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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Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 11th, 2011
1:35 pm

Funny how some of the so called arm chair QB’s on here saw this coming

beanster

September 11th, 2011
1:37 pm

We can only speculate I guess. And since USC is a L, it is a moot point. But assuming we had opened up the playbook vs. BS, would we have shown our hand to the Evil Genius? I am really going to sound like a koolaid drinker but technically, if we were to win the East, we would still be in the hunt for the NC. Now I am not crazy enough to think that is possible, but you can understand if those thoughts might creep into CMR’s head when trying to make the best of what he has to work with, especially when your record is 0-0.

GaTruth

September 11th, 2011
2:08 pm

I’m watching a replay of the game right now and, oh, wait, it’s the Falcons and Bears

Bulldawg Nation

September 11th, 2011
2:16 pm

People…………….. for the love of GOD, wake up……………………we lost so many playmakers starting with Knowshon and Stafford all the way to Akeem Dent and AJ green every single year….wheter it was graduation, leaving early for the draft, or they were helped off the team via transfer we are where we are because of that mainly………….after Stafford we played Joe Cox……he cost us crucial games………then last year for God’s sake we started Murray……….a freshman. With all the players leaving from last year we are thin @ several key places. People we play in the SEC and when you play in the SEC you play against the best and get beat on and it is never freindly to a freshman QB, this year we started out with less upperclassman and we had the hardest 2 game strech of any team in the NCAA……..amd yes we lost both games…..one was awful but the SC game we improved drastically………………..I understand a loss is a loss but be honest…………..if we fire Richt and bring in someone else they are atleast a year away from a winning record or being a factor in the SEC again look @ Florida and they have probably the best coaching staff in the NCAA but no one expects them to win the East. Richt has taken steps to right ship give his head way support him and the team and if @ the end of the year if we are not in the hunt for the SEC east, and/or we play in a good bowl game and trounch the openent we can start up this whole lynch mob to get rid of Richt, but with all this going on it is affecting the team and recruiting. Let sleeping dawgs lie for now let them get their feet in under them..we will get to test their bite against Tennessee and Florida for sure…….and maybe eveb Bama in SECCG, if we don’t get Bama I hope we draw a great oppenent for the bowl so we can reevaluate this team and coaching staff

General Ledger

September 11th, 2011
2:21 pm

Well, that was a much better game and effort. The coaches did not lose this game, the players did. It was not the coaches that told Murray to throw a bad pass that was picked off. That was just a bad decision and bad throw. The coaches also didn’t tell Murray to fumble the ball. He should have just eaten that one. The coaches didn’t tell Crowell to fumblle. Other than that GA outplayed SC for the most part. The defense played pretty well all day but I was disapointed that they could not get a stop after GA went up with 6 1/2 mins left. When it really counted, they couldn’t get it done. That’s a carry over from last year.

SUN TAN AVENGER

September 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

Well I see somebody woke up old #39 and told him there was a game yesterday. That guy has more aliases than John Dillenger, he’s just not as smart. He posted the exact same post on Bradley’s blog. Old cut and paste is back again! Listen, you withered little gnome, you haven’t had an original thought in five years, troll hard or stay at home, twerp! You have dissed Thomas Brown for years, so quit using his name!

SSIgator

September 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

“What do we make of Aaron Murray still refusing to tuck the ball and safely take a sack?”

That he has never beaten a team with a winning record and is only the qb because he is Richt’s boy.

Bulldawg Nation

September 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

I see us going 9-4 that is an improvement……….another great recruiting class, more expierenced players, more time in the 3-4 and Georgia will be back in the title hunt. But people you can’t expect to go from 6-7 to undefeated really………….I mean I thought we would split the first two games……I thought we would be more physical and beat Boise, then lose to SC…………..and I thought we would split the Tennesee and Florida, and I still think we can beat both teams but I can certainly imagine we might lose one of them………….guys stay the course with or without Richt this team is on the upswing believe that………………..I for one hope Richt stays but I would like to see him call the plays or hire an OC……………….some one outside of the SEC……….wouldn’t mind having that guy from Boise State…………………not Peterson the OC, although if we don’t go 9-4 and win the bowl game Peterson is the man I would like to see in Athens

LagDawg

September 11th, 2011
2:28 pm

I do agree with the rest of the bloggers. It’s time to open up the QB position. Fumbling the ball on a sack at this point in his career is not good. Murray is a good QB, but his timing with the WRs is off. Before the WR makes the cut the ball should already be in the air. He is holding the ball too long which results in a lot of ints. They played a whole lot better but, I think it is time to make Crowell and Mitchell starters. They bring a lot of energy to the offense and Dallas Lee is doing a good job on the OL. When choosing starters, you cannot play favortism and that is another reason why UGA doesn’t have more skilled OL. Searles played favorites and now it is showing big time. I don’t know what’s going to become of this coaching staff but, they have 10 more games to prove that they can get this ship sailing in the right direction.

