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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dawgster

September 11th, 2011
12:46 am

Hey Bill King…if you really want to be accurate with your article then do your homework and listen to what Coach Richt and Coach Bobo said about Crowell taking a blow to the ribs thus causing some breating problems…Have you ever had bruised ribs or taken a shot there…Try it, I can tell you how it can affect your breathing and have you grasping for breath…I don’t have a problem if you want to criticize the dawgs for other problems, but Crowell was not 100% for much of the game and thus some reasons for having to be spelled at times….But its much easier to criticize from behind a computer writing an article….go dawgs

dawgster

September 11th, 2011
12:46 am

should say ’some breathing problems”…sorry…

Skokie Dog

September 11th, 2011
12:46 am

For those of you that keep referring to Murray as a “sophomore,” don’t forget that he is a REDSHIRT sophomore–which means that he is a third-year member of this team.
I hope that Hutson Mason at least gets into some of the upcoming games against the powderpuff teams, so we can see how capable he is too.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:54 am

Fitten…Just saying that Dooley had several subpar seasons. Richt has won a couple of SEC championships right? 2002 and 2005. Maybe should have played for the NC in 2002.

Let’s give Richt the rest of the season. If they roll over and have another sub par season, then ok. They just got finished playing two highly ranked, veteran football teams that are just as talented as us. Nothing to hang your head low over today. Good game.

Go DAWGS.

QDog

September 11th, 2011
12:55 am

Agree, I had Murray figured out a few G-Days back when he choked under pressure. He’s lost to every winning team he’s ever faced. 0-8 record against winning teams.

6-9 record as a leader.

Murray’s still a level 1 leader. Title only. He doesn’t have close relationships with his guys, they don’t make enough plays for him at the right time to win big games. That’s level 2. He can’t lead his team to a win over a winning team–that’s level 3 of leadership.

Murray against Florida:
3 interceptions, 1 45 yard fumble

Murray against South Carolina:
1 interception for 6 points
1 fumble exchange return for 57 yards to 2 yardline turned into 6 points
1 sack fumble for td turned in to 6 points.

Enough is enough.

If we don’t play Hutson Mason or Lemay after 0-8 record against winning teams, Richt deserves to be fired.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:56 am

dawgster…Thanks for the info. Did not realize Crowell was hurt. I was a little critical of Bobo for not running him more.

acdc1996

September 11th, 2011
12:57 am

Playing Mason would be like playing Cox in place of Stafford.

QDog

September 11th, 2011
12:58 am

Crowell played great. Samuel improved.

Defense held Latitmore & Garcia & Jeffery to 3 td’s total, no one els eon offense scored.

QB play is the reason for the decline.

QDog

September 11th, 2011
1:03 am

Murray didn’t complete a pass in the 1st quarter he was so nervous.

And once again, for the 8th time in a game against a winning team, Murray fell apart at the end of the game.

Some people just don’t have the “it” factor at QB.

They lack poise & leadership & intangibles that lead to W’s against winning teams.

Let’s put a new QB in, no one can possibly do worse than 3-4 to’s a game and 0 compltions in the 1st quarter against UF & SC.

DaculaDawg

September 11th, 2011
1:16 am

Murray lost the game for us and he will again to the mighty GT team. Did you folks see how GT dismantled the awesome team that they played? I hate to say it but GT is looking like a BCS champion while UGA is resembling an SEC chump. I think GT will thump us something like 63-3 this year. Goodness gracious, GT’s passing and running game is off the chart. We’d better get it together before November, Dawg fans!!!

dawgster

September 11th, 2011
1:19 am

@QDog…How can I say this….Murray gives us the best chance to win right now…Has he made some mistakes..yes and probably will make some more, but I assume you wouldn’t….also, just for your lack of info….And just for the record, I’ll let you know that while Mason can be and will be a good QB for Georgia and may or may not have the “it factor as you say, but he is not our best QB right now…Murray is…but don’t take my word, this comes from current players on the team that actually see these guys everyday….So your comments have very little validity at this point….

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
1:21 am

WHAT CROWELL the HERSCHEL WANNA BE got HURT?

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
1:22 am

dawgster
September 11th, 2011
1:19 am

@QDog…How can I say this….Murray gives us the best chance to win right now…
HAHAHAHAHHAHAH
How do you know that?.
What other QB has had a SHOT at LIVE Game play?

