Georgia’s embarrassment grows more historical by week

Mississippi State's Arceto Clark leaps high to catch a touchdown pass over Branden Smith, one of many things to not go Georgia's way. (AP photo)

Mississippi State's Arceto Clark leaps high to catch a touchdown pass over Branden Smith, one of many plays to not go Georgia's way Saturday. (AP photo)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Was this convincing enough? Georgia just made Mississippi State look like a major force in the SEC. It’s seldom a force even within state borders.

Last week the Bulldogs lost to Arkansas for the first time in 17 years. This time they lost to another conference opponent for the first time in 36 years.

Doesn’t that suggest this isn’t some aberration?

The Bulldogs are 0-3 in the SEC. They stand alone in the conference in that regard. Behind Mississippi State, behind Vanderbilt, behind the schools you used to joke about. They are no longer the team that can beat everybody except Alabama and Florida. They are the team that can lose to every team well below Alabama and Florida.

After a 24-12 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday night, Georgia is 2-7 in its past nine SEC games. That’s not trivial, and it’s certainly not an aberration. The opponents in those seven losses are LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State.

Such widespread failure screams this isn’t about missing one suspended player, no matter how good A.J. Green is.

“We’ve got to fix a lot of things,” said the maligned offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo. “It’s not just A.J. Green. We got beat on the field. You’ve got to go earn it.”

Turn back the clock. Cover your faces. The Dogs just lost to Mississippi State for the first time since 1974 and the first time in Starkville since 1951. Their humiliation becomes more historical by the week.

Embarrassed?

“It’s one of those things where you’re not embarrassed to be a Georgia Bulldog,” wide receiver Kris Durham said, “but we’re embarrassed at the way we’re playing.

“Our season could turn into a catastrophe if we don’t stay together.”

Georgia was coming off losses to South Carolina and Arkansas. Mark Richt remained optimistic (of course). He didn’t believe his team would come into Starkville in a funk. But in the first three minutes of the game, the Dogs went three-and-out on offense and allowed Mississippi to drive 53 yards to a touchdown in four plays.

If that’s not a funk, it’s the early stages of rigor mortis.

Offensive-line play remains mediocre, particularly in the running game. The offense had three red-zone possessions in the first half, resulting in a net of six points (two field goals, one fumble). Georgia’s only touchdown came with less than two minutes left.

At least give Bobo credit for throwing himself under the bus: “You can’t turn the ball over, and you can’t have penalties. That’s coaching. It’s our fault.”

Starkville is cowbell central. Think vuvuzelas, only slightly less obnoxious, thanks to an SEC rule that allows fans to ring their bell only during the pregame, timeouts and following Mississippi State touchdowns and field goals. The video board at Davis Wade Stadium even carries the message, “Respect the bell.”

Regardless, coach Dan Mullen implored Mississippi State fans to make life as miserable for Georgia as possible. Just 15 minutes before kickoff, he stood in the end zone with a microphone and yelled: “Our team is ready to go, and I know our students are ready to go!”

Glad somebody was.

Many of Georgia’s early problems were self-inflicted. Washaun Ealey fumbled at the Mississippi State 1 following a 20-yard run after he was clocked by safety Nickoe Whitley. The Dogs also fumbled when a Mississippi State punt inadvertently was touched by Bacarri Rambo, then quickly recovered by the home team.

The offense has gone from a mild concern to a five-alarm blaze. Bobo has replaced Willie Martinez, the departed defensive coordinator, as fans’ primary punching bag.

But this is about more than one assistant coach or one suspended player. Once again, Richt did not have his team ready to play. The Dogs should have played desperate. They didn’t. They certainly didn’t play smart or play well.

They are 0-3, having lost three in a row under Richt for the first time. They are somewhere south of ordinary. And it’s not a blip.

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1,247 comments Add your comment

FIRE BOBO!

September 25th, 2010
11:05 pm

First to fire bobo!

BooBoo the clown

September 25th, 2010
11:08 pm

Bobo just called another run up the middle against an eight man front!

SatillaDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:08 pm

Fire ‘Em All !!!!!!!!

I’ve had it. This alum’s wallet is shut tight until there is a complete and total house cleaning in the coaching staff.

This is the most pitiful, inept, lazy, disrespectful, lethargic, sluggish, slow, directionless team I’ve witnessed since the Donnan years.

CMR, it’s over for you, so do the right thing and resign tomorrow, and take the Can’t Coach Straight Gang with you.

You’re an embarrassment to the Great State of Georgia. This is NOT Georgia Football.

And Greg, if they don’t go, F I R E them !

TrueDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:08 pm

JAxdawg

September 25th, 2010
11:09 pm

Fire Richt too!

DawgFan1

September 25th, 2010
11:09 pm

Who hired Bobo?

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 25th, 2010
11:10 pm

At least we ‘won’ the Fulmer Cup….wonder who will be the next arrest?

