had another big night. He averaged 55.2 yards on four punts including a 64-yarder than pinned UA at their own nine with 5:25 left in the contest and the Dawgs leading 49-41. Three of his punts were inside the 20 and three covered 50+ yards. At #9 Oklahoma State in the season opener, Butler registered a 57.0 average, the second best in school history.

Junior linebacker Rennie Curran led the Dawgs with 11 tackles, sophomore defensive end Justin Houston playing his first game following a two game suspension had 7 tackles. Redshirt freshman Cornelius Washington and junior Demarcus Dobbs each recorded a sack.

Senior reserve fullback Justin Fields injured his right shoulder in the first quarter and did not return. Junior cornerback Vance Cuff injured his right knee in the third quarter and did not return.

With tonight's 52-41 win, the Dawgs (2-1 overall, 2-0 SEC) improved to 25-4 in SEC opponents stadiums under Mark Richt including six straight wins dating back to 2007. Overall, Georgia is 31-5 in opponents stadiums under Richt. Also, the Dawgs are now 9-3 in the series with Arkansas including winning the past six meetings. Overall, the Dawgs are 4-0 all-time in Fayetteville. They are 5-0 against the Razorbacks under Richt.

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