This has been a nightmare season for the Georgia Bulldogs. The team is 1-4 -- with a lone victory against Louisiana-Lafayette -- on the season, and 0-3 in SEC play, leading many to wonder if Mark Richt is going to survive after the season is over. Still, things were supposed to get better last weekend.
Wide receiver A.J. Green was returning following a four-game suspension, and he was going to help the Bulldogs offense get over the hump. And he did. Green was fantastic in his first game back, making seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns -- including a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Still, even Green's return couldn't heal a team that just seems snakebit in 2010. The Bulldogs were on the verge of beating Colorado on Saturday night, but fate can be extremely cruel. Trailing 29-27 in the closing minutes the Bulldogs were driving down the field and on the verge of kicking a field goal that would have given them the lead, and in all likelihood, a victory that may have helped turn the tide of their season.
The Bulldogs were already within field goal range when Aaron Murray took a snap and turned to hand the ball off to Caleb King, but Colorado linebacker B.J. Beatty met them both at the exchange and knocked the ball loose, holding King back while Jon Major jumped on the ball.
That was it. Game over, but to Georgia defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, it felt like something much worse.
“I thought it was a shoo-in; that’s how comfortable I was [about winning the game]. I put my helmet down. I was ready to run on the field and celebrate. But it didn’t happen that way. We made a fatal mistake, and that type of stuff needs to be corrected. We cannot turn the ball over at the end of the game. It felt like death to me. We have to keep grinding and support each other.”
And there are still seven games -- or funerals -- left to go.