Titans Ready to Be Fed to the ‘Dogs : College football: Georgia, still smarting from 10-0 loss to Alabama, figures to take it out on Cal State Fullerton today.
There are the obvious differences between Cal State Fullerton and Georgia.
A capacity crowd in the Titans’ new on-campus stadium wouldn’t fill the end zone in Georgia’s 85,434-seat Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs award 95 full scholarships a year; Fullerton allots the equivalent of 47. Georgia has appeared in 29 bowl games, most of them major; the Titans played in the California Bowl in 1983 and something called the Mercy Bowl in 1971.
Then, there are the not-so-obvious differences.
“The only difference between us and them is in eating habits,” Fullerton defensive back Terry Sullivan said. “They probably get fresh steaks right off the farm. We get hamburger.”
Fullerton Coach Gene Murphy only hopes the Bulldogs don’t turn the Titans into ground chuck when the teams play today in Athens, Ga.
While Titan players have spent the past week trying to convince themselves that Georgia players put their pants on one leg at a time, just like them, and that on any given day, any team can beat another, Murphy has maintained a realistic approach to the game.
“We’ve played Florida, Auburn, LSU, so this is nothing new to us,” Murphy said. “It’s a matter of using good common sense in preparing for a team but not really preparing for them. Our objective is to win and get better as a team, but we also want to prevent injuries and be emotionally stable going into the Pacific game.”
To that end, Murphy expects to tap out a very thin Titan depth chart, shuffling in less-talented and less-experienced reserves in order to keep his starters healthy and fresh.
“If we put them on the plane, they’re going to play,” Murphy said.
Despite his three-for-14, 28-yard passing performance against Cal State Northridge last week, Chad May will start again at quarterback for the Titans, Murphy said.
The Georgia defense, which is led by inside linebacker Dwayne Simmons, outside linebacker Mitch Davis and cornerback Chuck Carswell, has allowed only 20 points in three games, and the Bulldogs should be growling after last week’s 10-0 loss to Alabama.
Murphy hopes the Bulldogs concentrate less on the Titans and more on next week’s game against Clemson, but Georgia Coach Ray Goff says his players are thinking only about redemption.
“Once you go through a disappointing loss, you can’t play again soon enough,” Goff said. “We’re not good enough to look ahead on our schedule. We have to stay focused on every game, and we’ve done a good job of that. That’s why we had such good practices this week.”
Under Goff, the third-year coach, and new offensive coordinator Wayne McDuffie, who coached at Florida State, the Bulldogs have become more of a passing team. They’ve already attempted 95 passes in three games this season after attempting only 237 in 11 games in 1990.
Senior Greg Talley, who started in 1989 and ’90, will start for the fourth time at quarterback this season, but highly touted freshman Eric Zeier has thrown more passes than Talley.
Zeier was rated as the top high school quarterback prospect in the nation last season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Marietta, Ga., has completed 36 of 59 passes for 427 yards.
Georgia’s top receiver is Andre Hastings, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year last season, and senior Larry Ware is the team’s top rusher.
“They use a lot of play-action passes, but they don’t do anything else to fool you,” Sullivan said. “Their offense is basic, and they pretty much hammer the ball right at you. That shouldn’t be a problem--unless we get manhandled.”
Fullerton will receive a $225,000 guarantee check for the pleasure of playing Georgia today. . . . Neither Titan receiver Victor Prince, who injured his collarbone last week, nor offensive lineman Pooh Jenkins, who recently became academically eligible, made the trip to Georgia. . . . The Bulldogs, who went 89-27-4 from 1980-89, had the sixth-best winning percentage (.758) in the nation in the 1980s, behind Nebraska, Miami, Brigham Young, Oklahoma and Clemson. Georgia also is one of only four teams to have appeared in a bowl game every year during the 1980s. The others are Michigan, Nebraska and BYU. . . . Sanford Stadium is the sixth-largest on-campus college facility in the country. . . . Fullerton is 0-5 against SEC schools and has been outscored, 233-45, in the games. . . . The Titans open Big West Conference play next Saturday at Pacific, which has a bye this weekend.