Dogs had too many weapons for Vols

Blake Sailors has his helmet yanked off after covering a Tennessee fumble. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Blake Sailors has his helmet yanked off after covering a Tennessee fumble. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

That felt good, didn’t it?

The Georgia team that fans had expected to see this season finally showed up Saturday Between the Hedges after being largely missing for four weeks, and put a big-time hurt on Tennessee, thanks to the usually stellar play of A.J. Green, the continuing development of Aaron Murray as a legitimate dual-threat QB, and the Dogs finally flipping the turnover ratio on a major opponent.

Not that we should let ourselves get too giddy about this win. The Derek Dooley-led Volunteers team that Georgia beat Saturday was thoroughly mediocre.

But, hey, after losing to mediocre teams the past two weeks, having a game go the way it appeared like it should go on paper is a major turnaround for a UGA program that was beginning to look lost in the wilderness.

Basically, the die was cast in the first half, which was a game of turnovers, with the Big Orange handing it over on an interception and two fumbles, and the Dogs for once playing Johnny-on-the-spot, snagging the take-aways and scoring when they got the chance.

It wasn’t a perfect game for Georgia, by any means. While the defense played much improved, stifling an opponent’s first drive for the first time in a month and making some big third-down stops, the Dogs still showed themselves vulnerable to big plays, most notably in the second quarter when Justin Houston failed to wrap up a sack of UT’s Matt Simms and the quarterback scrambled away and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass.

But there definitely was improvement all-round, as the 41-14 score would indicate. The revamped offensive line still got jammed up too often and let blitzing defenders get to Murray occasionally, but generally the pass protection was excellent as Murray completed 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

Murray also ran for two scores and was actually Georgia’s most effective runner, ending the day with 41 yards on seven attempts after sacks were subtracted. He averaged 5.9 yards per run. His first ground score came on a beautiful 35-yard run after Tennessee completely bit on a play-action fake, and the other saw Murray scramble out of a sack on third and goal at the 7 and manage to hit the goal line pylon with the ball as he was forced out (a video review by the officials finally ruling it a touchdown after Georgia had gone ahead and kicked a field goal on what it thought was fourth down).

Speaking of the running game, Caleb King, who ran 13 times for 58 yards, solidified his position as Georgia’s first tailback, with some tough cut-back runs. Washaun Ealey was less effective, looking tentative early on and fumbling again down near the goal line, though this time it went out of bounds. He had 33 yards on 12 runs.

A.J. was, of course, A.J., snagging a nifty 33-yard pass on the Dogs’ third scoring drive and bowling over a defender to cross the goal line on the next drive, after special teams player Blake Sailors had recovered a fumbled punt.

Overall, it was the sort of day this Georgia team (and its fan base) badly needed.

I’ll be back Sunday afternoon with more thoughts on the game, but now let’s hear what you thought of the Dogs’ first conference win of the year.

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big bad john

October 10th, 2010
10:14 am

hahaha, it is so funny to read all of you “dawg nationer’s” comments. Nothing short of hilarious!!! Jock Sniffers! Dawgs still suck no matter how you look at it.

Barry Gibb

October 10th, 2010
10:15 am

Bill, doesn’t the saying go ‘the DYE was cast’ rather than “the DIE was cast”?

At least, it does in Australia.

Charles1540

October 10th, 2010
10:19 am

What a difference in a week! last week it was fire this one, fire that one, it is time for change. Thank God Richt does not let all these arm chair coach both him that much. Hope a win will inspire the team to focus on salvaging a season and go onto a great recruiting year.

Pago Pago Dawg

October 10th, 2010
10:25 am

I think we’re looking at a pre-season #1 for 2011.

bill

October 10th, 2010
10:27 am

Good win, but the secondary still needs to improve…and more freshmen need to get playing time for next season, regardless of who their coaches are going to be…

BoWeevil

October 10th, 2010
10:36 am

Aaron Murray is our best player.

He is 2-4 and lost to 2 really sorry teams in Missy State and Colorado. Colorado LOST 26 to NOTHING last night. He won 2 games and both of those games were CUPCAKES. Tennessee has beat no one and neither has Colorado.

He is 14 sacks on the season after 2 more last night.

