Blitz forced key fumble

BOULDER, Colo. --- During a timeout in the waning minutes and with the Georgia Bulldogs already in range for a game-winning field goal, Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins decided to turn linebacker B.J. Beatty loose on a blitz.


"I told him, 'Let's run it,' " Beatty said. "Because we knew they were going to try to run the ball, milk the clock and kick a field goal. I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt the handoff."

Lining up with the Buffs clinging to a 29-27 lead, Beatty was just hoping for the Bulldogs to run the ball, and sure enough, it played out exactly like he envisioned.

Beatty stripped Caleb King just as he got the handoff from quarterback Aaron Murray at the Buffaloes' 30-yard line and he held King back while teammate Jon Major smothered the loose ball.

Rodney Stewart, who rushed 19 times for 149 yards and a score despite not starting, helped the Buffaloes (3-1) salt it away by reeling off a 14-yard gain on first down.

It's not that often you see a crowd go crazy over beating a team that's now 1-4.

"Their record doesn't reflect how good they are," Beatty said.

But it does reveal how down in the dumps they are over their first four-game slide since 1990.

Not even the spectacular return of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green from a four-game suspension could halt the Bulldogs' fall. Green caught two touchdown passes among his seven receptions for 119 yards, but he didn't catch another pass after his 50-yard grab on the third snap after halftime, spending plenty of time on the sideline.

Georgia's four-game losing streak -- its first since 1990 -- is tied for the longest in the nation among BCS conference schools.

"Man, it's tough," Green said. "I've never been 1-4 in my life."

"I realize we're in a position that we haven't been in since I've been here," coach Mark Richt said Sunday evening. "I know that. That's obvious and that hurts. You know it just takes a victory."

"I was just cramping, a lot of cramping," Green said.

Blair Walsh's 20-yard field goal made it 29-27, and he was warming up on the sideline about to go in for a potential game-winner when Beatty stripped the ball and the game away from the Bulldogs, who are 1-4 for the first time since 1993.


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