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
1:24 am

dawgster
A male Virgin would say the same thing about the first woman that gave him some pudding.

dawgster

September 11th, 2011
1:25 am

@Qdog…and yes you are right the QB play does have to get better…thats a no brainer….but Murray is our best hope at this time….He will get better, and through the process he will make mistakes and learn from them…It takes 11 guys to execute the offenses and defenses and you just can’t pin things on one guy….Without Murray, I don’t believe we come back in this game as we did….Its quite funny how the 2nd string QB is always the most popular player with many fans.,,,

dawgster

September 11th, 2011
1:34 am

@Still at the Bar…inside info….or maybe I have a nephew that actually plays for the dawgs…doesn’t really matter does it….All i will say is that Murray is our best QB at this moment…you can take that any way you want to, but unless he gets hurt, Murray will be our QB this year and will get better in my opinion and its also the opinion of others…Yes he made some mistakes…tell me a QB that hasn’t playing Div 1 football or at any level..The good ones learn and grow from their mistakes….I believe as others do that Murray has the intangibles to do good things for the dawgs but if people want to give up on, then go ahead..Well its late so that’s about it…..go dawgs

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
1:45 am

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
1:48 am

MURRaY is Your best? I guess Joe COX was your best too. Richt is a JOKE. How do the DAWGS know Murray is the BEST? He is the ONLY QB to PLAY. Coastal Carolina is coming you think maybe HUTSON gets a chance? HELL No Richt and BOZO are STUPID.

OH HECK YES THEY DID

September 11th, 2011
1:55 am

T is for Trailer
T is for Trash

Ga Grad '90

September 11th, 2011
2:17 am

Georgia had the better team…shut the F#$% up already. Georgia lost another game and looked sloppy AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. I’ll bet you support grade inflation. Oh, the poor little kids…they all deserve A’s. No they don’t and Richt doesn’t deserve $3M+/year to lose.

Thomas Brown

September 11th, 2011
6:24 am

Douglas Doug,

Sir, you are just PO’d that I was right. Using the subjunctive case, contrary to fact, assuming if we had won, and then going on about what would have happened to ME had that in fact been the case, just makes you continue to be a

DISNEYdawgs.com

All my stats pointed to me telling Jeff Schultz he was totally incorrect.

You sit there squirming in your seat, thinking of what to reply to me NOW today when ONCE AGAIN as always I am correct.

And, you once again – incorrect sir.

We don’t beat the great teams.

We lose to cupcakes.

And, by the way, sir, those are not STATS

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They are called your WON / LOST record, not stats.

Stats are that Aaron Murray fumbled the football 3 times tonight and threw one interception.

Stats are NOT that we LOST.

That sir is called a FACT, right ?

Thomas Brown

September 11th, 2011
6:25 am

Exactly as I told you in Jeff Schultz column guaranteeing the win – based upon that which he HOPED, contrary to fact.

There are no EXCUSES any longer

Douglas Dawg

Young : We kicked off 26 scholarship football players – addition by subtraction you called them Douglas Dawg – in just the last year who could have played tonight and are no longer on the team; that is NOT an EXCUSE for you to say we are YOUNG.

This coaching staff (1) got great credit for recruiting them all 26 of them, here. And, this coaching staff (2) is to blame for either that or that they are no longer here – not some bloody excuse by the likes of you that we are YOUNG.

And, yes sir, in my profession where I have been employed since 22 September 1991, I am held accountable daily for my wins and losses

not stats.

Good try though that stats mean nothing.

LOSSES Douglas Dawg, I hold Mark Richt accountable for the LOSSES

Douglas Dawg

savannadawg

September 11th, 2011
6:44 am

Make Aaron Murray run 2 miles before the games and he’ll be too tired to be wound-up and therefore he will play better from the start.

Newnandawg

September 11th, 2011
7:02 am

Another Mark Richt loss between the hedges. Wonder what’s gonna happen in Jacksonville again this year?

SickAndTired

September 11th, 2011
7:26 am

Excuses. I guess they can all get participation trophies at the Gala. The time for excuses has past. Move on to the coaching search and find someone that can win again in Athens.
10-6-4

EastTennesseeDawg

September 11th, 2011
7:44 am

Living 10 miles from Neyland Stadium, I am worried about the future, but I do have some hope based on this game. For the first time in years, I think that we absolutely had a chance to win against a great opponent. We really do have a great team. If we hadn’t had those 2 fumbles, the game would have been ours. Much better than letting Boise State take us apart last week. That one, I do think that we could have won, but we just played horribly. Here, we played like the Dawgs we know and love, we just made a couple of mistakes. The defense also had a great game. I know the score might tell you different, but special teams/turnovers led to a good number of those points.