SSIgator

September 11th, 2011
2:29 pm

“So, yes, Georgia outplayed South Carolina”

It is called a moral victory Bill. I looked at the won/loss record for SEC teams today, but I did not see a category for moral victories.

LagDawg

September 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

Richt has to make Murray know that if he doesn’t get the job done, that there are two more QBs on the bench that can. I like Murray but the mental misstakes are causing big problems and if it continues, the other two will probably end up transferring. When your job is on the line, all positions are avaliable and no one person’s position is safe. I would say UGA still needs a better QB coach and a better OC. There are just too many mishaps on the offensive side of the ball.

SSIgator

September 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

“There are no more really “big” games left on their 2011 schedule.”

If UGA has an hope of winning the SEC East I am sure that statement will come as quite a surprise to UF, Tenn, Auburn and the rest of the SEC teams UGA has to play.

Bulldawg Nation

September 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

If it hadn’t been for Murray we wouldn’t have been in the game period, it is easy to pick someone apart from the outside looking in but the kid, sucked it up and went down the feild from that point on………he is the real deal but everyone……………and I mean everyone makes mistakes. He should have tucked the ball, but he didn’t it was bad but you can’t trash the kid………..he never gave up
and if anyone else was in the game there would have been @ least two more sacks that ended the drive where he ran for the first down and kept the drive alive, oh and if the those hadn’t been sacks they could have very easily been turnovers………….everyone is an expert…………….you want another Joe Cox, then go ahead and bench Murray all the real experts are wrong he isn’t the best QB in the SEC……………..one of our back up is you people make me sick……………as bad it hurts accept it as a loss and a learning expierence for Murray, and the whole best QB in the SEC might not be tru for much longer any Tyler Bray played lights out yesterday

Bulldawg Nation

September 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

If we win out and SC loses two games we are there we don’t play the big boys this year………….Florida will be vastly improved but I see them losing 3 sec games same with Tennessee

Bulldawg Nation

September 11th, 2011
2:41 pm

that might be wishful thinking……………..but man can dream can’t he

DeerGuy

September 11th, 2011
2:52 pm

It’s down to this.

8-5 if we beat Florida, or 9-4 if we don’t.

Gonzolla

September 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

what a bunch of losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!———Why dont we run the ball alot coach? Because, son, passing is the only way to wear down the defense of the other team—–it gives them time to rest so that they will just get bored and give up all hope of winning. Wow, those guys at UGA are on something —-and nobody knows what it is————-it could be the Miami disease.

bill

September 11th, 2011
3:18 pm

After we break into the 2011 win column with a hard-hitting 28-13 win over Coastal Carolina, our fearless leader will announce the Dawgs are back…puleeze!!! After our 1st 2 games we should beat them 66-3, but we won’t because of coaching…another loss to the Gators, and maybe Don will tell Michael that it’s time for a change…regardless, we are who we thought we were, and we’re working hard every week to get better.

beanster

September 11th, 2011
3:19 pm

DeerGuy, how does our record improve if we lose to Florida?

Delbert D.

September 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

I think Bill meant that South Carolina’s defense is the class of the SEC teams on Georgia’s schedule.

george

September 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

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.”

HA HA HA HA HA AH AHA HA HA AH AHA HA HA can you really be that dumb? the dawgs will be dogs in a minimum of 3 remaining games. UT,MSU, and FL. AU has a very good chance of being favored as well. Your articles continue to be more and more laughable the worse the puppies get.

Interesting

September 11th, 2011
3:46 pm

Bulldawg Nation,

Quit trying to figure out how UGA can still win the SEC East, and start trying to figure out how to win your FIRST football game. Speculating about being a Champion when you are 0-2 makes you sound stupid.

Atlanta Jacket

September 11th, 2011
3:46 pm

Please stop polluting my sports page.

But if you insist, Walmart sells soap and razors in their toiletry section.

Clean up, and take a new picture that doesn’t make you look like a typical UGA fan.

Rest of the SEC

September 11th, 2011
4:04 pm

Georgia football= overrated as usual.

Nova Roars

September 11th, 2011
4:37 pm

The Dawgs are a young team and that’s why they lost? So is Auburn…half their field is freshmen. Yet they figured out how to keep Miss St to an inch of the goal line without scoring on two attempts! Excuses, excuses.

