If you can’t put Kentucky away, that’s just sad

Joe Cox leaves the field after his second awful interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Joe Cox leaves the field after his second awful interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Wow, that was two really ugly quarters of football Georgia played in the second half Saturday night.

With the apparent focus of a 3-year-old child, the Dogs squandered a 20-6 halftime lead by turning the ball over four times.

How pathetic was it? When the Dogs got the ball back at midfield with just under 2 minutes left in order to tie up the game and Joe Cox proceeded to throw an interception on the very first play, nobody seemed surprised.

Which was uglier, his first interception or that second one? How’s that for a discussion point?

Longtime blog commenter Cuz, with whom I watched the game, summed it up pretty well when he said the second half was like a “greatest hits” of all the bad plays Mark Richt’s 2009 team has committed. Make that “greatest hurts.”

Special teams? Pretty awful, from Branden Smith’s fumble of the opening kickoff of the second half to the fact that Richt and Co. were so scared of giving up a long kickoff return that they routinely gave Kentucky the ball near midfield through a series of poorly covered pooch and squib kicks.

The offense? In the second half they acted like the ball was a hot potato. And when Kentucky made halftime adjustments to stuff the Dogs’ running game, Georgia seemed to be floundering. The Dogs had no sustained drive in the second half, with the only scoring drive consisting of two long passes. What happened to Orson Charles in the second half?

And while the defense was put in difficult short-field situations by the lousy kickoffs and offensive turnovers, the tackling at times was just horrendous. And on that dump screen pass that Kentucky turned into a long run down the sideline for a touchdown to tie the game at 27-27, Willie Martinez’s defense looked absolutely flat-footed.

It’s unfortunately been a hallmark of Richt teams that they have a tough time handling success, holding a lead and putting a team away. And that was even true with teams that were much more talented than this group.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but the bottom line is that this is a very poorly coached group of unmotivated players.

Remember the darkest days of the Goff and Donnan eras? It was that bad.

412 comments Add your comment

Mr. 2-14 !!!! BB

November 22nd, 2009
9:32 am

MR. BILL KING, I was just wondering if DC WM gets canned or depending on BFF CMR gets demoted. Do u think CMR should promote D-Line Coach RG ? I’m just curious 2 know your opinion

Jeff

November 22nd, 2009
9:33 am

I’m glad UGAVII wasn’t around to see this beatdown.

Johnny Majors Was Never 6-5

November 22nd, 2009
9:33 am

Vol Nation, What would you think of a program that has gone 14-6 against Tennessee in the last 20 years AND managed to beat Peyton Manning in ALL 4 of his starts? Scary Stuff!!! They are always talking about old fart Neyland turning this way and that in his grave. Those numbers would have him turning sideways and levitating.

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
9:33 am

Rushign Game Still Needs Some Work

we got away from the run in the second half at the end, 3 out of 4 of our last 4 drives had more passes than runs. When we went to the run, we had a long drive down to the 1 yard line. Run-heavy play calling worked, pass-happy play calling flopped.

We ended up with a 55% run/45% pass play call mix in the second half overall, which isn’t too bad, although I’d like to see it 60% run, 40% pass. We won time of possession in the game. We got Ealey 19 touches and if you consider Ealey had a 55 yard explosion play on his 8th touch, he REALLY got 6.9 ypc, but even with the penalty call on the 55 yard explosion play, Ealey’s still at 5.0 ypc for the season. I’d like to see Ealey be our 1 back and get more touches and then we’ll see more EXPLOSION plays from him.

Bobo made some good adjustments in this game strategy wise–he called 40 running plays, we had a run-heavy play call mix overall, we controlled time of possession. However, we didn’t get a 100 yard rusher AGAIN, we didn’t have a 200 yard rushing game–AGAIN. Usually, when we outrush the other guys, we’ve won 100% of our games this year. The 4 turonovers did us in and killed that. But the strategy was solid for Bobo this game, the execution was not there.

georgiadawgg

November 22nd, 2009
9:33 am

MARK RICHT, COULDN’T CARRY MYERS OR SABANS JOCK STRAP, HE MIGHT WANT TO CHEW ON THEM.