For all these years, the measure is David Greene won a lot of games as QB.

Never mind, David Greene does not have any of the tools Aaron Murray has.

Now, there is some NEW MEASURE for a Starting QB.

Doesn’t know the playbook.

Has his balls batted down at the line.

Doesn’t know what plays to check out of at the line.

Obviously has not been well-coached here at UGA, because he has a ton of talent.

BoWeevil

October 10th, 2010
10:37 am

Has been the only QB to play, even in ROUTS (as foolish is that was last night), yet he is the QB of the

# 67 Total Offense
# 64 Scoring Offense

He is # 82 in the nation worst at being sacked.

Yet, our defense and our special teams are both FAR BETTER than our offense.

Aaron Murray, on the season, has 45 rushes for 102 yards total.

I love the guy, and he is our best player; the QB for South Carolina was FAR BETTER THAN HE, the QB for Arkansas was FAR BETTER THAN HE, the QB for Missy State was FAR BETTER THAN HE head-to-head watching them both on the same field at the same time.

There is no doubt in my mind that Cam Newton is FAR BETTER THAN HE and that Greg McElroy is FAR BETTER THAN HE.

Draggin' Fly

October 10th, 2010
10:38 am

Barry Gibb: “Die” is correct everywhere but Oz, apparently. The singular of “dice”.

BoWeevil

October 10th, 2010
11:15 am

LSU 6-0 was # 12 pre-game, yeah our coach better than he
Auburn 6-0 was # 8 pre-game
Arkansas 4-1 was # 11 pre-game
Alabama 5-1 about # 5
Florida 4-2 is dropping to about # 20
South Carolina 4-1 was # 19 pre-game
These are the Top 6 SEC teams in the Polls, you know Top HALF of SEC.

Columbus Dawg

October 10th, 2010
11:21 am

Bill, will you try and find out what the deal is with Richt and Grantham? It seemed that CTG was really trying to fire up the Defense after some good plays, next thing you know Richt is in his ear. After all it took to get the man in Athens, you would think Richt would let him coach. I am one who is behind Coach Richt all the way, but I’m afraid that if he does not loosen up some he may have a hard time getting back on top.

UGA Fans

October 10th, 2010
11:21 am

This is GREAT ! It should definitely put to rest the calls for Richt’s and Bobo’s heads. Things are good again. Whew ! I see a January 1 bowl dead ahead. Oh yeah, and an SEC championship, too ! Wait, that means Sugar Bowl !!! We can still end up BCS final poll # 2 !!!!!

chazzo

October 10th, 2010
11:29 am

BoWeevil,

Garcia and Mallet (the QBs from SC and Arky) are seniors. Murray is a redshirt freshman. I’m not making excuses for him (actually he doesn’t need any; look at his QB rating). I am pointing out that your comparison is completely irrelevant and fallacious.

Hit the nail on the head

October 10th, 2010
11:31 am

Bill I think you hit the nail on the head about UGA having too many weapons for Tennessee but should add that it took 6 weeks into the season for it all to start to click. All the run the table talk is a great goal for this team to set but the coaches need to really stress the importance in taking one game at a time. I may be just me but a couple things I though I saw was Grantham more involved and fired up on the sidelines like he was in the first game rather than reserved as he was during the last four, and how good C. King looked in the first quarter then he played very little in the second. Ealey is becoming a big dissapointment. The way he’s playing there is no chance of him coming out early for the NFL as he is hard pressed to even get into the starting lineup without an attitude adjustment. Murray looks to be the real deal but I would have liked to see the backups get some playing time yesterday. By playing the what if game one could say we would be setting at 6-0 now rather than 2-4 if we had started the year with an experianced QB. It was good to see Alabama and Florida go down yesterday. LSU could “luck” their way into Atlanta much like Alabama did into the NC last year. Has anyone else noticed how Lou Holtz beams when SC or ND wins. He makes a body want to puke while he sits up there with his $#!+ eating grin.

chazzo

October 10th, 2010
11:39 am

Hey, MoWeevil,

2010 UGa 6 97 157 61.8 1366 8.7 10 3 14 101
Career 6 97 157 61.8 1366 8.7 10 3 14 101

61.8%. Thrown for over 1300 yards six games in with 10TDs and 3 Ints. Not bad at all for a redshirt freshman QB. You are right 14 sacks aint good, but he is not sacking himself. Everyone said all preseason for him to play it safe and not force passes. What the heck do you want from the kid?