14 games, 6 W's and 8 losses, now 9 out of 15

September 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

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

Bill are you nuts, I don’t know what else you did Sat, but I was able to see all or parts of games involving Auburn, Miss. State, Tenn. and Florida. They are all on the schedule and they all looked as good or better than the the dawgs and Carolina. As a matter of fact, I would bet anything you like the dawgs are underdogs in all four games.So don’t tell me there are no more “big” games, implying the dawgs will go 9-2-if you believe that, I’ve got a prime piece of ocean front property in Tenn. you may like.

Speaking of betting, I’m asking a question to someone who beats alot, what is home field in Athens worth to the Dawgs?????? 3, 6 ,9??

tide roll

September 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

Uga fans: Here’s one of your many problems: Your Head Coach and Starting Quarterback are shot up the butt with themselves. It’s killing you. This kid Murray thinks he’s the damn center of the universe. Richt can’t see it because he thinks he’s the center of the universe. He’s like Richt but worse! The coach and the kid think they’re special.. Two very immature individuals who have no business being in the positions they’re in. Thank goodness McGarity sees it and will take care of it. What works against McGarity is that he’s a DAWG. That will more than likely lead him to making a decision similar to the one that put Joe Tereshinski where he is now. He’ll probably bring Ray Goff back, who will in turn hire Richard Bell and Joe Kines as co-defensive coordinators. What a program! Since Richt has been at UGA,,Florida has hired and fired Ron Zook, lapped you with Urban Meyer (2 National titles) and now is going to lap Richt again with Will Muschamp. Unbelievable!

tide roll

September 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” “McGarity fiddles while Athens burns”.

nobody

September 11th, 2011
5:02 pm

come on Bill…you are the closest thing we have to Bisher and Outlar…don’t start buying in to Bradley’s perpetual relentless carping….I think the Dogs are close….and I think you agree…it’s easy to get down when things aren’t going well, but hang in there

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
5:02 pm

Thanks UGA for loaning Bobo to the Falcon to call the plays today in Chicago.

"CaneDawg" : Ten games left and it's C' ya !!!!

September 11th, 2011
5:08 pm

There is another big game left on the UGA schedule. The September 24th game at Ole Miss is a very big game for Mr. ” I know what the hell I’m doing” Richt and is a must win whether he thinks it is or not. So big it should be dubbed the “CoachWatcher, “No Excuses ” , “Lose and Your Arse is Immediately Fired Bowl” LOL !

(Let’s just refer to lame duck CMR as MMR for Mister Mark Richt since he’s only a shadow of a football coach these days.)

Lighten up, we might as well have some fun with all the losing going on currently at UGA. MMR is 6-9 in last 15 games. After all don’t they pay millions a year to a coaching staff for mediocrity. UGA’s football program is the joke of the SEC !

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
5:13 pm

acdc1996
September 11th, 2011
12:57 am

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

You have Cox playing now why not give Joe T III a shot.

LoganvilleDAWG

September 11th, 2011
5:19 pm

How can most of you morons blame Coach Richt, or even BloBlo…They were not on the field playing..Yes we lost but this team played its hearts out, but when you give up 28 points in 61 seconds, its tough to win. Also I felt alot better with the noise the fans made during the game..IT WAS LOUD & that helps big time.

I feel like this team has a chance to be alot better than most of you jokers think..most of you don’t know a thing about college football, let alone the DAWG program..so stop being so freaking neagative, pump these kids up so we can win a bunch more games…

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
5:24 pm

Mark It Down UGA will win their next game.

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
5:28 pm

Mark It Down UGA will win the next 2 then lose 2 win1 lose 1 win 1 lose 1 win 1 lose 1……..5 wins

roughrider

September 11th, 2011
5:30 pm

Good football teams do not turn the ball over 4 times.

bart

September 11th, 2011
5:38 pm

There was a time when a “moral victory” would not be acceptable, but our program has fallen so far down that we are now satisfied with that. We console ourselves with “We are almost there,” and “We are a young team that will get better.” What about last year? And the year before? This is a program on the decline and hopefully McGarity, the Athletic Board, the big time supporters, and Michael Adams will see it, and do something about it. If we want the Dawgs to become an elite program again changes MUST be made.

Pierce CO Dawg

September 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

SatiilaDawg you are a sore loser. Dogs will get better,you pull for them or you do not. Go dawgs the real die hard fans support you. Thanks for all the effort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"CaneDawg" : Ten games left and it's C' ya !!!!

