Bulldogs generous to a fault

Isaiah Crowell showed he's the real deal. Now if he can just stay in the game! (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Isaiah Crowell showed he's the real deal. Now if he can just stay in the game! (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The bad news is that Georgia lost another “big” game Saturday, and in fact has only won one really big game in the past three seasons.

The good news: There are no more really “big” games left on their 2011 schedule.

A Bulldogs team that managed to hang 42 points on a South Carolina defense that’s considered the class of the SEC East ought to be favored in the remainder of that schedule.

Of course, a team as generous as Mark Richt’s Dogs were Saturday, giving away 21 points thanks to turnovers plus another 7 resulting from falling asleep on a fake punt, can always find a way to lose, so the 10-2 record that would salvage the season and save Richt’s job is far from certain.

Walking out of Sanford Stadium tonight, the initial impressions I took with me were a mixed bag: Georgia’s defense improved considerably from a week ago and essentially played well enough to win. … Let’s hope the turnover problems that plagued the Dogs a couple of seasons ago aren’t back, because as we saw against the Gamecocks, there’s no surer way to negate a good defensive performance. … Mike Bobo might be a slow learner, but he did apparently finally conclude that a short passing game is a better bet when your offensive line is inconsistent in protecting your quarterback. At times in the second half Saturday, it looked like Georgia had lifted a copy of Kellen Moore’s playbook. And it worked. … Isaiah Crowell is the real deal. And Bobo finally figured out that he needs to get the kid the ball with space to run. Sure, Crowell gave up a hurtful fumble, but he at least has the excuse of being a true freshman. What do we make of Aaron Murray still refusing to tuck the ball and safely take a sack? … In the first half, it seemed every time Crowell had two successive runs, he was replaced by Richard Samuel. Here’s hoping that wasn’t a conditioning thing. Finally, in the second half, Crowell got more of the reps he so badly needs to develop into the first-rate back he seems destined to become. … Two missed field goals in two games for Blair Walsh, and this week it wasn’t a long one like against Boise. Let’s hope this isn’t a trend. … If Richt really went for that onside kick late in the game rather than give his defense a chance for a stop with 2:15 left and three time outs still in his pocket because, as he said after the game, Christian Robinson was hurt and he didn’t think anyone else could get the D lined up right, the state of affairs at linebacker officially has reached red alert status.

So, yes, Georgia outplayed South Carolina, as Steve Spurrier said after the game. But at 0-2 that’s really sort of a tin-plated substitute for a silver lining.

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Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:25 pm

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:26 pm

HUTSON>>>>>>>MASON>>>>>>>>>>>HUTSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MASON. Murray is 6-9….Russ is looking for the ANTI-Freeze to drink……………….

Georgia Fan

September 10th, 2011
10:27 pm

Go Dawgs. It will be a much better year than last year. We’ll beat some good teams this year, and fans will be happy. We only have 2 seniors on defense…

UGA '05

September 10th, 2011
10:27 pm

In the first part of the game we made it to the red zone three times and settled for a field goal three times. If we had executed those three times it would had been a whole different game. instead of 6-0 it would of been 21-0. We gotta execute and finish in the red zone. Good game though, close but no cigar.

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:27 pm

It really was not a bad game………It is WHAT a USC v UGA game is. UGA has just lost the last 2.

UGA '05

September 10th, 2011
10:28 pm

Is Robinson out for awhile?

John

September 10th, 2011
10:28 pm

A great contribution, Still@theBAR

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:29 pm

GA FAN and what makes you think THAT? Is your Bong water Jack & Ice?

That70sGAdawg

September 10th, 2011
10:29 pm

First! to say the players were not to blame today, the OC was, again…..

Music City Dawg

September 10th, 2011
10:29 pm

Definite improvement. We just have to learn how to win again.

SatillaDawg

September 10th, 2011
10:30 pm

Well, there was some improvement, Bill. But bottom line…it’s yet another LOSS! And a crucial SEC one at that. Win the East? Hah! Not gonna happen. Wake up, Dawg fans! CMR must go. He’s not earning the millions we’re paying him.

The captain goes down with the ship, and this ship has been sinking, sinking, sinking for years. How much longer are we alumni and fans expected to bail water on this floundering crate? The clincher for me was the inept special teams play on the fake punt. How on earth was this allowed to happen? Even casual football fans know Spurrier loves trick plays. Simply inexcusable.

I called for CMR’s resignation last year, and I renew the call this year. He’s a nice enough guy, but college football has evolved and changed. CMR’s coaching style has not. Time for fresh ideas.

daddydog

September 10th, 2011
10:30 pm

You are on the money. GA had the better team, but found a way(ways) to loose. reminds me of some past FL games.

