Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.

With 3 games remaining in the 2008 campaign, the Dawgs will need to regroup this week against Kentucky to get back on track for a 10 win season. There is no better way to find that confidence than putting up a lopsided victory over a conference opponent. Georgia has posted a 7-1 record against the Wildcats since the year 2000, including games in which the Dawgs put up 62, 52, 45, and 43 points. A break out day from one of UGA's star players would also help heal the wounds left by the Gators last week. Here's a look back at the 2001 UGA - Kentucky game when a freshman wide receiver from Waycross put his name in the Georgia record books.

Fred Gibson came out of Ware County High School as a highly scouted two-sport star. Gibson had originally committed to Coach Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators, however he changed his committment to the Dawgs just days before Signing Day in 2001. Gibson had seen the field some during Georgia's first five games of the season, but Saturday, October 20, 2001 was a game he would never forget.

UGA and Kentucky fought a back and forth battle that Saturday. Georgia relied on the tandem of Jasper Sanks and Verron Haynes to lead the rushing attack as TB Musa Smith was nursing a groin injury. Even quarterback David Greene had 41 rushing yards as the Dawgs racked up 197 on the ground.

Up to the task however was Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen. The "Pillsbury Throw Boy" gave the Georgia defense fits all day and Lorenzen finished with 377 passing yards and 2 touchdowns (he also added 61 yards on the ground). Here are the highlights of Lorenzen's day:

As good as Lorenzen was, this game belonged to Fred Gibson. Number 82 set a Georgia single game record for receiving yards with 201. Among his 9 catches were two long throws from David Greene of 68 and 56 yards. Gibson's efforts helped propel passer David Greene to a 397 yard performance as the Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats 43-29.

What Georgia needs right now is a hero, someone UGA fans can rally around to bring some confidence back to the team. Fred Gibson was a little known freshman on that day, who knows who it could be this year.


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