Tag:Aaron Murray
Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:31 pm

It's getting morbid in Athens

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This has been a nightmare season for the Georgia Bulldogs.  The team is 1-4 -- with a lone victory against Louisiana-Lafayette -- on the season, and 0-3 in SEC play, leading many to wonder if Mark Richt is going to survive after the season is over.  Still, things were supposed to get better last weekend.

Wide receiver A.J. Green was returning following a four-game suspension, and he was going to help the Bulldogs offense get over the hump.  And he did.  Green was fantastic in his first game back, making seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns -- including a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter.

Still, even Green's return couldn't heal a team that just seems snakebit in 2010.  The Bulldogs were on the verge of beating Colorado on Saturday night, but fate can be extremely cruel.  Trailing 29-27 in the closing minutes the Bulldogs were driving down the field and on the verge of kicking a field goal that would have given them the lead, and in all likelihood, a victory that may have helped turn the tide of their season.

The Bulldogs were already within field goal range when Aaron Murray took a snap and turned to hand the ball off to Caleb King, but Colorado linebacker B.J. Beatty met them both at the exchange and knocked the ball loose, holding King back while Jon Major jumped on the ball.

That was it.  Game over, but to Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, it felt like something much worse.

“I thought it was a shoo-in; that’s how comfortable I was [about winning the game]. I put my helmet down. I was ready to run on the field and celebrate. But it didn’t happen that way. We made a fatal mistake, and that type of stuff needs to be corrected. We cannot turn the ball over at the end of the game. It felt like death to me. We have to keep grinding and support each other.”

And there are still seven games -- or funerals -- left to go.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 3:51 pm

Marcus Lattimore has MONSTER day against UGA

Posted by Chip Patterson

We've all had our fun poking at ESPN for dubbing this "Monster Weekend" in college football.  

Probably because we weren't expecting the kind of day that South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore was going to have in the Gamecocks' 17-6 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.  When the true freshman running back picked up 48 yards on the ground for South Carolina's opening drive, even Steve Spurrier couldn't stop feeding him the rock.

By the time the game was done, Lattimore had gathered 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries.  When he wasn't utilizing his field vision to dart through gaps up the field, Lattimore used his strength and determination to bowl over the Georgia defense.  Lattimore bounced off defenders and kept his legs churning to extend the play while it often took several defenders to finally bring him down.

Having Lattimore in the backfield has also helped take some pressure of quarterback Stephen Garcia.  The senior signal-caller was given the time to connect with speedy wide receiver Alshon Jeffery seven times for 107 yards.  The defense did their part as well, holding the Bulldogs out of the end zone the entire game.  Georgia put up 55 points against Louisiana-Lafayette, but freshman quarterback Aaron Murray had a much different opponent on Saturday, and it was a learning experience.

Of course, Murray would have more than benefited from having A.J. Green out there, who remained sidelined for the second of four games afte receiving his ruling from the NCAA on his memorabilia infractions.        
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