Fifth verse, same as the second, third and fourth.
Anyone who says one player doesn’t make that big a difference didn’t see the Dogs play Colorado Saturday night.
After starting out slow, as usual, and falling behind 14-3 to the Buffs, Georgia’s offense started clicking thanks to A.J. Green, returning from NCAA suspension for his first game this season. Green had a big run on an end-around, a couple of touchdown receptions, one of which was one of his patented unbelievable circus catches, and Georgia came roaring back to the delight of the sizable, spirited contingent of Bulldog fans at Folsom Field.
When Georgia went up 24-14 early in the third quarter, it looked like Mark Richt’s team finally was turning things around.
And then Green cramped up and had to leave the game and eventually go to the locker room for fluids, and the Dogs’ offense once again became punchless.
Green’s absence combined with the Georgia defense’s continued inability to stop a sustained running attack and more problems with defenders out of position, and the Buffaloes climbed back on top.
Green returned eventually, but wasn’t much of a factor the remainder of the game except as a decoy. (He did have a chance at another scoring catch on a fade but the ball was overthrown.)
Then after a clock-consuming drive by Colorado (on which the Georgia defense again couldn’t get off the field in third- and fourth-down situations) finally petered out with an unsuccessful 52-yard field goal attempt, Georgia got the ball back at its own 35 with 3:37 left on the clock.
With the Dogs driving, it looked like at the very least Blair Walsh would get a chance to make up for the field goal miss he had at the end of the first half. And then the turnover bug struck again and Caleb King put the ball on the ground trying to elude a Colorado defender in Georgia’s backfield (thanks again, offensive line).
Been there, seen that. Doesn’t get any less sickening with repetition.
Overall, the game’s story line was distressingly familiar for Georgia fans. The Dogs had too many missed opportunities in the red zone where they either got no points or only 3 points. The defense couldn’t stop the Buffs’ ground game even when they knew what was coming. Stupid penalties and turnovers hurt. And without A.J. the Dogs’ offense was inconsistent.
Dark storm clouds are looming over the program. It’s gonna be a long season.
I’ll be back Sunday afternoon with more thoughts on the game. Until then, have at it.
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