Thank goodness for A.J.!

On a night when Georgia continued its penchant for turnovers, Joe Cox looked thoroughly ordinary and a well-coached Arizona State defense made the Dogs’ running game largely ineffective, the amazing A.J. Green again torched ASU for big play after big play and put his team in a position to win.

He even blocked a field goal attempt!

And still the game came down to the foot of Blair Walsh, who was mobbed by his teammates after kicking the winning field goal as time expired.

An otherwise mediocre night on offense by Georgia was countered by a gutsy effort on the part of the Dogs’ defense, which battled the odds when the Sun Devils were given a short field by the turnovers. Willie Martinez’s players came up big when it mattered on ASU’s last drive.

It was a night that raised a lot of questions, which probably won’t be answered until next week against LSU. Was this just an off-night for Cox and the Georgia offense, or is this what the Dogs look like when faced with a good defense? Time after time, ASU put eight men in the box to stuff the run and dared Georgia to pass. Aside from Green’s heroics, it was mostly a successful strategy.

What did you think? Should Georgia fans just accept an ugly win with gratitude, or did the continued turnovers and the Dogs’ inability to run the ball consistently concern you as much as they did me?

92 comments Add your comment

MATT

September 27th, 2009
12:02 am

holy crap…Go dawgs…no more turnovers

Cosmos

September 27th, 2009
12:12 am

Give the defense a lot of credit. We finally got some pressure on the QB and look how good it worked. Didn’t like some of the play calling by Bobo. The FB up the middle on short yardage when everybody new it was coming was lame. Arizona State’s defense is pretty darn tuff. This team wears me out. But they keep on coming back when the chips are down.

rvadawg

September 27th, 2009
12:13 am

AJ GREEN is a freak. best WR in the nation, not even a contest after this. not only can he catch anything thrown to him he can block potentially game winning field goals. the kid is a freak

Denver Dawg

September 27th, 2009
12:15 am

you never know what you’re gonna get with this team – I, for one, am ready to see us FINALLY put all the pieces together. IN THE SAME GAME!

rvadawg

September 27th, 2009
12:16 am

and the defense played very, very solid tonight. great to have justin houston back, he stepped up big. geno had a good day, BACARRI RAMBO with a nice INT and a couple good tackles and a deflection in which he made the read and stepped in front of the TE. offense… playcalling looked off. i dont know if i put the blame on cox. yes he made bad throws, but i dont think the playcalling was as good as it was the past two weeks. blair walsh is a machine also.

almost slipped into a coma during this game…

TampaDawg

September 27th, 2009
12:17 am

CMR,
1. Demote Willie
2. Take back the playbook from Bobo
3. Start Logan or Aaron – They can at least get the ball to AJ in stride for sure TDs.
4. See if AJ can walk on water.

Dogsdroolscatsrule

September 27th, 2009
12:27 am

I think you have a chance with MT.

djawjuh

September 27th, 2009
12:40 am

A good friend of mine said (both of us are long-time Dawg fanatics, “if we were attempting to achieve mediocrity, we’ve exceeded beyond our wildest imagination.”

jason

September 27th, 2009
12:40 am

This has to be the best played game of the season so far. The D played lights out. Yes they gave uo rushing yards, but they held the WRs in check. STs were good not spetacular, and the O did what they had to do. I too question some of the play calling, but a win is a win.
As we talked about the running game disapearing; Greenalso seems to be disapearing for stretches also. While I think at the time that they need to get the ball to Green; I also know that when UGA’s O is rolling…. it is because everyone is involved. Green decoyed a few plays for other WRs. From what I have seen tonight, King is the starting RB. Although he made mistakes (funble,2 dropped passes) he looked good running the ball. We are 3-1, and moving forward. LSU is up next, what do we have in store for them?

BrianBulldawginJax

September 27th, 2009
12:41 am

Hey TampaDawg,

Before, we demote Willie M, Remember we cruised into half time with a 14-3 lead. However, we do need to be a little more physical.

UGA avoids those 3rd Qtr turnovers and it’s not even close. I also believe that if the officials had to make an identical review of our 1st play of the 4th qtr for the likes of UF in the Swamp, OK in Stillwater, or USC in the Colosieum it’s a TD no question.

Finally, on that 4th and short play, how can the officials wave off that flag when the ASU defender leaps into the official. It’s the least offsides ASU, or ejection for roughing an official. It’s not like a live play where the official is “part of the field”. Does that mean it’s now open season on officials on a 3rd/4th and short?

