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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BIG DAWG

January 1st, 2011
8:02 pm

@ FalconUGAFan

I agree with your post. I have been a die hard Georgia Fan for 49 years and I never expect Georgia to have a below average team. Mark Richt makes more money (in 3 years) that Dooley did is his career.If we are going to pay big money for a coach then they should produce wins.

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
8:02 pm

I understand your frustration. My point was simply that you still think that you a better team than UCF- and you are not. The better team won.

Bulldykes

January 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

We are the joke of the might sec. Damon, can you re adjust my strap on?

We steal ruin this state

January 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

Just a thought:
Many posters have vowed to send no more money to the uga fooball program, to buy no more season tickets, to not attend games next year, etc.
However, most of you will resemble moths attracted to a flame. Burned again.

barneyb

January 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

There’s a new story in the AJC that quotes McGarity as saying Richt will return next year, and “I get it”. Er, um….no you don’t.

t. slay

January 1st, 2011
8:04 pm

Jackwagon:

Your absolutely right. UCF should get a lot of credit. O’Leary had them ready to play. The prospect of being the first team to win a bowl game in UCF history motivated them. I congratulate them. Georgia on the other hand looked liked they sleepwalked through the whole game. UCF wanted the win more than Georgia. Blair Walsh nailed it. Georgia came in with a “entitlement” attitude and any team with that kind of attitude will lose most of the time. I hope that Walsh and his fellow rising seniors will provide better leadership than this years’ crop of seniors did.

GR82BAG8R

January 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

Georgia has very good talent – - better than most teams in the country. Georgia has an advantage over every other D-1 program in recruiting top notch athletes from a state that worships high school football, and no in-state competition for the blue chippers. Its recruiting classes bear this out. Maybe Spurrier’s backhand comments have some merit. What happens to all that talent?

SG

January 1st, 2011
8:05 pm

@jack wagon from mamby pamby land

We know they’re not very good right now genious. If your saying that that they aren’t ever good, then your an idiot.

Bulldykes

January 1st, 2011
8:07 pm

Wow at least tech scored a td in theur loss. We are the new door mat of the Sec.

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

SG Is your great anger helping at all???

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
8:09 pm

Big 10- 0-5 today wow what a beat down

ryan

January 1st, 2011
8:11 pm

SEC west is like AFC in the NFL just total domination i hope McGarity has Dan Mullen on speed dial .

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
8:12 pm

Gary Patterson is 16 and 3 since 2003 aginst BCS schools.UGA should fire Richt and move quickly to hire him.

GR82BAG8R

January 1st, 2011
8:13 pm

Orlando Dog, why do you think Patterson would come to Athens?

SG

January 1st, 2011
8:14 pm

@jack wagon from mamby pamby land

UCF is just another team that is better this year and it’s a long list. The point is, and the reason that we are disappointed is that it should be a very short list. But, the players can’t help that many of them are overrated by “recruiting experts” and that their coaches can’t coach.

Junkyard Dawg

January 1st, 2011
8:16 pm

Orlando Dawg……….

Eventhough I like Gary Patterson, I don’t believe he would ever come to Athens. He has a very good program established in the Texas area. He just won the Rose Bowl. He built his own program which means there is very little pressure on him. To put the icing on the cake, TCU will now be an automatic qualifier for the BCS with their move to the Big East.

Junkyard Dawg

January 1st, 2011
8:18 pm

That TCU 4-2-5 defense must be the real deal. They really held that rushing attack in check.

ugaalumn81

January 1st, 2011
8:18 pm

To ga dogs @6:24….
I am so with you! I gave up my tickets this year, and have absolutely no intention of trying to regain them until after this staff is GONE and other substantive disciplinary, etc. changes are made that turn this program around. Didn’t even go to a game this year. And don’t give me crap about being a fair weather fan. Being a fan does not mean you blindly support every stupid decision your team makes. Blind loyalty is one of the most dangerous, misguided principles in the world. Bulldawg homers and Richt apologists make me want to puke. Call a spade a spade and use your loyalty to do what you can as a fan to blow up this mess and truly rebuild. If you are a true fan, that’s what you do to help your team improve. You don’t spend your well-earned money to go and cheer this crap. You’re just reinforcing bad behavior and unacceptable performance.

McGarity said today that “he gets it”. Really? Really?
Thugs on and off the field, no discipline, no intensity, a coaching staff and team that sleepwalks throught he season while collecting fat paychecks…I’m so done!

