Not all wins over Tech are created equal

The best thing about this season for UGA: The development of Aaron Murray at quarterback. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The best thing about this season for UGA: The development of Aaron Murray at quarterback. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Some more thoughts on Georgia’s 42-34 victory over Georgia Tech …

As anyone in red and black knows, any win over the trade school is a good win, but judging from the postgame conversations and chatter on the radio and online, Dogs fans left Saturday’s game without nearly as positive an attitude as after last year’s “I run this state” victory in Atlanta.

Part of that likely is tied to the overall frustration with a 6-6 season and the graphic evidence provided on the field Saturday that Georgia’s defense has a long way to go before it gets back to respectability. Any team running any semblance of an option running attack piled up the yards this year, with Tech being just the most notable example.

Also a factor in the postgame quibbling was the way Mike “Balance for the Sake of Balance” Bobo once again seemed to take his foot off the pedal once the Dogs got up a couple of scores. I realize that the play-action passing game is somewhat dependent on the defense thinking there’s a possibility of a run, but, really, was there any need for that pretense Saturday night? Al Groh’s defense had sold out against the run and doubled-up A.J. Green (which even then wasn’t enough to slow him down), meaning the pass was open nearly every play.

And yet Bobo insisted on trying those runs up the middle too many times, the worst case being when the Dogs got the ball back with 9:35 on the clock and a slim 35-28 lead and started off with two one-yard runs by Washaun Ealey before Aaron Murray got sacked, necessitating giving the ball back to a Tech offense that Georgia clearly couldn’t stop at that point. After the first play of that Georgia drive, you could hear the anguished cries of fans throughout the stadium, “Throw the ball!”

Thus was the game a lot closer than it needed to be. Had Georgia put Murray back in the shotgun and let him sling it downfield all night long, it’s doubtful Tech’s defense could have done anything to stop the onslaught. Why must it always be so difficult?

On the plus side, Murray again showed what a special quarterback he’s becoming. Aside from the fumbled snap on that last fourth-and-1, he put on an impressive display all evening long, scrambling out of trouble, completing 76 percent of his passes and making few mistakes. Kudos to Bobo and Mark Richt for another superior job of quarterback development. …

The most heads-up play of the night came in the fourth quarter when Brandon Boykin fumbled on a kickoff return and Marlon Brown picked up the ball without missing a beat. Give Marlon credit for his fair catch of a short kick to the 30-yard-line, too. Speaking of which. …

Brain fart of the night: Shaun Chapas letting a pooch kickoff bounce off the ground before trying to catch it, resulting in a fumble to open the game. Even rec league kids know better. …

Nice snag by Bruce Figgins in the end zone on the Dogs’ third score. I think we threw to him twice all year and both were TDs. And full credit to Murray there for finding the open man. …

What a strange experience it is for a longtime Georgia fan seeing a Dogs offense that can’t pick up the first down on fourth-and-inches. …

Good thing the Dogs didn’t need a timeout in the fourth quarter since they used them all up in the third, two of them while grinding out the final three yards for that fourth touchdown. …

For a rivalry game, the Sanford Stadium crowd was pretty dead for much of the game, no doubt because fans were stunned by Georgia’s inability to stop Tech on the ground. Finally, on the Jackets’ next-to-last possession, the crowd came to life on third and fourth down with 17 yards to go. I still say moving the Redcoats to the end zone, where they could be heard better throughout the stadium, would help keep fans in the game.

And while we’re on the subject of managing gameday Between the Hedges, how hard would it be for the folks in the booth and Richt to get on the same page so the Dogs actually take the field when they’re introduced? …

I have no idea what Samuel L. Jackson was doing on the field in UGA garb, but it was cool seeing him up on the big screen. …

Lastly, a shout out to Malinda Erwin of Oglethorpe County, who normally sits in front of me in Section 104 but missed Saturday’s game because of hip surgery. She usually is there at the games beside Mac Colvin, her best friend of 50 years. We missed you, Malinda!

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lets be honest

November 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

The Blair Miss Project

November 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

<———- WIDE LEFT <————-

A win, is a win is a win….. and a loss is a loss is a loss!!!!!

(((((42-34)))))
9-1
61-39-5
We STILL Run This State

student

November 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Another thing that needs to be done to liven up the atmosphere is to put all of the students together. Breaking up the students into 3 sections kills the noise. Just look at how LSU, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn do it.

Destin Dawg

November 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

Bo Bo took his foot of the gas again !! Murray 15 for 19 with 0 interceptions… PASS the ball Bo Bo !!! should have neen a blow out !!! DDDD is improving.. give Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos… another year plus 2 Awesome LB’s JJ and RS… more work on the 3/4.. hey it took Saban a couple years… Junkyard Dawgs will be Back !!!!!

