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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fourth quarter blog

0:14 left in game, Arkansas takes 31-24 lead

The game just turned two different times, and in a bad way for Georgia. This time it's going to be too late to turn it again.

Arkansas has a touchdown lead, as Ryan Mallett only needed three plays to pass Arkansas 73 yards into the Georgia end zone. The drive started with 47 seconds left.

It had seemed so good for Georgia just a few seconds before that. It had the ball at midfield, with 1:04 left, and had third-and-four.

But Aaron Murray was sacked from the blind side. Drew Butler's ensuing punt took a bad bounce.

Three plays later, Mallett hit Greg Childs on the left sideline, Childs cut upfield, a tackle was missed, and he was in.

Georgia's players reacted to the play nearly in unison, putting their hands on their hips.

A heartbreaking way for the game to turn, and finish.

2:18 left in game, still tied at 24

Georgia's defense answers the call again. Not only does it stop Arkansas, but it backs them up six yards: Justin Houston with a big stop on a first-down run (why was Arkansas running?) and Cornelius Washington with a second-down sack.

The Bulldogs may have dodged a bullet on third down, when Ryan Mallett had a receiver open down the right sideline. But he missed him, forcing the punt.

A booming punt by Arkansas' Dylan Breeding is the only thing that staved off disaster for the Razorbacks. Georgia takes over at its 34 with plenty of time.

3:55 left in game, Georgia ties it at 24

Hope you didn't get frustrated and stop watching at the 11-minute mark.

Georgia, which had scored 16 points the previous seven quarters, has scored 14 on the past two drives, and we're now tied with 3:55 left.

Aaron Murray hit Kris Durham on a long pass to get inside the 20, Logan Gray took a direct snap and gained a few yards, and then the big play:

On third down, tight end Aron White - yes, a tight end - hauled in a pass near his knees to get to the 3. Then Washaun Ealey took it in.

Now it's back on the Georgia defense to stop Ryan Mallett. Can they do it?

5:40 left in game, Georgia trails 24-17

How quickly things turn. Sanford Stadium is very loud, even with some departed fans, as Georgia is about to get the ball back with a chance to tie it up.

The Georgia defense, when it hasn't been buying play fakes and blowing assignments, has been very stout today. It was again on Arkansas' drive just now, forcing Ryan Mallett into an incompletion on a key third down.

Better yet for Georgia, Arkansas backed itself up before the punt with an unsportsmanlike call and a false start. The ensuing punt was downed near midfield, and with more than five minutes left, the Bulldogs are very much in business.

7:52 left in game, Georgia within 24-17

The Bulldogs aren't dead yet. Tavarres King and Aaron Murray hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown play - King squirming off of two tacklers - and Georgia is back within one score.

It was King's second career touchdown catch. The first one was last year ... against Arkansas.

King's play was huge, as it was on third down, and you could feel the offense sensing it was about to fail in the red zone again. King should've been bottled up by Arkansas, but he did a great job getting into the end zone.

The big play was on a 46-yard completion to Kris Durham. If Murray had thrown it a bit further, or sooner, Durham may have scored.

No matter, as three plays later King took care of it. Now it's back up to the defense.

9:39 left in game, Georgia trails 24-10

First off, sorry that updates have been kind of slow. The wireless in the press box has been as lackluster as the Georgia offense.

Fans started to leave Sanford Stadium a few minutes ago, after Georgia's drive stalled at the Arkansas 30. Clearly the Bulldogs had to go for it, but the play-calling on third and fourth down at that point was, shall we say, unsuccessful.

Georgia now has the ball back and is trying to muster another drive.

Two stats making their way around that will repeated often if this holds up: Georgia has not started 0-2 in the SEC since 1993, which was also the last time it lost to Arkansas.


Anonymous said...

3rd and four! Didn't even give the team a chance!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bobo, you're brilliant play calling literally lost the game. Deciding to send every receiver 20 yards deep on 3rd and 4 in the last minutes of a tied ball game was nothing short of mind blowing.

This team is absolutely depressing.

Anonymous said...

"Drew Butler's ensuing punt took a bad bounce."

--I might add that the punt was not good at all to begin with. Our "best punter in the nation" doesn't look the part so far this season.

Anonymous said...

I don't get into all the fire the offensive coordinator talk but that last play was literally stupid! All we need is four yards! Best kicker in the fm nation and all those timeouts!

Anonymous said...

Bobo's done.

Additionally, our new "revamped" defense is certainly revamped. At least last year we'd could actually tackle.

James B. said...

We played for the tie instead of the win. This is Georgia football in 2010. It's time for a change in leadership.

Anonymous said...

unbelievable! why did they not call a short pass out of bounds or a screen? they send out all the receivers and ealey cant block!

Anonymous said...

we get outcoached every game

DawgfaninTn said...

Bobo's play call cost us that game. No short routes at all?????? Ridiculous. Murray played well with the crap plays that were being called.

Anonymous said...

I said last year that I wanted Bobo to get fired before Martinez but now its just gotten to be too much... here is a quick example that many might disagree with---
Aron White has been the best tight end for us last year and again this year... (Orson is a great hybrid TE but not the best man for the job when the line isnt holding up and the running game is getting stopped) Aron is a much bigger stronger blocker (even though hes a hybrid as well) and helps our offense tremendously so why isnt he starting... I also want to know why the TE arent getting thrown too more often... I took a look at last weeks game tape and I bet much of the same is on this one (the TE's are WIDE OPEN IN THE FLATS) If you dont believe me just take a look at the tapes...


AppleDawg said...

I mean, like others have we could have a coach that sends all 4 WR's deep with a 3rd and 4 AND numerous sacks all so pathetic that it should make all of our fans realize what a joke we have at OC.

But I am sure we will leave him in b/c him and Richt are 'friends'

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Anonymous said...

I can't believe we had Ealey in there for pass blocking plays. Didn't anyone else see him whiff his block on two HUGE plays (including the sack that removed Murray's helmet)?

Anonymous said...

it's gonna be a long season watching mike bozo call play's i'm not going 2 watch them in person anymore i don't want my hard earned dollars going 2ward his salary there is nothing creative about what he does go coach pee wee league and call play's!

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Left to Right said...

Bobo Boycott 2010.

Anonymous said...

players have been carrying the team for years. We have to out talent a team to beat them and teams just as talented, beat us more often than not. Especially the last few years, we were carried by pure talent and before that I think Van Gorder covered for alot more gaps than people gave him credit for.