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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Countermeasure

September 12th, 2011
10:38 am

“Fools rush in” I believe in Coach Mark Richt, the AJC blogs are filled with Dawg haters who want the program to fail. The game prep for USC was right on target. A lucky bounce here and there made the difference, not the coaching.

Just Sayin'

September 12th, 2011
10:48 am

Here’s hoping CMR and Bozo never leave. They are fine stewards of what has been and always will be a mediocre program.

CMR

September 12th, 2011
10:50 am

Kum bah yah, my Lord, kum bah yah. Oh Lord, kum bah yah.

Ray Goof

September 12th, 2011
10:50 am

Tee Hee Hee

September 12th, 2011
10:51 am

I have a structured settlement and I need cash, call 877-cash-now.

ACC

September 12th, 2011
10:53 am

You dawgs should join our mediocre conference. You play at our level and would certainly get to go to nice low tier bowls every year.

DW

September 12th, 2011
10:59 am

This game, like Florida game, cam e down to the 3-4 turnovers from Aaron Murray. Murray is now 0-8 vs. winning teams, and has committed 7 turnovers against SC & Florida.

harold

September 12th, 2011
10:59 am

TOP TEN IN RECRUITING BUT NEVER TRANSLATES INTO SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS. RICHT IS NOW 14-14 IN HIS LAST 28 GAMES——LOOK AT THE LAST NINE GAMES.

GEORGIA FOOTBALL IS DIGRESSION. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW A COACH IS DOING LOOK AT HIS RECORD THE LAST TWO YEARS. OBVIOUSLY, IT IS TIME FOR RICHT TO GO.

Red and Black Dawg's momma

September 12th, 2011
11:24 am

Enter your comments here

dawgcrzy

September 12th, 2011
11:42 am

We’ve still got Miss st, Tn in Knoxville, and Fl who has owned us for the last 20 years,I don’t see this favorable schedule everybody keeps talking about

Aqua Regia

September 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

The coaching staff in Athens is one of the highest paid in the NCAA. And all UGA has to show for it is a 6-9 record in the last 15 games. Even with that, it looks like the Richt apologists are crawling out from under their rocks again. At least that means full employment at the Kool-Aid factory.

How much longer do we have to put up with Richt’s ineptness?

Buckeye

September 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Good news dogs!

dogs received 8 votes in the “others receiving votes” in the AP Top 25

dogs received 2 votes in the “others receiving votes” in the USA Top 25

What a program!

WDE

September 12th, 2011
12:19 pm

@Buckeye we are the best 0-2 team in college football your bunch is 2-0 and still cheaters…I won’t trade with you for that miserable cheating bunch. Stick that in your sweater vest and smoke it.

CB

September 12th, 2011
12:20 pm

Let’s look @ some trends here folks (and ‘no’, 1 game does not make a trends nor do moral victores count for anything):
- Overall record since 2006 – 9-4, 11-2, 10-3, 8-5, 6-7, & now 0-2 (total = 44-23 or 66%)
- SEC Record – 4-4, 7-1, 6-2, 4-4, 3-5, & now 0-1 (total = 24-18 or 57%)
- SEC ast Record – 1-4, 3-2, 4-1, 2-3, 3-2, & now 0-1 (total = 13-13 or 50%)
During this period, the only teams we beat that were really better than UGA were Auburn in ‘06, Florida in ‘07, & Tech in ‘09 – that’s it!! Conversely, we lost to KY & Vandy in ‘06, Tenn & So. Car in ‘07 (which likely kept us out of a national title game), Tech again in ‘08, Ten, KY, & Ok State in ‘09, & Miss St, Colorado, Central FL, & maybe even So. Car & Ark in ‘10.

So the question we need to ask ourselves is’can we consistenly get back to Atlanta (and maybe a national title game) by winning 57% of our SEC games & 50% of our East games? I think we all know that answer to that one. And I think we all know that’s CMR’s time is past. No it’s time to give some else (Dan Mullin, Chris Peterson, etc) a shot a bringing this program back. Enough is enough!!

Joe

September 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

EXACTLY…Murray continues to lose games for us………open up and let Hudson have a chance. No excuse for the fumble on Murrays part….he is beleiving he is untouchable……

GODAWGS75

September 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

Bobo has to go, I am sad Richt is going to ruin his career on this fool. It took him how long to figure out the short pass game works? I knew we were in trouble when we settled for field goals in the first half. Whoever thinks we are going to win out the rest of the season you are nuts, Auburn finds a way to win, and Fla. does too. So we will see what happenes, if Bobo can stop doing the SAME PLAYS OVER AND OVER AGAIN we might actually win. RICHT, FIRE BOBO PLEASE!!!!!

Buckeye

September 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

WDE,

That’s kinda like me saying I am the best 20 handicap in the Club.

Sorry to touch a nerve of a wounded and cowering dog.

