A season’s high points, low points

bulldogMark Richt is still searching for a new defensive coordinator, the players have exams and I’m on vacation this week, but that’s no reason for the discussion of all things Georgia football to stop here.

I’ll get you started by asking what you think the high points and low points were in this disappointing season. I’m guessing the win at Tech tops many people’s lists of high points, but there are others: the emergence of a running game late in the season for one.

Low points? So many to choose from, but I’m stuck on picking which was worse: the domination by the Vols in Knoxville or the Dogs’ second-half collapse against Kentucky.

Anyway, comment away, but keep it clean and civil, please. And the Blawg will return next week.

Go Dogs!

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4-4 was the low, 8-5 was the high

December 14th, 2009
10:57 am

Hitting 4-4 mid-season was the low in 2009 for Richt, getting to 8-5 by the end of the season was good going from 4-4.

Low for Bobo

December 14th, 2009
11:01 am

Not winning a single game on the last drive–just couldn’t get it done–didn’t seem to even want the ball in his hands on the last drive.

dawgs avoided sting

December 14th, 2009
11:04 am

only one win over a ranked opponent to brag about all season??!!??! LMFAO HAHAHA

High Point--Tebow's 3rd Heisman

December 14th, 2009
11:05 am

Just proves how great Tebow really is, I mean, besides Herschel Walker, who else has done that?

Gators beating Florida International

December 14th, 2009
11:06 am

What a game—Meyer plays the toughest teams. This game was even better than the Gators beating Charleston Southern.

murfdawg

December 14th, 2009
11:07 am

High point—Beating Tech. Yes, it is sad when this is the high point of the season. We need to get back to the point where beating fl and bama and playing in the Sugar Bowl will be the high points.

Low point—Marc Curles(a Tech man) making the call against AJ in the LSU game. I knew this team was not very good and we needed every win we could muster, and to have this one taken away hurt. My wife said it was only one game, what difference does it make. I said wait until the end of the year and see where it puts us in the bowl picture. I hate it when I’m right.(And before Tiger fans jump on me, there is a big difference in getting beat by KY and losing to LSU and Marc Curles)

bendawgs

December 14th, 2009
11:17 am

There were 3 High Points during the season
1. Running all over Georgia Tech 30-24!!
2. AJ Green- It was fun to watch him play and hopefully he will be back for the bowl game.
3. Beating Auburn when no one thought that we had a chance

Low Points of the season
1. The Tennessee loss- it was something that never should have happen and nothing good came from it.
2 . TURNOVERS & PENALTIES
3. The Kentucky Loss- It is 3rd b/c I think without that loss we might not have had the urgency for Tech. I am unsure but having our backs totally against the wall helped in that situation.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

Low Points--Kent & LSU

December 14th, 2009
11:17 am

Georgia is 9-3 and top 20 ranked without those 7 point losses. Poor end game clock management in both games.

High? Beating more top 10 ranked teams than Florida

December 14th, 2009
11:19 am

At least we beat Ga tech, a top 10 ranked team, Fla couldn’t beat any top 10 ranked teams this year, so that’s a high.

Kicker and Punter--Great job guys!

December 14th, 2009
11:21 am

Our kicker and punter are both the best at what they do. Good job guys.

David

December 14th, 2009
11:24 am

Satchel Buzzkill must get his ideas from the same PR firm that helps Paul Johnson. At first, Johnson was all about how important the Georgia game was; then after losing it was not that important; then it was “Well, Georgia has not won anything since 1980.” Which signifies to me, as good a coach as Johnson is, he is a sore loser. On top of that, he just admitted that winning the ACC is NOTHING, considering Georgia has won 2 SEC titles in the last 6 years, where YECH has won absolutely nothing until this year…but remember, in Johnson’s eyes apparently a conference title means nothing.

All year long…yap, yap, yap….then you got your trap slammed shut.

Fort Worth Dawg

December 14th, 2009
11:35 am

Low Point Narrative: I rarely get to see UGA games so I drove to Stillwater with my son to watch the opening game. That loss may have set the tone for the year. I lost track of how many times this year someone said “just run the ball.” Then, when we committed to run the ball against Tech, it worked like magic. I am reserving my “High Point” selection pending the announcement of the new Defensive Coordinator.

