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

GaGator

November 22nd, 2009
11:58 am

Richt said repeating a familiar storyline for a team that entered 118th in the nation in turnover margin.
“I don’t think we have an effort problem, we have a problem respecting the ball.”
Earth to Richt, ball security is a coaching problem not a “respecting” problem!

Dawgs-r-peterlickers

November 22nd, 2009
11:59 am

Top 5 program in the country…..Coaches will be lining up to get a job here………You guys are dillusional……been drinking too much of that micro-brewed dawgpizz and smoking too much weed. Face reallity “nation”, as long as Saban and Meyer coach in this conference, UGLY will be nothing more than mediocre.

Mighty Good Fellows

November 22nd, 2009
12:06 pm

Yes, I drink my whiskey clear.

Good luck dog fans. We’re looking forward to your trip to Atlanta.

GaGator

November 22nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Georgia was a top 5 program, but quit frankly, it’s not a top 20 program now. Sorry

Statue for CPJ

November 22nd, 2009
12:11 pm

Richt has lost the desire to win after 9 years of making the big money. It might be time for you guys to give some else a shot.

Dawg Trainer

November 22nd, 2009
12:13 pm

BOOBIE MAN…I heard Bob Davies proclaim that “Clemson can’t wait to get another shot at Tech” and have read your posts. Be careful what you wish for.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

DAWG LAIMER………….DAVIES IS RIGHT….KEEP DRINKING THAT YELLOW COOL AID…..QUIT EATING THAT YELLOW SNOW

Dawg Trainer

November 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm

Talk is cheap.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:29 pm

SO OUR U……..HAT

FLA DAWG

November 22nd, 2009
12:34 pm

Don’t laugh guys, Weiss is one heck of an Offensive Play Caller – just a dud as a Head Coach. Kinda reminds me of someone, ya know! He and Tubberville would make an interesting combo to replace Bobo and Martinez. For that matter, Spurrier would win big with our talent.

Stuck In TN

November 22nd, 2009
12:41 pm

Maybe we have a chance after all. I hear that Acorn is starting to diversify. Maybe they can include coaching football as well as coaching “startup sporting houses”.

BOOGIE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

November 22nd, 2009
12:47 pm

SPURRIER SUCKED THEN……….AND NOW

Nate

November 22nd, 2009
12:57 pm

UGA VII died of a broken heart watching these guys play. However, UGA VII said a prayer from DAWG heaven: Coach Richt, help the DAWGS and Free Willie. Anxiety about our defensive play caused much shame about being associated with the touted Junkyard defense. Don’t give UGA VIII a big bone but a new defensive coordinator. Otherwise, UGAs of past generations will haunt you down from DAWG heaven and will take a unrelenting bite out of your backside. Please move the graveyard out of Stanford Stadium, we just can’t stand watching this defensive. This play makes us look like girly Biscon Frisches not ferious stubborn bulldawgs.

Hunk Down,

UGA I – UGA VII

PS- If Willie stays, please get UGA VIII a season long prescription of lipitor and out patient psychotherapy visits.

crusher dawg

November 22nd, 2009
1:54 pm

That was a pitiful excuse for a football game. It’s time to get our act together and act like one of the big dogs. There is no other option but to make some coaching changes. You might as well go ahead and evaluate them all now. Everyone has talked about one major change and that is defensive coordinator. The one that we have now is terrible. He cannot make simple adjustments. How can you keep him?
Make the necessary adjustments now and have a great coaching staff in place to recruit. Get it done and whatever you do don’t wait.

Miami Vice

November 22nd, 2009
1:56 pm

I said it at the first of the year that this team would be alot like 77 78 79. The dfifference in those 3 years, is that in 78, we could score somewhat, and we had few injuries. We also played our young qb Belue, when our senior struggled. I have to hope that these young qb’s are good, I wish we could break one in now, but I believe Richt when he says the best option for the year to win is with Joe Cox. Sometime this week, I hope he get’s his vision checked.

Miami Vice

November 22nd, 2009
1:57 pm

Hey CJ Spiller man, neither did Jim Brown.

Tubby

November 22nd, 2009
2:09 pm

We are terrible on both sides of the ball… our play calling is terrible on both sides. Its time for the tubberville era as d coordinator with richt taking over plays again. You can leave willie on staff for db’s and bobo with qbs but they are terrible coordinators and have to be replaced. Tubberville is the answer on defense. He will reenergize the d and also the recruits coming or still deciding to come to athens! Go Dawgs!!

