MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
GEORGIA 16, UAB 13
THE GOOD: Despite giving up its longest
drive of the season, Georgia remained the top-ranked team in the country
in total defense. UAB had 75 of its 198 yards on one second quarter
drive. Georgia held the Blazers to 41 yards, including minus-11 on the
ground, in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs average giving up 243.4
yards per game, which is more than eight fewer than national No. 2 Ohio State. Georgia remained third in the country in scoring defense despite
seeing its per game average rise to 11.5.
THE BAD: Georgia's offense has lost its way
since rolling over Tennessee two weeks ago when the Bulldogs gained 414
yards against the Volunteers. That total slipped to 343 against
Vanderbilt and then to a season-low 337 on Saturday. Quarterback David Greene said following the UAB game that "so much of the game is based on
momentum" and the Bulldogs have none offensively. Greene, though,
insisted his team wasn't far from getting it back the momentum it had
against Tennessee. Coach Mark Richt sounded less certain that a
turnaround is coming soon. "Were just right now a team that has to
scrap for everything we get," he said. "We can cry and weep about it,
we can just keep working harder."
THE UGLY: Southern California jumped
Georgia in the Associated Press Top 25 Sunday thanks to the Bulldogs
ugly win. Instead of moving up to the No. 3 spot vacated by Virginia Tech, Georgia remained at No. 4. That failure probably will cost the
Bulldogs in the new BCS standings, which will be released today. One of
the more reliable BCS projections had the Bulldogs listed Sunday as No.
3 but that poll was assuming they moved up to No. 3 in the AP poll.
Using the same formula with Georgia at No. 4, and the Bulldogs would
stay at No. 4 in the BCS.
THE INJURIES: Of the laundry list of
Bulldogs who are banged up, defensive lineman Ray Gant is doubtful. Cornerback
Decory Bryant (neck) was taken to an Athens hospital Sunday night for
treatment of his injury, and his season appears to be over. Gant doesn't have a
broken leg as team doctors first feared,
Richt said, but he "is pretty banged up." Falling in the questionable
category are wide receiver Fred Gibson (knee), fullbacks Jeremy Thomas
(concussion) and fullback Jamario Smith (back). The rest of the walking
wounded defensive end David Pollack (leg), linebackers Arnold Harrison
(ankle) and Tony Taylor (ankle), defensive tackle Darrius Swain (ankle)
and offensive linemen Josh Brock (shoulder) and Bartley Miller
(shoulder) are probable.
NOTABLE: If Florida beats Georgia on
Saturday, Ron Zook will become the first coach with more than one
victory against Richt. Richt, who is in his third season, has lost only
six games while in Athens, dropping single contests to Zook, South
Carolinas Lou Holtz, LSUs Nick Saban, former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, Auburns Tommy Tuberville and Boston Colleges Tom O'Brien.
QUOTABLE: "I know half of Athens will be
in Jacksonville by Wednesday or Thursday, so it means a lot to
everybody. (Georgia fans) have been ready for about three weeks now for
this game. Hopefully, they wont be exhausted before it starts." Richt
on anticipation for the Florida game.
UP NEXT: Presumably this is the game
Georgia has been waiting for. The No. 4 Bulldogs face the No. 23 Gators
at 3:30 p.m. in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be
televised by CBS.
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