Paul Johnson

November 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

You boys need to learn how to run the ball. All this lolly gagging around with that weak arm Cox has keeps costing UGA the game.

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

Bad 1st Offensive Possession Again…

for the 8th time this year, we didn’t score on our 1st possession.

Dissappoint Dog Fan

November 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

Poor UGA!!!! Even he couldn’t stand to watch this team play this year…. All that losing just him.

georgiadawgg

November 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

UGA, UNITED GANSTAS OF ATHENS.

benadawg

November 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

Joe Cox dragged us down all year and CMR stood there and let him…..Aaron Murray should have been there from the start, The team will take years to recover from all this, Today is the day to announce the changes before the Checks for next year are written.I think i saw the water girl in the crowd that was leaving last night…..

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
9:37 am

Bad 3rd Down Play-Calling in 2nd Half from Bobo

We went 1 for 3 in the 3rd qrtrt on 3rd down

We wnt 0 for 5 in the 4th qrtr on 3rd down.

That’s on Bobo. Give our guys a chance to win, put them into position to win with some better play calls on 3rd down in crucial situations.

bill

November 22nd, 2009
9:39 am

With all the talk about a lack of discipline, nobody has even mentioned Butler’s personal foul face mask penalty while we were getting a first down with good field position after a blocked punt. What was he thinking? He was frustrated that his punt was blocked and killed what would have been a possible game changing play! But, the worst part was when the camera’s caught him laughing about it on the sidelines. Not one player was laughing with him! Unbelievable.

DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
9:40 am

What a joke, give up all those points.We will end up in a bowl game and it will be the “PENALTY BOWL”.

Idaknow

November 22nd, 2009
9:40 am

What I’ve read here is venom and vitriol. A utter lack of respect for the game players and coaches. Shame on all of you. College football is a sport and in competition there is a winner and loser. This year the Dogs are the latter. For many many years they were at the top of the pile.

It is extremely hard to replace markee talent in one season and keep the boat afloat. So I have sympathy for Georgia’s demise.

I do not have sympathy for undisciplined performance and bad character. The national televised game last night exposed all of those in 3 hours and change. Going back to the days I walked past Sanford stadium for classes – there was always a positive mood and hope for a better game when we lost…now its’ all about individualism.

These guys are having a “come to Jesus” moment and they will get through it as a ‘life lesson” only with focus, determination, and grit.

That said: last night’s effort was absolutely one of the worst second half performances I have ever witnessed since Donan, and Goof plied their trade ‘tween the hedges.

Everyone just rolled over and quit. Why would fans walk out when the game is on the line? Unbelievable!

BUT!! I'm A Nice Guy

November 22nd, 2009
9:40 am

Still asking the same question. NO!!!!! The DC and OC will NOT be fired. Richt realizes the GOODWILL he has accumulated due to being “SUCH A NICE MAN” and he will NOT bow to pressure OR even DIRECT DEMANDS to dismiss anyone. He WILL say that if they go, he will go, Georgia will be intimidated at the prospect of losing a guy with 2 SEC Championships and NO BCS Championship Game appearances since his arrival and a program sinking faster than a certain ACC coaches’bladder control that they will say “Okay. You do whatever you want”. Georgia fans you are HELPLESS!!! You are held HOSTAGE. Get used to it!! They will build a statue, install a mural and probably name a stadium after him in the offseason.

yarddawg

November 22nd, 2009
9:42 am

I wonder if Will Muschamp would leave Texas as the defensive coordinator, to coach at his alma mater for 2.8 MILLION as the head coach? I doubt it, but money has accomplished more far fetched things.

Disgusted

November 22nd, 2009
9:42 am

Lack of discipline by the coaches, but they sure look ready for the NFL with their overflowing dreads from their helmets. Kinda reminds me of FSU, maybe more embarassing if thats possible. Get THUGGY Boys.

