For the Dogs, an ugly win definitely worth celebrating

Jusatin Houston seals the Dogs' win with an interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Jusatin Houston seals the Dogs' win with an interception. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Watching the dancing Bulldogs players crowding the cheerleader stand in front of the UGA student section after Saturday night’s game in Athens, you would have thought you were seeing a team celebrating a victory of major consequence rather than one slightly luckier mediocre team overcoming another mediocre team in an error-plagued match that proved defense is a lost art in this state.

But this was Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, after all, and with the season the 2010 Dogs have endured, taking a tough rivalry game that almost got away from them probably should qualify as a major victory.

With fumbles flying loose with alarming frequency on both sides, the Dogs and Jackets were uncharacteristically charitable in keeping each other in the game, though Georgia was more adept at capitalizing on the turnovers it was given.

For most of the night, Georgia had only sporadic success running the ball but seemed able to throw it at will against a Jackets secondary that gave Dogs receivers plenty of room. In turn, Georgia seemed incapable much of the night of figuring out how to target the pitch man in the Tech option offense, allowing the Jackets to march down the field with such regularity that it seemed the only thing that could stop them was … themselves.

Which is what happened in the end. Tech muffed an extra point that would have tied the game and then, when Georgia went for it on fourth down and failed, rather than padding its 1 point lead with a field goal, the Jackets got the ball back with nearly 3 minutes on the clock and just about everyone in the stands was figuring they’d option-pitch themselves downfield for the winning score.

Instead, Tech’s Paul Johnson dumped the girl he brought to the dance (just as he did in a similar situation last year) and tried throwing it on first down, resulting in a sack. Tech’s QB kept the ball on the next down rather than pitching it out, resulting in another sack. Then came a pair of incomplete passes and Georgia had the ball back with 1:38 on the clock.

The chess match wasn’t over, though. After the Dogs took a knee on first down, Tech called a timeout and then when Georgia decided to run Washaun Ealey instead of taking another knee, the Jackets appeared to let the UGA back score so they could get the ball back with a minute and a half left on the clock.

By that point, of course, they almost had to come out throwing, which is not their strong suit. And then Justin Houston came up with an interception for the Dogs and it really was over this time.

And the Dogs could start dancing, having not only beaten their in-state rival but evened their regular season record at 6-6 and made themselves bowl-eligible for the 14th consecutive year.

In the world of diminished expectations that has become Georgia football this season, that was indeed something worth celebrating.

I’ll be back late Sunday with more thoughts on the Georgia win over Tech. Until then, feel free to share your thoughts on the game.

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SatillaDawg

November 28th, 2010
1:25 am

Dawgs Squash Bugs, Go Bowling

SatillaDawg

November 28th, 2010
1:26 am

First and Second, too

Sanford Drive

November 28th, 2010
1:34 am

(((((42-34))))) hahahahahahaha!!!!

<——- Wide left!!!!! The Blair MISS Project!!!!!!

We STILL Run This State!!!

Sanford Drive

November 28th, 2010
1:35 am

To HELL with Georgia Tech!!!

Calibre Lake Dawg

November 28th, 2010
1:36 am

a win is a win. here’s to next year…its the one thing both teams are good at…next year. Satilla Dawg you could’ve done without the second comment.

stendek

November 28th, 2010
1:37 am

Johnson > Richt

UGA QB > Tech Backup QB

Tech Backs > UGA Backs

UGA Receivers > Tech Receivers

Inconsequential = UGA & Tech

Somebody wake up the damn dog mascot. Tell him the game is over! STENDEK

Monroe's first Redcoat

November 28th, 2010
1:38 am

It was a win. Period. Ugly as a Clemson cheerleader, but a win. Georgia finally found a way to NOT lose a critical game, although, I , for one, would much rather th Dogs had figured that out 11 weeks ago instead of doing on the cusp of December. Now it’s on to the Tidy Bowl, then to spending winter thinking about what might have been…..again.

And SatillaDawg, nobody cares.

SatillaDawg

November 28th, 2010
1:40 am

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Had the blawg all to myself there for nine minutes before Sanford Drive showed up.

Go Dawgs!

Glory, Glory to Old Georgia!