Tubby

November 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Fla Dawg- I have heard rumors about tubberville coming to athens as our d coordinator. I would love to see him on staff here and I hope that the rumors are true. The only problem is whether he is willing to downgrade to d coordinator because there are plenty of headcoaching jobs out there right now. I have no doubt that Damon Evans is willing to pay him the bigtime because he really wants to see this program suceed. As for Weis, That is a great idea. Thats the first time ive heard his name but he is an offensive genius and if we got him and tubberville plus the recruits we have coming in and the freshmen we have right now. I believe that we would be a lock for the SEC east and be back in the top five. Those guys make that big of a difference! We’ll see… Go Dawgs

Ryno

November 22nd, 2009
2:25 pm

I never thought uga fans could get more delusional then they usually are, going to win a national title every year, cox would be better than stafford, stuff like that. However, now people talking that they are going to have tuberville be their d coord and weis be their o coord. Wow. Tuberville is a head coach and will be one again soon, he is not demoting himself to a college d coord. Weis will head back to the nfl he isn’t coming down athens to be an o coord. Also, the reason richt allows such thug behavior and shows no discipline because that is who he is. He has miami and fsu blood in him and he has brought that to uga. It was just accepted behavior on those teams and it is now dirty play is preached at uga, that is why it doesn’t go away, it is just part of the program.

Disgraced Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
3:03 pm

The disgusted fans leaving as soon as Kentucky took the lead and the ones shown in the stands should tell Damon Evans all he needs to know. Changes HAVE to be made NOW. Richt cannot prepare & coach this team anymore. They are going through the motions, and he is clueless as to how to stop it. Say what you will about Jim Donnan, but his teams were way more disciplined than this bunch of felons & idiots. Hell, I’d even prefer Goff over CMR right now. This has been an absolutely shameful season. They are not bowl worthy. They’re not even worthy of being Georgia Bulldogs. Revoke some scholarships, and get some guys on the field who actually know fundamentals.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
3:06 pm

jamesg,

For you remarks below, go ahead and turn in your UGA fan card. You are patheic and fit no definition of the term fan.

November 22nd, 2009
1:05 am
this was sad.it was obvious that Joe Cox and the coaches are in way over their collective heads.this was so bad, that even a life long UGA fan like myself was put in the position of hoping for a loss to Kentucky

GT For You And Me

November 22nd, 2009
3:08 pm

No better time than NOW,to come on over to the ACC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
3:14 pm

Tubby,

You state, “As for Weis, That is a great idea. Thats the first time ive heard his name but he is an offensive genius”

And what, exactly, has he done at NDU that makes you think that? Sure, he was great while at New England, but he makes our current coaches look great in comparison. Come on, man, he can’t win at ND and looks helpless and pathetic too. We don’t need that here.

bubba4?dawgs

November 22nd, 2009
3:19 pm

I can’t believe this!!! Wait, oh yes I can…..it’s that kind of year! Andy Griffith wrote a song entitled “What it was, was football”. I believe the dawgs played too much attention to his version. Tech rested this week to get ready for the dawgs. You know what? They didn’t need any rest! They are licking their chops….dog food FOR SURE!! Many say it’s the coaching. It has also been said that the players are DUMB! I feel sorry the coaches for having to coach such dumbness! The second half of the Kentucky game was nothing short of plain ole dumbness! Hopefully, the dawgs new crop of players will have a little bit of mentality along with their athleticism. Now I feel better…I called it like it is and got it off my chest!

Mechele

November 22nd, 2009
4:16 pm

The problem is from the top down … this team has talent … it certainly has more talent than they have shown this season … or last season, for that matter … it may be time for a clean sweep at UGA ….

http://www.examiner.com/x-2105-Georgia-Bulldogs-Examiner~y2009m11d22-UGA-Football-Is-it-time-to-consider-a-clean-sweep-of-the-Georgia-Bulldog-coaching-staff

Stinger

November 22nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Well I predicted you would lose 6 games this year and you are on target to make my prediction come true. We love playing bottom feeders from the SEC. You are the third bottom feeder on our schedule this year. They are easy wins, but hurt our strength of schedule.

Stinger

November 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm

I say quit beating around the bush and hire Chan The Man Gailey. He will get you 7 wins per season most the the time with a few 5 or 6 win seasons thrown in. GO FOR IT. It’s better than what you have now.

Joe Not Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:36 pm

Wow! Football team loses. Basketball team loses. And then you dog dies. Bad weekend to be a Georgia fan. But hey, look at the bright side. At least there is a good football and basketball team in Georgia. Assuming you’re a Tech fan.

“I say its bad, to be, a Georgia Bulldog.” Hehehehehehe!

Gooooooooo VOLS!

barneyb

November 22nd, 2009
4:38 pm

Wake up, Damon Evans! Something is horribly wrong and it starts with your head coach. PLEASE fire them all and use those big salaries you are giving away to them to someone who will actually earn it.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

thwg1

You asked, “Who do you think demands the respect of his players more – Richt or Johnson?”

