For hapless Dogs, it’s the same old song

With A.J. Green, the Dogs looked sharp. Without him ... (Associated Press)

With A.J. Green, the Dogs looked sharp. Without him ... (Associated Press)

Fifth verse, same as the second, third and fourth.

Anyone who says one player doesn’t make that big a difference didn’t see the Dogs play Colorado Saturday night.

After starting out slow, as usual, and falling behind 14-3 to the Buffs, Georgia’s offense started clicking thanks to A.J. Green, returning from NCAA suspension for his first game this season. Green had a big run on an end-around, a couple of touchdown receptions, one of which was one of his patented unbelievable circus catches, and Georgia came roaring back to the delight of the sizable, spirited contingent of Bulldog fans at Folsom Field.

When Georgia went up 24-14 early in the third quarter, it looked like Mark Richt’s team finally was turning things around.

And then Green cramped up and had to leave the game and eventually go to the locker room for fluids, and the Dogs’ offense once again became punchless.

Green’s absence combined with the Georgia defense’s continued inability to stop a sustained running attack and more problems with defenders out of position, and the Buffaloes climbed back on top.

Green returned eventually, but wasn’t much of a factor the remainder of the game except as a decoy. (He did have a chance at another scoring catch on a fade but the ball was overthrown.)

Then after a clock-consuming drive by Colorado (on which the Georgia defense again couldn’t get off the field in third- and fourth-down situations) finally petered out with an unsuccessful 52-yard field goal attempt, Georgia got the ball back at its own 35 with 3:37 left on the clock.

With the Dogs driving, it looked like at the very least Blair Walsh would get a chance to make up for the field goal miss he had at the end of the first half. And then the turnover bug struck again and Caleb King put the ball on the ground trying to elude a Colorado defender in Georgia’s backfield (thanks again, offensive line).

Been there, seen that. Doesn’t get any less sickening with repetition.

Overall, the game’s story line was distressingly familiar for Georgia fans. The Dogs had too many missed opportunities in the red zone where they either got no points or only 3 points. The defense couldn’t stop the Buffs’ ground game even when they knew what was coming. Stupid penalties and turnovers hurt. And without A.J. the Dogs’ offense was inconsistent.

Dark storm clouds are looming over the program. It’s gonna be a long season.

I’ll be back Sunday afternoon with more thoughts on the game. Until then, have at it.

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940 comments Add your comment

OneDawFan

October 2nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Did I hear and see right ? 1st and Goal at the opposing teams 20? We kick a FG in the 1Q. Down 29 to 24 in the 4Q, 1st and goal at the opposing team’s 4 yard line and we kick a FG? I keep hearing this saying around the ‘Net…” Bobo gotta Gogo “

Allen

October 2nd, 2010
11:34 pm

No defense . . . no running game . . . ineffective and uninspired coaching = another loss. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

SatillaDawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

Close, but no cigar.

At least we saw some improvement, and AJ was awesome, as usual.

The defense still often looks lost. When their quarterback is scrambling and desperate to find a receiver, there’s no excuse for him being able to find one wide open. Dawgs had 100 years to cover and weren’t there.

Aaron continues to sparkle. He’s going to be fine. Can’t wait for next year.

Not going to blame Walsh. Nobody’s perfect.

Caleb had some good runs. Too bad about the mistake.

Dent was solid, and glad he was able to get back in.

Mistakes again, and an inability to finish. But some definite improvement.

Keep working, guys.

Go Dawgs!

rincon dawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

we got aj green now what cmr supporters. still junk

Tyler Durden

October 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

kanedawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

Looks like Georgia will be 2 and 10.In shock.

pete

October 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

Loss for words.

Herschel Talker

October 2nd, 2010
11:37 pm

BK:

You still “not bailing” on Richt and this garbage show?

HT

The Ghost of Wally Butts

October 2nd, 2010
11:37 pm

One play perfectly illustrated the entire game – and season – Colorado….4th and 1….going for it….dive play up the middle…and then we see Mr. Big-Shot Bacarri Rambo (1) stop during the play; (2) take out his mouth piece and place it back in his helmet; (3) BEFORE THE COLORADO PLAYER WAS EVEN ON THE GROUND!!!!!

I can ONLY imagine what ERK would do with that kind of attitude! ERK would have insisted that Dooley kick his a## off the team and make him borrow money from E-Bay Green to find a way back to Athens.

We are sunk until somebody shows up, has the guts to stop the sideline dancing, post-tackle prancing, and starts kicking some butts!

Facethefacts

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Richt should resign. But first fire Bobo.

RO GA Dawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Watched them in person at Missy State for the first time this year and was not impressed. My DAGWS are truly terrible this year and I have no idea what that play was designed to be on King’s fumble at the end of the CO game but we need to find the guy who made the call and send him packing, tarred and feathered at a minimum.

GoDawgs

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Fire Richt and Bring home KIRBY!!!

dawggirl

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Did they watch no film on Colorado at all? It was like they didn’t prepare or at the very least, didn’t prepare very much.

AJ was the lone bright spot, however, our problems go much deeper than not having him. After all, we won’t have him next year. The coaches need to fix this. Forget this season, it’s done. Start preparing for next season.

Red

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

This time, it’s the players that are to blame. Defense still needs work but it’s the penalties, missed field goal, and ultimately the fumble. All players’ mistakes.

Erin

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

That was a tough one to swallow. I am a loyal dawg fan and always will be but seriously, I need some fire in my team. Some aggression. I’m not sure what is missing on those plays but we need to get it quick.

Unfortunately, I am not sure it will happen this season.