Frank

November 28th, 2010
3:44 pm

Guess some of you are just Aaron Murray homers. The kid missed on two different 4th & 1’s. Got sacked on 3rd and 9 again (ranks last in the NCAA there) trying to be all Michael Vick spin move instead of hitting a wide open Ealey as his safety valve. Didn’t complete a pass again in the 4th quarter (ranks 89th there in the NCAA).

Frank

November 28th, 2010
3:45 pm

p.s. Murray could have audibled to the pass instead of call 2 runs, if he could read a defense.

Frank

November 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Ealey and Houston were great and won this game.

Destin Dawg

November 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

Murray sure looks good compared to FLA. and ALA. QB’s this year…

Cmill

November 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

I agree with you on moving the redcoats to the end zone, also I think the student section in the 300 level should be moved down to the lower level. I sit in the fraternity block seats and have not missed a game in my three years here so far, but I feel like even though I’m screaming my head off it has no effect from a mile above the field. I can assure that the guys wearing coats and ties are some of the most ardent supporters of the red and black, but it’s hard not to feel unappreciated when you are in the 300 section and the student newspaper argued last year that we should not even get tickets up there. Look at auburn or alabama, they have the fraternity blocks in the lower level and the students are the heart of the stadium atmosphere.

vinny

November 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

bill-
what about us not kneeling on the ball instead of scoring the td and giving them a chance of tying the game with a td and 2 pt conv. IDIOTIC!

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layinlow

November 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Why does Richt always get a pass from you Bill King? You always seem to blame Bobo and nobody is going to deny he is incompetent. But how can the head coach who is supposedly an offensive guru not be involved in the second half game plan? Can Richt at some point in the second half not go over to Bobo and say hey lets get back to the passing game? I watch Saban on the sidelines and he is constantly in Kirby Smart’s face asking questions and making demands and letting his displeasure be known when things aren’t going well. I think thats what they call coaching. I guess Richt the supposed CEO just doesn’t feel like coaching anymore.

wow

November 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

UGA was very lucky to wih last night…a missed field goal and a near turnover on the kickoff after the miss….ball bounced right to another UGA player…

UGA won…I guess that’s all that matters…but lucky lucky lucky

daslicksta

November 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

Bill, I came away from watching tha game last night with the feeling that we did not beat them in as much as they beat themselves with that crap-shoot “lets let Washaun score and try to go for 8 points and see if we can win” plan…typical of the North Ave Nerds…and we all thought Reggie Ball was stupid several years ago…

Macclenny_dawg

November 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

Bill,
What about conservative Richt not taking the field goal to go up by 4!!! He finally isn’t conservative and play the percentages and he almost blew it when Murray botched the snap!! Say what ya’ll want but we was once again out coached. If not for the missed extra point we would not have won!!! Bobo has 2 go no if’s and or butts!!!He like our coach is way to conservative!!! Bill can someone also tell me WHO OUR special teams coach is??? If someone would just try a fake punt on us they could get 10 yards easy there is never any pressure on a punt!!! Why do always have to set up a return???What ever happened to us being aggressive??? I am thankful for the win but it sure want hurt my feelings to see Richt head South to Miami!!! He is always getting out coached. Can anybody disagree that Johnson made a call RIcht would never make by letting his defense let somebody score so they still gave their offense a chance to come back and try to score only down 8!!! That was a great coaching call!!! Our great coaching call was going for it on 4th and 1 when we could have kicked a field goal to force Tech to score a touchdown!!!

Snack Shack

November 28th, 2010
4:21 pm

The comments about relocating the band and putting ALL the students together is a suggestion, the adoption of which, is long overdue. And…..let’s drop the playing and singing of the UGA song which no one knows or cares a whit about and start playing the Georgia State song before the game’s kickoff. Georgia On My Mind is a helluva lot more meaningful than that weak sister tune that’s currently played.

Dbalcer

November 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

I don’t know where you sit but it was loud all night and the crowd was standing in 120 where we sit. It was a great game and the D did a good job of forcing and capitalizing on fumbles. Give them credit for creating the opportunity for 21 points.

R

November 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

Samuel L Jackson sister in law lives in Athens and his nephew goes to UGa. That’s why he was there. Pretty dang cool sight to behold.

