He was targeted twice by quarterback Aaron Murray, both times in the end zone, but failed to make a catch.
During that opening quarter, the Bulldogs’ offense looked about as inconsistent and frustrated as they did in three previous losses without Green.
“I guess it was just the play calls and what (Colorado) was doing defensively to cover him,” Murray said. “When he’s in the field defenses have to pay close attention to him.”
Colorado took advantage of Georgia’s slow start. The Buffaloes jumped to a 14-3 lead.
Then Green showed why he is such an esteemed player. And he showed what this Georgia team could do when he’s the focal point and given the football.
With Georgia trailing and desperate for any kind of offensive action, the junior took an end around 40-yards, easily the Bulldogs longest gain to that point.
Four plays later, Green, hampered by tough coverage, still hauled in his first touchdown catch of the season.
“That was an incredible catch,” Murray said of Green’s 15th career touchdown catch. “I don’t think another receiver in the nation could have made that catch.”
Murray only needed one play to find Green on the next drive, a 39-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs the lead, 17-14.
“The times he was left one-on-one he was able to take advantage of it,” Murray said.
This was Green on display. This was the Georgia offense with Green on display. The Bulldogs went from struggling to stay in the game, to taking the lead in only two plays.
“I had no worries that I would come out here and perform because I was working hard the whole time,” Green said. “I never took a day off.”
Murray would hit Green for four more passes in the half, giving him a total of 69 yards receiving and 40 yards rushing in the second quarter alone. In all, Green accounted for almost 50 percent of the Bulldogs’ 222 total offensive yards.
But there would only be one more appearance in the stat sheet by Green for the rest of the game.
Suffering through cramps in the third quarter, Green was forced out action. He went to the locker room to receiver treatment.
As Green went missing, so did the Bulldogs’ offensive production.
“I think we kept running, pretty much, the same offense,” Murray said. “We just didn’t execute when we needed to execute.”
After scoring on the it’s opening drive of the second half, set up by a 50-yard reception by Green, Georgia would only put up three more points as Colorado came roaring back.
Green, who finished with seven receptions with 119 yards and those two pivotal touchdowns, would not make another catch. Georgia would not score another touchdown.
Making an appearance on the Bulldogs final play of the game, Green watched as junior tailback Caleb King fumbled, ending the hope of a go-ahead field goal or touchdown. The Buffaloes ran out the clock, winning 29-27.
“We fumbled and didn’t get on it,” Green said. “We’re going to keep working though.”