September 26, 2009

Green denies Sun Devils

Who knew that linebackers coach John Jancek was a visionary?

But according to head coach Mark Richt, that's exactly the case after Jancek, whose duties include Georgia's field goal and extra-point block teams, insisted on sending wide receiver A.J. Green onto the field with Arizona State's Bobby Wenzig set to try a 37-field goal with just under five minutes to play.

Smart move:

Green's block of the kick stood as just the spark Georgia needed, not only to keep the Sun Devils from taking the lead, but setting up the game-winning drive which Blair Walsh punctuated with his 37-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs their 20-17 win.

"Actually, there was a little resistance to that (Green being the middle blocker) by Coach (Tony) Ball, the wide receivers coach. He was concerned about A.J. jumping up and landing on somebody, twisting an ankle or knee," Richt said. "But (Jancek) held his ground and in the end we always agree. Even if disagree we agree at the end and are on the same team. But there was a little debate at the end, should we do it, should we not, but John was real firm that A.J. would be the best at it and sure enough, A.J. got it."

Green was almost at a lost for words after the game.

"I've never blocked anything in my life," said Green, who managed to tip the ball away with his right hand. I was just trying to make a play."

Heavy rains don't delay game

Mother nature appeared determined to delay the start of Saturday night's game, but despite heavy rains which drenched the field at Sanford Stadium, the kickoff was not delayed.

However, the rain and lightning in the area did keep both squads off the field until 6:30 p.m. to begin their warmups.

"The weather had some effect on the ball," said quarterback , who was intercepted twice by ASU safety Jarrell Holman, including one he returned for a 47-yard touchdown. "You can't chalk everything up to that, but it is harder to throw and catch in the rain. My two turnovers were just poor decisions, forcing throws at points when I didn't need to and I need to work on that.Injury Update

Neither cornerback [db]Vance Cuff (knee), safety Quintin Banks (knee), linebacker Akeem Dent (hamstring) nor defensive Kiante Tripp (shoulder) suited up for Saturday's game.

The Bulldogs did not suffer any other major injuries in the contest.

Offensive line shakeup

Apparently, coaches thought enough of Cordy Glenn at left tackle last week against Arkansas that they let him get extended time against Arizona State.

Glenn played more of the game at left tackle, with Chris Davis back in the starting lineup at left guard. Vince Vance also time at left for the Bulldogs, with Justin Anderson seeing the bulk of the time at right guard and Clint Boling at right tackle.

Wooten gets good birthday present

Freshman receiver Rantavious Wooten celebrated his 19th birthday with his first career catch in the second quarter.

With Georgia facing a second-and-12, quarterback Joe Cox lofted a pass to Wooten who hauled the pass in over his right shoulder to complete the 27-yard play.

Two plays later, Wooten picked up four yards on a short reverse.

Munzenmaier does it again

Fullback Fred Munzenmaier continued to be perfect when it comes to scoring touchdowns. At least for a little while.

Munzemaier's third-career carry resulted in his third touchdown when he dove in from 2-yards out in the first quarter before following his score up with two runs for six yards in the third quarter.

He had a 6-yard touchdown carry against Ole Miss in 2007 followed by a 1-yard plunge at LSU last fall.

This and that

Defensive tackle Brandon Wood saw his first action of year after undergoing shoulder and wrist surgery back in February. Two weeks ago, Wood said he thought he would be out for the year. … Bacarri Rambo's second-quarter interception was the first of his career. … Opponents have now scored 54 points off of 12 Bulldog turnovers this year.

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