ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Freshman quarterback Joe Cox rescued No. 9
Georgia with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter -- the
second a 20-yarder with 46 seconds left -- and the Bulldogs beat
winless Colorado 14-13 on Saturday.
Cox, who took over late in the third quarter for an ineffective
Matthew Stafford, threw a 23-yard TD pass to fullback Brannan
Southerland with 9:11 to go, and capped the comeback with his
20-yarder to tight end Martrez Milner.
Colorado, 0-4 under new coach Dan Hawkins, built a 13-0 lead
behind quarterback Bernard Jackson, who passed for 140 yards and
ran for 85 yards and a touchdown. But Cox brought the Bulldogs
(4-0) back from the brink of what would have been a surprising
Cox finished 10-of-13 for 153 yards, including his first two TD
passes. Stafford, also a freshman who had replaced injured starter
Joe Tereshinski earlier in the season, was 8-of-16 for 76 yards and
a fumble before he was taken out by coach Mark Richt.
Georgia was in danger of its first shutout loss since 1995
before Cox saved the day even though Colorado made two fourth-down
stops in the final quarter.
After Georgia's first TD, Bulldogs' cornerback Paul Oliver
caused a fumble with a hit on Hugh Charles, and defensive tackle
Jeff Owens recovered at the 50 to give the Bulldogs an opportunity.
But on fourth-and-3 at the 11, Cox's pass was deflected at the
Georgia's defense held, and the Bulldogs took possession for
their last drive at the Colorado 43. Cox passed to Mohamed
Massaquoi for 11 yards to the 25 before finding Milner in the
middle of the end zone on a third-and-6.
On Cox's first possession, he drove Georgia deep into Colorado
territory, but the Buffaloes stopped tailback Kregg Lumpkin on a
fourth-and-3 run from the 13.
The loss was the eighth straight over two seasons for Colorado,
its longest losing streak in 42 years.
Colorado shut down Georgia's running game until Kregg Lumpkin,
third on the Bulldogs' depth chart at tailback, gained 52 yards,
most in the final quarter.
Colorado led 10-0 at halftime, but could have been a bigger
Colorado was denied on its first scoring opportunity when Dale
Dixson blocked Mason Crosby's 26-yard field-goal attempt. Later in
the first quarter, a would-be touchdown pass from Jackson to Dusty
Sprague was negated by a false-start penalty, forcing the Buffaloes
to settle for a 26-yard field goal from Crosby.
Colorado needed only four plays to drive 63 yards for a
second-quarter touchdown. Jackson kept Georgia's defense
off-balance, running before passing to Dusty Sprague for a 16-yard
gain and then dropping back to pass before running for 28 yards to
the Georgia 19.
Jackson's screen pass to Charles gained 18 yards to the 1, and
the quarterback scored on a keeper the following play.
Georgia's only scoring threat of the half ended with a missed
53-yard field goal attempt by Brandon Coutu.
A turnover helped set up a 36-yard field goal by Crosby early in
the second half. Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite sacked
Stafford on Georgia's first possession of the half, causing a
fumble that Hypolite recovered at the 19. The field goal pushed the
lead to 13-0.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Brandon Coutu nailed the extra point with 46 seconds remaining. Colorado lead nearly the entire game, but Georgia never looked out of it.
Gameball goes to... Joe Cox. Cox relieved Matthew Stafford and immediately energized the Dawgs' offense. He orchestrated two TDs in the fourth to secure the win.
Stat of the game... 58: Georgia gained just 58 yards on the ground against Colorado, which is surprisingly ranked 28th in the country for rushing defense.