State of Georgia fan

September 25th, 2010
11:10 pm

GSU is 2-2 in 1st season looking better than the puppies and honeybees

Herschel Talker

September 25th, 2010
11:10 pm

Schultzie:

We have been saying this for years. You and Mark Bradley kept insisting that there wasn’t a coaching problem. Anyone with any brain cells could see the big picture. It’s a joke. Richt has to go ASAP. Bring home Kirby Smart.

HT

Paul's Johnson

September 25th, 2010
11:11 pm

We’re not good, and neither are the Mutts. Nothing else need be said.

TexGator

September 25th, 2010
11:12 pm

Mark Richt is a great coach, give him a contract extension!

Wallydawg

September 25th, 2010
11:12 pm

Fire all of them.

DAWG with bag over his head

September 25th, 2010
11:12 pm

I can’t wait to hear the blind homer spin on this one. What a total embarrassment. We’ve seen this coming for 3 seasons. Blind homers, wake up and smell the coffee! It shouldn’t take 3 years to rebuild. It’s past time for a change.

Bob Perrow

September 25th, 2010
11:13 pm

Thank you for making all those comments about the cuisine in Starkville. Something good happened there anyway….

UGABugKiller

September 25th, 2010
11:13 pm

The MOST alarming thing?

What’s left on the schedule.

Right now I count three FOR SURE losses to 3 of 4 teams (UF, Auburn, UK, and Tech).

That means a 6-6 season. We lose all four of those games, and it’s a 5-7 season. We have Vanderbilt come up and bite us in the butt like they did Ole Miss, and it’s frakking the end of the world.

Mark Richt has to know he is now effectively coaching for his job. He HAS to know that.

If Mike Bobo is not “Neil Callowayed” by Monday, with Richt resuming all play-calling responsibilities, then Richt doesn’t deserve to be the head coach of this football team.

ryan

September 25th, 2010
11:13 pm

Damn those red panties i new they take down UGA .

TheTaxJacket

September 25th, 2010
11:14 pm

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

thwg

Fire Richt

September 25th, 2010
11:14 pm

How long do GA fans put up with the “nice guy”. If he wins out, he will be here again. Like a fight, stealing the points with a late flurry and living another day.

Ljdawg

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

I believe we have come to the jumping off point with Mark Richt aka Norv Turner! He has to go even if it is just to get the attention of the players! Get on the phone and call Kris Petersen at Boise State and ask him if he is tired of that blue field yet! The players on that team act as if they don’t have a coach! No desire to get on the field and all of the energy in the world to go down town Athens and get drunk!

Michael

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

It’s bad, but not as bad as the “haven’t lost to xxxxx since 19xx” suggests. Georgia only plays those teams twice every six or eight years.

Georgia outgained MSU by 70 yards. If Washaun Ealey knew how to hang on to a ball, Georgia could be 3-1. The good news is they aren’t getting pummeled like that Tennessee game last year — yet. The OL and/or running backs are suspect, and so are all receivers not named Kris Durham. Aaron Murray’s numbers look great on the stat sheet. He’s at least not Quincy Cartering us.

As I said two friggin’ weeks ago, it’s time to unleash some sort of aerial attack instead of trying to establish a running game, which every coach is going to count on you to do with a frosh QB. He can handle the pressure.

Jamestown, NC Dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

OK I am convinced. Nothing wrong with our talent, everything wrong with our coaching. How quick can Muschamp get here?

icedawg

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

If Richt and the rest of the coaching team are not on the “hot seat” then they should be. This program has been going down since the Greene and Shockley era. The recruiting has not been on par with the UF, LSU and UA’s. Too many people have assumed that UGA has top talent. It only has that at a couple of positions. The rest is mediocrity. The performance shows it.

NC Dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

hahahahahahahahahahah Go Dawgs!

red hill

September 25th, 2010
11:15 pm

Time to burn it down and start over. Richt tried to plug the holes in the bucket with his fingers by firing the defensive staff last year. Bobo ain’t much but we’re running out of fingers. Time for a new bucket.
I’m glad he’s a good man but this is embarassing. He ain’t being paid 2 mil a year for this kind of junk. I hope McGarity’s phone and e-mail are lit up by big money contributors.

icedawg

September 25th, 2010
11:16 pm

Forget the Smarts and Muschamps. There is better out there.

Not Don Waddell

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

So, so, so, so sad…Mark Richt is a great man, but he is a wimp when it comes to disciplining children….time for him to go…it’s really sad, but when he didn’t kick that sorry POS Ealy off the team, he lost the program for good…unbelievable…

Nashdawg

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

Sometimes in life things need to be shuffled. The offensive line is horrible and it has to be coaching. I suspect the Dawgs will muddle through the season like they did last year. My guess is there will be movement to replace Bobo and Searels. One more year of this and I think the whole staff will be gone. What a shame considering the talent on the team.

mynextgreatidea

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

hmmmm….fire bobo…hire joe cox….that will fix it!

UGABugKiller

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

UGA COACHING SEARCH.

1) Chris Peterson.

2) Chris Peterson.