Perhaps next week your votes under “other receiving votes” will increase

solja

September 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

This is the quote at the beginning of this blog that has me absolutely dumbfounded at the perpetual delusion of THuga fans: “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.”

So…..after losing in a bowl game to a directional schoo….after getting it handed to you by a WAC team….after losing AT HOME to a south carolina team who couldn’t score a touchdown on offense….your blogger for the AJC is gonna come out with that statement?????

There are no more big games on THuga’s schedule because you’ll be favored and will win the rest of them????

REALLY??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So you suddenly feel that after yet another SEC loss that you’ve got it made with wins over UF who you’ve beaten once in what….the past 10 years???????? You suddenly feel after opening 0-2 that UT at their house be no problem. Oh by the way UT’s QB looks to be 10 times the QB your preseason overrated boy is. And suddenly THuga is going to have no problem with the reigning national champions who’ve gone 17 games without a loss and by season’s end will be a juggernaut??

How absolutely homerish and delusional!!!!! It also reeks of huberis like nobody’s business!!!

Classic Center

September 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

Aaron Murray is great. Everyone fumbles from time to time when they are being crushed from two directions. He’s not the reason we are 15-15. I truly see 9-3 and a bowl win in FL this year. Next year, with All SEC QB & RB, we take it to the next level.

WDE

September 12th, 2011
12:35 pm

@Buckeye the day hasn’t dawned that I or anyone in the Bull Dog Nation cowers because of a Buckeye…your bunch cheats live with it I’m sure your fine with it its not like you just starting cheating you just started getting caught. We will get better and your bunch will cheat. Its what you do.

Rich

September 12th, 2011
1:01 pm

What’s the point of a team that’s only capable of beating “average” teams? Beating the good ones are the wins that are going to propel you into the National Championship or BCS Bowls, not the Music City Bowl…

just a fan

September 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

@CB 12:20 post I wouldn’t say the 07 Florduh team was better than us they ended up with 4 losses that season

Jim

September 12th, 2011
1:16 pm

There is an old saying screw up, move up. Maybe it’s time for the AD at UGA to promote Richt to an inside position on his staff and hire another coach. My feelings on Richt’s downfall point to te fact that when he built his staff he hired guys with great protential but no proven winners. All this plus he himself was learning to he a head coach compounded the problem and it got too much. Evans could not see this but McCarthy did and realigned some of Richt’s responsibilities. While I am not defending Bobo, how do we know who is really calling the plays. Didn’t Richt say he was getting more involved in the playcalling a year and half ago. I believe if Bobo was to be fired he would be picked up quickly and would strive whereever he goes. For all who are yelling to fire Richt right now, who would you have take over, Garner, Bobo, or Grantham. All sounds crazy don’t it. Georgia did play the #5 and #12 teams in the nation and should have beat South Carolina. So is Georgia that bad or is South Carolina that good.

LawDawg

September 12th, 2011
1:24 pm

Why the hell do my comments never post?

Buckeye

September 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

WDE,

You don’t need to cower to me but………

Your defense certinly cowered with Ingram rumblin’s bumblin’stumblin’ down the sideline. Brandon “please don’t hurt me” Boykin plays a good brand of touch football.

Your QB certainly cowered when Mr. Clowney paid his respects.

Your entire dog nation cowered as Mr. Lattimore played like a man in the fourth quarter.

And thank God almighty there ain’t no and ain’t ne3ver been no cheatin’ at uga and in the SEC! SEC! SEC!

Go back to sleep and dream about 1981.

ZinoDawg

September 12th, 2011
1:27 pm

I predict a big win against the undefeated Chanticleers!

LawDawg

September 12th, 2011
1:28 pm

I also want to point out that Mark’s column on Fullmer is right on.

Firing Fulmer worked out great for the program, they got a hot commodity coach and immediately began winning national championships. Oh wait…

Just an FYI Dawg fans, losing Richt does not ensure winning. Anyone remember 1983-2001 other than me?

Instant Dawgma

September 12th, 2011
1:38 pm

There were a lot of promising things to come out of that loss…..1st We have our uniforms back!
Our Freshmen and redshirt frosh look very good….if we can add depth for them in future classes, Wow!…defense looked much better….amount of TD’s due to turnovers and fake punt is a fluke.
Michael Bennett, white knight of receivers!….Florida always seemed to have that one annoying, talented, white receiver (from Chris Collinsworth to today). Maybe UGA has found ours to annoy Florida and others the next 4 years. And yes, Kris Durham was commendable, but not a constant gnat that Bennett might become.

Beast from the East

September 12th, 2011
1:43 pm

“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.”

Based on what? Their record? Their “potential”? That is just an outright dumb statement. They’re favored this week. At 0-2, you need to be happy with that.
They will not be favored over UT, UF or Auburn. MSU will probably be a pick ‘em.

Buckeye

September 12th, 2011
1:44 pm

WDE,

Are you related to Jan Kemp?

Just askin’.

