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

chuck allison

November 23rd, 2009
8:12 am

UGA fans, please don’t demean your coaches or your players. In every game, someone has to lose. Things are just getting back to normal for UGA.

Gt4ever

November 23rd, 2009
8:17 am

It’s going to be a war Saturday! The game will be a toss up, with the team that plays with the most heart wins. I look forward to a great game….

scared jacket man

November 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

Dawg nation of tiny tears, QUIT blaming the coaches for the dawgs miserable play. Both lines are so out of shape it is embarrassing. Too many of the Dawg players are going through the motions, trying to avoid injury where in their minds the NFL is calling every one of them. This bunch of losers have been reading too much about how many stars they have by their names and have not grown any while at GA. Personally i will take effort over ability any day of the week. But no matter how their final record turns out (personally I believe they will be sky high for the Jacket game and pull out a win) one only has to look at the Tennessee game to determine just how bad they really are They got their asses janded to them. I haven’r seen a Ga team get manhandled that bad in many years.

UGA's dead.

November 23rd, 2009
8:46 am

Okay, okay, enough.I don’t feel too good either. But I look at it this way, great consulation will be found in the massive blowout we deal to Tech next game!!!!

i see the problem

November 23rd, 2009
9:18 am

And guess what Dawgs Kentucky got a better running back coming in 2010 than Georgia, Get use to the lost the Wildcats are on the rise .The dawgs needs real help recuriting. Stop chasing just stars ( most of them are great camp performers it does mean they are players ) do some homework for yourself. Speed aint much without vision.

phoebe

November 23rd, 2009
9:56 am

If this doesn’t convince Mark Richt to fire Martinez, then I say it’s time for Richt to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Tired

November 23rd, 2009
10:12 am

CWM looks like a genius when compared to the special teams coach. How long will Dawg fans put up with such incompetence? In the business world people demonstrating their incompetence like our coaches have been demonstrating their’s would be fired. Apparently the rules are different “in the arena.” The only thing that counts, apparently, is loyalty (maybe friendship). So sad.

Evan

November 23rd, 2009
11:46 am

With seasons like this they should consider sell liqour in the stadium haha

sc georgia fan

November 23rd, 2009
12:00 pm

When Orson Charles “dives” in the endzone for a TD in the first half, it tells me all I need to know about the lack of discipline. Hell, Kentucky didn’t celebrate that much on their winning score. We need more players playing to win the game rather than being a show-off. Orson, for me, make a play when it counts.

Go Jackets!

November 23rd, 2009
2:04 pm

I must admit the leghumper’s tears are nutrition for my soul; sweet sweet water like finding an oasis while lost in the desert. However, I don’t know what you expected. You guys hired a coach who tries to be jesus, when everyone with any analytical sense at all knows that religion is just a crutch for the masses; yet we endured all these stories about St. Richt and how he was a good christian man and was raising these kids right. Sure – your fairy tale is better than the rest of the world’s, what if these kids happened to be born in a country that was not majority christian? What then? Would your St. Richt be telling them they would go to hell without the almighty jesus christ as their saviour? I think not, otherwise he would be losing a good football player and we all know that church is held at Sanford & Son Stadium on Saturdays. Apparently, he is like most christians, what he says he believes is only good PR and has no relevance regarding what he does or who he associates with; otherwise, the fleabags would not have a team full of criminals.
Also, I really have to wonder why a black athlete would even choose to go to Leghumper U. to start with, so he could be pulled over on campus for Driving While Black? It seems none of your athletes are smart enough to get a drivers license and the number one thing that the UGA & Athens police dept. look for is black drivers. Hell, look at the fleabags message boards if you want to see racism in action, or better yet, look around the campus and try to find the black students who aren’t athletes, then talk to the 5 of them about their experiences at Leghumper U. You may see a different story. For those that are athletes, take consolation in knowing that you will forever be referred to by all those fratboys as proof that they aren’t racist by claiming you as their “black friends” that they have in routine conversations after they’ve been called out on their racism for making a racist joke in public.
Welcome to the “ghetto”, as you guys call it, on Saturday. Our Jackets will be waiting and ready to show you what a real football team does to an inferior opponent!

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Jim Cofer

November 25th, 2009
10:02 am

You Dawgs have been willing to settle for mediocre academics for a 100 years, so long as your football team won. Your athletics are finally catching up with your academics.

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