UGA 2004: Season in Review

Georgia is a perennial SEC powerhouse.. here is a look at their 2004 campaign, so Boise State fans can familiarize themselves with the Bulldogs before September 3rd.

By any account, Georgia's 2004 campaign was typical for a program used to winning. The Bulldogs entered the season picked by many to win the SEC and challenge for a national title, but fell short thanks to two tough losses to in-conference rivals Tennessee and Auburn. Still, with a bowl victory over Wisconsin, a season-ending top-10 ranking, and a final record of 10-2, it was a positive season for UGA.

Here's a recap:

 

Game One, Georgia 48, Georgia Southern 28 – As with most teams, Georgia had some kinks to work out during game one. The first half was less than stellar by their standards, with the Dawgs only leading the Eagles 13-7 at the half. It's not that the Eagles were without talent; they entered the game ranked #9 in 1-AA. However, in the second half, Georgia flexed its muscle and was able to put the game away, outscoring Southern 28-7 in the third quarter and coasting to the 20-point victory.

Game Two, Georgia 20, South Carolina 16 – It didn't look good for the Bulldogs early in this game. Giving up a safety and two touchdowns to their SEC counterparts, the Dawgs found themselves having to dig out of a 16-0 hole to the Gamecocks. USC had ample opportunities to regain the lead late in the 4th, but the Georgia defense held tough, stopping the ‘cocks on 4th and one, and later intercepting a Pinkins pass to secure the win.

Game Three, Georgia 13, Marshall 3 – Georgia entered this OOC game ranked #3 in the country, but faced a determined foe in the Thundering Herd. Marshall jumped ahead early 3-0, but Georgia answered back with 10 unanswered points to take a 10-3 lead at the half. For the second straight week, it was Georgia's defense that had to fend-off numerous scoring opportunities and hold the lead, keeping a traditionally powerful Marshall offense to only 11 third-quarter yards, and 160 total yards for the game.

Game Four, Georgia 45, LSU 16 – It was David Greene day in Athens. Well, not officially, but the talented QB threw a school-record 5 touchdown passes on only 10 completions to lead the Bulldogs in a huge victory over Louisiana State. Roaring out to a 24-0 lead, UGA let the Tigers chip into their lead, closing to 24-10 at the half. "The momentum of the game was back with us at the end of the first half when we scored 10 quick points," said then-Tigers coach Nick Saban. "I thought we were ready to play, and the outcome is a curveball to me." If there was a curveball, the Dawg ‘D' hit it out of the park, as once again they stepped it up in the second half by racking-up five sacks and giving up only 67 total yards on the ground.

Game Five, Tennessee 19, Georgia 14 – In a battle of ranked teams, Georgia's hated rivals Tennessee (#17) came into Athens to hand the Dawgs their only home loss of the season while snapping the Bulldog's 17-game home winning streak. The Volunteers' talented back, Gerald Riggs, rushed for 102 yards on 26 carries while Tennessee outgained UGA 127-56 on the ground. Still, The Bulldogs had a final chance to get the win, but QB David Greene's last-gasp pass in the end zone fell incomplete as time expired.

Game Six, Georgia 33, Vanderbilt 3 – At last, Georgia fans could take a deep breath and enjoy a runaway game in a Homecoming rout over the Commodores. QB David Greene notched his 37th victory and eclipsed 10,000 career passing yards in leading the Dawgs to the easy win. Georgia outgained Vanderbilt 527-187 with the defense stuffing the option play all day and harassing Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler. "Georgia's defense is definitely fast," Cutler said. "Odell (Thurman) and those guys can really get from hash to hash. They did a good job of stopping our option today."

Game Seven, Georgia 20, Arkansas 14 – So much for relaxing, easy victories. Back to SEC football, Georgia outlasted Arkansas in Fayetteville thanks again to the Dawg-tough defense who forced fumbles to turn momentum in their favor. But it wasn't all defense for the Dawgs. David Green threw for 362 yards to lead Georgia despite trailing to the Razorbacks earlier in the game, and true freshman Thomas Brown rushed for 107 yards on 23 carries to balance the attack.

Game Eight, Georgia 31, Florida 24 – Georgia left the Swamp high and dry with a solid performance against the hated Gators in front of an AllTel stadium record crowd of 84,753. David Green again stood tall, passing for three touchdowns as Georgia ended their 6-game losing streak to their blue-and-orange clad opponents, who were led by a lame-duck coach in Ron Zook who was fired the previous week. "We are disappointed, but I will tell you something, those guys didn't quit," said Zook. "We made too many mistakes against a good football team. But those guys fought until the end."

Game Nine, Georgia 62, Kentucky 17 – Finally, another breather, as the Dawgs put a big bite on the ‘Cats with an all-around thrashing. David Green snagged his 40th win, and Georgia cruised to their 4th straight win. Despite losing three fumbles, Georgia piled up the yards against UK, finishing with 589 total yards. Backup QB D.J. Shockley entered the game in the third quarter and performed solidly, completing 5 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. It was the 8th straight win by the Dawgs over the Wildcats.