Billboy

December 14th, 2009
11:46 am

Actually its a very good time to be a Fuzzy Bee…Like I posted before UGA has won 60 percent of the games in the past and 8 out of the last nine so congrats and move on. You are 1-1 against CPJ and all this talk about another 7 year run is so much nonsense. I am glad the game means something to both sides as well as that it does not define our season. Tech will win another NC before y’all do. Also is it a bit much to act for some maturity…suppose so as both sides have the village idiot…

My wish for next year…Tech 11-0 and ranked 2nd in the nation to the 11-0 Bulldogs and we beat y’all 56-3…now that would be a high point…

Bad Dawgie

December 14th, 2009
11:51 am

Bill,

Suggestion for next year: Change your blog picture. Not only do you look like a typical redneck Dawg Fan. You also look like a Chester. Which I guess could also be misinterpreted for most Dawg fans.

Cuz

December 14th, 2009
11:54 am

Low Point. Going back to my truck to get some shells during my annual dove shoot and realizing we were losing to Oklahoma State. This after driving the field and scoring a touchdown when my shoot started.

High Point. All the good wishes and support for my daughter Baylie in the Ultimate Fan Contest and the look on her face when she realized she had won. Memories that will forever be etched on my mind and in my heart. Even a second half collapse against Kentucky could not ruin her special day. Thanks to all for your help in making that one day the best day of her life.

senoiadawgs

December 14th, 2009
11:58 am

High point, the win over Auburn, AJ Green, Butler/Walsh and Ealey. I thought we had the talent to beat to Tech.

Low point for me is a tie between the UT Loss and CMR playing an entire year with a high school QB and never trying out one of the other guys. Those are the two most disgusting things of the season to me.

TW

December 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

The low point this year is the same as the last six – another year of senior defensive players who never met their potential.

alldawgsgotohell

December 14th, 2009
12:20 pm

mediocrity on and off the field for UGA!!! Beat A&M!!! A truly worthy opponent

Tom

December 14th, 2009
12:24 pm

murfdawg, the call on AJ vs LSU was made by the back judge, not Curles.

Otto

December 14th, 2009
12:37 pm

If the SEC east is a joke, the ACC CG was the punch line.

FRED

December 14th, 2009
12:38 pm

HIGH PT WILLIE GONE LOW PT M/R STAYING

hotbobby

December 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

No highs-the low is knowing we will have the same record next year.

Georgia Has Lots of Highs....

December 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

Georgia has a lot ot be thankful for with Mark Richt.
-5 top 10 finishes in 1st 7 years
-60 wins in 6 years, 70 in 7
-4th winningest active coach in NCAA
-8th year in a row started the season ranked in top 20
-Nation’s longest streak of 8 or more wins, 12th year in a row
-Richt is one of 7 coaches in the history of the NCAA to get 80 wins in 8 years
-finished #2 in NCAA in 2007
-Should have been Natl Champs—we’re robbed by ESPN & LSU

Every great coach has a down year every few years: Carroll, Stoops, Bryant, Paterno, Bowden, etc.

2 losses , ba ha ha ha ha!

December 14th, 2009
12:51 pm

and one of the seven wins was against who,…and one of the two losses for the fireflies at the institute of flagboyology was who? lmfao……..30 to 24…we’re playin an A she she schedule from now on too so we can cruise to 11-2……..maybe 13 and 0..we were 1 and 0 this year against one of the she’s , techshe!!!!!!

thanksgiving? ba ha ha!!!

December 14th, 2009
12:53 pm

yeah but the main thing we have to be thankful for is that game right after thanksgiving!!! its great to have tech on the schedule every year, especially in a year when we needed to get above .500 …lmfao

love the fact...

December 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

that tech fans are obsessed with georgia bloawgs……must be a boring conference you bugs play in !

Another Dawg

December 14th, 2009
12:57 pm

I would say the low point of the season was the second drive after Joe Cox looking decent on our opening touchdown drive against Oklahoma State. I felt like a Wisconsin fan…

“Why do you build me up (build me up),
Buttercup baby just to let me down? (let me down)”

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

December 14th, 2009
1:04 pm

The low point was the domination by those clowns in Knoxville. And they are clowns of the lowest order. Hope they wind up in NCAA jail.

