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College Football: UGA demythologizes LSU

UGA’s Bulldogs went west to visit fellow SEC rivals, the LSU Tigers. Nearly 93,000 spectators were in attendance. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with LSU’s quarterback Jarrett Lee throwing an interception. UGA’s linebacker Darryl Gamble nabbed that ball and ran forty-yards for a touchdown. Bulldogs 7 and Tigers 0. LSU answered that turn of events with a TD of their own, thanks to wide receiver Brandon LaFell. 7 to 7. Yes, glory did have a hallelujah–the Bulldogs pounced back with a TD, courtesy of fullback Fred Munzenmaier.

UGA increased its lead again at the top of the second quarter with a TD catch by split end Kenneth Harris. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 7. LSU increased their numbers with a fifty-eight yard field goal by kicker Colt David. Halfway through the second quarter, LSU running back Charles Scott put the ball into the end zone. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 17. UGA safety Reshad Jones intercepted Jarrett Lee’s pass around four minutes in the second quarter. The Bulldogs tacked on three more points with a field goal. 24 to 17.

The third quarter started well for UGA–wide receiver A.J. Green put a touchdown on the board. Bulldogs 31 and Tigers 17. The bottom of the quarter included a field goal attempt by Colt David that went wide right. UGA’s running back Knowshon Moreno ran sixty-eight yards into the end zone for a TD on the Bulldogs’ next possession. UGA 38 and LSU 17. Following Moreno’s TD, LSU’s Charles Scott made it into the end zone. Bulldogs 38 and Tigers 24. At the very bottom of the third quarter, UGA kicker Blair Walsh missed a fifty-five yard field goal…quite blatantly missed it too.

The fourth quarter started with Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford scurrying into the end zone for a touchdown. UGA 45 and LSU 24. The Tigers were not letting up any of their energy or determination, as evidenced by running back Keiland Williams’s TD. UGA 45 and LSU 31. Darryl Gamble intercepted another Lee pass for a TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter. But LSU was still not giving up. Brannan LaFell ran forty some-odd yards for a TD. Bulldogs 52 and Tigers 38. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The opening montage announcer guy’s monologue took the form of boxing contender introductions.

2. Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, continued with the boxing metaphor, remarking that the game carried significance much like a “championship fight.” Gary Danielson was the other commentator.

3. Loran’s Best got an extreme close-up after returning from commercial break following UGA’s field goal in the bottom of the second quarter.

4. This game marked UGA’s eleventh appearance at Tiger Stadium playing against LSU. They also scored the most number of points today than they have in previous games. I guess the 31 points as of the middle of the third quarter broke the track record.

5. As the commentators were talking about Knowshon Moreno’s 140 yards rushed today (after returning from the commercial break proceeding Moreno’s third quarter TD), the camera was on a medium close-up of LSU fans. Two men were in the middle of the screen. The man on screen right extended his middle finger to the camera (at which point, the camera zoomed back).

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A technicality, semantics, or a last resort to keep high school football alive in Atlanta. When budgets get slashed, everyone suffers. From no more field trips to scaled back arts programs. Nobody wants to see high school football affected, n’-est-ce pas? In economically brighter times, I suppose this kind of practice would be scandalous–not unfortunate but understandable.

Do you remember Ian Johnson?

Virginia beat GaTech. 24 to 17.

College Football: UGA mashes the Volunteers

The Tennessee Volunteers traveled southward to Athens, GA for SEC recognition against the UGA Bulldogs. 97,000 spectators packed in Sanford Stadium to watch the festivities (televised by CBS).

Sophomore Nick Stephens stepped in as quarterback for the Volunteers. The first quarter progressed to the half with a touchdown by UGA (thanks to a thirty-seven yard run by fullback Shaun Chapas and fullback Brannan Southerland for getting into the end zone). The Bulldogs nearly had another TD in their next possession, but it morphed into a field goal because wide receiver A.J. Green was so close and yet so far from keeping the ball in his hands in the end zone.

The second quarter started off with a UGA field goal. Bulldogs 13 and Volunteers 0. After the halfway mark of the second quarter, Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford threw his second interception of the season. Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers got his hands on to the ball. Wide receiver Gerald Jones put the Volunteers on the board with a touchdown at the bottom of the second quarter. With fewer than thirty-seconds left in the first half, UGA swings scoring momentum back in their direction with a TD by wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. 20 to 7.