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
1:44 am

I would like to thank all you redknecks for your fire richt chants because the U is about to bring our x player home where he started his College football career as a player. Shannon is gone thank GOD! and EVERY DEEP POCKET BOOSTER WE HAVE IS GETTING THEIR CHECKS OUT TO GET RICHT BACK IN MIAMI. It may not have been possible without you white trash fans so thanks again! Richt is classy so he may wait to announce this after your Papa Johns pizza bowl in alabama. You thought 6-6 was bad? HAHAHA The U will be back center stage again now and you clowns in the sec will continue to drop even more out of the national picture.

it’s all about the U baby!

PHIL

November 28th, 2010
1:48 am

Lucky, that’s my thought. And I am disappointed in the performance of players. The defense is terrible. Time after time they missed tackles, they were in position to make them, but didn’t. Tackling is about want to, not about coaching.

Everyone wants to know why we don’t run the ball more, it’s because the offensive line sucks. They were good as underclassmen but the older they get theworse they get. Last year everyone said after the Tech game “we should have been running the ball all year. See what we could have done!?” NO, Tech was just the only team we played that we could block. This year they are worse and we couldn’t even block them. The only time that we were able to break a run was when Tech went to a 2 or 3 deep set on defense to combat the ease Murray had throwing the ball. Same line coach as when they did so well, so what is the problem? Players don’t perform.

Then Murray played well until crunch time when he fumbled the snap. Then we got running backs fumbling, Brandon Smith fumbling, I bet he fumbles 1 out of 10 times he touches the ball. I don’t blame the coaches for him fumbling or the stupid decisions he makes trying to return kicks (nobody could believe he is taught to be stupid), but I do blame them for playing him. If you have ever actually been in a football practice you know that you are told daily to protect the ball, yet Boykin pulled that boneheaded fumble on the kickoff. That’s on HIM, not on his coaching.

On the after show call in program I believe Kevin Butler hit on the problem with our team. To be at the top you have to have every guy ont he team with a non stop motor every play, EVERY player, EVERY play. We don’t have that. I know that is pounded in their heads every day. BUt it’s the player who decides to do it, not the coach. He can’t decide for them. He can yell and scream and jump up and down and bench players and replace them with those who are less physically gifted and lose that way. The decision to play at 100% rests on the player. They have to perform. It’s like Butlers son booming that 39 yard punt. It’s not the coaches fault when he is capable of kicking it 50+.

Another observation for Butler on the post game show was that it seemed he had indulged in an extra adult beverage or two. Maybe it was just a high from the game.

But my overall thought was that I don’t remember being as disappointed n a win as tonight. I thought we were purely lucky to win and I think Tech has a really bad team.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
1:53 am

former Miami QB Mark Richt will leave uga to return to Miami as their new head coach after the U fired Randy Shannon today following a shocking loss to USF

Monroe's first Redcoat

November 28th, 2010
1:53 am

Phil, you’re on he money….and let’s not forget, ol’ Kevin had all day to prep for the broadcast. Hell, the way the Dogs have played this year, I’d get hammered if I had to talk about them, too….

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
1:55 am

I truly believe richt will be the next miami coach but I’m curious to see who uga will try to grab as their next HC. Would love to see uga and Miami do a home and home esp after Richt joins the ranks in down here in sunny florida

Frank

November 28th, 2010
1:56 am

Here’s what I saw.

1)Richt wasted his timeouts in the 3rd quarter, poor time mangagement.
2)Special teams return teams stunk, fumbled 3 times
3)King fumbled again in the red zone–stop the RB back rotation
4)Murray played well again early, and tightened up as the game went on–missed on 2 crucial 4th and 1 calls, and got sacked on a 3rd and long where Ealey was wide open in the flats to his right
5) Ealey was a beast–averaged nearly 10 yards a carry, and was there when his team needed him, 2 td’s, no fumbles, got over 115 yards rushing, when Richt gets a 100 yard rusher, he wins 98% of those games
6) Defense gave up a lot of yards but created 4 or 5 turnovers
7) Houston played amazing, especially in critical times
8) Durham had some great RAC yards
9) AJ made some critical catches
10) KO & Punt coverage was excellent

Greg Talley

November 28th, 2010
1:56 am

Kevin Butler is always a little rocked on the Dawgtalk Show…I thought he was pretty sober compared to some weeks.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
1:59 am

buh bye rural georgia hello miami. Welcom home Coach Richt. Count on it dogs your fans ran off the best coach you have seen in decades

