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Monday, November 5, 2012
Film study: Georgia vs. Ole Miss

By David Ching

ATHENS, Ga. -- Let’s take a look at three key plays from Georgia’s 37-10 win against Ole Miss on Saturday.

Revival of the rooskie

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Marlon Brown set up a block before making a 66-yard TD catch.

The score: Ole Miss leads 10-0.

The situation: Third-and-1 at UGA 34 with 10:43 left in second quarter, and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo dug the “rooskie” pass out of the playbook for the first time in five years.

Why it worked: Credit Georgia’s personnel for selling the deception -- the offensive line for run blocking, Todd Gurley for plowing into the hole as if he had the ball, Aaron Murray for selling the handoff and Marlon Brown for pretending to set up a block before breaking deep for an easy 66-yard touchdown catch.

The breakdown: Ole Miss defended the run aggressively early in the game, so Bobo decided to try to take advantage of that tendency. Boy did it work. The safety on Brown’s side, Trae Elston, took himself out of the play with a run blitz, and the cornerback covering Brown, Charles Sawyer, and the other safety, Cody Prewitt, both bit on the run fake and left Brown alone.

Facing a third-and-short situation, the Bulldogs lined up in a double-tight end look with Brown as the only receiver and fullback Zander Ogletree and tailback Gurley lined up in the I. Ole Miss had no reason to believe it was not a run play, as the line and tight ends blocked and Gurley flew into the hole as if they were trying to grind out a couple of yards to convert for a first down.

Only Gurley didn’t have the ball. Murray still had it, with his back to the line of scrimmage and the ball hidden on his hip. Brown slanted across the middle as if preparing to block a safety, but when he reached the middle of the field, he broke vertical and was all alone when Murray spun around to pass with Cameron Whigham bearing down on him.

Brown was 10 yards clear of Prewitt when he spun around to catch Murray’s lofted pass at the Ole Miss 39. It wasn’t the greatest throw from Murray, but it didn’t need to be. Brown was so open that he was able to jog the last 25 yards and Prewitt couldn't catch up to him.

Bulldogs take halftime lead

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Tavarres King's TD catch helped UGA break the game open.

The score: Ole Miss leads 10-7.

The situation: After consecutive sacks, Georgia faced third-and-25 at the Ole Miss 40 with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

Why it worked: Although he was nearly sacked for a third straight play, Murray scrambled from the pocket and showed impressive arm strength in hitting Tavarres King with a 40-yard touchdown pass.

The breakdown: Murray was in the shotgun with King to his right when he caught the snap. Whigham beat right tackle John Theus off the edge, but overran Murray. But nose Isaac Gross stunted and beat left tackle Mark Beard around his edge, flushing Murray right into a wide space.

Murray had pump faked right and looked left when he saw Gross bearing down on him and scrambled right. He was nearly to the right hashmark by the time he released a bullet to King, who had broken behind Sawyer. Freshman safety Elston, playing two-deep coverage, recognized where Murray was going with the ball too late and was not able to make it to King in time to defend the pass.

King caught it at the 3 and marched into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown, flipping the ball into the collection of Redcoat Band members standing behind the end zone and waiting to perform at halftime.

Bumbling Brunetti

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Damian Swann's fumble recovery was one of four turnovers in a five-play run.

The score: Georgia leads 28-10

The situation: Ole Miss faced third-and-2 at its own 45 with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter

Why it worked: Georgia cornerback Damian Swann was simply in the right place at the right time as Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti fumbled the ball straight to him.

The breakdown: Wildcats quarterback Brunetti caught a shotgun snap and H-back H.R. Greer and running back Jeff Scott both blocked Jarvis Jones, who flew into the backfield and pushed Brunetti right. After chipping Jones, Scott got out in front of Brunetti and cut linebacker Alec Ogletree’s legs out, which also took linebacker Christian Robinson out of the play and allowed Brunetti to reach the corner.

But as Brunetti turned upfield at the 43 -- and he was surely about to run for a first down -- his knee rose to knock the ball out of his right hand and it floated straight to Swann, who caught the fumble at the Ole Miss 48.

Swann scrambled right to escape a group of Ole Miss tacklers, barely slipping away from Greer when left guard Aaron Morris dragged him down at the UGA 49. He might have had a touchdown if he had broken free from Morris as he had a convoy of defensive backs -- Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo and Sanders Commings -- waiting to help him hit the corner and only offensive linemen Evan Swindall, Pierce Burton and Patrick Junen anywhere near him when Morris took him down.