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:31 pm

WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR…………or is it GATA…….Now more than ever. The DAWGS have the PLAYERS you guys just don’t have a coach with a VIEW better than the inside of his own BUTT.

DostaDawg

September 10th, 2011
10:33 pm

Proud of our guys. They showed some of the old bulldog bite tonight. If we stop killing ourselves, we could still do OK this year. Keep turning the ball over and it will be a very long yer.

Awfully impressed with IC and MM. Need to play the playmakers.

Lenny

September 10th, 2011
10:33 pm

I really need some Pepto Bismol. Maybe an entire gallon wouldn’t be enough.
Not sure why Murray can’t hang on to the ball. That game was ours for the taking. This sort of garbage is becoming all-too-familiar. I wish the team the best, but I’m not optimistic.

TossSweep

September 10th, 2011
10:33 pm

Dawgs look good without those turnovers. This one is the fault of the players. The coaches did a much better job making the calls on offense and defense this week. The players did not execute them that well. Undefeated the rest of the way saves CMR’s jobe. Otherwise….

That70sGAdawg

September 10th, 2011
10:35 pm

Crowell is the real deal, but Booboo forgot about him for momentum breaking streches, threw on 3rd and 1, didn’t even acknowledge Crowell in post game leading question from Dowdle on impressive Crowell. Booboo and Richt had Knoshon on the scout team! Help them both pack up! We have lost 5 of last 6 games? 14-14 over last 3 year, ENOUGH !

Moobs Johnson

September 10th, 2011
10:36 pm

Murray is 6-9 as a starter. Georgia is 14-14 in their last 28 games. Long live Richt!

stickwithricht

September 10th, 2011
10:37 pm

Football 101 – learn to catch a ball

bobo needs to gogo.
if after bobo is gone, things don’t turn around…they say farewell to mark richt.

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:37 pm

GOD & BEAR BRYANT are sitting in Heaven coaching a football game. GOD says I get to pick the BEST to ever play the game. BEAR smiles and says OK. At the HALF God ask BEAR if they can switch teams. Bears says OK. At the end it is 42 to 45 BEAR BRYANT’s team wins……. GOD was MAD………BEAR Laughed and said I gave you a team with 42 points and the lead at HALF but you started to listen to RICHT & Bobo in the 2nd half.

Saban

September 10th, 2011
10:38 pm

Very generous of Spurrier to keep it close.

Oh well another moral victory for the hounds.

Is UGA still alive?

TRUDAWG

September 10th, 2011
10:38 pm

NOT MURRAY………THINK IT WAS CORDY GLENN THAT LET CLOWNEY WALK BY

piermontdawgny

September 10th, 2011
10:38 pm

shoulda woulda didn’t

Larry

September 10th, 2011
10:39 pm

Awesome…Bill blocks me but Still@theBar has free reign. Kudos Bill.

Saban

September 10th, 2011
10:39 pm

At least you ladies can play Coastal Carolina close.

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:40 pm

TossSweep
September 10th, 2011
10:33 pm

Dawgs look good without those turnovers
And That Street Walker looked nice until I got pulled over with her red panties in my lap………DAMON EVANS famous last words.

RK

September 10th, 2011
10:40 pm

3rd and 2 inside the 30. 1st half. 0 and 1 and not many people expect a win in Athens today. I did.Defense was on their heels, I would have run it down theiir chicken throats for two downs and let the chips fall. Anyway, a very good effort. Here’s hoping for the best the rest of the season. But for Pete’s sake, take a chance when the other team is reeling. I was very happy we thought outside the box on offense with regards to Boykin’s run and Crowell screens. Or is that really outside the box?

stendek

September 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

Look for Mark Wretch to ballyhoo wins over inferior opponents to compile a smoke and mirrors mark. The two tests true Dawgs fans were interested in have already passed. Both were dismal failures! One was lost shot at return to prominence. Other was SEC killer! True Dawg fans know rest of season is just playing out string. That is the truth!

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:42 pm

Hire Yoculan or Jon Gruden to coach the DAWGS. Richt & BoZo don’t have the Ba..z to win championships with this talent.

Marion Morrison

September 10th, 2011
10:43 pm

In baseball terms….warning track power. Whatever the formula for winnibg may be – CMR is always one ingredient shy of a winning recipe. I am a fan of CMR and his staff — but at the end of the day it is the results that count. They can no longer win the “big one” — or even the medicore one. A change is needed…and the sooner the better.

Marion Morrison

September 10th, 2011
10:45 pm

Enter your comments here

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:45 pm

LARRY you got to post why are you crying?

howitlooks

September 10th, 2011
10:46 pm

Hey – Kool-aide drinking Bill King – your quote is like those of other Dawg excuse makers “A Bulldogs team that managed to hang 42 points on a South Carolina defense that’s considered the class of the SEC East” – YEA RIGHT – East Carolina hung 37 points of SC and 361 yards – does that mean that EC is in the same class as UGA?? Or does it mean that UGA football has dropped to the level of East Carolina?

