Buffs Take Down Georgia, 29-27, Move to 3-1 on Year

The Colorado Buffaloes welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to Folsom Field.

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Buffs Take Down Georgia 29-27, Move to 3-1 on Year

-First off, great win by the Buffs. Good teams make big plays when they need to and that is what this team did tonight. Plenty of times, they could have folded. Georgia took a 10 point lead, they could have folded. Georgia was moving into CU territory looking like they were going to kick the winning field goal. Colorado responded. That is a sign of a team that is growing.

-Quote of the post game – Tyler Hansen on playing on the road next week – “It’s time to sac up a little and play better on the road”

-Colorado has developed into a very solid running team. Last week, they pounded on Hawaii. This week, they took an almighty SEC team and beat them into submission up front. CU rushed 47 times for 235 yards, good for a 5.0 yard average. I don’t care who they play, that is impressive. Rodney Stewart led the team with 149 yards on 19 carries including a 65 yard run.

-QB Tyler Hansen made some very big plays tonight, especially on third down. He was great with his feet, moving around in the pocket, converting through the air and on the ground. He finished the day with 51 yards on the ground and 158 through the air but most of those yards were at clutch times during the game.

-Big stat: Colorado 7-15 on third down. These weren’t normal third downs either. They were long and the Buffs converted.

-Time of possession against visiting team’s are a big deal in Boulder. Last week against Hawaii, the Buffs wore down the Warriors. This week, Colorado had 34 minutes of possession to Georgia’s 28. The Bulldogs were visibly winded in the fourth quarter. WR A.J. Green commented “I felt it a lot (the altitude), this being my first game back. It was hard for me to keep my breath, but I fought through it.” The Buffs establishing a running game is wearing down people.

-Penalties, only three. Great improvement over prior weeks and last year.

-CB Jimmy Smith has really separated himself as a dominant cornerback. Time after time, he is making plays. Other players who are really making an impression: DE/LB Josh Hartigan, LB B.J. Beatty and DL Curtis Cunningham. Other than the A.J. Green show, this defense has shown great improvement over last season.

-Special teams is still holding this team back. Long returns, a couple short punts and a missed field goal. Need improvement there (broken record).

-Overall, again, great win. Missouri is next week, on the road, where the Buffs haven’t won since 2007. Two wins in a row is a big step. A win on the road is the next big leap.

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Colorado Answers Georgia, Down 24 - 22

After Georgia looked to be in the middle of routing Colorado, Tyler Hansen and Rodney Stewart brought the Buffs back. At the 10:40 mark of the third quarter, Bulldog QB Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for 8 yards score to give the Bulldogs a 24 – 14 lead, which capped off a 21-point unanswered streak by the visiting team. Behind WR A.J Green, Georgia looked to be unstoppable, out-gaining the Buffs 207 – 74 in the second quarter.

It wasn’t looking good for Colorado.

Then RB Rodney Stewart took over. In need of a big play, “Speedy” Stewart scampered down the sideline for 65 yards to the Georgia 8 yard line. Two plays later, Tyler Hansen took it in from two yards out to get the Buffs within three, 24-21. The Buffs added a two point conversion to get within two points, 24 – 22 in the middle of the third quarter.

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A.J. Green Shows Why He Is the Best Receiver In America

Be ready, YouTube, A.J. Green is coming. The All-American WR just made a ridiculous one-handed grab to bring the Bulldogs to within four points of the Buffs. After Colorado had dominated the first quarter and a half, the Georgia Bulldogs went 80 yards in five plays, capped off by a spectacular catch by Green.

Green started off the drive with a 40 yard end around to get the ball deep in Colorado territory. It was Green’s first touch of the game. Here is the video.

Let’s just say he has now made his presence felt. Green just caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Murray, beating Colorado defensive back Jalil Brown on a skinny post route. It is Georgia's first lead of the game after Colorado dominated the first quarter.

Bulldogs 17, Colorado 14

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Colorado Dominating The Line Of Scrimmage, Takes 14-3 Lead On Georgia

The big fear coming into the game against SEC power Georgia was if the Buffs had enough power up front to control the line of scrimmage. Well, the answer to that question is Colorado has not only held their own up front but basically dominated the Bulldogs up and down the field.

Colorado has scored on two long drives of 80 and 78 yards behind a power running game to take a 14 – 3 lead. The Buffs have outgained Georgia 168 to 15 behind 107 yards rushing. The big play on the latest scoring drive was through the air on a screen pass to Brian Lockridge that he took down to the Bulldogs' one yard line.

As of now, it looks like the Buffs belong on the same field as the SEC team from Georgia. As of 13:15 left in the second quarter, Bulldog receiver A.J. Green has not touched the ball.