Game Ten, Auburn 24, Georgia 6 – A tough loss to a tough team. Auburn was well on its way to what would become an undefeated season. Auburn's all-everything Carnell "Cadillac" Williams grabbed the game by the throat early and often, scoring the game's first TD in the first quarter, which tied him with Bo Jackson for most rushing TDs in school history with 43. The Bulldogs managed only 279 yards against Auburn's defense, including only 158 after the first quarter. "Congratulations to Auburn. When you get beat like that, the only thing you can say is that you got whooped," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "We could never gain any momentum and if a beating like that is going to happen, at least be glad it is against the No. 3 team in the country."

Game Eleven, Georgia 19, Georgia Tech 13 – Against their most hated rivals, Georgia outlasted Georgia Tech thanks in part to an unfortunate brain cramp by Yellow Jacket QB Reggie Ball. With less than a minute remaining and down just six, Ball lost count of the downs and mistakenly threw the ball out of bounds, ending another chapter in the UGA/GT rivalry. "(Ball) thought the clock said third down," Yellow Jackets coach Chan Gailey said. "He got discombobulated. I know he would not have thrown it away on fourth." David Green, playing in the final home game of his historic career, threw for 80 yards despite spraining his thumb early in the game. He did, however, surpass Peyton Manning to become the SEC's all-time leader in career passing yards with 11,264.

Game Twelve (Outback Bowl), Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21 – Freshman RB Thomas Brown gained 111 yards to lead the Dawgs to an Outback Bowl win over the Badgers and their vaunted defense. "Brown's extremely quick," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez remarked. "We missed a lot of tackles, but I think he had a lot to do with our missed tackles. He's always moving north and south. He's a very impressive runner." The win gave QB David Greene an NCAA record 42 career victories over his stellar career. The Bulldog defense held off a late UW rally to earn the Bowl win. Georgia's senior class also finished with 42 victories, just one behind the 1983 Bulldog seniors.

 

So there you have it.

I did it. I managed to write an entire article without any smarmy, smart-alecky comments! No hedge interviews, no jelly monkeys, no letters from the dead, no Gamecock jokes, no not-so-odd dreams involving Sandy Duncan circa 1976 covered in tapioca pudding and reciting Ogden Nash, just complete and utter normalcy!!

An article 100% free of weirdness! You didn't think I could do it, did you?!? Fess up, you thought I'd crack, right? Ha-ha!!! But I didn't!!! You thought I'd add some moronic twist and ruin the whole bloody thing like hand-crafted time machines and spicy bratwurst recipes, didn't you??

Ha!! I didn't!!! Hooray for me!!! Let's dance!!! Bring out the emus!!! Crank the ABBA!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!!!

 

 

 

University of Georgia Bulldogs

2004 Season Statistics

TEAM STATISTICS UG OPP

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SCORING....................... 335 198

Points Per Game............. 27.9 16.5

FIRST DOWNS................... 235 191

Rushing..................... 95 85

Passing..................... 132 88

Penalty..................... 8 18

RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1882 1283

Yards gained rushing........ 2171 1678

Yards lost rushing.......... 289 395

Rushing Attempts............ 463 421

Average Per Rush............ 4.1 3.0

Average Per Game............ 156.8 106.9

TDs Rushing................. 16 7

PASSING YARDAGE............... 2972 2184

Att-Comp-Int................ 363-201-5 326-180-5

Average Per Pass............ 8.2 6.7

Average Per Catch........... 14.8 12.1

Average Per Game............ 247.7 182.0

TDs Passing................. 24 13

TOTAL OFFENSE................. 4854 3467

Total Plays................. 826 747

Average Per Play............ 5.9 4.6

Average Per Game............ 404.5 288.9

KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 28-463 47-806

PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 29-399 28-252

INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 5-33 5-69

KICK RETURN AVERAGE........... 16.5 17.1

PUNT RETURN AVERAGE........... 13.8 9.0

INT RETURN AVERAGE............ 6.6 13.8

FUMBLES-LOST.................. 24-14 22-12

PENALTIES-YARDS............... 94-795 74-496

Average Per Game............ 66.2 41.3

PUNTS-YARDS................... 56-2225 73-2843

Average Per Punt............ 39.7 38.9

Net punt average............ 35.2 33.5

TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 30:23 29:37

3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS.......... 68/168 44/161

3rd-Down Pct................ 40% 27%

4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS.......... 11/14 8/18

4th-Down Pct................ 79% 44%

SACKS BY-YARDS................ 37-266 21-155

MISC YARDS.................... 7 33

TOUCHDOWNS SCORED............. 41 23

FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 16-23 12-21

PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 39-40 20-21

ATTENDANCE.................... 556476 368919

Games/Avg Per Game.......... 6/92746 5/73784

SCORE BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

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Georgia............. 68 85 101 81 - 335

Opponents........... 46 53 48 51 - 198


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