3 Chris Peterson.

4) Kyle Whittingham.

5) Chris Peterson.

Why no Kirby Smart? Do any of y’all HONESTLY believe Kirby Smart is in control of ANYTHING over at Alabama? That’s Nick Saban’s show.

Need I remind y’all of how badly Bill Belichick’s assistants have failed as Head Coaches? Charlie Weis, Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, and Josh what’s his name in Denver, who traded THREE draft picks to take Football Jesus in the first round of the draft?

Nick Saban is JUST like his mentor Bill Belichick. Hiring Kirby Smart would be a TREMENDOUS mistake.

Chris Peterson should be the ONLY choice for Georgia. And if (and I don’t think he would) but IF he turns us down, then the next choice MUST be Kyle Whittingham.

Warshawn

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

Hey, I still run this state! Still run it.

Deepdiver

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

Maybe we need an a__hole like Lane Kiffin, instead of a nice guy like Richt. At least he’s winning. And he’s doing it with sanctions.

DawgFan1

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

750k for Gratham – what a joke… i haven’t seen one crushing hit all season. Man up and hit somebody.

DAWG

September 25th, 2010
11:17 pm

The way the season is going we will end up 2-10. We are the laughing stock of the SEC.

DamntheButcher

September 25th, 2010
11:18 pm

Mark Richt is a pathetic excuse for a coach.

rez

September 25th, 2010
11:18 pm

Is it time to panic yet?

Ralph

September 25th, 2010
11:18 pm

Maybe Mark Bradley will even change his mind about a 9 – 3 season. Certainly looks like Florida and Auburn as ass whippings (Auburn has already beaten two the the teams that beat UGA).

The Thug Dwags should play Ga State.

Embarrassment

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Greg M – you must right this ship before it sinks. Heck, it sank to night. Mark Richt is a nice fella, but we need someone who can win. We have gone down since 2005 and it is UGAly. It is hoefully understood bu you and your office that Bobo must go. He is way out of his league. If you don’t do something right away, watch the program go under the bus. There will not be 92,000 fans at ANY remaining games this year and it will get worse in 2011. I for one will make only the minimum donation to keep my season tickets as I have to. It’s alot of money to waste in these rough economoic times and I have already booked colorado and florida – thousands down the drain, but I won’t do it again until you fix the program.

Mark Richt

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Fire me now… I don’t care. I will still get your money people.

t-bone

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

The way Georgia is playing, they should have Linda Lovelace as their mascot. The defense makes run of the mill backs look like All Americans. The offense would be lucky to score in a brothel.

PissedDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Please fire Mike Bobo. He is running this program into the ground. At least I can vote out Obama.

social circle dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Dan Mullen wanted this game more than Mark Richt did. Coach Mullen clearly showed that on the side lines tonight……when the coach wants it more the players tend to want it more…..and Georgia got beat by team that has a quarterback who can barely throw a spiral.

Disgruntled Fan

September 25th, 2010
11:20 pm

Lets have a fan out. If Ga wont show up to play lets show them what we think with empty seats…We can call it a FAN-OUT

FIRE THEM ALL

September 25th, 2010
11:20 pm

If Bobo loves UGA he will resign tomorrow.

Bobogottagogonomoboboohnobobouhavegottogo!

September 25th, 2010
11:20 pm

Richt we won two SECS under you calling plays, Why fix whats not broken, let Bobo be QB coach, the experiment did not work and why a former QB who was pass happy would run up the middle constantly is beyond me it’s like he doesn’t want them to win, like he’s playing bookies, A. Murray could call better plays!

Sigma Dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:20 pm

When is the bull dog nation going to learn that this inept level of pay has been on the horizon for some time, but now it’s coming home to roost. As far as I’m concerned, all redshirts are removed and everyone’s job is on the line with the exception of QB Muray and Durham. No starting players job is safe. Just because you have seniority, that doesn’t mean squat. The coaching staff recruits these players to play and they had better be ready. if not, then its a coaching problem or maybe the quality of players has been misguided. Don’t you get tired of the wait until next year mantra. And don’t call into question my loyalty. That is just another reason to distract from the issue at hand.

Bibb Dawg

September 25th, 2010
11:20 pm

PissedDawg

September 25th, 2010
11:21 pm

Is Jimmy Johnson done with Survivor? Or what about Bobby Bowden??

Chuck

September 25th, 2010
11:21 pm

Usually I’m upset after a Georgia loss but today I’m just dumbfounded. Bobo, explain to me why we always pass on 3rd and short. Remind me why Ealey deserves to be a starter. And please tell me why Grey is “returning” kicks. Actually, nevermind, just quit and never let me see your face again. I’m truely ashamed to be a Georgia fan and grad.

Herschel Walker

September 25th, 2010
11:21 pm

Auburn just shut down Lattimore and beat South Carolina.

enoughofmarkricht

September 25th, 2010
11:22 pm

It’s time to look in another direction.Alabama and Florida have coaches that know how to get it done. Richt