Buck Blew

January 1st, 2011
8:26 pm

very good source says that McGarity will be flying to Fort Worth tomorrow with a $4 million check in hand. finally, the CMR era will come to an end. and always remember….run lindsay run.

Bulldykes

January 1st, 2011
8:26 pm

So which bull dyke fans are gonna work the third shift at taco bell to donate money to buy out st. Marks contract?

We are the bull dyke nation.

t. slay

January 1st, 2011
8:27 pm

Total agree ugaalumni81. Until things drastically change in Athens I will no longer watch them on TV or listen to them on the radio. I was so disgusted with them I even pulled the Georgia sticker off my car earlier today. I will instead focus on following the Atlanta Falcons (a team that is fun to watch by the way) and my high school alma mater’s football team.

Gary Patterson

January 1st, 2011
8:28 pm

I just activated call block on all calls frtom the 706 area code. Don’t bug me

MR

January 1st, 2011
8:28 pm

Fire Richt…Hire Vick…that man knows how to handle dogs.

MR

January 1st, 2011
8:30 pm

Hey Buck Blew, the real BB will be kissing up to St. Mark. He is such a homer that he cannot see the forest for the trees.

fastdawg

January 1st, 2011
8:34 pm

4 th & dumb.

ugaalumn81

January 1st, 2011
8:37 pm

Amen, t.slay

True UGA fans should demand better, not make excuses and say, wait until next year”. The University of Georgia deserves better…especially for the money we are paying these clowns. Coaches and players- you are employees of the University and expected to perform to a certain level and behave in a manner becoming of a young man and scholar-athlete. Nobody expects perfection. But the past several years none of you have truly been held accountable. Get arrested- YOU ARE GONE. Don’t go to class- YOU ARE GONE. Don’t put forth effort in a game- YOU ARE GONE. As a coach if you lose total institutional control of your team- YOU ARE GONE. Cut your dreadlocks, stop dancing on the sidelines and acting like a total ghetto thug, and let your playing speak for you. Lou Holtz once said, “Son, act like you’ve been there before”. Shame is, it’s gotten to where you haven’t been there before, because you have all forgotten how to win. Break a sweat, for heaven’s sake!

Macclenny_dawg

January 1st, 2011
8:38 pm

Until we get aggressive in every aspect of our program we will continue to be losers!!! As much as I like richts christian values he doesn’t show enough passion to relate to the average college player. He lacks any aggression in anything!!!! The players are in place but Richt has got to coaching where he is coaching not to lose instead of coaching to win!!! Richt is not blind he sees the problems just like we do but he is unwilling to shake up his staff!!! When this year started I really thought Grantham could be the spark this team needed but Richt did his best to tone him down!!! We will suffer 1 more season and by then every sec team will have passed us!! Mccarity needs to make a move now or we will be set back at least 3 years!!! Smart would be the 1st call and will be a head coach by next year at this time!!! I also likevthe other top canadates but a future star head coach will be Manny Diaz!!!

MR

January 1st, 2011
8:40 pm

Why would any of the coaches mentioned on this blog even be interested in UGA?

and the donation check deadline is feb 15?

January 1st, 2011
8:41 pm

Fans, put your money where your mouth is……don’t continue to subsidize this madness in Athens. If you send that $$$ by Feb. 15, you too are contributing to the problem. Money talks……………..

WeallbleedRed

January 1st, 2011
8:45 pm

I’ve been watching UGA football for many years. This is the most inept team I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what the problem is but they better do something soon.

the check's in the mail....NOT!

January 1st, 2011
8:45 pm

Come on, McGarity- we you or were you not brought back to Athens to fix this mess? Don’t insult us and tell us that you “get it”. Make a clear, convincing case that you do “get it” and blow this program up NOW! Shame on you if you wait until after the 2011 season. Anything less and you’re just another Damon Evans without the red panties scandal.

depresse dawg

January 1st, 2011
8:48 pm

I got in a argument with a UF fan.Dooley won six sec titles, three of them with Herschel Walker. Take away one player and were a Ole Miss or Miss St. I was speechless!

Buck Blew

January 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

run lindsay run. the dawg nation has spoken.

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
8:55 pm

Some people are saying the Big East could loose their automatic bid to the BCS in a few Years.Also there are not enough quality wins to get TCU in the BCS title game in less they are the only underfeated team.Those 2 reasons and the fact UGA can pay alot more would be a reason for Patterson to leave TCU.IN the BIG East if TCU looses 1 game there out of the national championship.At UGA he could loose 1 game and still get into the National Championship game.All these are reasons for him to leave.

