Five Things Georgia Fans Can Take from the Victory over Arizona State

Wes HoltzclawCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Once again Georgia was involved in a close game, and once again the Dawgs were able to come out with a victory.

Georgia (3-1, 2-0 in the SEC) and coach Mark Richt continued their dominance against non-conference opponents, running their record to 35-4.

This week the Dawgs welcome No. 4 LSU to town for another SEC showdown between the hedges.

But what can we take from the Arizona State victory?


1. The Georgia Defense Returned To Form

The defense finally woke up after a two-week coma. The Georgia defense only gave up 88 yards rushing on 28 carries, but the biggest improvement was in the pass defense.

Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan was 10-of-32 for only 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

That is a grand total of only 204 yards of total offense compared to the 485 total yards allowed by Arkansas and the 427 total yards allowed by South Carolina.


2. The Offense Still Can’t Hold On to the Ball

In a wet and nasty game, fumbles happen. The three turnovers after halftime almost cost the Dawgs the game. Especially the two errant throws by Cox.

One of his throws was returned for touchdown that gave the Sun Devils the lead and the other was returned to our 20-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

Thankfully, A.J. Green was able to get an elbow on the field goal attempt causing the kick to go wide left.

The Georgia turnover margin is now a ridiculous minus-9 after four games.


3. A.J. Green Continues To Get Better

Green has led the Dawgs in receiving each week this season. His receptions and yardage total has continued to improve week after week.

After his eight-catch, 153-yard performance against Arizona State, Green now has 25 receptions for 428 yards and four touchdowns.

He is averaging 107 yards receiving a game and 17.1 yards a catch.

Green has definitely become Cox’ favorite target this season and Green has proven that if Cox gets the ball anywhere close, he is going to come down with the ball.


4. Cox Has Played with Poise

Yes, Cox threw two more interceptions, but you have to admit he has played with poise during the first four games of the season.

Even after the two interceptions, Cox continued to throw the ball downfield helping set the Dawgs up for the winning score.

For the game, Cox was 17-of-31 for 242 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. For the season, he is 67-of-110 (60.9 completion percentage) for 980 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

He is also boasting a 153.65 passer efficiency rating.


5. Blair Walsh Is Money

Walsh has continued to impress, as he has converted on all of his kicks so far this season. He is 8-for-8 on field goal attempts and 13-for-13 on PATs.

He is 2-for-2 on field goals over 50 yards with a long of 53 yards.

There is nothing like being able to call on your kicker and have the confidence in him that he can make the kick from just about anywhere.


Those were the big things that stood out to me in this rain-soaked game. If you saw something else you would like to point out, please feel free to comment.