Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dawgs Lose Fourth In A Row


The Colorado Buffaloes overcame a 13 point deficit in the second half and handed the Dawgs their fourth consecutive loss. The last time the Dawgs suffered a 4 game losing streak was in 1990 under Coach Ray Goff. The last time they were 1-4 was in 1957 when Coach Wallace Butts team finished 3-7.

This loss can not be blamed on the suspension of A.J. Green, the junior returned to action and had seven catches for 119 yards – two of which were touchdowns. Green now has five 100-yard receiving games in his career. He touched the ball for the first time on an end-around for 40 yards early in the second quarter. Green’s rush set up a 3-yard one-handed touchdown grab as redshirt freshman QB Aaron Murray connected with Green at the 11:08 mark in the second quarter. His second score came on a 39-yard pass from Murray at the 7:53 mark in the second to give the Bulldogs a 17-14 edge. Murray tied his career high with three TD passes. He also had three TD passes against Louisiana in addition to a rushing TD.

Blair Walsh drilled a 33-yard field goal with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter and then a 20 yarder with 12:30 left in the game. He missed a 41 yarder as time expired in the half. It was only the second miss of Walsh’s career from that range (40 to 49 yards). Walsh is now 9-for-10 on the year and 44-for-55 in his career. He also connected on two PATs and is 104-for-104 in his career.

Brandon Boykin had one kickoff return for 72 yards midway through the first quarter and finished with two for 97 yards.. His first return set up Walsh’s field goal. This total gives him 1,312 kickoff return yards in his career on 50 returns. Boykin is No. 2 on Georgia’s all-time list. Gene Washington (1973-76, 71 ret. for 1,637) is the school record holder.

Sophomore SE Marlon Brown hauled in his first career touchdown on an 8-yard strike from Murray with 10:40 left in the third period. It gave Georgia a 24-14 advantage.

Marcus Dowtin snagged his first career interception of his career with 1:40 left in the half. This was the Bulldogs’ fifth INT of the year. Dowtin’s INT led to a missed field goal. Georgia has forced six turnovers and converted them into 14 points while its opponents have scored 7 points off seven Bulldog miscues on the year. Georgia’s sixth turnover of the year was on a Murray INT earlier in the second period. It was only his third INT of his career. Murray’s INT led to Dowtin’s pick in the following series. A Caleb King fumble in the fourth ended Georgia’s last drive of the contest. King finished with 12 carries for 100 yards.

Senior RG Chris Davis slid over and started at center against the Buffaloes. Junior C Ben Jones had started 27 consecutive games at center before Saturday’s game. Going into the game with Colorado, Jones had the second-most consecutive starts on the team behind senior LT Clint Boling, who started his 30th straight game on Saturday. Jones returned at center in the second half. Sophomore TB Carlton Thomas made his first career start. In addition, freshman Garrison Smith played for the first time this season at DE. Six true freshmen have played for the Bulldogs this season.

Freshman OLB T.J. Stripling suffered a right knee injury late in the opening quarter and did not return. Stripling was playing on the Bulldogs’ kickoff team. Sophomore CB Branden Smith left the game in the second quarter with a concussion and did not return. Georgia’s leading receiver, senior Kris Durham, did not see action due to a stinger that he suffered last week at Mississippi State.

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