The Ole Ball Coach

November 28th, 2010
4:38 pm

Why does Tech alway cry that they gave it away :) – they are losers……
UGA was the ones trying to give it away, but in the End the Best team won…… GO Dawgs LOL

mcgdawg

November 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

The Defense has made ZERO strides this year…..PITIFUL NO HALF TIME ADJUSTMENTS…..EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

saban

November 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

If Georgia Tech gets a defense and it will the dawgs will need more than red panties to win a game.

Richt knows this and that is why he is leaving for Miami. He knows Paul Johnson and Tech will dominate this state for years when they get all the pieces.

Kirby Smart begged me to keep him and once he kissed my ring I decided to keep him.

Supes

November 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

Comments that could be made from just about any team with a 6-6 record…

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“This season was a season of us beating ourselves,” B-back Anthony Allen said. “Kansas didn’t beat us. Clemson didn’t beat us. Virginia Tech didn’t beat us. Georgia didn’t beat us. We beat ourselves out there. We gave them opportunities to make plays and we didn’t capitalize on the opportunities we were given.”

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Whatever Tech needs to tell themselves to feel better…I’ll take my “gift ugly unimpressive win” over Tech and say 9 out of 10 any day for the next 365 days

Top Row Dawg

November 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

16 of last 20. Pretty close to 17 of last 20 which we have to hear every time Georgia Florida is reported. From now on when we report the Georgia Georgia Tech game, we need a mention of 16 of 20, adds to pressure of breaking drought. Tech is paying a high Karma price for bogus mythical championship of 1990. The Citrus Bowl champion never NEVER deserves a championship, split or otherwise.

1eyedJack

November 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

Aaron Murray only chews his steak 22 times (ranks 89th there in the NCAA).

mcgdawg

November 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

90 + offensive plays…32 first downs….411 yards rushing….sure glad we’ve got a QB that hasn’t played like a freshman all season….as Buck said a win is a win!

Same Ole Crap

November 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

Mark Richt has allowed this program to dip and he is responsible. Many fans and even some players didnt realize what was happening when Ealey scored the last TD. Gotta admit CPJ can coach while CMR always plays close to the vest and plays not to lose. CMR will NEVER win the big one for UGA.. Nice man and a good christian but not a great or smart gameday coach.

RAID

November 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

CMR has his problems!….Its true…….but lets not praise CPJ without asking the question of why he was passing on his last two possessions when the odds were much better continuing the run against our inept and overly tired defence of which couldnt stop GT all night long biting off huge chunks of yardage at a time……………Kind of reminds me of last year…….

TDone

November 28th, 2010
5:22 pm

To Mr. daslicksta, if you don’t understand the concept of what Paul Johnson did, I can’t help you. The object of the game is to win the game. Johnson knew the only way to win the game was to get the ball back. Guess what? He was right. We just ran out of altitude and airspeed.

To Top Row Dawg, Tech is to Georgia as Georgia is to Florida. The fact of the matter is that we give you all a better game than you do Florida. As to your insipid 1990 National Championship comment, until your recognize it, you all will never win another one.

This thing will even out.

Water reaches its own level eventually.

All things considered, when the balls bounced your way and you all took advantage of them and when they bounced our way, we didn’t.

bill

November 28th, 2010
5:24 pm

this is a test…

bill

November 28th, 2010
5:25 pm

Attention…Attention…there is an All-Points-Bulletin out in Bloomington, IN for Coach Mark Richt…that is all.

Same Ole Crap

November 28th, 2010
5:29 pm

Raid… guees what?…. like it was pointed out by the announcers of the game, CPJ doesnt have a play sheet or notes in front of him. He knows the game inside and out in his head and still had a chance to tie the game after stupid Richt / Boo BOO gave him another chanceto do so..Mark Richts CEO approach aint getting it done to win championships !

Al

November 28th, 2010
5:32 pm

Tech is a PATsy!

UGA season ticket holder since 1986

November 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

I’m sick of all the know-it-alls who post that it was idiotic for Ealey to score the touchdown at the end of the game. First of all, Tech would have had a better chance of stripping the ball and driving for a field goal than trying to score a touchdown AND converting on the 2 point conversion (think Purdue which actually did this against Georgia (although they too ultimately lost the game). Second, it was no advantage to take a knee in the victory formation because there was too much time left on the clock. There were at least 95 seconds left and Georgia had two plays which would have taken only 80 seconds off the clock in victory formation. The only thing that Ealey could have done was to have gotten the first down and downed the ball there. Not a SINGLE one of the know-it-all’s on this site would have had the wisdom to have coached him to do that. Finally, I’m sick of all these people who haven’t paid a dime to the program saying to fire Richt and spend whatever it takes to hire somebody so that the same idiots can demand that THEY be fired for not beating Florida 100-0 in their first year.

