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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Shotgun sux

September 10th, 2011
11:49 pm

If we hadn’t ran a shotgun play, Ingram would have been neutralized for most of the game and would not have been a factor. No shotgun = 35-14 win.

Still@theBAR

September 10th, 2011
11:49 pm

acdc1996
If Ingram had not been playing for SC
did I miss something?

gt joe

September 10th, 2011
11:49 pm

Ac/dc, your teamis talented but undisciplined. Bsu is disciplined. Duke basketball is disciplined. Gt is disciplined. Even SC is disciplined. They are reflections of their coaches. Uga isn’t, and that’s a reflection of coaching.

You know what, keep Richt.

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:50 pm

Hey Fitten and all you DUMB a@$!

Vince’s record PRIOR to National Championship.

1974 – 6-6
1977 – 5-6
1979 – 6-5
1980 – 12-0

Sometimes you have to go through losing seasons. Mack Brown did and won a NC>

Florida Guy

September 10th, 2011
11:50 pm

acdc1996___Well spoken— As an outsider who went thru the Zook years, I do believe a coaching change is in order in Athens, altho CMR is much more successful than Zook ever was or has been. UGA could be first rate with a real fire breather at coach. Richt is a super guy, but does seem to have lost that edge. See you in JAX! Not surprised Spurrier is doing well. Heck, he won at Duke!

gt joe

September 10th, 2011
11:52 pm

I bet Vince didn’t have the talent that richt has had the past 4 years

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:52 pm

gt joe…BSU has seniors all over the 2 deep chart. Let’s see what BSU is like next year and the year after.

0-2

September 10th, 2011
11:52 pm

let’s face it. uga is not a destination job. its a job for chumps.

gt joe

September 10th, 2011
11:54 pm

I guess bsu has had”seniors all over their two deep”for the past 4 years huh?

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:54 pm

Florida Guy…LIke I said, I think Richt’s job is tied to BOBO. I was critical of him keeping BOBO around. However, this game, not the Boise St. game, is on the players. That is all I am saying.

Spurrier is a good coach and has had several decent SC teams. However, they have not won a National Championship. Just saying. It is not always the coach, it is players making plays.

Ingram for SC was a beast.

cmac22

September 10th, 2011
11:55 pm

This program has forgot how to win … it’s an indictment of the culture that has been put in place by the head coach …. way past time for a regime change in athens. $3 million a year to the ceo of a football program that is not only a bottom tiered SEC program & may well be in the bottom half of all Div 1 programs. Who were the morons that picked this team to win the east? They should have their journalistic priviledges revoked!!

Macclenny_dawg

September 10th, 2011
11:56 pm

Does anybody think Crowell would even be playing if our 2 other rb’s were gone!!! I don’t because Richt has always put the dreaded red shirt on recruits coming in!! So I am not buying the crap we are young!!! Every year we recruit in the top 10!!! So this year we start a bunch of new starters so yea we are young but where are all the talented players from 3 years ago??? Kicked off the team didn’t qualify??? Folks recruiting is also a part of coaching!!! We will get better this year but why are we so young??? Its coaching!!! I love Richt the good christian man but for my coach not if we want 2 win championships!!!

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:56 pm

gt joe…we did not play them over the past two or three years. We played them this year and their experience helped them. They made very few mistakes during the game.

gt joe

September 10th, 2011
11:56 pm

Ingram WAS a beast…but can’t coaches Gameplan to neutralize him? Can’t wait to hear this excuse…

acdc1996

September 10th, 2011
11:57 pm

gt joe…Vince only had the best player in college football history. HERSCHEL WALKER. Without him, Vince does not have a National Championship.

SEC west

September 10th, 2011
11:58 pm

The winner of the SEC (best) really will appreciate the winner of the SEC (least) providing us with a team to scrimmage with in the Dome this December before we play for the NC in January.

gt joe

September 10th, 2011
11:58 pm

Acdc, bsu doesn’t make mistakes because of coaching…which is why they go to bcs bowls…

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:00 am

gt joe…I guess you can game plan a Herschel Walker and take him out of a game. I guess you can game plan a David Pollack and take him out of a game. I guess you can game plan Nick Fairley and take him out of a game.

Dumb A@$ who has never played football.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:02 am

gt joe…they play one good team a year. That is why they go to the BCS.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:03 am

BSU is very undersized and would not last the year if they played a full schedule in the SEC.

gt joe

September 11th, 2011
12:05 am

Judging by todays game, bsu would WIN the sec this year

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:07 am

Vince Dooley should have been fired during the 1970 season. What were we thinking keeping him as coach. He can’t coach. He lost control of his players. They under performed and his coaching. All those fumbles, no fundamentals. What an atmosphere of losing he let settle over the program.

1969 – 5-5-1
1970 – 5-5

If Bosie

September 11th, 2011
12:08 am

played in the SEC, they would have SEC caliber players, and with THEIR coaches they would win just like Alabama, Florida and LSU have been doing.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:08 am

BSU is built to win one big game. They do what they are suppose to do. But the winner of the SEC is the one who survives the SEC.

gt joe

September 11th, 2011
12:10 am

Did dooley have top 5 recruiting classes for the 8 years before those 5_5 seasons? thought not

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:11 am

If Bosie. I’m not even going to argue other than say…

Do I think Boise could beat Alabama? Sure.
Do I think they could beat Auburn, Arkansas, Miss St., Alabama, LSU all in the sam season. Hell no.

