Cox Looking For Improved Play

ATHENS – Sure, Joe Cox tossed a potential game-winning touchdown for Georgia with just 1:09 to play last week, but even he knows it was far from his best effort.

The Bulldogs mustered just one first-half first down, and Cox threw a few passes that went wide of their intended targets.

So while his comeback effort was nice, he's not at all surprised by some of the criticism he's gotten from fans since Georgia dropped a heart-breaking 20-13 game to No. 4 LSU.

"Any time something's not going right, they think if you put a new quarterback in, that's going to change the problems," Cox said. "That doesn't bother me at all."

For the season, Cox has completed 59 percent of his passes, including 11 touchdowns, while throwing six interceptions.

Against LSU, he finished 18-of-34 for 229 yards, but was just 3-of-9 for 31 yards in the first half.

"I missed a couple throws," he said. "It's jut being more accurate. That's all it is. You're not going to be able to make every throw. It's not that I have a lack of confidence in certain throws. There's just some times when you've got to hit them and (Saturday) I didn't hit ‘em."

IT COULD'VE BEEN WORSE

Quarterback Joe Cox admits it is a bit ironic.

For four weeks, Georgia turned the ball over three times in every game, yet managed to win three of the four.

Each week, the team preached about protecting the football, and finally the lesson took hold against LSU. Georgia didn't cough up the ball until Cox's final throw of the game – a heave toward the sideline as the clock ticked and Georgia desperately needed to move the football. Yet, despite the reduced turnovers, Georgia came up on the wrong end of the final score.

It is an odd twist, Cox said, but it's by no means a lesson that turnovers are acceptable.

"That's one of the reasons we were in the ballgame," Cox said of the improved ball protection. "If we'd have turned the ball over, it could have gotten ugly. Three-and-outs are going to happen, mind you we didn't want to have that many in the first half. But we didn't do anything dumb with the ball, and we kind of waited for our chance to get things going."


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