Jeff

December 14th, 2009
1:13 pm

High Point – Fighting hard through difficult season and beating Auburn for the 4th straight year. The GT win was big, but a win in that game is never unexpected. FYI, the Dawgs won a BCS Bowl game after beating the “injured” Tebow team in 2007 and won a New Years Bowl game in 2008 and thumped LSU at their place. All are bigger than the Tech win this year…

Low Point – Tennessee – ’nuff said

JJ

December 14th, 2009
1:19 pm

30-24! Learn it, love it, live it, and have nightmares about it all year, you frickin’ nerds!!!!!! You buzzed in our ears all year long then got squashed like the annoying bugs that you are!

low for Florida--where to start?

December 14th, 2009
1:20 pm

Without Harvin and murphy, Tebow couldn’t beat a single top 10 ranked team. Losing 23 players in 2009. Lost the Defensive Coach, and the Recruiter.

Why is everybody leaving Urban the Turban? He’s offered them more money to stay, it’s not the money. They just don’t think the next 4 years look good.

Bull Gator

December 14th, 2009
1:23 pm

High Point = Florida not beating you guys by 40
Low Point = Shreveport

murfdawg

December 14th, 2009
1:24 pm

Tom,
You are right. I don’t know the guys name and Curles is the crew chief and a Tech man. So he gets the blame.

Did you happen to catch the ESPN special about “The U”? I had forgotten how much “fun” a player can have after he scores!!!!

Dawg Denial

December 14th, 2009
1:37 pm

Gators beating Florida International – Yes Florida played FIU and Charleston Southern just like you said, but they also played Georgia and beat them 41-17.

finished #2 in NCAA in 2007
-Should have been Natl Champs—we’re robbed by ESPN & LSU ????????

2007 Tennessee 35 Georgia 14

Tennessee finished the regular season with a 9-3 in overall record in 2007 and a 6-2 record in the SEC Eastern division. They tied with Georgia as champions of the SEC East, however, by virtue of a head-to-head victory over Georgia, the Volunteers were the SEC East representatives in the Championship Game.

At least we beat Ga tech, a top 10 ranked team, Fla couldn’t beat any top 10 ranked teams this year, so that’s a high ??????????

October 11, 2009 – #1 Florida 13 #4 LSU 3

NCDAWG

December 14th, 2009
1:56 pm

High Point-Beating tech and Auburn.
Low Point-Black Helmets, the UT and UK game.

ESPN twitter keeps mentioning Bud Foster as a potential DC

SadDawg

December 14th, 2009
2:08 pm

Low point? The season.
High point? Paul Johnson telling nerds to punch Dawg fans in the face! I spit my Lucky Charms out when I read it, and I still chuckle thinkin about it…

Willie Highlights (10:55), proof that not allowing a 100 yard rusher means NOTHING is we lost 5 games!!! It was too easy to move the ball through the air!!! Jeez….

SOUTHGADAWG88

December 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

Dawgs will be loaded on offense next year.10 will the see the most talent maybe ever at UGA on O.If the D is at least solid we are going to win a lot of ballgames.

Carl

December 14th, 2009
2:15 pm

Another high point: Paul Johnson losing his cool 1 year after making it known (words, rings, etc) that the UGA game was of uttermost importance to him. The excuses, telling GT fans to punch UGA fans in the face, talking about “bigger fish to fry” – all were hilarious. GT fans like to say Richt makes excuses, but he is nothing compared to Paul Johnson. Any time anything is said that he takes as close to a shot at his team, offense, etc he totally loses his cool. I just hope for GT fans that they haven’t “Charlie Weis’d” his with a contract through 2016. Back-to-back 7-8 wins seasons without wins over UGA will get the fan base pretty discouraged…

m is for mullet

December 14th, 2009
2:31 pm

Billboy, 1-1 against UGA?? It’s laughable you actually believe that crap. Did you come up with that yourself? You Sir are an A$$.
It will hurt all year even though you won 11 games and may win the Orange. No worries, IOWA is waiting. What? Your gonna spank them like you did the Dawgs!!! LMAOROTMFF!!!!