Jess

January 1st, 2011
8:59 pm

Big Ten..your boys looked a little limp wristed in 3ea SEC mega-beatdowns on the “Big” 10 today. Pathetic bordering on fraudulent.

colodawg

January 1st, 2011
9:03 pm

This team has worn me out. Does anyone really see this team being that much better next year? Please call Gary Patterson, seriously.

BirdDog

January 1st, 2011
9:07 pm

UGA needs better linemen on both sides of the ball particularly O line. Watching some real bowl games today it’s easy to see why UGA got their butt kicked at the line of scrimmage this year. Got to get more physical O linemen that drive guys into the ground or all the way to the sideline. They have no mean, nasty beasts on either line.

MR

January 1st, 2011
9:08 pm

Orlando Dawg, dream on. UGA is not an elite program and middle of the road at the best in the SEC. Fla will keep your number in the east and Tenn. is on the way up. You fall behind the two Ala teams, LSU, and now MSU. Wake up and smell the roses…or the hedges.

MR

January 1st, 2011
9:10 pm

BirdDog..what are you talking about…UGA’s offensive line went into this year as the most experience offensive line in the country. They were supposed to make UGA one of the top rushing offenses in the nation. Your coach now could not even trust them to get half a yard. UGA fans should take a good look in the mirror and understand that is smoke behind you not truth.

jack wagon from mamby pamby land

January 1st, 2011
9:12 pm

BirdDog UGA needs better players all across the offense and defense. No playmakers other than Green, and he takes too many plays off.

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
9:15 pm

MR,
With the right coach in place Georgia can compete every year in the East.So with that said MR if your not a Dawg fan get the hell off our blog.you pathetic looser.

Junkyard Dawg

January 1st, 2011
9:17 pm

Kirby Smart could be the answer. He is a UGA man, so he will have passion for the Dawgs which Richt doesn’t have. He also has the Nick Saban blueprint which could also help us. The only thing about him I don’t like is that he has never been a HC. But hey, he don’t do any worse than this crap we have right now. I think Kirby could turn us around.

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
9:20 pm

MR,
Did you watch the game before Richt kicked the field goal and after he did the anouncers could not beleive he did not go for it on 4th and inches because Ealey was averaging 4.0 yards a carry.Richt blew that call.

Orlando Dawg.

January 1st, 2011
9:21 pm

MR, go back to your GT looser blog.

fla dawg

January 1st, 2011
9:22 pm

buck blew…why do you even bother to post such junk. you dont have any “very good sources”. anyone, including me, who was actually plugged into a legitimate source would not be spending their time on here.

COACH B

January 1st, 2011
9:25 pm

I think the NCAA should investigate the bank accounts of every offensive player and coach @ UGA. It was obvious from the beginning that they had no intention of winning that game. Remeber the Black Soxs that threw the World Series for money, That is what it looked like from someone in the bleechers yesterday. It was inexplicable. NOT ONE offensive play made sense. It was like they were trying to lose that game. I talked to several UCF fans after the game at our hotel and they said ours was the worst offensive attack they had seen all year. They even admitted to me their defense had never played that good all year, (but our offensive made them look like a pro team.) It was embarrasing. UCF fans told me that they did not believe they had a prayer, but hoped it would be within four touchdowns. It would seem our team answered their prayers and them some.

Junkyard Dawg

January 1st, 2011
9:28 pm

If you ask me I can’t really think of anyone that would WANT to come to Athens besides Derek Dooley, and Kirby Smart.

Haubaugh – More than likely the next Michigan Coach

Patterson – Has it made at TCU and has even turned down his own alma mater K State so why come to UGA?

Peterson – Do we really want him after seeing what happened to Colorado picking a Boise State coach?

Rich Rod – I see Rich as another CMR. He doesn’t know how to pick a good DC or fire a bad one.

Available

January 1st, 2011
9:29 pm

Pitt fired Mike Haygood. He would be a PERFECT fit at Athens as the next HC.

Coach Dooley

January 1st, 2011
9:32 pm

That’s cold.

Junkyard Dawg

January 1st, 2011
9:34 pm

That would be funny if Rich Rod somehow ended up at Pitt. Pitt is West Virginia’s most hated rival.