September 10, 2007

The Let Down

There is an old fear in sports when a favored team is coming off a big win, being told how good they are, while preparing to play a team that struggled in the previous game, and has been being criticized. The favored team, full of confidence, might not come out with the same fire in their eye, while the underdog, or 'underGamecock' in this case, hits the field with a chip on their shoulder with something to prove.

That was a fear in Athens last week following the Bulldogs' big win over the media darling, most powerful offense since the Mongol horde swept across Europe. Perhaps the Cowboys read too many of their press clippings, or perhaps the Dawgs had a chip heading into that game. Whatever the case, Georgia had their way and seemingly could do no wrong against OSU, much like the way South Carolina played between the hedges in their 16-12 win over UGA.

"Y'all are going to write what you want to write, but they played well, and they played well enough to win, and that is all I have got to say," said a clearly frustrated Matthew Stafford.

Stafford, who completed 18 of 24 passes against Oklahoma State in week one, connected on just one more pass against SC despite sending the ball airborne 20 more times in week two's loss.

To be fair, more than a couple of those passes made contact with Bulldog receivers before making contact with the ground.

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