Nick

September 27th, 2009
12:55 am

I actually thought Joe Cox looked pretty good. He had some mistakes. Who doesn’t? But some of those throws he made were spot-on. I know Stafford would have overthrown all those long passes. A.J. continues to impress. Wow! Game ball goes to A.J. & Justin Houston on defense. Oh and Wooten made some good plays. Look forward to seeing more of him!
Go Dawgs!

WARBUCKS

September 27th, 2009
12:56 am

DANNY WARE LIVES!

StL Dawg

September 27th, 2009
12:59 am

AJ makes Joe Cox look better than he plays. There were numerous poor passes tonight by Joe. There is no way we win the East this year. It’s obvious Logan Gray is not that good, otherwise he’d be getting more than 1 play a week and not catching punts. Joe’s decison making tonight was bad. We need to start playing our QB so we don’t suffer through this again next Fall. Defense was better this week, but we still gave up a bunch of yards. I was surprised to see ASU run against us so easy.

THE CHICKENMAN

September 27th, 2009
1:01 am

I wanna say GOO DAWGS great turnout for the horrible weather conditions i know our group was drenched lol AJ LOOKED like a superstar.. King looked better (fumble aside) he broke alot of tackles and was a key part on the game winning drive… how bout branden smith play corner all game.. freshman Doing Work.

GO DAWGS SIC THEM Kittens next week

big dawg 89

September 27th, 2009
1:01 am

wow, thats about all i can say,,,,about several games i saw. bottom line right now, we are an average team.. i really hope we can remedy the mistakes this team makes.. i think that turnovers and penalties are things that can be corrected, but how many games do we give em before we say that ‘ok, we’re going to lead the nation in TO’s and penalties’..a win is a win, lets try to stay positive… AJ should be getting some Heisman consideration soon…

oh yeah, my nephew said Rambo would make some plays, and he did.. i do think he got a little out of position on their TD though..lesson learned, i hope… GO DAWGS… we are still in it…

Seadoggy

September 27th, 2009
1:06 am

It is truly pathetic that our running game cannot gain one yard when it desperately needs to. It is even more pathetic when it fails this test again and again. Richt is the luckiest man in America that he won this game after electing not to go with the percentages and kick that late field goal. I was astounded that an experienced head coach would go for it in that situation. What really amazed me about this decision was that AS had just stuffed us when we tried to run on first and goal from the one on the opposite end of the field late in the third quarter. It was predictable that we would not be able to convert, and that is exactly what happened.

ATL DAWG

September 27th, 2009
1:11 am

I TIVO’D THE GAME AND JUST GOT THROUGH WATCHING IT. I THINK THE ELEMENTS PLAYED A PART IN THIS ONE. AJ WILL BE PLAYING ON SUNDAYS THAT’S FOR SURE, SO LETZ ENJOY HIM WHILE HE’S HERE. JOE HAS GOTTA MAKE BETTER DECISIONS, THIS PLAY WON’T WORK AGAINST LSU.. THE “D” PLAYED BETTER THAN EXPECTED TONITE. RAMBO SHOULD REPLACE #3 AT FREE SAFETY, THAT KID IS SPECIAL.. OVERALL I SAY A C PLUS FOR TONITE..

pj

September 27th, 2009
1:24 am

We just won a game on a last second field goal.
We just beat our 3rd straight BCS conference opponent in a row
We had a great defensive game finally
We have the best receiver in college football.

Can you people not be happy for one freaking second?

You’re pathetic, really you are.

Go freakin dawgs! Congrats to true dawg fans on a WIN

chuck

September 27th, 2009
1:27 am

I think the biggest problem with UGA is bad coaching chemistry. MR, WM, and MB are all very good in their coaching positions. The problem is there is no fire no enthusiasm and no downright fear caused by any of them. One of the top three positions has to be a hell fire and brimstone type guy like Van Gorder.
It’s a shame but the top three has to be broken up to find the right mix of coaching personalities.

ToccoaDawg

September 27th, 2009
1:42 am

Can’t blame the D this time

James

September 27th, 2009
1:49 am

im surprised no one has commented on the td taken away from AJ. that almost cost us the game and he clearly had the right toe down.

Frank Lane

September 27th, 2009
1:50 am

I think we should pass to set up the run. I think Caleb King should be the starter because of his greater shiftiness. When the defense begins to seem beat down, insert Samuels as a pile driver (end of 2nd quarter, and possibly all of 4th quarter. His power with legs fresher than the defensive line could be grueling. Use Charlton Thomas as a change of pace for either.

Run more misdirection ( nor reverses, just things like counter dives, etc.). Will slow down defenses collapse on the ball.