The third quarter featured the second interception Matthew Stafford threw today (halfway through the third). Volunteers defensive back Eric Berry picked off the ball in the end zone and ran back up field to the forty-six yard line. The Volunteers capitalized even more on the interception by making a TD, courtesy of wide receiver Lucas Taylor. UGA 20 and Tennessee 14. The fourth quarter began and wound down with two UGA field goals. 26 to 14. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. After returning from commercial break (after Tennessee punted the ball away in the first quarter), the camera got a shot of Lorna’s Best sitting comfortably in his air-conditioned dog house.

2. Is it my imagination or was there no 1st and ten line? The blue line of scrimmage was certainly superimposed onto the screen, but I didn’t see the yellow first down line. No, wait. It was my imagination.

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College Football: Alabama gives blush to UGA

Two SEC teams with legacies to uphold. One team goes into halftime with 31 points and the other team 0. The latter starts the second half with a renewed spirit and determination, making 17 points by the top of the fourth quarter; and 13 more by the end of the game. Unfortunately for the second team, the first team scores in the second half as well. 41 to 30. Final score.

The UGA Bulldogs beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 26 to 23 in Tuscaloosa last year. Tonight (September 27), on their own turf, UGA was unable to replicate a similar outcome. Donning black jerseys, with unbridled support from the student body, the Bulldogs couldn’t stay afloat against the Crimson that simply overwhelmed.  Since I don’t have cable and the game was televised on ESPN, I went to Houlihan’s to watch it.

I’m not a self-identified Bulldogs fan, but thin mints and Krispy Kremes to UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford, tailback Knowshon Moreno, cornerback Prince Miller, wide receiver Michael Moore, and wide receiver A.J. Green for not giving up offensively. Another round of applause for Green, who fumbled the ball in the second quarter but regained his composure and put a TD on the board for his team in the bottom of the fourth quarter. After Green’s fumble, one of the cameras went to the sidelines, capturing his disappointment and anger. He slammed his helmet downward (not at the ground but definitely emphatically downward–he didn’t let the helmet fall to the ground). One of his teammates grabbed his jersey to try to calm him down and reassure him. One could read his response: let go of me, man.

I’m actually a self-identified GaTech fan, but it still hurt to see UGA reach, reach, reach and not grasp.

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Sugar Bowl 2008: UGA dunks Hawaii

I watched most of the first half of the 2008 Sugar Bowl (at the Super Dome in New Orleans and broadcast on Fox) at a friend’s place–the first time I’ve watched a game with people (going to restaurants that have sporting events on their televisions don’t count).

Starring the UGA Bulldogs and the University of Hawaii Warriors, the first quarter took off with two consecutive penalties on Hawaii’s offense (delay of game and a false start).  Immediately afterwards, Warriors defensive back Keenan Jones helmeted (head-butted) Dawgs split end Mikey Henderson (Jones got a penalty for pass interference and Henderson suffered a concussion and had to sit out the rest of the game).   Very shortly thereafter, UGA was flagged for a false start.  All of the above happened just two minutes into the game.

By the end of the first quarter, UGA running back Knowshon Moreno made two touchdowns (including the first one of the entire game) and Hawaii put three points on the board with a field goal.   By the end of the second quarter, UGA had accumulated ten more points from a fifty-two yard field goal and a TD (courtesy of kicker Brandon Coutu and split end Sean Bailey).   Going into halftime UGA 24 and Hawaii 3.

The third quarter began with Warriors quarterback Colt Brennan getting sacked for the sixth time.   After getting sacked a seventh time (following a turnover in which Warriors defensive back Jacob Patek intercepted a UGA Matthew Stafford QB pass), the ball turned loose and Dawgs defensive end Marcus Howard recovered the ball for a TD (he was also the one who drove Brennan to the ground).  At the bottom of the third quarter, UGA tailback Thomas Brown made a TD.   UGA’s lead increased by three points in the top of the fourth quarter.  Dawgs 41 and Warriors 3.  After getting sacked an eighth time, Brennan stepped out of the game and was briefly replaced by backup quarterback Tyler Graunke, who threw a TD pass soon after (ball caught by wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen), Final score UGA 41.  Hawaii 10.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Hawaii’s uniforms were white tops and bottoms, silver-gray helmets–made me think of spearmint Lifesavers candies.   UGA’s uniforms were black tops, white bottoms, and red helmets–made me think of A1 Steak Sauce.