I know it’s hard to see another loss, but for the first time in a few years I think there’s reason to hope.

collegeballfan

September 11th, 2011
7:49 am

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

Last time I checked the OC did not get a single play on offense or defense. All he did was call the offense.

It does not matter what plays are called, what matters is the execution of those plays. And execution falls on the HC.

Anyone who can read knew that UGA would have problems at OL and LB this season. If Crowell gets injured who plays TB? You are short handed there also.

5-7

September 11th, 2011
7:58 am

Typical uga bs. You never get beat….you alway give the game away. I predict you “give” at least 5 more games away this year.

old dawg fan

September 11th, 2011
8:08 am

Did we play better today? Yes we did “but” the fact is we still lost. Giving up 4 TD’s due to mistakes is not acceptable at this level (or what is suppose to be this level) of college football. We are UGA but no one seems to remember what that is suppose to be. Our football program has been greatly reduced to a division II school. It is embarassing but it keeps going on and on with no end in site.
This may be my last comments and I have had enough. Time to find a new team to support.

wins-by-a-link

September 11th, 2011
8:25 am

Georgia was the best team Sat. afternoon and should have won except for the turnovers, In other words we beat ourselves, How in the world do you let a d-lineman run a fake punt 70 yds for a td? Other than the final score it was a great and exciting game, This team could be really good, But I still question the coaching ability of some Ga. coaches.

hal combo

September 11th, 2011
8:29 am

“no more big games left on the schedule”!? Oh you wish, King, you wish…Auburn, the defending national champ, is going to come to Athens, take your lunch money, spend it on crack, and whip your team back to Pauldoe St.

RollDawg

September 11th, 2011
8:36 am

Georgia’s got it figured out now. They will easily win the next 9, South Carolina will trip up along the way, and a fired up UGA team will take the SEC championship. A national championship is not out of the question!!!! Roll dawgs.

LogicalUS

September 11th, 2011
8:40 am

“South Carolina will trip up along the way, and a fired up UGA team will take the SEC championship. A national championship is not out of the question”

RIght…UGA threw everything they had at SC in a must win game at home and they still lost.

Sometimes, you just have to admit that your best simply isn’t good enough. No guarantee that UGA will not slup up at least 3 more times this season.

sparky

September 11th, 2011
8:42 am

Remember: Richt could have played Murray as a true freshman. He didn’s, opting to play that other loser. If Murray had more experience UGA may have won. Also, he will be 3 years removed from high school at end of year, he can declare for draft if he turns out to be good. Way to waste a recruit with a ton of talent. Bone head decisions like that drive me nuts. If UGA is to fire Richt it needs to happen now, not at end of year. If it happens in December it will come at the expense of a recruiting year. UGA has great athletes and cannot win, what will happen if the recruits dont come because of a coaching change. Just saying!

spotlessbiker

September 11th, 2011
8:45 am

The Dawgs are getting better…CMR let the ship sail with tattered sails for a few years and has cost us some re-tooling time. But it does look like the ship is righted. Young team about to explode…give CMR some time….It takes 3 years to recruit enough players to really change defensive schemes. Most of the mistakes were from inexperience….but some real talent came out also….

LogicalUS

September 11th, 2011
8:47 am

“Georgia was the best team Sat. afternoon and should have won except for the turnovers, In other words we beat ourselves”

Of course, isn’t UGA always the best team regardless of the losing..

Did SC have anything at all to do with the turnovers? Anything at all? Seems most people recall that their DB made a heck of play on the Murray pass across the middle for the pick 6 and what do you say about that Clowney kid manhandling Murray like a ragged Andy for the fumble 6. And the fake punt was a perfectly executed fake with a 270 DT outrunning the entire UGA defense for a TD.

Yep if the NCAA will only make other teams not make plays against UGA then we might win.

Rural Education

September 11th, 2011
8:47 am

Great players step up and make plays when the game is on the line. South Carolina just had more play makers than Georgia did. Everyone knew Clowney would have an impact and he did. Everyone knew that in the clutch Lattimore will find a way to get the yards and he did.

