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Saturday, September 4, 2010

First quarter

After a slow start, Georgia will enter the second quarter up 7-0, and poised to add to the lead.

Georgia's revamped, renewed defense got one more turnover (1) than first downs allowed (0) in its first quarter of action.

Brandon Boykin jumped in front of an errant pass, landing with the ball at the Lafayette 28.

That gave the offense the ball, and Carlton Thomas uncorked a couple nice runs to get the ball inside the 10.

Touchdown, Georgia.

I was just about to write that Georgia had no running game so far. Well check that, Caleb King just went 20 yards into the end zone on third down, and Georgia has a 7-0 lead with three minutes left in the quarter.

It took a bit, some fits and starts, but now the Bulldog offense may get it rolling. Sometimes it takes a near-big play, like the incompletion to Logan Gray in the end zone.

Now Georgia's defense takes the field, still having not given up a first down, other than the one by penalty on special teams.

3:30 left in first quarter, still no score:

Aaron Murray picking it up. He hit Durham on another third down pass, this time for 22 yards into ULL territory.

A couple plays later, Murray showed great mobility and awareness, flushed out of the pocket, then heaving it downfield. Two Bulldogs were in the area, but it was just past Logan Gray.

What a hook-up that would’ve been.

Undaunted, Murray hit Marlon Brown for another third-down conversion.

That makes six different receivers Murray has thrown to so far.

First quarter, six-minute mark:

First off, sorry for the delay in posting. The wireless at the stadium is a wee bit slow.

Aaron Murray has looked OK so far, but hasn't been able to move the Georgia offense very much. He did complete a third-down pass to Kris Durham - who incidentally is wearing No. 31 today. A different Bulldog will wear that number each game this year to honor Quintin Banks, who has stopped playing football because of chronic knee injuries.

While Georgia's offense has been lackluster so far, the defense has not. The blitzing and activity has been there.

Lafayette returned the opening kickoff to its 47, as UGA had trouble bringing down a very stocky and hard-to-tackle runner. But the defense forced a three-and-out.

Lafayette’s second drive also resulted in a three-and-out. But a running into the kicker penalty extended the drive. Three plays later, the Cajuns were punting again.

Aaron Murray’s first pass as a Georgia Bulldog was to Branden Smith.

Well I guess he’s going to be playing offense after all. And defense, and special teams. Smith became the first Georgia player to do that since Champ Bailey.

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