Nutrition

November 22nd, 2009
9:42 am

Is Butler the kid with the REAL!!!!!!! round face like his old man?? A SALAD!!!!

Dr. Phil

November 22nd, 2009
9:43 am

Kentucky deserves more credit than angry fans are giving them. They made few mistakes and apparently made adjustments at halftime that turned the game around. There is no question that Georgia has a weak coaching staff starting at the top. There have never been consequences for bad behavior or sloppy play. Arrests for drunkenness and off-field violence have diminished, but now Richt’s entitled children think that they don’t require drivers’ licenses, like everyone else, and of course, Georgia remains near the top in penalties. Rich Brooks’ recruiting class this year was ranked #50 in Division 1, while Richt’s was 4th or 5th. That is pure coaching. Richt’s undoing began when he ordered the end-zone dance against UF. A coach cannot demand that players follow the rules of the game when he doesn’t himself. The same goes for the pirate, Adams. The program will remain sick as long as Adams micromanages it and advocates winning at all costs. It is just Karma, and it will take a long time to right the ship.

waiting moderation

November 22nd, 2009
9:45 am

Fire Richt and Evans and start over. Georgia has turn into a street thug team. Because we have street thug coaches from miami. We are gettin exactly the results you get when you hire a Head coach who comes from coaching street thugs in tallahasse and now has brought the thugs to Athens Town. We are a Disgrace. This is Richt’s faults and his problems are BoBum and Taco Martinez. Georgia Bulldogs can only win at Gymnastics and Tennis and Golf. No Street thugs on those team and no street coaches at those positions take a look at that Evans. we are pitiful. UGA football looks like were at a damn Hip Hop concert on the side line. UGA acts like the words in a hip hop song F— authority, f—the police, f—the game plan, Where’s my gameboy and my hoes. I guess next week instead of black helments we will wear a thick heavy chain necklase’s with a cadilac hubcap on it … Were pitiful. I am done with this team that is only a reflection of Florida State. I have been saying this to my tailgate friends for the past couple of years. I told them Richt will turn our program into a FSU. I was right. Richt go back to Fla. State. Guess I will become a Gym Dog Fan – They are the only Dogs who want to win, and they do it with Grace and BullDawg Determination….

Abilene

November 22nd, 2009
9:45 am

Fire Richt and things will get better. Keep Richt and the Dawgs will keep bleeding.

It’s that simple, really.

Denver Dog

November 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

tough to defend the coaching staff now and Joe looked terrible

Mike

November 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

Tech fan signing in here. To all other Tech fans talking about the “beat down” Tech will give UGA next week, that game is not over yet. Celebrate AFTER the game (if Tech wins), not before. You know what they say about counting your chickens before they hatch. UGA has nothing to lose next week. It would make their season to beat a 10-1 Tech team. And remember, in recent years Tech has lost to UGA in games they should have won (thanks for nothing Reggie Ball). I’m concerned UGA will come in here and play lights out.

Peter Warrwick

November 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

Disgusted, You are surprised? Mark is a disciple–bad choice of words–of Bobby Bowden.Bobby Bowden allowed Deion to play in a bowl game after compiling a 0.00!!!!!! GPA the previous semester. The result was Florida Legislature enacting The Deion Law that required collegiate athletes in state of Florida to be enrolled in college they are playing for.

Be careful of whom you are a disciple?

Sober Tech Fan

November 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

All you Tech fans need to be careful. UGA is very capable of winning next week and they will be HUNGRY. All this verbal poison on their blog will give them motivational material, so STFU, OK? Things change quickly in college football and we can find ourselves in the same shape without notice. Leave the dawgies alone. I must say that Joe Cox is better at starting fires than putting them out. AND he looks freakishly like Fire Marshall Bill!
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.theu.com/images/celebs/firefighter_bill.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.theu.com/careers_view/firefighter&usg=__tOobbYxSVdd5aGm16P6FrQ_X-30=&h=145&w=125&sz=12&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=Qf2zrRKF8PcRIM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=82&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfire%2Bmarshall%2Bbill%2Bin%2Bliving%2Bcolor%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff

The Ghost Of Wally Butts

November 22nd, 2009
9:47 am

It’s not just that we lost a game we were supposed to win…it’s the way we lost….the way we conducted ourselves on the sidelines when we thought we had it in the bag.

