vs Georgia

by bamafan4ever

Game Day Info:
When: Saturday, September 22nd @ 6:45PM Central
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Television: ESPN (ESPN GameDay will also be live from the Quad in Tuscaloosa)
ESPN Broadcast Team: Mike Patrick (play by play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)

BAMA Team Stats:
Total Offense: 465.3ypg (35th) Total Defense: 309.7ypg (60th)
Points Per Game: 39.0 (34th) Points Per Game Allowed: 18.0 (52nd)
Rushing Offense: 219.0 (44th) Rushing Yards Allowed: 144.7 (120th)
Passing Offense: 246.3 (75th) Passing Yards Allowed: 165.0 (62nd)

BAMA Key Stats and Personnel:
Passing: John Parker Wilson (55-98, 666 yards, 4 TD’s, 3 Int.)
Rushing Leaders: Terry Grant (62-403 5 TD’s) Glen Coffee (27-158 2 TD’s) Roy Upchurch (6-55 1 TD)
Receiving Leaders: DJ Hall (13-291, 2 TD’s) Matt Caddell (9-91, 1 TD) Mike McCoy (10-68, 0 TD’s) Nick Walker (8-53, 2 TD’s)

Georgia Team Stats:
Total Offense: 359.7ypg (137th) Total Defense: 260.3ypg (29th)
Points Per Game: 30.7 (74th) Points Per Game Allowed: 15.3 (36th)
Rushing Offense: 136.7 (145th) Rushing Yards Allowed: 91.0 (51st)
Passing Offense: 223.0 (103rd) Passing Yards Allowed: 169.3 (66th)

Georgia Key Stats and Personnel:
Passing: Matthew Stafford (51-88, 621 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 Int.)
Rushing Leaders: Knowshon Moreno (47-267 1 TD) Thomas Brown (34-139 3 TD’s)
Receiving Leaders: Sean Bailey (11-163, 1 TD) Knowshon Moreno (6-98, 0 TD’s) Mohamed Massaquoi (6-83, 0 TD’s)

BAMA Quick Hits:

The Crimson Tide returns to the scene of a thrilling, come-from-behind, 4th quarter victory over the Razorbacks this Saturday to face another tough SEC opponent when the Georgia Bulldogs roll into Tuscaloosa. Last Saturday’s win was both physical and emotional and it will be interesting to see how the Tide responds to its long lost but newly found success.

Terry Grant

BAMA tailback Terry Grant found running against the Razorbacks a more daunting task than the previous two opponents but still managed to amass 96 yards running and Freshman of the Week honors in the SEC for the 3rd week in a row. Meanwhile, John Parker Wilson looked better than his previous outing against Vanderbilt and lit the Arkansas secondary up for more than 300 passing yards including a heroic, game saving touchdown pass to Matt Caddell with 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter. DJ Hall had an incredible first half against the Razorbacks but remained sidelined for much of the second half with a sore quad muscle. BAMA’s other receivers stepped up their game in the second half in lieu of Hall’s absence with Mike McCoy, Keith Brown and Matt Caddell all contributing in the Tide’s victory over Arkansas.

BAMA’s defense surrendered over 300 yards on the ground to the dynamic duo of McFadden and Jones but luckily won’t face any ground attack for the rest of the season the caliber of Arkansas.

DJ Hall

Tide player that Georgia must focus on: Bulldog Defensive Coordinator, Willie Martinez, will not run schemes even close to what BAMA saw against Arkansas and Reggie Herring. The Dawgs will not blitz the quarterback often and will show the receivers a lot of zone coverage with hardly any man to man. That being said, it will be incumbent on the Bulldogs to make sure they know where DJ Hall is at all times. If Hall draws double coverage it will allow John Parker Wilson to find single coverage on one of his other targets of Mike McCoy or Matt Caddell.

BAMA will win if: BAMA will not be facing McFadden and Jones but will not need to let its guard down against the Moreno/Brown tandem. The defensive front will need to keep Matthew Stafford under duress and should not allow him time in the pocket where he can be extremely dangerous.

Georgia Quick Hits:

Georgia is coming off of a tune-up win against Western Carolina but looked to be still shaking off the effects of a devastating loss to its old nemesis Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks the week prior in the first half of the game against the Catamounts. Bulldog fans have been pleased with redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno who has shown that he has speed to burn.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford has found a favorite target in Sean Bailey who has caught 11 passes for 163 yards but is not afraid to spread the ball around to other receivers, backs and tight ends. So far this season, Stafford has thrown and completed passes to 14 different receivers for positive yardage.

Special Teams have been a bit of a conundrum for the Bulldogs thus far in 2007. The Dawgs have been lacking on kickoff coverage this season but seem to have kickoff returns well in hand with Thomas Brown handling those responsibilities and doing a fine job with 7 returns for 192 yards (27.4 yard average). Mikey Henderson has handled the duties of returning punts and has 10 returns for 153 yards.

Mikey Henderson

Player BAMA must focus on: With the defensive line looking so porous against the Razorbacks, it will be important for Alabama to slow down Bulldog speedster, Knowshon Moreno. If Moreno gets into the secondary, he has the capability to out run anyone in the BAMA secondary.

Georgia will win if: The young offensive line can afford Matthew Stafford some protection against the inexperienced Alabama front seven. Steve Spurrier has already given Kevin Steele the blueprint on how to beat UGA and it will be up to Mark Richt and Offensive Coordinator Bobo to devise a better protection scheme.
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