Dogs’ bowl showing pretty much sums up the season: Lousy

Aaron Murray saved his worst game of the season for the Liberty Bowl. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray saved his worst game of the season for the Liberty Bowl. (Associated Press)

A mediocre season came to a pathetic end for the Georgia Bulldogs Friday as a talent-loaded SEC offense that had prided itself on regularly scoring 30 or more points a game failed to even score a single touchdown against Central Florida of Conference USA.

Unlike most of the rest of the year, Aaron Murray, wearing gloves in a game for the first time this season, looked every bit the freshman in the Liberty Bowl, throwing two interceptions and nearly throwing two or three more picks.

An offensive line that had underperformed most of the season turned in one of its worst outings, especially in the second half.

And playcaller Mike Bobo made no sustained attempt to establish a running game, allowing the Knights to blanket the Dogs’ receivers for much of the day when they weren’t blitzing Murray as he searched in vain for an open man.

Of course, maybe Bobo was taking a cue from his boss, Mark Richt, who in the first quarter apparently had such little faith in his ground attack that on fourth and inches at the 2 yard line he elected to kick a field goal rather than go for the first down and potentially the touchdown.

That capped off the Dogs’ best drive of the day, which featured a pretty nice mix of run and pass. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the day Georgia rested its hopes mainly on the passing of Murray, who never looked comfortable. The Dogs did manage a decent drive to open the second half but it bogged down, resulting in another field goal.

And that was pretty much it offensively for the Bulldogs.

Most of the pre-game talk had centered on the two teams’ freshman phenom quarterbacks, but thanks to rusty-looking offenses and a pair of turnovers each, the game settled into a defensive struggle.

The Knights, however, persevered with their efforts to establish a running game and eventually were able to wear down a Georgia defense that occasionally was guilty of poor tackling (how many times did Bacarri Rambo dive into the dirt at opposing players’ feet?).

Overall, though, Todd Grantham’s defense played well enough to win.

It was the offense that stunk the place up. Yes, UCF has a pretty good defense, coming into the game ranked No. 18 in the country, but Georgia’s uninspired play made them look even more formidable.

The day was summed up pretty well by the drive the Dogs began with a little over 7 minutes left in the game. A good run by Washaun Ealey was negated by an completely unnecessary chop block on the other side of the field, and then on first and 25 Ealey was stuffed. Next play, the woeful line play allowed Murray to be sacked. And then on third and 32, Murray threw the ball out of bounds trying to hit A.J. Green, who probably was playing his last game as a Bulldog.

On that depressing note, I’ll open it up for discussion of the Dogs’ dismal showing in Memphis. I’ll be back Sunday with more thoughts on the game and where the Georgia program goes from here. Until then, I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s celebration.

Oh, one more thing: Aaron, lose the gloves.

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Hollywood

January 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Attitude & Aptitude wins games:
Coach Nick Saban after the bowl game: “We expected to dominate this team”
Coach Mark Richt after the bowl game: : “We expected to compete against this team, but we didn’t get it done”
No more “nice guys”, we need an attitude adjustment with our Coaching Philosophy!

GTdad

January 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

I guess Central Florida runs this state. Seems Florida, Florida State, South Florida, and Central Florida runs Georgia and South Carolina!!!!!!!!

BITTER recruit aka 5 stars

January 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

#1—————–#2———————–#3———————–just saying

gadawgs

January 1st, 2011
6:24 pm

McGarity’s email address is gmcgarity@sports.uga.edu if anybody is interested.

DWGfan

January 1st, 2011
6:27 pm

I’m actually kind of glad we lost that game. Just think, the team could went into the offseason thinking they were on the right track.

ryan

January 1st, 2011
6:29 pm

No college football for me in 2011 until things at UGA change like no players in a police lineup better S&C program getting to a BCS bowl or National Championship and better coaching staff that is what i want.

BITTER hershall walker

January 1st, 2011
6:30 pm

Im f—- glad i did not have a sorry as— “O” line like this to run behind, I too would be getting in trouble, I too would be a member of the clarke county jail birds, just saying!!!!!

BITTER bla bla bla

January 1st, 2011
6:32 pm

just —–well—–play tennis mutts

McGarity is

January 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

sticking his head in the sand…the issue must be that other high level coaches are not available or not interested or Ritch’s buy out is too much. If McGarity does not fire Ritch now, he will be firing him after game # 5 or 6 next year when the dawgs are 1-5 or 1-6…coastal carolina is a giveme…the dawgs will be no better than 3-4 wins next year at the best…don’t waste any more time…the loss in revenue will be very painful and we will lose more and more recruits to other teams like Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miss. St. and even Tennessee…we are below all of these teams now in most recruit’s eyes.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

January 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

When you recruit player with five stars and an IQ of 80, you better be prepared to coach them like no one has ever been coached before!