No doubt, Johnsom *demands* the respect of his players but also no doubt Coach Richt *has* the respect of his players. Any MORON can yell at someone and “get in their face”, even probably you. But a man who acts with integrity and honor will have respect from the people whom he is responsible for. We shall see which approach is more successful in the long run.

Blawgdawg

November 22nd, 2009
4:44 pm

Joe Cox may be the worst QB in UGA history, and I saw Jeff Pyburn play.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

BullDawg,

You talk like you know a lot and are some sort of expert on how bad Georgia is under Mark Richt. But you get too many facts wrong to have any credibility (look it up; it’s in the dictionary). I quote, “AJ Green, who is GONE after his sophomore year. We got to see him a year and a half. That’s it.”

He is not “GONE” after this year. He will be back for his Junior season.

Minnesota Dawg

November 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

How many years are you willing to give a coaching staff? Some of you are only willing to give them one year!!!! When I look at the games we could have won, Oklahoma State, LSU, and Kentucky, I see could be 9-2 right now. And that’s with a down year! Also, let’s play a Tennessee State our first game next time! We had a brutal schedule this year — three top ten teams (LSU, Florida, G.T.). Remember, we play in the SEC, a not so easy conference to play in.

Yet, Georgia still is a winner!!! Look for a rebound next year. Keep the faith!!

champdawg

November 22nd, 2009
5:28 pm

I want to see some fricken emotion from someone on the field, there is NONE from the coaches. They should pay Will Muschamp anything he wants to come back to UGA.Someone has got to jack some ass or it will never change…………….

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
5:47 pm

SOS Dawg,

You, like many others here, don’t show ANY appreciation for the success that we have had under Mark Richt and only want to throw tantrums like small children do over the recent problems. There is no doubt that our program has some significant problems right now that need to be corrected. But you miss the one thing that we, as fans, can control and that is our reaction to the circumstances.

Insulting the coaches and players does not accomplish anything but reflect poorly on UGA (I was going to say “our school” but I realize that most of the worst offenders could not possibly have attended college, much less UGA). And yes, leaving early with the game still on the line looks terrible on national tv. Frankly, except for the children among us, I don’t understand leaving a game we still could have won at all. You can talk all you want about what “UGA FANS DESRVES” but what the University of Georgia and it’s players deserve is support, even when things are going bad.

November 22nd, 2009
10:09 am
YOU blind loyalist want to blame folks that were booing and leaving the game early ? Heck the Stadium wasnt even at full capacity. I dont blame fans sitting there and watching a bunch of quitters and clueless coaches. IT HAS BEEN PURE CRAP FOR 2 YEARS ! UGA FANS DESRVES

EttieB

November 22nd, 2009
5:51 pm

Object lesson: Rennie Curran will likely leave for the NFL because he has an illegitimate one-year-old daughter he says he needs to “provide for.” Why didn’t this moron babydaddy think about this before he knocked up his girlfriend and then left her high and dry?

Curran is just one example of the unprincipled, undisciplined thugs that Richt recruits. And you expect to win with these jerks? Ha ha!

DawgVoiceofReason

November 22nd, 2009
5:57 pm

waiting moderation,

With your comments below (and others I have not excerpted), you have clearly crossed the line from expressing frustration to expressing racism. Just because someone says “thug” does not make them a racist but to the extent that these comments reflect your real views you obviously ARE a racist and you deserve to be called out on it. I am embarrassed that you in any way associate yourself with the Georgia Bulldogs. I have called out fans of other teams when they show a lack of class and your viewpoint is completely devoid of class.

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.”

Dawg Trainer

November 22nd, 2009
6:28 pm

Boobie from Hartwell, Clemmons’ football team is just like your so called “Lake”. After a series of 100 year floods its gotten back to par but everyone knows its just a matter of time until it drops back to just being a mud puddle again…its natural state. It’s just an ugly, muddy body of water that doesn’t live up to expectations.

EttieB

November 22nd, 2009
6:34 pm

Richt & Co. have to go. Now. Damon Evans should read the handwriting on the wall and do the right thing and fire Richt today. Otherwise, we’ll be going through this same agony next year and wondering why Richt is still at UGA.

Now.

Franklin Co.

November 22nd, 2009
6:38 pm

I would like to see Joe Cox carry a football to classes, to the restroom, to every meal, and even sleep with it. This to remind him to handle with care. If anyone sees him drop it, he should have to immediatley do 25 pushups. If he resists, he should be the trainer for the Tech game.