Time for a drug test

October 2nd, 2010
11:38 pm

Time for all the UGA coaches to take a drug test. They must be on something with that play calling, especially with what looked like a call for a flea flicker from King on the last possession of the game while in field goal range for the win. Somebody must be doing some blow.

WCdawgfan

October 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Ya know the movie The Replacements…can we either get a replacement team or coaches…..just askin. Also, Charlie Weis did nothing at Notre Dame and he was from the NFL. Grantham is from the NFL…not doing anything….just sayin

TML

October 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Hey Bill, y’all have the Clemons Syndrome big time…y’all think you’re MUCH bigger than you actually are.

“Facts are stubborn things.” – John Adams

http://www.stinGTees.com

DawginOH

October 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

WHY does Bobo still have a job? WHY?

Runner up Richt

October 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

look folks there was good moments on offense but dag gum. Give me a chance didnt you see me yelling at Murray when he made one of his few mistakes?

guy

October 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

Mike Nobo

October 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

Bobo has to go

FBI

October 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

I still think it goes back to strength and conditioning. Especially for the offensive line.

Damon Evans

October 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

Everyone talked about how great an AD I was. Well, now you see my true colors. GA plays less home games than anyone in the SEC, I put no pressure put on a failing and out of control football program, I wasn’t allowed to hire a real basketball coach, and I cried and blubbered like a baby when I got caught screwing around and drunk driving in Atlanta.

Artie

October 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

I’m sure those UGA fans with DISH are glad to have missed it. LMAO

JELLO JOCKITCH

October 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

Same old, same old. As I said before, Bobo must go or Richt has to go.

lapdarg

October 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

We are 1-4. There are no more excuses to use. A once elite program is now in shambles. Surely Mark Richt can not have a supporter left. This is clearly a coachiing disaster. FIRE RICHT NOW!!!!!

Dalton Dawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

This loss was inexplicable and inexcusable. I’ve been a Mark Richt supporter from the beginning, but I’ve ran out of reasons to defend him.

Stinger

October 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

You are definately one sorry excuse for a football team. UGA is a Pathetic Loser !!!!!!!!!!! Colorado!!! Are you kidding me????????????
You are officially the Bottom Feeder of the SEC now. Calib Queen should change his name to Elizabeth. What a Wuss!!!

HOG IN DOUGLAS

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

repeat after me kirby KIRBY KIRBY KIRBY

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

Here is Georgia’s team and the head coach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBXb_6-2zOw

Artie

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

At least four, if not five, more losses coming for the Dawgs. Or should I say Pups…we all know the REAL Dawgs are in Mississippi.

Ace

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

The Georgia Possums – Play dead at home, get killed on the road.

6 yr fall, UGA a program in decay.

HOTROD

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

we are in trouble,gonna be a long season, tennessee is mad at the penalty today at LSU so they will be fired up, too many mistakes, fumbles,missed fieldgoal,I love the dawgs but I am really confused at why this much talent can play this bad, I dont think they quit tonight Ithink they played hard, I dont understand.

Runner up Richt

October 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

no i can still come in second im good at that

Stinger

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

Where is my friend superDawg? Afraid to be seen on the blogs now????????? LMFAO

benadawg

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

Fire Bobo tonight, take back control of the offense, How embarrassing to be a dawg fan right now…..I am fed up with the rev richt….i need someone that can realize 78 was getting his butt kicked all night and give him some blocking help…..This is a lost year 1/2 way through why keep anyone on this staff?

The Cynical White Boy

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

Very interesting comparison tonight between Saban’s players and Richt’s players…

Alabama: Defensive player makes big play? No chest beating, no dancing.
Thugdawgs: You know what happens.

Alabama: Time running out in the game, ahead by 25 points, no sideline dancing, no gang signs flashed to the crowd.
Thugdawgs: All smiles and bopping up and down, whether ahead or behind.

Alabama: Discipline, professional attitude.
Thugdawgs: Who will be arrested next?

Artie

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

Mark it down…UT, UK, UF, AU, and GT…ALL losses!!!

Rich

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

That definitely looked like a flea flicker to me. Either that or Caleb King was trying to elude defenders with the slowest spin move with the ball away from his body….

Taco

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

This is awesome. The Dawg fans at Taco Mac were jumping out windows…..and we were on the ground floor!

stendek

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

At least hockey will start soon. Braves and Bulldogs are through for sure with Yellow Jackets on life support. So very sad. Indeed. STENDEK

Boneless

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

DURRRRRRRR UGA

Buzz29

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

How bout them dogs?

HOG IN DOUGLAS

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

WORST GEORGIA TEAM SINCE 1993

Seriously

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

Once again the blame falls squarely on the coaching staff. We do not put our players in positions to succeed. We get our all everything wide receiver back and he doesn’t touch the ball until what the third drive? Why? Run that end around the first play of the game. Caleb King is chewing up big chunks of yardage in the second quarter and then is strangely not heard from again until the fourth quarter. Why? What had Carlton Thomas done to deserve to be put back in? We are rolling Murray out and it is gaining yardage and then on key third downs in the fourth quarter we call pocket passing plays. Why? Bobo and Richt are trying to make the players fit their system instead of molding their system around the players they have. Good coaching is maximizing strengths and hiding weaknesses. I haven’t seen a lot of that in Athens for the last three years.

WCdawgfan

October 2nd, 2010
11:43 pm

GO OREGON DUCKS…..

cursive

October 2nd, 2010
11:44 pm

Absolutely shameful.

Barry L

October 2nd, 2010
11:44 pm

I love seeing you Georgia fans crying like this. This has been one humerous season!!!1

War Eagle!

S Spurrier

October 2nd, 2010
11:44 pm

All those recruits…same ol GA.