Dawg Tired

November 28th, 2010
2:01 am

We are dumber than dirt!! Take a knee with 85 seconds left!! How hard is it to seal the edge to prevent the pitch man from running wild? Why can’t a 290 pound man tackle a running back running straight at him? We are not getting nearly as good a return on our $750,000 DC as Auburn is getting on their best paid player. We should spent our money more wisely.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:02 am

same or more money to coach at a place where he played in college without raging retards asking for himto be fired. Ga is not a top team. 6-6 shouldnt shock a soul. My god you havent won a crystal football since 1980. GT even won one since then! Not to mention you barely squeaked by GT tonight while my canes destroyed them with our backup QB. Richt will appreciate our solid team and our fans and boosters will appreciate him.

Rook

November 28th, 2010
2:02 am

ALL ABOUT THE U, I am not sure what pipe you have been smoking but Richt has said time and time again he wants to finish his career at Georgia providing Georgia wants him there, which thus far they do. I don’t know why he would want to leave Georgia to go to some third rate University in Florida no matter what the price. He can stay and play with the big boys in the SEC or play Pee Wee ball in the ACC.

Really?

November 28th, 2010
2:04 am

Frank – nobody cares what you think. You are on a blog at 2am! You aren’t a coach for a reason. Now beat it!

Marcus

November 28th, 2010
2:04 am

Aaron Murray is the reason UGA almost lost. He should have gone out there on defense and stopped the triple option on his own. And his completion rating was a horrid 79% with 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Are you kidding me? He is the worst QB ever to play at UGA.

Rook

November 28th, 2010
2:05 am

p.s. I am proud of the Dawgs and the way they played today. First year with a new Def Coordinator is going to be a bit of an off year on the defense. Not to mention installing a new scheme.

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:08 am

I’ve seen better blocking and tackling in peewee football.

Tech up the middle…Tech around the left…Tech around the right…Another option pitch on the sweep…

It’s not rocket science, Grantham.

How many yards did Tech gain on the ground? 6000?

Makes me want to bash my head against Uga VIII’s Dawghouse.

Kyle in Alabama

November 28th, 2010
2:10 am

I have been a big supporter of Mark Richt however the last 3 years have swayed my opinion of him. I still see him as a great person, just not as a great football coach especially at such a prestigious University such as Georgia.

I do believe that if Richt and UGA were to part ways, that Richt would retire rather than coach at another school. Why would he want to go to Miami? You have the most fairweather fans in the nation (27k for a home game…come on now). Miami has also bumped up their academic standards, which is really hurting their recruiting.

That being said. I would like for Richt to retire and for UGA to go after Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.

Kyle

Old Dawg

November 28th, 2010
2:10 am

Kudos to Richt for going for it on 4th and inches early on. Kudos to Bobo for some creative play calling. That was nice to see. Good on the entire team for not letting their constant and continue sloppy play lose the game. And that is saying a lot. What an ugly game!

It was gratifying to see Murray moving the ball so well. I’d give the offense a B. Houston and Dent and Boykin played well. Grantham really needs fresh meat to work with. Hopefully we’ll pick up some prime JUCO defensive players.

I remain a CMR fan. He has his hands full. How in the world do you get your team to focus on fundamentals while coaching them to excel personally and as a team? Fundamentals have killed us for 2 solid years.

Tonight was ugly and we did indeed get lucky. I’m not excited about the Liberty Bowl.

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:10 am

But at least UGA won baby!!!!!!!!!!

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:12 am

Rook, Richt may stay at uga had Miami not fired their HC. Richt started in Miami and he has a chance to actually win something there. UGA always has players but never gets it done. And are you actually proud of beating a terrible GT team? Your D got trucked! Whatever clown you had last year did better against GT’s better players from 09. UGA has far to many problems for Richt to fix. I see that program fading more and more. GT is prob going to sadly be the better team in that state soon. They had a bad year but seem to have good coaching and will likely rebound in 2011. Miami would have blow uga away if they played this season. My god you barely beat a gt team who nearly lost to DUKE at home last week and you had TWO weeks to prepare for their offense run by some joke backup QB. Face it Richt knows that ship is sinking. Your schedule is harder next year he wouldnt and couldnt lead you thugs beyond 6 wins next year. Esp without your boy Green and your best player on D. miami>uga Richt will be glad to return to his roots. More money, better program, better fans, chance to compete for a NC. UGA is DONE have fun bottom feeding the SEC with Vandy and UK next year.

