All Cox did was pass for two
touchdowns and rally No. 9 Georgia to a 14-13 come-from-behind victory over
"It's hard to say exactly what to do for sure," Richt said. "We'll have to step back and look at the big picture again, but Joe Cox threw his hat in there real strong today."
Cox completed 10 of 13 passes for
154 yards in less than a half and his four drives accounted for 195 of
"Joe came out there and got in the huddle the first time and got in our face and told us we were going to do this," fullback Brannan Southerland said. "He gave us some leadership."
"You know, you think it would be so nerve-racking," Cox said. "That was the most fun time that I ever had in my life. I mean, we were just talking in the huddle, and there was no breakdown of confidence or anything like that."
That was evident on the game's decisive touchdown play. The Bulldogs faced third-and-five at the 20-yard line with less than a minute to play when Cox saw that tight end Martez Milner, lined up on the left side of the offensive line, had one straight man-to-man coverage from a linebacker with no safety in deep support.
"I really had three really good options," Cox said. "On my drop, I looked at Trez out of the corner of my eye, and I saw him fly around (the linebacker) and I knew the guy was a lot smaller than him and I knew if I just hung it up, it would be a touchdown."
Brandon Coutu's PAT with 46 seconds
left gave the Bulldogs their winning points and Cox gave the
On the one hand, Cox is on a roll
with his performance against
"I felt confidence with Joe going in there," quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo said. "He came in and gave us that. That is one of the reasons we recruited him. ... He was a winner in high school, had a lot of the intangibles, the leadership, and that showed today."
On the other hand, the coaches
don't sound like they're ready to give up on
"Happy with the win, man,"
If Richt is ready to give up on
"I want to be real clear, I'm not disappointed in Matthew at all," Richt said. "It was just a matter of saying, ‘We need to get this thing going.' Sometimes you just need to get that starter out of there.
"We'll look at the film and try to be real certain about what happened. I imagine there'll be some computers blowing up with people hitting the Internet speculating about who will play quarterback."
By the time you read this, Richt will have decided on a starter for the Ole Miss game, but regardless of who he picks the situation will remain in flux until Tereshinski returns in two or three weeks or until someone finally nails down the job. It's not like Tereshinski has done anything to make people forget the two previous starters, current NFL backups David Greene and D.J. Shockley.
"If he starts me, he starts me," Cox said. "If I sit on the bench with a hat on, I'm going to wear that hat proudly. Whatever Coach Richt wants to do in regards to me, I'll do it. I know if Matt had stayed in, he would have done the best he could, and I have all the confidence in the world he would have (led a comeback), too."
"We have got a lot of fight in our
heart and it showed in the end," senior offensive tackle Daniel Inman said.
Heart – and a consistently effective quarterback.
After two consecutive losing
seasons in his seventh and eighth season at
Nutt called the plays throughout
his first eight seasons at
The positives that came those changes were nearly wiped out when Arkansas opened the season with a 50-14 loss to USC in the season opener, but at least Nutt responded by making Mustain the starter for the second game of the season, a 20-0 victory over Utah State.
Even then, Nutt couldn't keep his hands off offense, pushing Malzahn to cut back on the spread offense he installed and run more I-formation plays – even though Mustain spent most of his senior season operating from the shotgun in Malzahn's offense.
Nutt also allowed divisive
in-fighting among his staff members, with both Nutt and offensive line coach
Mike Markuson openly and angrily berating Malzahn on the sidelines during the
Of course, Markuson was also one of the first people to congratulate Malzahn after a 21-19 victory at Vanderbilt in the third game of the season, but that hasn't kept Razorback fans from talking about all the problems on the staff, or about Nutt's alleged resentment of Malzahn, or about Nutt's obsession about his own status on the staff and making certain that the ultimate credit goes to him.
Nutt didn't help his cause after the Vanderbilt game when he said, "I needed that. I really needed that. They beat me in the last second last year. They owed me that one."
Nutt bought himself some more time
with a 24-23 double-overtime win over
That's two consecutive games in which the Razorbacks have won when the opposing kicker failed to convert make-able field goals in the clutch.
"We needed to win this one, especially at home," Nutt said. "Our fans deserved a win like this."
No one needed it more than Nutt.
His job remains very much on the line, to the point where Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette columnist Wally Hall speculated last week that the wheels of a
coaching change would be set in motion this week with a loss to
Instead, the wheels sit idle, for
"I really think we can take off now," Nutt said. "This gives you the kind of confidence that you need."
In both cases, senior quarterbacks
replaced struggling starters and brought a much-needed spark to their respective
teams. Both quarterbacks face much tougher challenges this week with
The same cannot be said of Ole
Miss, where coach Ed Orgeron signed former
Schaeffer opened the season with a decent overall performance in a 28-25 win over but his performance his slipped in each of the past three games.
After turning the ball over three
times in a 31-14 loss at
The situation got so bad that Orgeron and first-year offensive coordinator Dan Werner had to pull Schaeffer in the fourth quarter. Backup Seth Adams replaced Schaeffer and completed 8 of 11 passes for 84 yards. It was enough to convince Orgeron to say the Rebels are going to "look at what we're doing."
"I thought Seth came in in the fourth quarter and played well," Orgeron said. "He's the best quarterback for our team, we'll play him. I'm not saying that now, we'll make that decision."
Richard Scott isa Birmingham, Ala. based sports writer, author and featured columnist for Tiger Rag. Reach him at email@example.com.