Game Notes: Georgia vs. Florida Atlantic
Game 3: #7 Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. Florida Atlantic (1-1, 0-1 Sun Belt)
UP NEXT: Florida Atlantic
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and FAU. The Owls edged Wagner 7-3 on Aug. 31. FAU lost at Middle Tennessee 31-17 on Saturday to even its record at 1-1.
On A Regular Season Roll
During the 2011 season, Georgia went on a 10- game winning streak. This was the longest in-season winning streak since the 1982 team under Vince Dooley went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season. Georgia has now won 12 consecutive regular season games following its two victories in 2012. The streak ranks as the second-longest active regular season winning streak in the nation behind LSU (15).
This is the longest regular season winning streak for the Bulldogs under Mark Richt. UGA won 11 straight games over a span of two seasons once before, winning the final seven in 2007 and the first four in 2008.
ON DECK: Vanderbilt
Georgia and Vanderbilt resume their series on Sept. 22, which first began in 1893 in Nashville.
Georgia leads the all-time series 52-18-2. The Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 17 meetings. Georgia edged the Commodores 33-28 last year in Nashville. Aaron Murray posted his second straight career-high day versus Vanderbilt after going 22-for-38 for 326 yards. Leading 26-21, Murray connected with Marlon Brown for a 75-yard touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter to help distance the Bulldogs. The Commodores blocked a punt late in the game, but punter Drew Butler made a gamesaving tackle to help seal the victory.
On Vanderbilt's last trip to Athens, Georgia shut out the Commodores 43-0 on homecoming in 2010. Richt is 10-1 against Vanderbilt.
Under the direction of Mark Richt, Georgia owns a 45-8 record against teams from outside the Southeastern Conference, including 30-1 at home. This season, the Bulldogs topped Buffalo 45-23 in their season opener after going 3-2 against non-conference teams in 2011.
Piling On The Points
Georgia scored 45 points versus Buffalo during the first game of 2012 and then had a 32-point outburst in the second half against Missouri to give the Bulldogs a 41-20 win. The last time Georgia scored 40 or more points in its first two games was when UGA topped Georgia Southern 45-21 and beat Central Michigan 56-17 to start 2008. The Bulldogs have never begun a season by scoring 40+ points in each of their first three games. Georgia's most prolific scoring output during the first three games of a season came in 1910. The Bulldogs took off for 202 points that year, highlighted by a 101-0 season opener against Locust Grove (then beat Gordon 79-10 before topping Alabama 22-0).
Georgia remained No. 7 in this week's national polls. UGA will be aiming for its first 3-0 start since 2008. That year the Bulldogs began 4-0 and finished 10-3. Since Richt took over as head coach in 2001, Georgia has started the season 3-0 six different times.
To-Do List Versus The Owls
After topping Missouri 41-20 on the road, the Bulldogs have a list of items to polish up on as they go into their matchup with Florida Atlantic. Coach Richt always stresses winning the turnover battle, limiting penalties and "finishing the drill".
There were no turnovers by either team in the season opener with Buffalo. Against the Tigers, Georgia had an interception and lost a fumble, but managed to collected an interception and pounced on two fumbles.
The Bulldogs had just five penalties for 22 yards in their first game of the year but were flagged 12 times for 79 yards against the Tigers. Georgia shut out Missouri in the fourth quarter and ended the game by scoring 24 unanswered points. The Bulldogs' early game struggles against Missouri were due in part to going 0-for-8 on third downs. On the drive that tied the game at 17-all, Georgia converted all three of its third downs. For the contest, the Bulldogs finished 5-of-16 on third down opportunities.
Jarvis Jones Named Walter Camp National Player Of The Week For Second Time In His Career
Junior OLB Jarvis Jones exploded for nine tackles, including two sacks/tackles for loss, his first career interception, two forced fumbles and five quarterback pressures to pace the Bulldog defense during Georgia's 41-20 rout at Missouri. The 2011 All-American returned his pick 21 yards to the Tiger 1-yard line to set up one of the Bulldogs' fourth quarter touchdowns. On the next series, Jones sacked Missouri QB James Franklin and forced a fumble that led to Georgia's fifth and final touchdown.
The Columbus native, who was slowed by a groin injury against the Tigers, has 16.5 sacks over his last 16 games and is leading the Bulldogs with 17 tackles this season. For his effort versus the Tigers, Jones also received a helmet sticker from the ESPN College Football Live crew, was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
"But there's no understating (Jarvis) Jones' display of one-man dominance. It called to mind ex-LSU star Tyrann Mathieu's game-changing forced turnovers last season that helped earn him a Heisman invite. Jones may soon start eliciting similar buzz. At least he should." - Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated.com
Georgia Among Best in the SEC Under Richt Since 2001
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