Be more imaginative on defense and offense. We are not going to win head up with strength. We need speed and surprise.

The New Ole Miss

September 27th, 2009
2:29 am

I’m not going to settle for mediocrity. That’s what this team is becomg…the new best mediocre team I’m the SEC. It’s the coaches who are to be blamed. Hats off to the players, though.

It’s sad. It’s even more disturbing when the “fans” sit by and accept it.

BravesAreDone

September 27th, 2009
4:32 am

I was talking to some friends at a bar after the game and told them if it weren’t for AJ Green being on the team we’d be 0-3 right now…and I really do believe that!

Jenn

September 27th, 2009
4:59 am

A win is a win but Bobo needs to turn the play calling back over to MR.

AJ Green is phenomenal!!!!

The Dawgs are soo inconsistant…..where was Boykin? B. Smith?

IDK, what they are doing…..but atleast, by some way or another, we won.

RealDawg

September 27th, 2009
5:03 am

We really need some mental help. Those two picks by Cox were not even close. So far, he owes his Senior year to AJ.

honest_abe

September 27th, 2009
6:14 am

lol @ ol miss who says “I WILL NOT SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY”…

some of you mainly tampadawg, bugkiller and the like need to realize there’s something called parity in college football. usc lost to washington last week, penn state lost to iowa, cal got blown out by oregon, miami got blown out by virginia tech, fla st lost to souther fl, lsu almost lost to miss state. do you need any other examples? mich almost lost to indiana.

my point being if everyone used your disillusioned reasoning there would be no coaches in america. these are 18 -22 year old STUDENTS. they have a lot more on their plate than the next big game. they deal with professors, gf’s, friends etc… there’s going to be ups and there’s going to downs. the bottom line is a win is a win. start enjoying the season or go be a tech fan. please.

#2 BAMA FAN

September 27th, 2009
7:00 am

AJ Green is the best wide receiver in the SEC hands down!! A win is a win and the defense played better and I am tired of the wet weather. The middle linebacker for the Arizona St. is a beast and only
a freshman. GO DAWGS!!

MIKE ON LAKE HARTWELL

September 27th, 2009
7:23 am

i’m with PJ and HONEST ABE.

go dawgs.

rosezee

September 27th, 2009
7:28 am

Enter your comments here

First Meyer, than Saban and the next will be Kiffin. Their programs pasted UGA as if it were standing still.

Georgia will quickely join Auburn if it doesn’t get rid of CMR and his moronic assistants.

Jake7

September 27th, 2009
7:29 am

AJ GREEN is “SUPERMAN”…….wonder if he can play QB??? Guys,please explain to me……WHY…..with a minute forty seconds left before halftime we go into the “DON’T MAKE A MISTAKE” mode??? MOST teams would TRY to score!!! We did this in the bowl game last year against MS.

@james

September 27th, 2009
7:45 am

hit left toe hit the line prior to his right touching…the call was correct.

rosezee

September 27th, 2009
7:48 am

Enter your comments here

JAKE7

I guess cause the only thing we do consistently well is make mistakes.

tchance

September 27th, 2009
8:10 am

play calling was very conservative, couldn’t help but think Bobo was playing his cards close to the vest and saving the imagination for next weeks LSU game. good to see the defense stepped up…talk about playing brother in law games week in and week out, defense this time, offense the 2 before yesterday. which team shows up Saturday?

KyDawg

September 27th, 2009
8:19 am

Good News..we’re not playing great football and we’ve won 3 in a row.
Bad News…we’re not playibg great football…ugh!!!

Brent

September 27th, 2009
8:29 am

Looks to me like A.J. is the runaway leader in the who’s better debate vs. Julio Jones.

Navy Dawg

September 27th, 2009
8:45 am

Pretty embarrasing to see our offense get blown up by a true freshman (Burfict) play after play. UGA’s O-line was pushed around all night.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
8:53 am

Gongraulations on a great victory last night. Green is truly a remarkable player, but so is Julio Jones. They are both great players. I believe Arizona had the top ranked defense in the nation going into the game. So to score 20 and beat them was a great accomplishment. Their offense did not look so good, however. But that might have been because Georgia was playing really good defense.

Mitch Cumstein

September 27th, 2009
8:53 am

Wow! What a night. Our D played their best game in 2 years, the O had a great game as well, turnovers aside.

Folks, ASU’s defense is ranked number 1 in the nation. Yeah, yeah, I said the same thing before the game, “They’ve played 2 nobody teams”. Well so has LSU, Fla and the list gos on and on, and you look and see that it was ASU that leads the nation in defense. Those guys are VERY well coached. Notice I didn’t say talented, well coached. There is a difference. Nobody has better talent than we do. Its their coaching that is superior!