2. During the pre-game broadcast, there were short clips of the Warriors doing the Ha’a Dance on the field (sans helmet).  Counterpart to the Maori Haka war chant, n’est-ce pas?

3.  Pre-game footage also included a close-up of a man with a bulldog face painted on his head.  My friend’s dad said that this man shows up with at every game, presumably with the same painted head.

4.  The National Anthem was performed by New Orleans locals Bonerama. No singing, just lots of brass instruments.  Drill team members held aloft the American flag.

5. Colt Brennan looks good without a helmet.   There’s this boyish quality to his face; the facial hair makes him look like he needs to be in some kind of band.

6.  There was no blue line of scrimmage graphic.  The yellow 1st and Ten line didn’t appear until after UGA’s first penalty of false start (or thereabouts).

7. After making the first touchdown of the game, Knowshon Moreno blew a kiss to the spectators.

8.  Pac 10 officials were presiding over tonight’s game.

9. The film Jumper was getting two-fold shameless plugs: 1). Direct visual and vocal reference and 2).  Via a “Jumper” graphic that resembles taking a printscreen and then going into a close-up of a point of interest.

With thirty-seconds left in the third quarter, while waiting for booth review verdicts, the camera cut to a few shots of Uga VI sitting atop torn bags of ice.  His tongue made me think of roast beef.

11. One of the commentators remarked after Tyler Graunke threw the TD pass that Colt Brennan probably wished he could’ve done it.  Not long after UGA cornerback Ramarcus Brown returned a kick-off for 89 yards, the camera cut to a medium close-up shot of Brennan sitting on the bench with a towel draped around his head.  He was half-hiding behind the right side of it, visibly disheartened.

12.  A couple of the commentators mentioned the musical acts out of Athens, GA: REM and the B-52s.

13. It was really cool to see such an ethnically diverse crowd attending the game: east Asians, Polynesians, Hawaiians, Samoans.

14.  The DLP skycam looked like a mail box.

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By the by, USC beat Illinois 49 to 17 to snag the Rose Bowl.   The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is Wednesday night at 7:30 pm (east coast time) on Fox.

Brian Billick is no longer the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.  His entire staff has also been made redundant.   Read more here.

College Football: Dawgs paw down the Yellow Jackets

UGA’s Bulldogs and GaTech’s Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium (televised by ESPN and my local ABC station).

 

Most of the first quarter was scoreless, and then UGA put three points on the board with a field goal.  In the top of the second quarter, Yellow Jackets running back Tashard Choice made the first touchdown of the game.  Not long afterwards, the Dawgs quarterback Matthew Stafford put one on the board (a thirty-one yard run), giving UGA the lead once more 10 to 7.   GaTech repositioned themselves on top near the bottom of the second quarter with a touchdown by tight end Colin Peek (Yellow Jackets quarterback Taylor Bennett had to run out of the pocket probably seven to ten yards before he could throw the ball to Peek).   UGA’s wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi got a TD a few plays later, but the extra-point kick was no good.  Therefore, the Dawgs only snatched a two-point lead over the Yellow Jackets, 16 to 14.

The third quarter was also scoreless until the bottom–UGA fullback Brannan Southerland made a TD.  The fourth quarter brought a TD by UGA tailback Thomas Brown and a two-point conversion (pass caught by wide receiver Kenneth Harris).   Dawgs 31.  Yellow Jackets 17.  And that’s how the game ends.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the broadcasters mentioned that GaTech “leads the nation in sacks and tackles for losses.”

2. After Tashard Choice made the TD in the top of the second quarter, the camera cut to the GaTech mascot, Buzz, crowd surfing.

3. What’s the origin of the huddleAmos Alonzo Stagg.   Indeed.

4. The ESPN air coverage camera flew over The Varsity at the top of the fourth quarter.

5. Larry Munson, the voice of UGA games, got some screen-time and voice-time.

6. Uga, the Dawgs mascot, had to get a cornea transplant because his left eye was itching so much that he nearly scratched a hole into it.

7. One of the commentators remarked that eighteen of the GaTech players will never know a victory over UGA.

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