10 25 2004 - Inside Slant: Georgia

Scout.com takes an inside slant look at the Dawgs.

THE INSIDE SLANT

It wasn't pretty. It wasn't impressive. More important, however, it was a road win in the SEC, and those can be awfully hard to come by.

Georgia trailed 7-0 and 14-0 at Arkansas on Saturday before rallying for a 20-14 victory that gives the Bulldogs a 14-1 road record under coach Mark Richt.

"Winning seems to be coming a little bit harder for this team than you would like," Richt said. "Nonetheless, we won it and I'm very proud of that. It's very hard to win this league on the road and we have somehow found a play each time, almost every time, to win at an opponent's site. Now we have to find a way to win at a neutral site."

Beating Florida this Saturday in Jacksonville, despite Florida's ugly performance at Mississippi State in a 38-31 loss last Saturday, will probably require the 10th-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) to cut down on turnovers and penalties and improve on its third-down opportunities and field goals.

Georgia QB David Greene did complete 22 of 29 passes for a career-high 382 yards with two touchdowns, but he also lost a fumble that Arkansas recovered a returned for a touchdown. The Razorbacks also held Georgia to 10 points on four trips inside the 15-yard line in the first half, with kicker Andy Bailey missing two field goals and the Bulldogs earning only four first downs on 15 third-down opportunities.

Throw in nine penalties for 80 yards it's no wonder the Bulldogs felt fortunate to escape Arkansas with a victory.

"It says a lot about the team's character," said Greene, "Nobody panicked, especially when it's so frustrating with the way we played. The key for us is to stay patient and keep executing."

NOTES, QUOTES

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB David Greene -- He did lose a fumble that Arkansas returned for a touchdown, but he also completed 22 of 29 passes for 381 yards and two TDs.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WRs Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown -- Gibson and Brown abused the Arkansas secondary, with Gibson catching six passes for 169 yards and Brown catching seven for 107 yards.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of really good things happened, but enough bone-headed things happened that we certainly could have lost that game. Once again, points are the name of the game." -- Georgia coach Mark Richt.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The defense held Arkansas to 97 yards rushing and two first downs on 13 third-down attempts and forced four fumbles, recovering two. The Bulldogs also put Arkansas starting QB Matt Jones out of the game in the fourth quarter.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: With nine penalties for 80 yards, Georgia has committed 33 penalties over the past three games.

ROSTER REPORT: OG Nick Jones and OT Dennis Roland returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game against Vanderbilt game with injuries. The return of Jones and Roland allowed Inman to move back to his normal strong tackle position.


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