It’s not the won-lost record….it’s the trend of our conduct…win or lose.

Arrests for stupid things….sideline dancing when tied or behind….wearing costumes instead of the regular uniforms….taking the boys for a nice swim instead of practicing in the hot sun of August…I could on and on.

Discipline is the thing. Question – how many times did Tom Landry, or Lombardi, or Bear Bryant resort to costumes? How many times has Paul Johnson taken his boys swimming during the formative practice days early in the year? How many sideline dances did Dooley allow – win or lose?

If you are going to run a class-less, undisciplined program, at least be open about it. Go ahead and change the regular uniforms to black, change the mascot to a Pit Bull named “THUGA” and change the team name from Bulldogs to Raiders.

Bacchus

November 22nd, 2009
9:47 am

that team does not even deserve to appear in the Toilet Bowl.

mambo

November 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

You’re right. It’s as bad as Goff and Donnan.

Abilene

November 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

Thugs… yes, that’s a pretty good description of the players who Richt recruits.

How can we win with undisciplined street thugs of such low character?

Valdosta Buck

November 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

Tired of defending CMR, Kinkade you’re right, coach has lost this team.

Sober Tech Fan

November 22nd, 2009
9:48 am

waiting moderation

November 22nd, 2009
9:49 am

Lets build a new Dog House for UGA 8 and call it the Penalty Box!

How Bout

November 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

dem dawgs, can u say 6 and 6?

Peter Warrwick

November 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

At one time there was a chance Richt would go to FSU. Not anymore. After Bobby’s hustle job, Ann’s mouth, Jeff’s stint after the nepotism, there is NO CHANCE IN HELL that anyone even remotely associated with Metheusela gets hired in Tallahassee–let alone a disciple.

Tom B

November 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

gingers should not be allowed to participate in sports…

Red & Black

November 22nd, 2009
9:52 am

There are some sensible Tech fans on here not getting too excited about rubbing the UK loss in the dawgs faces, but gotta be honest, UGA isn’t capable of winning a must game.

Thogwummpy

November 22nd, 2009
9:52 am

I have a theory that when Georgia is ahead at half time, Mark Richt gives his traditional locker-room ‘Jesus says to be merciful to your enemies’ speech.

dawgma

November 22nd, 2009
9:52 am

BK…I hope no one booed these poor boys. That would show the fans to be classless I suppose!

This is maybe the worst UGA team I have seen in the last quarter century of dawgs. They have the composure of a 2 year old and no leadership. I believe the bulldawg nation will require a major overhaul of the coaching staff starting with Martinez and Bobo. These guys are simply not national championship coaches.

I am a huge Richt supporter and I can not understand why a coach with high moral values can allow such shameful late hit, trash-talking, thugs on the defense especially. This is not how UGA plays the game and it can not be accepted. Athens is not Miami and Tallahassee.

No bowl earned and none deserved. UGA needs to play the GT game as their Alamo bowl.

browndog

November 22nd, 2009
9:54 am

Too many problems to even address. No chance at all with GT!

It'slikeisaid

November 22nd, 2009
9:54 am

If this abortion had taken place with a growing, learning true freshman QB, maybe we could tolerate it but its like i said…every third year or so we have a first year senior QB. why the hell does CMR keep doing this???!!! He is ruining the careers of so many good player with whatever mentally retarded vision he has of “big” football. “now markie this is big football, you have to play to win, not just so everybody can play and get a undeserved game ball.” why does he keep doing it, why why oh why, why, why Oh I forgot to take my medicine!!!!

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
9:56 am

Aaron Murray doesn’t have to be GREAT next year.