NCDAWG

December 14th, 2009
2:40 pm

Any chance Bud Foster as UGA’ DC?

Tom

December 14th, 2009
2:45 pm

Little to no chance Foster leaves the comfy confines of Blacksburg for anything other than a HC gig.

And the fact that he wasn’t even mentioned for any of the current openings makes it pretty obvious he’s off the market.

Not sure if VT has made him coach in waiting but there’s no way a move to DC elsewhere raises his profile. VT gets plenty of pub, even in the ACC.

downwiththenerdpatrol

December 14th, 2009
2:46 pm

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Tom

December 14th, 2009
2:48 pm

You people out there who somehow foresse a national championship in the next year or two are in serious need of a reality check.

The way things are going, Tennessee will win a NC before Georgia. Of course, it will probably be stripped later due to NCAA violations, but they’re on a much faster track right now.

At this point, even winning the east to play for the conference title is no foregone conclusion over the next 2 years.

Baby steps. Let’s settle for a return to competitiveness in conference. The no-shows against TN and FL must stop before we start thinking big.

Ed

December 14th, 2009
3:07 pm

Agree with the two choices, and would add the Florida game. We made Tennessee look like a national championship contender, and the Kentucky game was just the latest installment in a disturbing trend of collapsing for an entire half.

The Florida game now looks a lot worse because Alabama exposed Florida as a good, but not great team. You can’t chalk the SECCG up to “it was just Alabama’s day”, because this wasn’t a case of untimely turnovers or penalties ruining UF’s day – Alabama outclassed Florida in many different areas and was clearly the better team. Lesser teams than Alabama (Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State) already showed us that Florida wasn’t all it was advertised to be – so why the 24-point beatdown in Jax? It has to be mental, or coaching, or a combo of both.

Why didn’t the ‘07 game turn the Ga.-UF mojo around? And why is Georgia suddenly so inept in Neyland Stadium against average-to-good UT teams that we used to OWN in the first part of the decade?

Let’s face it, even in the Georgia Tech game, you had the feeling that the wheels were coming off a bit in the second half. Thank God Johnson abandoned the run as early as he did, but let’s face it – if that Tech receiver hadn’t muffed that fourth down pass, things would have gotten real hairy for the Dawgs. I’m not sure we would have stopped them without a turnover or big penalty.

There seems to be a bad chemistry or mental state that infects this team in recent years. It’s as if the entire team has a panic attack against certain teams in certain settings. In other words, the complete opposite of what we saw in the first 4 years under Richt.

The defensive coaching hires will be key to turning this around, but it has to come from the top.

DawgNation

December 14th, 2009
3:09 pm

Low point: The beginning of the seaso
High point: The end of the season. 30-24

Bull Gaytor

December 14th, 2009
3:15 pm

I’d like to thank Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide for not running up the score on our sorry, overrated a$$@$ in the conference championship game. That’s definitely the silver lining in our lowest point of the season. Maybe Urban will take note and act accordingly in future games against Florida International, Charleston (they play football there – who knew?), and Soutwestern Idaho State State College for the Blind & Deaf, next year’s homecoming opponent.

Dawg85

December 14th, 2009
3:18 pm

The problem Tech has is that their best team in recent memory lost to Georgia’s worst. Just pretend it doesn’t hurt. If it wasn’t a big deal you wouldn’t have so many bee boys on a Georgia blog making snide remarks. Mark Richt is now 8-1 against the bumble bees.

timthebrave

December 14th, 2009
3:44 pm

High points-1. win over tech and 2. auburn
low points-1. tennessee game and 2. kentucky game

arno

December 14th, 2009
4:47 pm

high – in-state rivalry is interesting
low – tech/georgia bloggers who think “BWAHAHA((((((whatever)))))))” is interesting

Billboy

December 14th, 2009
4:48 pm

Against CPJ you are 1-1. Its a matter of facts. What is there to believe? If past history really mattered we would go back to the 50’s when we won 8 in a row…let me type this really slow for you so you can keep up… my point was that one years game has no impact nor does the last 100 years. We will see each other again on the field and although i respect your coach i like ours a whole lot better…..btw do you even know where Sanford Stadium is located??