Prior to a road game in Colorado, Georgia coach Mark Richt had said the following at the Athens’ Touchdown Club:
“We’re going to have to get better or it’s gonna get worse. It’s not going to stay the same. I told the players, you think it’s bad now; it could get worse.”
Georgia played better and the offense looked very good with the insertion of All-SEC receiver A.J. Green in the lineup, but bad habits crept up at inopportune times and now the Bulldogs are facing some worst-case scenarios that could affect the coaching staff and players by year’s end if things don’t turn around fast.
The unfortunate outcome in Colorado was the Bulldogs’ fourth loss in a row, and it is the first time since 1990 under Ray Goff, that a Georgia team had to deal with a streak like this.
Earlier in the week, the coaching staff tried to install consequences with the demotion of Washaun Ealey, but it appears the fumble issues-especially at critical times-has continued to haunt this Georgia team.
Colorado linebacker Jon Major managed to recover a Caleb King’s fumble as Georgia was positioning themselves for a game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter.
However, things didn’t work out.
King had a nice night with a 100 yard game on 12 carries, but his key turnover will overshadow him breaking the century mark rushing.
Instead of a hard-fought 30-29 Bulldog win, Colorado ends up winning 29-27 in front a frantic crowd in Boulder, Colorado.
On the positive side, A.J. Green looked unstoppable at times as he caught seven passes for 119 yards and also had a 40 yard run play as well.
Richt can do just so much, but ultimately it’s up to the players on the field.
Richt said, “we’re not gonna lose our poise, we’re not gonna lose our integrity. We don’t want to take our frustrations out on anyone, except maybe Colorado. … We just have to keep working hard and keep together. We must stay together.”
The Bulldogs recovered from a slow start and looked dominant at times, but at the end they lost their focus.
Georgia will face two critical SEC home games against Tennessee on October 9th and Vanderbilt on Oct. 16th. Conceivably, if Georgia can rebound , a road game at Kentucky could get the Bulldogs back at a respectable 3 and 3 in the SEC.
Right now, Georgia has to focus on Tennessee and get a badly needed win.