Mike Haywood

January 1st, 2011
6:35 pm

Hey Dog Fans, I’m now available! I led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference title in my second season with the RedHawks. Previously, I worked as an assistant at Notre Dame, his alma mater, under Charlie Weis.

ESPN says that I’m “considered an exemplary offensive coach”. I tutored several players who went on to NFL careers, including former Doak Walker Award winner Cedric Benson at Texas and Kevin Faulk at LSU. Besides the Longhorns and Tigers, I was also been an assistant coach at Army, Ohio and Ball State.”

Make my phone ring!

3rd Generation Dog

January 1st, 2011
6:40 pm

This program is totally out of control……no dicipline, no strength, no coaching. Time for the winds of change to sweep this dismal regime away.

Dawg in gatorville

January 1st, 2011
6:45 pm

Pitiful play dogs. You don’t even deserve to be called Dawgs anymore.
AJ, As bad as your season was, You owe it to the bulldog nation to return and play hard!

takedowndawg

January 1st, 2011
6:47 pm

Aaron and Bobo, does Tom Brady use gloves in NEW ENGLAND where it is zero weather??? NOOOO!!!!Forget the great glove experiment!!!!!!!!! Why did he not ditch them at half time?? Boboooo……………………….

Sad Time For the DAWGS

January 1st, 2011
6:51 pm

This is a pitiful situation with the Dawgs…coaches are the worst…the team is out of control…Ritch and Bobo need to start over somewhere else. What a waste of money on Granthan…another bad decision by Ritch…Time to move on McGarity…show some courage…make a tough decision….the DAWG nation has had enough. If you don’t, I will not spend a dime on another ticket or donation. I am done with this embarrassment.

Unbelievable

January 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

I predict that Richt will throw some of his offensive coaches under the bus this year to save his job.

Let's Recap This Season

January 1st, 2011
7:04 pm

Phenomenal offensive line !! (we’ve got everybody back)
Phenomenal running backs !! (we’ve got everybody back)
Improved QB play !! (ANYBODY’s better than Cox, and we’ve got a blue-chipper in Murray)
AWEsome DEE-fense !! (this Todd Grantham guy and his 3-4 is gonna RULE !!!!)
(put any defensive player’s name here) IS A BEAST !!! So we’ll easily win the SEC EAST !!!!
Result ….. 6 – 7
Nuff said regarding the delusions of Dawg fans.

Willie Martinez

January 1st, 2011
7:07 pm

Adios suckers

GR82BAG8R

January 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

Nothing will change at Georgia as long as there are sellouts at Sanford.

SG

January 1st, 2011
7:18 pm

I know this may be obvious to many UGA fans, but to me most of the players physically look like a high school team that doesn’t have a weight program. There’s no way we can run the power sets that we try to run with a lot success having such stiff and weak o-lineman. Having said that, most of the problem is with the scheme that we have. I don’t know if coach Richt influences what Bobo runs or what, but it’s pathetic, with no imagination and unbelievably predictable. Also, I heard David Greene on the radio taking up for coach Richt saying that the recruiting hasn’t been good – well who’s fault is that? Year after year, UGA only seems to only recruit based on how fast kids can run and how high they can jump, that’s only important if you have a heart and play inspired, smart football. When I see players from other schools like some of the one’s on UCF from GA that weren’t even recruited by UGA making big plays, it makes me sick. I do think coach Richt is a good man, but he doesnt have the cojones to be a great coach.

jdawg

January 1st, 2011
7:19 pm

i have been a georgia fan since 1973 and this is one of the worst year i can remember maybe we can go winless and they will fire the coach uga does not want to win the ad could care less and all they say is one more year next new years we will be hearing the same thing

Dwayne

January 1st, 2011
7:20 pm

6 points???? 6? 6? are you joking??? one point for each win.

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
7:23 pm

TCU and Gary Patterson are looking pretty good in the Rose Bowl.Richt should be fired and Gary Patterson should get some consideration

t. slay

January 1st, 2011
7:25 pm

Like many of you, I believe that Richt will not be able to turn it around next year. He implied in his statements last night that he won’t even make any personnel changes. Obviously he can’t see what the fans have seen for the past 4 years. An earlier poster stated, in defense of Richt, that Coach Dooley had some down years too. That is true but the difference is that we knew that the setback was temporary and that the team would very successful in the next season or the one after that.