Can I supersize that for you?

September 11th, 2011
8:50 am

Two new words for dawgtards to add to their very limited vocabulary:

Mediocrity

Irrelevancy

Barnee Baxter

September 11th, 2011
8:56 am

Suck it, jock sniffer. When UGa wins a game like this, you write how good UGa and how it was meant to be. Steve Superior owns UGa and is now starting to flex his muscles @ USC.

LakeDawg

September 11th, 2011
8:58 am

This from CBS.com, which I agree with:

With the Bulldogs now staring down a de facto two-game hole in the SEC East race and sitting at 0-2 overall, Richt has no doubt now lost every last shred of “margin for error” or “benefit of the doubt” his tenure possessed. He must win the overwhelming majority of his remaining games — surely, nothing less than nine of them — or he will be fired.

B.Beaver

September 11th, 2011
8:59 am

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LakeDawg

September 11th, 2011
9:02 am

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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Great line, Bill.

Troll Power Ratings

September 11th, 2011
9:05 am

@Fool on a Bar Stool: Must be H to be you. Wow, you live to make snarky comments about a team YOUR team can’t beat? Hit the TECH blogs and revel in the stupendous season TECH is having. Get ready for another beat down, soon.

No matter the state of Georgia’s program, no matter how bleak the trolls would have you believe things look, Georgia will still beat TECH.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

September 11th, 2011
9:18 am

Nebraska never starts a season 0 – 2

kybodawg

September 11th, 2011
9:18 am

go after malzon not mullen.

FLA DAWG

September 11th, 2011
9:19 am

Bill,

The Defense played well!? South Carolina hung 45 points on them – that’s good play?
That’s 80 points scored on this Defense in just 2 games.

I think you are leaving out the absolutely miserable play by Garcia in the first quarter that gave The Dawgs the opportunity of putting 3 or 4 TDs on the board. We pretty much wasted those opportunity scoring only 2 field goals.

Richt loses another one. But next week we play Coastal Carolina (who the heck are they!?). Perhaps we can pull out a win.

LakeDawg

September 11th, 2011
9:21 am

Its possible for UGA to go 10-2 or 9-3 with this schedule if the Dawgs keep their heads up. But my prediction is 7-5. I believe they will lose 2 out of 3 to Tenn, AU, and UF. They will also lose to one of the lesser teams on the schedule. This reminds me of Donnan’s last season. Waiting on the big win to turn it around, which never comes.

VININGSDAWG

September 11th, 2011
9:24 am

NO MORE BIG GAMES!!!!! NO WONDER OUR PROGRAM IS GOING TO HELL. SORRY ARROGANT ATTITUDES LIKE THIS PITIFUL WRITER HAVE NOT HELPED OUR SITUATION. TENNESSEE, FLORIDA, AUBURN MISS ST..
AUBURN FINDS WAYS TO WIN EVERY WEEK AND THEY NEVER GIVE UP. GOOD LEADERSHIP LEADS TO WINS.
WHILE EVERYONE BLAMES BOBO, WE HAVE THE MOST OVERPAID WORST DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR IN THE COUNTRY. WHEN UGA NEEDS A STOP, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN. BAD COACHING ON THE DEFENSE. WHO HAS GRANTHAM STOPPED, FLORIDA NO, AUBURN NO, TECH STILL RAN IT DOWN OUR THROAT, BOISE NO, USCe NO. FIRE GRANTHAM

bulldog87

September 11th, 2011
9:28 am

I can’t believe that there are still so many Richt supporters out there. Never mind that we haven’t won the SEC since 2005, Hasn’t won a serious SEC since 2008, You have to go back to 2009 to find a ranked win.

This is the coach that had Stafford, Moreno, and Green and STILL couldn’t even win the SEC! The homers on here are pure morons. This coach is now among the worst in the SEC and as long he is in charge Georgia will not win any more SEC titles.

Expecting different results from the same actions is textbook insanity, but that is that the Richt homers are engaged in.

SEC Fan

September 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Collectively, the players played as well as they could. Bobo could not be blamed this time. Richt might as well have kept Willy on and saved a bunch of money. The defense couldn’t stop Lattimore when it counted. Richt’s deciding to go for an onside kick was stupid. I said SC would win because of beter coaching and they did. It’s time for Richt to go.