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Colorado Starts Fast, Takes 7-0 Lead on Georgia

Well, can’t start better than that. Colorado, in front of a electric atmosphere in Boulder, drove 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead on the visiting Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs put the Buffs in third and long three times, but Colorado was able to convert each time. QB Tyler Hansen scrambled for big gains on third down and then completed a pass to WR Toney Clemons to set up first and goal. Two plays later, Hansen hit FB Matt Bahr on a five-yard score to give CU the early lead.

Georgia responded nicely as KR Brandon Boykin returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to the CU 24 but the Bulldogs were only able to add three. Colorado 7, Georgia 3.

After one quarter of play, Colorado has out-gained Georgie 121 - 15 with 100 of those 121 yards on the ground. QB Tyler Hansen leads the way with 47 yards, RB Rodney Stewart has 29 and RB Brian Lockridge has 24.

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Colorado Buffaloes Vs. Georgia Bulldogs Preview

Boulder, CO (Sports Network) Television: FSN. Home Record: Georgia 1-1, Colorado 1-0. Away Record: Georgia 0-2, Colorado 0-1. Neutral Record: Georgia 0-0, Colorado 1-0. Conference Record: Georgia 0-3, Colorado 0-0. Series Record: Georgia leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The Colorado Buffaloes will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule when they host the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday at Folsom Field.

Colorado has not won back-to-back games since opening the 2008 season with three straight wins. The Buffaloes had a bye last week after notching a 31-13 win over Hawaii on September 18th. They'll open their Big 12 schedule next week against Baylor.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs find themselves in a rare position as they've lost three straight for the first time since 1990. They are also 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 1993. Last week, Georgia suffered a 24-12 loss at Mississippi State.

In the only prior meeting between these two schools, Georgia rallied for a 14-13 come-from-behind win in Athens during the 2006 season.

Georgia's offense was stifled by Mississippi State in its most recent outing, mustering only a pair of field goals until the final minutes. Those field goals were the end result of the Bulldogs' only two trips to the red zone, as they weren't able to put the ball in the end zone. Aaron Murray completed 18- of-31 passes for Georgia, finishing with 274 yards and a touchdown. The run game was virtually nonexistent, with Washaun Ealey registering a team-high 36 yards on 10 carries. Through three games, Ealey is averaging 66.0 yards per game on the ground and has found the end zone only once. Murray is completing 61 percent of his passes while throwing for 219.8 yards per game, with five touchdowns and two interceptions. His top target has been Kris Durham, who has caught 17 passes for 324 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Georgia's strength is stopping the run, which should present a stark contrast from the Hawaii run defense that Colorado faced in its last outing. The Bulldogs are allowing 108.8 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 30th in the nation. However, they had some trouble containing Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf, who has the ability to hurt defenses with his legs. In that game, Relf threw for 148 yards and two scores, and he also gashed the Georgia defense for 109 yards (5.4 ypc) on the ground. MSU tailback Vick Ballard added 64 yards and a TD on 13 carries (4.9 ypc). Look for Georgia to refocus on clamping down against the run. That starts with linebacker Akeem Dent and strong safety Bacarri Rambo, the team co-leaders with 30 tackles apiece.

Against Hawaii two weeks ago, the Buffaloes trailed 10-0 at halftime as their offense sputtered along. But in the second half, they relied heavily on the running game, and the momentum quickly tilted in their favor. Colorado went on to accumulate 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground to seal the victory. The Buffs converted 10-of-14 third downs and held an 11-minute edge in time of possession. Rodney Stewart (106 yds, 4.8 ypc, 2 TD) and Brian Lockridge (109 yds, 7.8 ypc) each went over the century mark rushing for Colorado. Granted, Hawaii's run defense is not indicative of what CU will face against an SEC squad like Georgia. Still, when the Buffaloes have the ball, expect Stewart to get a heavy workload.

Defensively, Colorado's strength has been stopping the run, as the team ranks seventh in the nation in run defense (71.7 ypg). Part of that has to do with the opponents' style of play -- Hawaii dialed up 42 pass plays and only 13 running plays a week ago. And against California in the second week of the season, the Golden Bears focused in on the passing attack with quarterback Kevin Riley tossing four touchdowns. The struggling Bulldogs haven't flashed much of a running game thus far, but look for them to test Colorado in that area. One of the keys for CU will be getting off the field on third-down situations. Opponents have converted only a combined 8-of-39 third and fourth downs against the Buffs, which leads the nation.

Colorado has had a couple of weeks to prepare for this showdown, and the home crowd figures to be buzzing. Georgia can offset the atmosphere with a quick score or two, and look for Murray and company to try and accomplish just that.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia 30, Colorado 14

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Buffalo Safety Patrick Mahnke Likely To Start Saturday Against The Georgia Bulldogs

Adam Munsterteiger has reported that junior safety/linebacker Patrick Mahnke will most likely be making the start at nickel back this week for the Buffaloes as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs. The Buffaloes have had a string of bad luck at the position so far this season losing three players at the position in four games. 

Hawkins said Patrick Mahnke will likely start at nickel back on Saturday.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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