1964-Dooley’s first year. 6-4. Wins Sun Bowl. First winning season and bowl since Wally Butts era.
1965-Goes 5-5 due to injuries but Dooley gets two signature wins that season: a win over defending
national champions Alabama (coached by Bear Bryant) and a win over Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He also posts a second win over Bobby Dodd at Ga. Tech.
1966-SEC champions. Wins Cotton Bowl. Final ranking: 4th in nation (Dooley’s 3rd season)
1967-Subpar year. Loses to NC State in Liberty Bowl.
1968-SEC Champions. Go 8-0-1 but loses to Arkansas in Sugar Bowl.
1969, 1970-Two straight sub-par seasons. Suffers first lost to Tech in ‘69.
1971-Goes 10-1. Nearly wins SEC but lost to Auburn with that year’s Heisman Trophy winner Pat
Sullivan at quarterback. Beats North Carolina in Gator Bowl.
1972- 7-4.
1973- 7-4-1. Wins over Tennessee in Knoxville, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. Wins Peach Bowl over
Maryland.
1974- 6-6 but upset nationally ranked Florida in Jacksonville.
1975- 9-2 Wins over all three traditional rivals Florida, Auburn, and Ga. Tech (beats Florida on the
Appleby to Washington end-around). Nicknamed the “Junkyard Dogs.”
1976- 10-2 SEC champions. Beats Alabama 21-0 in Athens (I was at that game). Dooley SEC
coach of the year and quarterback Ray Goff SEC player of the year. Loses to eventual
national champion Pittsburgh in Sugar Bowl.
1977- 5-6 Dooley’s only losing season.
1978- 9-1-1 The year of the “wonder Dawgs.” Last minute wins against Kentucky and Ga. Tech.
Almost wins SEC with tie against Auburn.
1979- 6-5
1980, 1981, 1982- 1 National Championship, 3 SEC championships
1983- 9-1-1 Upsets nationally ranked Texas in Cotton Bowl.
1984, 1985 – 7 win seasons. Defeats Clemson in last second field goal (Butler kicks 60 yarder in
‘84). In 1985, upsets #1 ranked Florida in Jacksonville.
1986, 1987 – 7 to 8 win seasons. Wins 1987 Liberty Bowl on last second field goal by John Kasey.
1988 – 9-3 In contention for SEC championship until loss to Auburn. Dooley wins 200th game
against Ga. Tech. Wins Gator Bowl against Michigan State.

During this time Georgia was a team to be feared and reckoned with. Several of his teams overachieved. Even during the down years, Georgia could still pull off some major victories (such as
in 1985 against #1 Florida or 1974, again against a highly ranked and heavily favored Florida).

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:26 pm

I can honestly say that I am a very big Bulldog fan;however, I am a little concerned about recruiting. Other than Champ and Boss Bailey, how many south georgia kids have recieved scholarships to play in Athens? Piont is, the Georgia Bulldogs do not recruit south ga. Greg Reed, Gerald Demps, Telvin Smith and our very own Bryan Crum were recruited by Florida Universities (and played–playing). I forgot that Washaun Ealy was recriuted by Georgia but can you really consider ECI a south ga school? Until Georgia gets the top athletes in Georgia they will not win. Atlanta has great football talent—Georgia recruits Atlanta very well. I recon our South Ga boys will continue to sign with Florida and Florida State. What truely is amazing is that BOBO was raised in south ga.

HM

January 1st, 2011
7:31 pm

Get rid of names on the jerseys; no one is bigger than the “team”. Get rid of the “hair”, unless you’re a senior who has proven that you deserve it. The first team meeting of 2011 should have taken place at 11:30 this morning so that the Dawgs could watch some big-boy football. I am way past tired of seeing players who could care less about playing for the Red & Black being on the field and sleep walking through a game. This coaching staff has done the less with the most as I have seen in 40+ years of following UGA. We need a TOTAL change of mental preparation, and I don’t see it from anyone on the present coaching staff. As Harry Truman said it so well. “The buck stops here.”

We steal ruin this state

January 1st, 2011
7:31 pm

big dawg,
You forgot about Pulpwood Smith.
He’s the CEO of a Fortune 500 Co. Isn’t he? He certainly put his degree to work.