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:15 am

You’re not Erk Russell’s Ghost!

I am.

Make up your own moniker, lame brain.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:16 am

Richt will leave after signing day so uga want lose all of their good recruits. That would be the classy thing and thats what I think will happen. Bottom line you ran your best coach out O town. Maybe Bobby Bowden will try his luck at uga bahahaha

"all about the u" is a joke!

November 28th, 2010
2:19 am

All About the U, Miami lost to South Florida 23-20 in overtime on Saturday afternoon, in a game where only about 27,000 people filled the 73,000 seats at Sun Life Stadium. A plane circled the stadium before kickoff calling for a coaching change

Why would Richt want to go to a joke of a program like Miami? Only 27,000 fans showed up for the game…are you serious? Richt just coached in front of 90,000 plus fans that turned out to watch a 6-6 football team. Miami fans are a joke and the program is a joke. UGA will be back and Miami will always be a joke no one in S. Florida cares about college football.

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:21 am

Big win Dawgs! Way to hunker down D!

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:22 am

Stevie

November 28th, 2010
2:22 am

Richt’s AD McGarity hung him out to dry and threw Richt under the bus this season. With teams like Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, and Colorado lining up to hire Richt, might be time for Richt to do McGarity a little payback. Hard to believe McGarity has yet to extend Richt the normal courteous 4th year, to help recruits committing to a coach for 4 years. Richt only currently has 3 years left on his contract. McGarity seems unwilling to extend an extra year to aid recruting, this could be a roadblock, and Richt could bolt for a long term contract elsewhere. Wihtout McGarity’s verbal and financial commitment to Richt, hard to see Richt staying at Georgia.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:22 am

I love dudes

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:23 am

GO Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:23 am

Great win Gents!!!!!!!!!

Old Dawg

November 28th, 2010
2:23 am

All About the U, you’re on the wrong forum. Richt is not leaving this year and Richt wouldn’t go back to Miami. Hell, if he wanted to go back to Florida he’ll probably be able to take Myer’s job at the end of next season. Richt doesn’t want to leave UGA or Athens. If he does leave I don’t think it will be voluntarily, but it won’t be to return to Miami. That is not going to happen.

Stevie

November 28th, 2010
2:24 am

I love dudes too!

Stevie

November 28th, 2010
2:24 am

I believe Richt will go to Miami as soon as next week. And bring his coaches, and recruits, with him. Now McGarity is left high and dry, with no recruits.

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:25 am

90,000 wal-mart workers who screamed and most still are screaming for his head. Miami will pack the house for Richt and yes we lost to USF. Last I checked you lost to Colorado! LOL We also beat GT by 3 TD’S on the road without extra time and you barely beat them at home with all 90K from the trailer park. Richt played at Miami and your crazy if you think he isnt thinking about their offer. More money better team. Easy decision. uga won 6 games against terrible teams. Two 1-AA teams vandy, UK, GT, Tennessee…. Yeah miami is 7-5 but the team gave up on shannon. Atleast we played real teams. Ohio state at the horse shoe, OU, VT, etc Face it uga doesnt get any respect because it deserve none

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:25 am

Obviously, the fake Erk Russell’s Ghost is a Grantham apologist.

And Grantham can’t coach his way out of a wet paper sack.

Fire him and Bobo, too.

And then get rid of the idiot who’s so stupid he has to steal other people’s blawg handle.

Signed,

The REAL Erk Russell’s Ghost

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Stevie

November 28th, 2010
2:26 am

Old Dawg is naiive.

Stevie

November 28th, 2010
2:26 am

Grant it I am a tard and have nothing to base my post on but the fact that I hate UGA. Go Tech

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Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:28 am

Now that I think about it fire me too!

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:29 am

GO TECH!!!!!!!!!

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:29 am

Richt is a smart guy he knows with his players and your tougher schedule next year more and more and more hicks are going to scream for his head. He will take miami and their big time offer with more years offered. The Miami job isnt something Richt can pass up. He knows AJ is gone and so is his best player on D. Murray is decent but not clutch.

Erk Russell's Ghost

November 28th, 2010
2:30 am

I love dudes!

Signed,

The REAL Erk Russell’s Ghost

ALL ABOUT THE U

November 28th, 2010
2:31 am

Tech is the best team ever!