With all that in mind, last night our defense was number one in the nation. We gave up 3 points all night! The turnovers, although I don’t know when, will be our undoing.

Hats off to the dawgs, as well as ASU. I seeked out as many ASU fans as possible last night to congratulate their stellar effort and exhibit Southern hospitality. I hope all of you do that in the future!

JR

September 27th, 2009
8:56 am

What concerned me was the play calling in short-yardage situations. Countless times in the second half, Georgia was in 2nd and short situations but got stuffed.

olddawg

September 27th, 2009
9:01 am

I agree with honest abe, pj, and mike… these are boys playing a game. As far as the coaching goes, I am no great fan of cwm but cmr is the best thing that has happened to uga since dooley’s dogs and even he didn’t have the winning percentage of cmr. y’all have short memories…you should ask some of the old dog fans how it was in the early days of dooley, the goff and donnan era, etc. The main thing is this…if you’re a fan, you love the dawgs, win or lose.

Iceman

September 27th, 2009
9:07 am

In college football, there is AJ Green..and then there’s everyone else.

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!

Motown Hound

September 27th, 2009
9:20 am

Just got up…. Scratching my belly….looking around trying to focus….oh yeah Dawgs pulled out a squeaker last night followed by too much Svedka….. coming back to me. We are 3 and 1 after starting the season with 4 BCS conference teams, shooting ourselves in the foot, the toe, the heal grazing the knee and we are still 3 and 1. No where to go but up from here.

I for one like this position.

Carlton Powell

September 27th, 2009
9:30 am

Can anyone elighten me on what the call SHOULD have been on the ASU player that pushed the official? No way it’s a “no call.” From what I know–and I’m no NCAA official–striking an official is a 15 yd. penalty, ejection from the game for the offending player, AND suspension for the next game. But, again, I may be wrong.The commissioner’s office should be all over this Monday AM. And, for the clowns doing the play by play to say the “no call” was appropriate was at the least disrespectful of the game and players who play by the established rules. Again,let those idiot officials make the same call at “The Swamp,” or other high profile venue and see what happens. BTW, where does ESPN get these guys?? They obviously do not follow football at all.

doggy

September 27th, 2009
9:34 am

So how does AJ Green go down in UGA history at this point as a soph? I think a top 10 historical player for sure. If he stays thru his sr year, which he will not, he may snuggle right up behind Walker. What about all-time UGA receivers? He doesn’t have the stats yet but there has never been a better one. Hines Ward?

WestOfAthens

September 27th, 2009
9:43 am

AJ makes all the difference for this team. Sure, there will always be officiating discrepancies, but line up and try again.
This is an exciting team to watch this season. Do not quite know what we’ve got, but i like it… i like it a lot.
Hunker Down Dawgs!

Dacula Dawg

September 27th, 2009
9:44 am

Please stop the Dance Party USA music. We are playing to the level of a very mediocre Pac !0 team that USC and others will kill..and I’m like Kevin Butler on the postgame show..what are we celebrating? Again like Kevin said..its embarrassing..Guarantee you would see Saban or Miles or Urbans boys dancing on the sideline..we need to be focused..again lack of discipline. Also can CMR please quit raising his arms when the crowd needs to get the D some noise..please keep your mind on coaching..with those coordinators we need every bit you got! Another coaching slipup..Caleb King turning the corner down sideline with the ball running in the wrong arm..fundamentals…Bobo is so overmatched!! Toss Sweep..draw play..when the whole stadium knew it was coming..do we have a no huddle offense to change up the tempo? What about a simple reverse?? When Logan Gray comes in everyone knows it s a run..hey BOBO what about letting him throw a pass..one play with Logan isn’t worth the time need to get Logan in more to work..uhhhh this coaching..its a crying shame with all the talent!!

Catsfly

September 27th, 2009
9:49 am

You better enjoy AJ this year. Two and out!

WestOfAthens

September 27th, 2009
9:52 am

Catsfly, AJ was not redshirted. Sorry to burst your bubble, but UGA has him in 2010.
Move along hater!

Hahira Dawg

September 27th, 2009
9:57 am

uga has a real workhorse at rb in richard samuel,but cmr seems to yearn for the warrick dunn type with the sprint draw plays being called.put samuel in a power i with a fullback in front and let him “tote da mail” .this will allow us to get back to the play action fake,which we dont seem to do any more,GOD I MISS DAVID GREENE,which will freeze the backers and set a.j.and the rest free to do what they do best!!