Big Fan

January 1st, 2011
7:35 pm

I thought when I watched the Tech/ Airforce game the other night, that i had watched two of the worst teams playing in a bowl game…… that was before I got to see UGA play the Conf. USA power house Central Fla…. the same power house that played SMU…. that’s right SMU, in their conference championship game…… but give SMU credit at least they scored 14 points on the Golden Knights….. My question,that I would like to have answered is what has happened to Football in the state of GEORGIA?….. This state has more home grown talent than any other place in the country with the exception of maybe Fla and TX, yet our two Flagship schools could only produce losing records to showcase…. While both schools have their different issues and reason for why their season went the way they did, I don’t think there is any reason that either one of these schools, with the pool of Athletes and resources that they have to pull from should ever have this happen… there is no reason why either one of these programs should post looseing records….. it is totally unexceptible…… and neither schools or boosters should put up with it……. just look at the state of Alabama… it has two teams that are both top 10 programs…. I just think it is sad to see that with all of the talent that this state has to offer, we have two very POOR programs.

Coach Dooley

January 1st, 2011
7:35 pm

Wow, I never realized how many coaches there were on these blogs. Man we are so fortunate.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:38 pm

@ We steal ruin this state

We are talking football right. I am sure Georgia is a great academic school; however, can you imagine living in South Georgia with all those darn Florida fans. Heck we can’t beat Florida on their worst year. I can remember when we TOTALLY DOMINATED FLORIDA. Please tell me what has happened with the Georgia Football program? We got beat by CENTRAL FLORIDA. Alabama would have scored 100 on them.

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
7:40 pm

What is so amazing is the way UCF gets no respect from you Ga fans on this blog. They will finish probably 22rd or 23rd in the final polls with a 11-3 record. Georgia finishes with a 6-7 record, with no wins over any team with a wining record I think. UCF is a much better team than your dawgs- face it. In 10 games UCF would win 8 times. You guys are deluded.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:41 pm

@ Coach Dooley

So you are satisfied with the Georgia Football Program? Heck lets just cancel the season and play Tennis

Coach Dooley

January 1st, 2011
7:44 pm

It was a bad year- it’s over. Look forward to next year. The entire East division is in shambles. It’s wide open for someone to step up next year. Might as well be Ga.

FalconUGAFan

January 1st, 2011
7:45 pm

jackwagon-We don’t care about UCF. We are concerned with our Dawgs. Our issues started long before we met UCF in a Bowl game.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:47 pm

Coach Dooley

The last time we had a loosing season, the head coach was looking for a job. What are your thoughts?

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

I understand that- but part of your problem is your unrealistic expectations. You think just because you are in the SEC you should roll over most teams in America. You really don’t have much of a football heritage to write home about. You did win a NC 30 years ago. It is what it is. You are a less than average football team.

jack bull

January 1st, 2011
7:49 pm

how’d our QB look yesterday? did he win the game for us? just wondering

Coach Dooley

January 1st, 2011
7:49 pm

Maybe Richt is looking for another job too.

Fan of the Game

January 1st, 2011
7:49 pm

Can somebody tell me why Murray was wearing gloves in the game?

Coach Dooley

January 1st, 2011
7:50 pm

Outside of coaching.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:51 pm

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

It is hard to argue your comments on your last post.

We steal ruin this state

January 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

Big Dawg,
I used Pulpwood’s name as an example of someone from s Ga who played football at uga while on scholarship. He certainly turned out alright, correct?

SG

January 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

@Coach Dooley

Just because someone is a football coach, doesn’t mean that they’re a good football coach.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

Question—How much heat would Urban Myer have (if he continued to coach) if he had two consecutive season like this year.Does fire urbanmyer.com sound realistic?

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

I don’t mean it to be trash talking- I’m just saying that Georgia is not a very good team; worse even than last year. But Ga fans still continue to believe that somehow, someway the Dawgs are going to turn into a silk purse. But they are still a sow’s ear. It is what it is.

SG

January 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

@Coach Dooley

We wish he was.

BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
7:56 pm

We steal ruin this state

Yea I realize that—

jack bull

January 1st, 2011
7:56 pm

he was wearing gloves because he has small hands and the ball was cold and slick and he thought it helped him grip it.. says alot, actually..

FalconUGAFan

January 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

Really…unrealistic expectations…..I don’t even understand that…Are we supposed to expect a mediocre program? Oh we are mediocre so we are ok with that? We understand our issues better than anyone…We underperform on the gridiron, we have too many arrests, and our HC has seemingly lost his fire. We are in the SEC and we do expect more from our program. Anything less is a loser mentality.

Bulldykes

January 1st, 2011
7:57 pm

We are an awesome team! We will comptete for the NC next season. Bull dykes unite!