Snoop

September 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

Everyone talke up Murray. He hasn’t beat a decent team yet, either this year or last. I think he’s a choke artist. We need to give Hutson Mason and Christian Robinson a chance to prove that they can win against decent teams. Preacha Man just loves to play his favorites.

Preacha Man and Bobo and now Grantham have changed nothing since the beatdown in Atlanta execpt to again show that they are masterful at snagging defeat from the jaws of victory.

Put a big L on their foreheads.

We’ve got some great players. Without a coach, however, they will never develop.

We need a new coaching staff now. Please somebody make this happen asap.

Dawgs won’t win more than 4 this year, so this will be a death spiral of over five years when Preacha Man is finally fired. They should fire Michael Adams also for waiting so long.

Don't fret, foes on schedule

September 12th, 2011
2:04 pm

We have two games to lose yet. Just let time pass and after the season you can determine if 8-4 is a good year. Two of the following teams will beat Georgia: Florida, Auburn, Tennessee or Georgia Tech. If Richt wins three of them, he better not lose to Tech. Right now I would pick GT to beat all of the other three. They are getting better and stronger every week, and can also now pass the ball.

Sparky Garfunkel

September 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

Very true, Bill. Things looked good at times but there’s always something.

I agree with the Phil Steele blog as well.
http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

DawginLex

September 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

the stupid meter on this blog just exploded

Russdawg

September 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

Let’s get religious about this. CMR is Jonah and the rest of the SEC schedule is the big fish.
Coach if you have a “calling” to pass out bibles in Namibia please for the sake of the players the university and the fans go do so!

Pine Cone

September 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

If you look back over the years Georgia loses the game everytime Penn Wagers officating crew does the game.

coma toast

September 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

if i were CMR, i would forbid Garner to recruit any kid living south of Macon. Limit recruiting to north of Macon and nationally. Too many Georgia born players; the roster is in-bred so to speak. Diversify with kids from outside the state and you’ll see results quickly. What you are doing now sure isn’t working.

saw this post somewhere else…think he may be right. Bama has on it’s ESPN 2011 total roster over 50 out of state players, LSU has over 40, UGA has 24 i think…before you start the “we produce so many players blah..blah…”remember Stafford and Morino were from somewhere other than Georgia..go national or stay where you are, a program in decline…

Future Coach Search Update

September 12th, 2011
2:41 pm

Dan Mullen is 0-9 versus SEC West teams not named Ole Miss
Kirby Smart has 8 of the top 150 projected NFL players on his defense
Chris Petersen has never had a 5 star recruit

UGA Insider

September 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

2007 seems like such a long time ago. That day in November we were “Man Enough” to beat someone of substance. And don’t give me that crap about beating Tech in 2009. Your supposed to do that. You know your program is down when SEC TV starts to schedule your games at 12:30..

Instant Dawgma

September 12th, 2011
2:52 pm

Go Dawgs! Screw the idiots that spend their NON-LIFE blogging, tweeting, facebooking, etc.. Living in their pajamas, expecting mommy to make their meals. All while trying to tell others what to do, how to do it and overall rule the world from their desktop.
Get outside and interact in person with a real person…..what a concept!

UGA Insider

September 12th, 2011
2:54 pm

I hope nobody sleeps in on 9-24 when we play Ole Miss. That “Barn Burner” will start at 11:30AM.

bill

September 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

An 0-2 start usually gets you on the schedule with Dave Neal & Andre Ware…

Matt

September 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

UGA insider- heard any gossip lately?

Can’t win when you give up 21 pts. to turnovers. What was the deal with the missed chip shot FG?? He missed that by 30 yards!!!

JDAWG

September 12th, 2011
3:30 pm

Buckeye, Ohio State was very impressive against the mighty MAC team wern’t they?

Gary

September 12th, 2011
4:01 pm

GT is a gimmie. Vandy, Kentucky, and Ole Miss will fall. Tennessee & Florida are question marks with Florida always having the edge. Mississippi state just lost to a terrible Auburn. We should take both out. 9 wins plus a possible bowl win would sure taste better than last year. A solid effort from a young thin team.

NoLuckLoosers

September 12th, 2011
4:05 pm

As in the past couple of years UGA can find a way to lead just not find a way to win…

icedawg

September 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

Da Dawgs can’t take anyone for granted, even Coastal Carolina.

ManwithAplan

September 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

Richt has never adjusted to trotting 8-9 NFL caliber players out to face inferior ACC teams. He wil never have that disparity of talent in the SEC, even @ UGA.

You can’t dance on anyone’s logo in this conference like they did in the ACC.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 12th, 2011
4:58 pm

buckeye…actually, The Rockets were 16 yards and 12 seconds away from beating you.
But you do have one of the better bands in the Big 10. (or 12)?

Buck Blew

September 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

I hear that Kirby is really a Smart coach. What is McGarity waiting for?

He could have had Muschamp. Let’s hope he doesn’t let Smart get away too.