Everyone here that’s ragging on UT: They and UF are going to be tough in a couple years. Playing 17 true freshman…

BTW, everyone can kiss my butt for harshing my gig when I said auburn was up and coming.

I have one question

October 10th, 2010
11:41 am

KY game in 2009, SC game this year and Arkansas game and yesterday’s game ………Ealey fumbles on the 3 and blows a TD. WHY??

It is almost like when he sees the 3 and the goal line, he thinks” I gotta drop it now or I might score”. I have never, ever, ever witnessed a continuation of such lousy play by any ball player in my life.

GT game in 09? They were horrible on D. THAT is the only reason he and King got any yards.

Go Dogs.
UGA class of 71 & 73

5150 P.O.A.D

October 10th, 2010
11:49 am

So the title of this blog says it all. The Dawgs come to a Dog Fight with more WEAPONS? Well, since the Dawgs won the Fulmer Cup it is only fitting that they beat the Vols with more Weapons.

ceph

October 10th, 2010
11:52 am

That is the worst Tennessee team that I have ever seen, Period!!!!! I know Richt had a long talk with Murray after the game about his running , because I rememember him saying after the first game That if Murray kept running the ball he was going to get “splattered” whatever that means. I wonder if the coach at Nebraska, Auburn, Michigan etc. tells their QB not to run the ball because they might get “splattered” what a joke Richt just opens his mouth and stupidity just comes out!!!

Sandman053

October 10th, 2010
11:58 am

Dawgs looked real good yesterday at times and then at times they looked like the same old team. But I’ll take the “W” anytime. Go Dawgs!! THWGT!!

2-4 Losers

October 10th, 2010
12:03 pm

Great showing against a horrible football team. UGA loses to KY. UF, Aub and GT. Not a bad 4-8 season.

ceph

October 10th, 2010
12:04 pm

UGA FANS are you delusional or just a complete idiot, did you see the team they played? I hope you were speaking in jest.

yarddawg

October 10th, 2010
12:04 pm

I know this is a Georgia blog site,but, first of all I would like to congradulate the South Carolina program on their big win yesterday. I’m not a big fan of Steve Spurrier nor Carolina, but you have to tip your hat to those players and that team. Of course I’m happy we won the game with Tennessee yesterday, and as we all know both of these teams are having a down year this year,but a win is a win and I’ll take it. I still think we need better blocking with the o-line for running plays and need to get the talented tight ends more involved. The defense, yeah it showed some improvement,but, it could get better in several areas as well. Don’t think just because Bama lost yesterday that their awesome world of college football is all of a sudden doomed. They will be fine and I look for them to still play Carolina again in the championship. It would nice to go undefeated when we get to the Florida game. Go Dawgs keep plugging away at it!

aint conVinceD

October 10th, 2010
12:32 pm

This win was mere fools gold folks. Some of you morons here need your head examined claiming the dawgs will run the table. This program still has problems and you idiots should be thanking Rocky Top for the many gifts in yesterdays game.

uga_fan39

October 10th, 2010
12:36 pm

I’ll give the UGA offense a “B” as a grade on saturday. Finally Bozo for the most part opened the offense up but still tried that stupid sprint draw too many times for negative yards. Defense looked ok against a sub par vols offense. Still played out of position too many times, pass defense is still questionable at best. Too many open guys running down the sidelines. Perhaps Grantham might wana address that at some point or KY and UF are gonna have a field day with us. Our inability to stop the spread option running attack will be our downfall. I dont see us beating UF or AUB for sure. Tech and Ky are a toss up…

Red Panties Rick

October 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

After a win over a very underrated Tennessee squad, the word is that Georgia will now bypass NCAA competition and go directly to the NFL, a red panties challenge has already been issued to the New Orleans Saints……

76-DAWG

October 10th, 2010
1:09 pm

uga_fan39
You are exactly correct and that what has made this year so hard on real UGA fans. We, as fans can see during a game what the problem is and either the coaches are blind or they are that slow in making changes. If we can see what the other team can exploit in their favor the other team can too and they are doing it.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that CMR had a large input in the play calling against Tennessee because the play calling was so much better and because of that the result were much more favorable. The 4th quarter was all bobo but I agree we should not deliberately run up the score against I good guy that inherited a huge problem. CMR showed a lot of class just running out the clock.