September 11th, 2011
6:27 pm

After an 0 and 2 start every game is a big game starting with the Sept. 24th Hot Seat Bowl in Oxford versus Ole Miss. Let’s just cut to the chase with how the Dawgs will finish the remaining season schedule. At best UGa will finish 7-5 or 6-6. MMR will be forced to resign before the Dawgs accept another invitation to the Liberty Bowl.

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
6:44 pm

3/11 vs. Boise State Atlanta, Ga. L, 35-21
09/10/11 vs. South Carolina * Athens, Ga. L, 45-42
09/17/11 vs. Coastal Carolina Athens, Ga. W
09/24/11 at Ole Miss * Oxford, Miss. W
10/01/11 vs. Mississippi State * Athens, Ga. L
10/08/11 at Tennessee * Knoxville, Tenn. L
10/15/11 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. W
10/29/11 vs. Florida * Jacksonville, Fla. L
11/05/11 vs. New Mexico State Athens, Ga. W
11/12/11 vs. Auburn * Athens, Ga. L
11/19/11 vs. Kentucky * Athens, Ga. W
11/26/11 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. L

5-7 McGarity makes the Dawgs have a Marry Christmas by firing Richt.

Wayne

September 11th, 2011
6:45 pm

The coach has to go. Kirby smart needs to be coach. If richt stays then the dogs become the team van der bilt will choose for homecoming. An easy win. Watch Florida and Tennessee beat UGA.

nobody

September 11th, 2011
6:51 pm

Georgia fans have been listening to whinnng Tech fans so long we are beginning to sound like them….just wait til Tech finally loses a game….truth be told they are undisputed champs when it comes to whinnng…

Still@theBAR

September 11th, 2011
7:03 pm

What about Kirby Smart makes people think he will be a good Head Coach?
If UGA has All this money WHY would the dawgs go for a coach that has no Head Coaching Experience? That is just Stupid! Tennessee at least got a coach that had been a Head Coach.

More over rated, over hyped

September 11th, 2011
7:04 pm

With A. Murray, 6 and 9, with I Crowell 0 and 2. Smae ol over rated, and over hyped mutts.

icedawg

September 11th, 2011
7:09 pm

Georgia’s defense played well enough to win? We must not have been watching the same game. SC got chunks of yardage on the ground and in the air. Granted the offense gave up easy points. But the scoreboard tells it all. The Dawg’s team lost to SC, period. The defense could not stop SC when needed. The Dawgs run the table? What have you been smoking? They can lose to UT, MS, UF, AU.

SufferingFalconDawg

September 11th, 2011
7:09 pm

Gruden might be a good call, fire Richt and BOBO now! Before recruiting ends…..We got talent and Gruden is a motivator!..D played well, Special teams were awful!

Dennis

September 11th, 2011
7:24 pm

Even Vandy makes it close sometimes. The year you finished second in the nation, Vandy drops the ball inside the ten where a score would have buried you, you take it and win the game, next week you storm the field, black out and black out and boom your No 1 going into the next year. Does anyone remember Vandy’s “effort” or “gift.” This is like a Vandy blog after a good effort that comes up short, again……….. and again……..and again…….

TechRon

September 11th, 2011
7:35 pm

Well, I am no UGA fan, but I was impressed with how the Dawgs never gave up. They kept screwing up in the clutch, but never, ever gave up. I really thought they were going to pull it out, even after being down 10 with almost no time. I think this team has real heart, plus a good QB who is going to get better every week.

And, no, I am not excited about Tech at this point. They blew out a couple of tune up opponents, as well they should have. I will wait til they play some real games before I get optimistic.

As for SC, they deserve credit too, and a lot of it. They were down repeatedly and kept coming back in one of college football’s toughest places to visit.

Win P

September 11th, 2011
7:51 pm

Saw something I had not seen in a long time, UGA was playing as if they wanted to win. Kept shooting themselves in the foot with mistakes. Think this can be corrected and they will break the mental block about playing Florida. RB Samuel may be a work in progress. He ran better in the second half. Maybe Crowell is rubbing off on him or SC was getting tired in the second. Usually Samuel gets smashed as soon as he reaches the line of scrimage. In the second half, he had two or three good runs.

Producer

September 11th, 2011
8:02 pm

We as GA alumni, (myself included) fans or whatever are just as big a bunch of losers as our coach if we continue to allow him to remain at GA. Are we satisfied with this type of play? Apparently so and that is even worse. What a buch of wussies we all are. He should be gone by 8:00 am in the morning.