When we came out to open the game on fire I was excited. Samuel running hard, AJ getting open, a little bit of Branden Smith and Logan Gray - it was awesome. And then, the next 3 quarters happened. I could go on forever about everything that went wrong. This is not the way I expected to start the season.
The only real bright spot I saw was the play of the Georgia defense. Holding Oklahoma State to around 300 yards of total offense was a hell of a job. Turnovers and special teams let OSU score 17 points while only having to get 51 yards. That's not the defense's fault. Bryan Evans got burned deep once, but Dez Bryant is one of the best in the country and made a good catch. Overall, the D looked much improved over much of what we saw last year.
On offense, Cox looked erratic and not willing to throw the ball more than about 15 yards down the field. Richard Samuel ran with some consistency and did not fumble, however he failed to break any run over 10 yards and seemed to go down on first contact too much. Once again, we got down in the second half and totally abandoned the run (shades of South Carolina in 2007). I liked getting Smith and Orson Charles involved, but where the hell were Brown and Wooten?
The kickoff team looked horrible again. Short kicks combined with long returns did not help us out either. At least Butler had a few good kicks and Blair Walsh was able to nail a 50 yarder.
In the end, it was just a bad game. We lost the game, we Sturdivant (again), and we lost our confidence. The officiating sucked, the coaching was horrible, and the team looked scared playing at a stadium that only had 50,000 people at it. We better get it together fast.
I usually get made fun of for being too positive, but for once I don't have many good things to say. If Cox can't get it done, let Logan or Murray have a shot.