I is back

October 10th, 2010
1:09 pm

Big freak’n deal Bill. SO- UGA beats a team who got beat 48-13 by Oregon – in Knoxville. Should have gotten beat by UAB (UT won in double overtime) – but escaped 32-29 (in Knoxville). In fact – in the UAB game – UAB had 544 yards of offense to UTs 287. UT is a team that is playing 16 freshman (there were 7 on the field at the same time yesterday). And remember, 24 of UGA points came off of turnovers where UGA didn’t have to go very far.
UT is Ranked 96th (yes, 96th) in offense and ranked 77th in Defense – and UGA thinks that requires a “celebration” dance in the locker room??? UGA didn’t PROVE ANYTHING by beating a lousy UT team. SO, UGA – save your dances till the end of the year.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

October 10th, 2010
1:18 pm

Murray is impressive – a lot like David Greene when he was a Fr except with speed.

Ealey continues to be a real concern with his fumbles near goal line. A high quality RB is a top recruiting priority for UGA.

godogs

October 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

now i thank we goin win the nationel chanpionship. GOOOOO DAAAAAWGS!

embarrassing dawgs

October 10th, 2010
1:46 pm

I’m a georgia fan.big deal we beat a bad tennessee team.georgia will lose toKentucky,Flordia,no way we beat Auburn =6-6 record still fire mart richt.

AltamahaDawg

October 10th, 2010
2:12 pm

It’s nice to have a week where all the part timer Dawg fans aren’t going to end thier every post “like Saban and Meyer”.

AltamahaDawg

October 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

39 , that “stupid” sprint draw is a QB aubible. Always has been , always will be. (one that every team team in the country runs, and we have done so very few times this year) . Its not a call from the bench now, any more that it was when Stafford checked into it a a lot his Freshman year. It’s a bailout, when the guy doesnt see what he wants to see to run any of the options that were send in from the OC. So from the standpoint that Bobo did give his guy a safe alternative, as one of the options, I guess you could hang that on him for not saying, “I don’t what you see”. If that seem stupid, then yes.

AltamahaDawg

October 10th, 2010
2:25 pm

Nice of BuLLdawg to correct his insistance that we only play ONE ranked team all year.
Still trashing Murray as a cover to his complete flip flop on Mettenburber, ok, I get that.
Haven’t heard much about the “best defense in 3 decades” lately, though.

big bad john

October 10th, 2010
2:46 pm

hahahahahaha, it just keeps getting better with the dawg nation!

WCdawgfan

October 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

DAWGS ARE BEAST!!!!GO DAWGS!!!!

wildbill

October 10th, 2010
3:10 pm

If CMR was ‘coaching his tail off” last week, maybe he should make a habit of it. I was thinking he had forgotten how it was done. Go dawgs, and congrats to the ole ball coach and SC.

godogs

October 10th, 2010
5:27 pm

for real ya’ll, mart my words, them dawgs is goin win the SEC this year now that we beat the pants off them rednecks from Tenesse, and the SEC chanp atomaticaly gets to play in the natinel chanpionship game, and we goin win it!!! GOOOOOOO DAAAAAWGS SIC EM WOOF WOOF WOOF

Big Bob

October 10th, 2010
10:10 pm

Tinasea, how did you like that beat-down? (((((41-14))))) HA!HA!HA!HA! We OWN YOU!

droopydawg

October 11th, 2010
11:15 am

Other than missed assignments in pass blocking and the mediocre play by the safeties, we actually looked pretty good in all phases of the game and showed improvement in every area against a team that is at least better than Colorado. GO DAWGS and keep up the good work.

Amelia Island Dawwwwg...

October 14th, 2010
7:55 am

189th !!! Better start passing first and Murray run second. Just lean on AJ and keep looking at the secondary receivers for more catches. I thought our running game was going to be stellar this year.. We need a marquise back. Too bad we couldnt sway Lattimore…