Anybody who wants to fire Richt should be required to post the amount of their annual monetary contribution to the program.

If it ain’t five digits per year, we really don’t give a hoot about what you think.

Kellina Dawg

November 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

Bill, you sound like an experienced college head football coach. Where did you coach? Maybe if Mark Richt is relieved of his duties, you could replace him. You may have a chance being from Athens and having attended Athens High as well as having worked for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Gordon

November 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

daslicka @4:19,

Do you realize that if Ealey takes a knee after getting the first down, the game is over. By scoring Tech still had a chance. 18 hours later, you still haven’t figured that out. Even Richt admitted Johnson outsmarted him there.

2012 FEAR THE END

November 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

Yes it was very smart to let UGA score, because it let tech win the game! wait no it didn’t, tech fans please keep moboobs in town.

Gordon

November 28th, 2010
5:43 pm

“The only thing that Ealey could have done was to have gotten the first down and downed the ball there. Not a SINGLE one of the know-it-all’s on this site would have had the wisdom to have coached him to do that.”

Not a single one of the know-it-alls on this site get paid 2.8 million to know that. You sound like its rocket science. It was second nature to Johnson, and Richt figured it out 5 seconds after the play.

Gordon

November 28th, 2010
5:48 pm

“There were at least 95 seconds left and Georgia had two plays which would have taken only 80 seconds off the clock in victory formation.”

You could have run the clock down to 15 seconds then kicked a field goal, moron. Then Tech still needs a touchdown and only has 10 or 12 seconds. The only thing that gave Tech a chance at that point was letting them score, and sure enough Richt did it.

Bobby Joe

November 28th, 2010
5:49 pm

You dadgum footballers don’t know skwat. A Murray, Mr. Prodigy, couldn’t make a throw beyond 5 yards in this game. Good thing Durham could run after the catch and AJ can catch anythign within 10 yards. No wonder the kid completed a bunch of balls, they were all 3 yarders.

2012 FEAR THE END

November 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

You forget Richt wanted to score, so that UGA would win, and they did

layinlow

November 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

Okay. Please enough with the PJ doesn’t use a play sheet. Tech’s plays consist of fullback dive, QB keeper or pitch, left or right side, and a few blocking adjustments. Geez how does he do that without a sheet of paper? Some offensive gurus have an encyclopedia of plays is why they carry a sheet of paper.

UGA season ticket holder since 1986

November 28th, 2010
5:51 pm

No honorable man should be required to anticipate that his most hated rival will commit suicide.

And none of you know-it-all’s anticipated it before the fact either.

I want to see the statistics on stripping fumbles late in game versus giving up points. As far as I know giving up has NEVER EVER been successful in College Division IA (BCS) anywhere. But I’ve already cited a game where stripping the ball was successful.

So…….I’m waiting. Please identify any Division IA game where giving up and hoping for a touchdown and successful two point conversion worked.

Ever.

2012 FEAR THE END

November 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

I believe that several passes to #7 and #81 where at least 12 yards down field

UGA season ticket holder since 1986

November 28th, 2010
5:52 pm

As Tech so ably proved, kicking a “chip shot” doesn’t always work. Fool.

billy bob

November 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

bout that there aaron murray. let me set the rekard skrait.

aaron murray beat some great teams.

idaho state.

lou’ laffeyyeeya

vanderbuilt

murray is amazing to beat these trumendus teemz.

UGA season ticket holder since 1986

November 28th, 2010
5:58 pm

and why does the deep back stand back there in the victory formation? oh, because somebody fumbled a handoff (I believe it was a Giants-Eagles game but I’m not sure).

Still waiting on the success of giving up and hoping for a touchdown AND two.

It was also a really, really smart move on Tech’s part not to score after the fumbled kick off. I imagine not scoring there was part of the plan too. And doubly smart to have the ball stripped and fumble inside the ten as well. Oh, there we go again. Strip and fumble.

Bobby Joe

November 28th, 2010
6:00 pm

Murray kid didn’t convert a thrid down in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th quarter.

2012 FEAR THE END

November 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

Lane Kiffin: We Would Let Team Score Late Touchdown in Close Game, and he is not a very smart man, in fact the smartest thing he has ever done was his wife, 1986 is right

billy bob

November 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

murray throw 24 touchdown. who keers how many games georgia lose. blame all bad stuf on da fence.

Bobby Joe

November 28th, 2010
6:03 pm

aaron murray had a fumble, several sacks, and didn’t complete a pass in the fourth quarter.