You have to have two deep talent in the SEC because people get injured.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:12 am

gt joe…? What ? He recruited well. He recruited the state of GA just like Richt.

gt joe

September 11th, 2011
12:13 am

If you have top 10 recruiting classes every year, you should be a top 10 team every year. Otherwise your coaches suck

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:13 am

gt joe…check earlier post. He had several sub par seasons in the 1970s.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:15 am

gt joe…So by your logic, Boise St. should lose every game. It does not matter what they do before college, it is what they do in college. Players have to make plays.

gt joe

September 11th, 2011
12:15 am

I’m Talking about richt…

gt joe

September 11th, 2011
12:17 am

Acdc, a great coach coaches up. Like Peterson at bsu. Lousy recruiting classes, awesome results. Richt does the opposite

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:19 am

Let’s see what Peterson’s record is next year and then I might agree with you. Something tells me that when they lose the 20 plus seniors off their team after the season, that they might not be able to compete with the big boys.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:20 am

gt joe…again, I am not saying Richt needs to stay, I am just saying that this game is not on him.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:21 am

I think he should be given the rest of this season before we start talking firing. If he wins 9 or more games, then he should be given another season. If he wins the East, then he should be given a few more seasons.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:22 am

The team I saw out on the field today looked scary good at times. Could not say that after the Boise St. game. Wonder what the rest of the season will bring.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:25 am

I think they could reasonably win their next 5 games and go into UF game with a 5 and 2 record. I do think that the UF game is VERY important this year if Richt wants another year. The rest of the games are very winnable. I think that UGA could be sittting 10-2 by the end of the year.

We will not face another offensive team like Boise St. the rest of the year. We will not face another defense better than the two that we just faced.

stendek

September 11th, 2011
12:25 am

I take exception to something you wrote acdc1996 as a longtime Dawg supporter! The Bulldogs faced one true must win test during their championship run. With or without Herschel Walker. The Dawgs found a way to defeat Florida when they had no business doing so. That is what champions do. Without that comeback triumph there would have been no championship. There was no excuse for these Dawgs to lose a must win game against South Carolina at home with the entire season being on the line. None whatsoever. A team with pride would have found a way to win! So please spare me. I cannot wait till next year forever! Can you?

QDog

September 11th, 2011
12:28 am

I had us losing the first 2 games. Geez, we were unranked underdogs, and going up against 2 top 15 ranked teams.

I also have us losing 2 more games this season, I say we’ll split these 4 UF/Tenn/MSU/Aub. We’ll go 2-2 there.

We’ll finish 8-4, then win the Bowl game, finishing 9-4, which is 50% better in wins than 6-7 last year.

QDog

September 11th, 2011
12:30 am

I’ll be very surprised if Aaron Murray starts the next game. He didn’t earn it. It’s time for a new guy at QB, Mason or Lemay, let’s see if we can get a guy who doesn’t commit 3 to’s against SC or Florida.

stendek

September 11th, 2011
12:31 am

Also acdc. What good is a record if all the wins are against inferior opposition? That is the argument I used against Ohio State for years. The Dawgs can not hunt with the big boys. That becomes evident every time they face a foe not of technical instutute variety. Grow up pal!

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:32 am

stendek…Where were you during the losing seasons in the 1970’s? By your logic, Vince should have been fired before the 1980 season.

Also, I can think of several games under Richt that we won that we had no business winning. The one against UT comes to mind. The one against Alabama is another. There was one against Auburn and Clemson.

I do not think Vince was a bad coach when he was losing and I do not think Richt forgot how to coach because of ONE losing season.

stendek

September 11th, 2011
12:34 am

Hey QDog. You do not know Mark Wretch very good do ya? This is the same ignoramus that started Joe Cox over much more talented players. Out of blind loyalty. No way he takes his turnover prone golden boy out. No way!

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:34 am

stendek…I can remember beating LSU a couple times under Richt when LSU was a pretty good team.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:35 am

stendek…I can’t argue with your last comment about Joe Cox. However, I was told that Murray was injured for the first half of the season and that factored into Richt’s decision.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:40 am

Stendeck…Back in my day, all the teams we played were good. There was no such thing as a cupcake. All the players were 7 foot tall and weighed 400 pounds. They all could literally fly off the field. If we lost, we were just happy that the winning team didn’t chew us up and spit us out.

stendek

September 11th, 2011
12:40 am

I would love to debate you more ac but I failed to ascertain that you are RELATED to Saint Wretch. My bad! I want the Dawgs to succeed in this century. Maybe one day you will too. :(

Fitten

September 11th, 2011
12:41 am

Man, ACDC, you really are getting beat up.

And I must have touched a nerve my mentioning that Vince Dooley was a real coach, and Mark Retch isn’t as good, because you keep throwing up posts and posts.

Okay, Dooley won SEC in ‘76, then had 3 bad years, then won it again in ‘80.

So I promise, I’ll give Mark Richt a pass for 3 sub-par years after winning the SEC. Hmm, Richt last won the SEC in 2005… so I’ll give him a pass for the 3 sub-par years after that: ‘06, ‘08, ‘09… then I came want him fired after the sub-par years in ‘10 and this year.

Thanks

stendek

September 11th, 2011
12:45 am

If someone told you Aaron Murray was injured that was an outright lie. Sorry. Just hate Mark Wretch apologists. A 14-15 (I think) mark over the last 29 games is unacceptable to ME plus all TRUE Dawg followers. Good night!!!!! :(

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:45 am

stendek…I do. I hate that we kept Bozo on staff. However, Richt can coach football. He coached a good game today. A few players made some critical mistakes that cost us the game.

As far as succeed, Richt has succeeded this century. If you are referring to success as a National Championship, there are many who say that we had a National Championship team under DJ Shockley. Unfortunately, there were two undefeated teams that year.

Most of the SEC’s national championship teams had one or two losses going into the game with the exception of Auburn and Alabama?

It takes a lot of luck and good timing to win a National Championship. We have been unlucky in that sense and that, my fellow bulldog, is beyond Richt’s control.