We can win a lot of game by going to a 65% run/35% pass playcall mix. If Murray can limit interceptions and throw it away or take a sack when something isn’t there (hard to do for a talented QB), we can win a lot of games. Ealey is DEFINATELY our 1 back for the future. Ealey’s 55 yard EXPLOSION run and his 9 yard run near the goal line were AMAZING. His 20 yard run last week against Aubrun with the 360 near the goal-line ROCKED. Ealey has a 5.0 career ypc for Georgia, just shy of Herschel Walker (5.29 career ypc average).

When Murray does pass next year, he’s going to have some big-time weapons, hit them on the fly and LOOK OUT:
TE Charles–he rocked the 1st half
WR Marlon Brown (ranked #2 in the country)
WR AJ Green

waiting moderation

November 22nd, 2009
9:57 am

I like the new name for UGA – THUGA the PIT BULL DOG. Street Thugs. We have gone from gentlemen to thugs. FSU-UGA a mirror reflextion. Richt has Damon Evans Driving His Lincoln Navigator so there will be no changes. “Then there were the dark years at UGA. “

Penality Box

November 22nd, 2009
9:58 am

Coach Smith. Why jump on Bama? You must be stupid. First of all, Saban is in his third year. They did win a Bowl game his first year. Shreveport, where the Dawgs maybe lucky enough to go this year. They also won the SEC in 1999. Do you want to compare SEC championships? Didn’t think so.Get your facts straight since you call yourself a facts man. I am sure most Dawg fans would love to be in Bama’s position today. Good luck.

JL WHEELER

November 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

I like Mark Richt but, as much as it pains me to say so, he does not seem to be able to make the tough decisions that must be made as the head coach of a major college football team. Perhaps his decency as a person blurs the reality of the current football situation but the facts remain that coaching changes must be made and discipline instilled in the players. If his decency is preventing him from making those changes, then perhaps its time for the AD to step in and make the necessary changes.

Fools Gold

November 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

Two Qtrs of UGALY football? It really has been more like 4 seasons of UGALY football. Yes 2007 is even included too. I point back to 2007 because it was just a teaser season . Losing to a pathetic SC team with Moreno, Mo mass and Stafford at home while NOT scoring a single TD. Then the big QUIT at TENN along with the struggle against Vandy with that LUCKY LUCKY fumble. Hawaii, come on now are you really kidding yourself on that one. I told my wife that when the fumble occurred at the 2nd half KO that it eerily reminded me of the Tech game last year. Boy was I right again. Like I have said before CMR has reached his plateau so if you want more of the same then dont complain. Its CMR folkseven with BVG. NO KILLER INSTINCT, NO EMPHASIS ON STYLE POINTS, JUST EXCUSES. GO DAWGS AND R I P UGA VII

The Ghost Of Leonard Post-Toasties

November 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

Hey georgiadawgg….

I like the acronym you made up “United Ganstas of Athens” = UGA

But I would change one thing – “Undisciplined Ganstas of Athens”

These spoiled chosen ones are too immature to ever be “United” about anything.

Vili the Warrior

November 22nd, 2009
10:01 am

I’ll killed Uga7. Payback is a you know what.

Bobby Houseman

November 22nd, 2009
10:02 am

I’ve always admired CMR as a person, but have never had any faith in his coaching abilities. It’s obvious to anyone with eyesight that the Dawgs are an undisciplined team. It’s also obvious that Richt has no clue as to how to right this ship, so it’s now obviously time for him to leave UGA. If he’s a man of honor, he’ll resign. If he isn’t, then it’s time for him to be fired, along with his entire coaching staff.

Chase

November 22nd, 2009
10:02 am

How ’bout them Dawgs….. HAHAHAHA….. Losing to KENTUCKY ?? Are you kiding ??? HAHAHAHAHA .Fire Richt….. HAHAHAHA…

godawgs

November 22nd, 2009
10:04 am

Martinez’s Defense Has Another Excellent Game

No 100 yard rusher in the game, for the season
Less than 250 yards total offense
held to 33% on third down