Marion Morrison

September 10th, 2011
10:46 pm

should be “winning”…geez. Crown Royal does not improve my typing skills……

msj917

September 10th, 2011
10:46 pm

For the first time I saw Aaron Murray with fire in his gut to take the team on his back and make the plays to win the game. It’s infortunate a couple of mistakes put us back in the L column. We must remember he is a sophomor and almost had the V in his grasp. crowell did great except for 1 play. They will eliminate their mistakes and we will see their evolution. Richt will have this team back in the winners column. Of that I am certain!

0-2

September 10th, 2011
10:48 pm

You gotta love the fact that we suck!

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
10:49 pm

This is not on the coaching staff…They had the players ready to play. The only thing I can second guess is why it took so long to start dropping the ball off short and why did we not hand the ball off to Crowell more. It was apparent that SC defense had no answer for him. Yet, he only carried the ball 16 times versus Lattimore’s 27 I think.

With that said, the coaches put the players in the right place to win, Aaron Murray and the special teams did not perform.

0-2

September 10th, 2011
10:51 pm

we are the door mat of the sec.

cdawg

September 10th, 2011
10:52 pm

You are crazy … ugaly has had 1 BIG win in the last 5+ seasons … against LSU in the SEC Championship game in December 2005. This is a poorly coached team & if richt had any honor, he would resign tonite. As for grantham, paying tat clown $750,000 for that defense is a joke. The one stop they had to have, with 6 minutes to go … USC scored in 2 1/2 minutes!! THIS IS UGALY FOOTBALL!!

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

I know every DC in the SEC is SKEERD to game plan against BOBO. Keep BOBO before Athens Academy steals him away.

Fitten

September 10th, 2011
10:57 pm

Players lost this game

But Richt and his million$ should lose his job.

A real coach like Saban would win forever at Georgia.

But with our ignorant leaders we’ll probably get another “smart alum” like Ray Goof

Or proud-Christain like Mark Retch

How about we hire a football coach?

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
10:58 pm

cdawg,

Everyone has a bad spurt. This is a really good team that beat themselves tonight. This is also a VERY YOUNG team that just played to VETERAN teams in Boise and SC.

I will be interested how the rest of the year goes. But c’mon, we all knew this was going to be a tough 2 game stint and that National Championship was not this year. Aaron Murray is only a sophmore and Crowell is a freshman. I think brighter days are ahead and think there was enough improvement to see that this team CAN go 10-2 and possibly win the east.

After all, they were picked to finish 2nd in the East. Nothing has changed.

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:00 pm

Fitten, Saban is one in a million. Who is going to come to UGA? Richt and his staff did a good job today. This is on the players. PERIOD.

0-2

September 10th, 2011
11:01 pm

at least we are still God’s gift to college football!

Bobdawg

September 10th, 2011
11:02 pm

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Even Spurrier seems to feel sorry for Richt

Georgia Fan

September 10th, 2011
11:02 pm

Bill: you really shouldn’t even open your piece up to all these negative comments – many of which are from folks who aren’t even UGA fans…

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
11:03 pm

I hate to say it but JON “CHUCKY” GRUDEN……………………….

THANKSGIVING

September 10th, 2011
11:03 pm

Glad to be a Bulldog than a Hurricane.

Macclenny_dawg

September 10th, 2011
11:05 pm

Well it showed today we have better talent but coaches can’t seem 2 use it right!!! A couple of times each year we just look like we don’t know a game is being played!!! We played much better today but why does it take us Dawg nation to get under Richt’s skin to coach too have sum guts and play all out!!! As I watched the 1st half I saw the dawgs and Boise state playing!!! The difference was South Carolina couldn’t get anything going but Spurrier was willing too try anything too make something happen!!! So he calls what I have seen out of our punt team the last few years!!! The punt team always running to set up for punt return!!! Just once I wish we would put our best on the field and try to block a punt!!! I was proud too see Richt try the onside kick!!! About time 2 try something tricky!!! After the game Richt said he went ahead and tried the onside kick with two minutes because with our player out he didn’t think anybody could get us lined up right?? Well he needs to explain 2 me why he didn’t use a timeout on 3rd down!!! I think I would have called timeout then coach to get them lined up on 3rd down!!! Folks we have the best talent on the field but we play not to lose instead of playing to win!!folks we have to get Richt gone and bring in someone who coaches all out every game!!! If Richt expects the team to give their best the coach should also!!!

THANKSGIVING

September 10th, 2011
11:05 pm

Glad to have hope that this team will improve than get worse.