AZDAWG5

November 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Alright it 5:00 and the hangover is finally wearing off enough for me to vent…here is what I remember before I blacked out….wounded birds were flying all over the field…I almost forgot “Joe the joke” is still playing QB…two schools of thought here (1) lesser of all of evils or (2) Bozo (not Pyburn, he had heart) was the worst QB in the history of UGA football and Ole Joey is basically making him look like a past heisman candidate…I chugged 3 beers when the the ESPN anoncers said Joe had a flawless 1st half and that any kid who win 30 plus high school games has got to be good??? I guess I was watching a different 1st half…now te goal line fumble….How in the hell does the QB forget the play when he called it in the huddle 10 seconds earlier…the entire tem is running handoff and Joe “there is a deer in the headlights” pitches the ball like he was playing hot potato at Thanksgving…Then he tries to debate fault with the rest of the Team on the sidelines…The should have whipped his arse like a red headed step child….At that point, I think Butler was still laughing about the face mask call….by the way which the announcers said they could never in the history of calling games recall a punter being flagged for a facemask…..I hope his dad whips his arse…

Willie Vanille Martines is a pathetic excuse for a pop warner level coach…he will find good company with Fat Charlie as they both paddle their respective canoes out of town!! Idiot….

Mike Bozo the Clown – Name says it all – No comment

CMR – Stop going to church and start drinking beer….it my provide some clarrity that the condition of this program is absolutely disgraceful…

Finally – We are going to get our arses absolutely waxed next week!! Unfortunately I spent my freshman yr as a Rambling Geek before I rested my heart and soul in Athens…I know this game is huge for most but it may be even bigger for me….Bottom line is you cannot win in College football without a stud QB and RB…Joe is a joke and unfortunately our O line doesnt allow for a productive RB…I actually think Ealey will mature into a decent back if he can make the grades??? Similar to last year the geeks will roll 400 plus yds of O on Willie’s predetermined game plan before the bugs put the 2nd stringers in…pathetic….

Final thoughts…..#3 is absolutely lost in space…..there is light at the end of the tunnel and it may not be another train headed our way…the good news with 6-6 is we are headed to the toilet bowl and Willie & BOZO can catch the first damn train right out of town!!!

ben a dawg now a gator

November 22nd, 2009
8:22 pm

Dawg fans ride the winner train for a while- jump on board the gator express or ride with the tide! UGA has lost its mojo and it will be a long time before they get it back, if ever. The caliber of talent is not in the same league with the other SEC teams and the DAWGS are always overrated. The coaches aren’t miracle workers!

DUMP on UGA

November 22nd, 2009
8:30 pm

Not only do the dawgs suck, but the admissions dept. sux too! To get into Georgia, you have to be a minority and female to gain admission to this overrated university as any white male in the top 15% on SAT and 3.6 GPA ( ap/honors classes) cannot. We have to go to UA or USC and pay out-of-state tuition. I say god riddance UGA- You suck and so does your football team- Roll Tide!

brokebackvol

November 22nd, 2009
10:21 pm

I didn’t know Ray Goof was back in Athens – he sure must have been guest hosting. Only uglier loss I saw was Les Miles and Lousy-Anna. Talk about choking on an opportunity.

Gen Neyland

November 22nd, 2009
10:51 pm

BuLLdawg : You apply way to much historical data into tomorrow’s 60 minute football game…

G8TR

November 22nd, 2009
11:05 pm

Dawgs, the problem this season is obviously that you’re missing Stafford and Moreno. Wait a minute. Never mind. Those guys never won any championships either….

fpm

November 22nd, 2009
11:13 pm

hey BuLLdawg

51-53

that’s because we beat the crap out of them and they forgot how to play afterwards.

you would have been 6-5 (maybe if you said pretty please) against that lineup (VT, MIAMI, MISS ST, FSU, NC, CLEMSON) easily and probably WF and DUKE. You did beat Vandy (WOW)

bigbadick

November 22nd, 2009
11:29 pm

You guys act like your dog just died!!!!

Whiplash50

November 23rd, 2009
12:02 am

Put UK away? UGA had a great first half, Kentucky had a bad first half. UGA had a bad second half, Kentucky had a great second half. Both teams were 6-4 coming in, but only one team had their most valuable playermakers offensively. After reading several of your blogs King, in your insufferable retardation, neither side should have been surprised with a win or loss. The difference is, you pay attention to the name on the uniforms instead of pregame fact checking. I’d love an email response from you. Ta-ta.

Y DO MUTTS BARK?CAUSE BEES STING

November 23rd, 2009
7:24 am

THANK YOU ST MARK WILLIE AND BOBO FOR MAKING MY YEAR BY PISSING OFF SO MANY REDNECKS,GIVE ALL OF UGAY COACHES A MILLION DOLLAR RAISE A PIECE THEY DESERVE IT!