published Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Georgia's time to make the play

Sanford Stadium
Sanford Stadium

Sept. 3 Boise State

8 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV/Radio: ESPN/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 1-0

Last meeting: In his first career start, quarterback D.J. Shockley set a school record in a 48-13 rout in 2005 by accounting for six touchdowns, including five through the air. Shockley threw for 289 yards and rushed for 85, while Broncos counterpart Jared Zabransky was pulled from an offense that committed six turnovers.

Sept. 10 South Carolina

4:30 p.m., Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: ESPN/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 46-15-2

Last meeting: Tailback Marcus Lattimore introduced himself to the college football world a year ago by rushing 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Gamecocks won 17-6. A Washaun Ealey fumble inside South Carolina’s 5-yard line in the third quarter with the Bulldogs trailing 14-6 doomed their chances.

Sept. 17 Coastal Carolina

1 p.m., Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: Pay-per-view/102.3 FM

Series record: First meeting

Last meeting: N/A

Sept. 24 Ole Miss

TBA, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 30-12-1

Last meeting: Thomas Brown rushed for 180 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the 2007 matchup, including one score from 50 yards out, as the Bulldogs rolled 45-17. BenJarvis Green-Ellis tied the game for the Rebels at 17-17 with 5:53 left in the third quarter, but Georgia closed with four unanswered touchdowns.

Oct. 1 Mississippi State

TBA, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 16-6

Last meeting: Georgia could not contain the rushing tandem of quarterback Chris Relf and tailback Vick Ballard last year as MSU won the battle of the Bulldogs for the first time since 1974. Relf rushed for 109 yards while Ealey had another costly fumble for Georgia, which didn’t score a touchdown until 87 seconds remained.

Oct. 8 Tennessee

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Tennessee leads 21-17-2

Last meeting: A sixth consecutive Georgia-Tennessee game decided by double digits went the way of the Bulldogs, who erupted for a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and led 34-7 less than five minutes into the third. Aaron Murray was 17-of-25 passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns, but his most memorable play was a 35-yard scoring run.

Oct. 15 Vanderbilt

TBA, Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 51-18-2

Last meeting: The Commodores entered last year’s meeting in Athens with an early league victory over Ole Miss for coach Robbie Caldwell, but they fell flat in a 43-0 loss. Murray threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns, while Ealey rushed for 123 yards and a score. Vandy managed just eight first downs and 58 rushing yards.

Oct. 29 Florida

3:30 p.m., Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville

TV/Radio: CBS/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 47-40-2

Last meeting: Murray entered last season’s 34-31 overtime loss to Florida having thrown just three interceptions, but he had three against the Gators, including one in overtime. Florida’s offense had been struggling but broke out for 231 rushing yards, and the Gators capitalized on Murray’s last pickoff and won on a Chas Henry field goal.

Nov. 5 New Mexico State

BA, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 3-0

Last meeting: The Aggies intercepted David Greene early and used a 19-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead back in 2002, but the Bulldogs rolled from there to win 41-10. Georgia scored touchdowns in all three phases, getting a 71-yard punt return from Damien Gary and a 78-yard interception return by Kentrell Curry.

Nov. 12 Auburn

TBA, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Auburn leads 54-52-8

Last meeting: The Bulldogs came out of the gate scorching a year ago, with Murray connecting on 31- and 40-yard touchdown passes to A.J. Green as they took a 21-7 lead. Tigers quarterback Cam Newton, who wasn’t a certainty to play amid an NCAA investigation, then ignited Auburn to a 49-31 win with four total touchdowns.

Nov. 19 Kentucky

TBA, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 50-12-2

Last meeting: Ealey set a school record last season with five rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who roared to a 28-3 lead in Lexington before coasting to a 44-31 victory. Georgia was outgained by 133 yards but benefited from a 100-yard Brandon Boykin kickoff return and four Wildcats turnovers.

Nov. 26 Georgia Tech

TBA, Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta

TV/Radio: TBA/102.3 FM

Series record: Georgia leads 61-37-5

Last meeting: Murray threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns and Ealey rushed for 118 yards and two scores as Georgia won the Governor’s Cup for a ninth time in 10 years with a 42-34 triumph. The Bulldogs collected four turnovers but otherwise had no answer for Tech’s triple-option, which amassed 411 yards on 77 rushes.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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