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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Ace

September 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

3-0 would have been the same, if that makes you feel better. UGA football has been reduced to looking for good things in the losses. Why do you even go to the games anymore. South Carolina, come on.

4 years and still a delay

September 12th, 2011
5:22 pm

4 years and we still are waiting to fire Mark Richt. You people are insane…

CHUCK UGA

September 12th, 2011
5:23 pm

Bill King, how can you say that after two weeks?! No more BIG GAMES on the schedule? Why aren’t you on ESPN with some of the others who are experts on all things SEC? How good or bad is Mississippi State? Tennessee? Florida? Auburn? Georgia Tech? Based on ONE performance with a offensive coordinator on staff who has yet to show any game plan consistency, I shudder to think of the upcoming matchups. Quit reading press clippings and pre-season magazines. Georgia may have shown improvement, but they have a hell of a long way to go to show real improvement. That is, win at least 8 games with a victory over Florida or win 9 of the remaining 10 games, a tall order. My prediction is 8-4, but my expectations are 7-5. You can reach your own conclusions, but there is NO WAY McGarity will not make a coaching change unless Richt wins at least 8 and defeats Florida.

CHUCK UGA

September 12th, 2011
5:27 pm

Some of you have WAY TOO HIGH expectations. Amazing how much delusion there is in this fan base. Yes, Georgia should finish 9-3, but they will not. This game will come back to haunt this team even though I HOPE they can finish 9-3. Unbelievable that some of you think Auburn and Mississippi State aren’t strong teams. Guess you will find out, then make more excuses why “success is just around the corner.” Good grief, “close” only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

bubba4dawgs

September 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a blatant missed block as the one CORDY GLEN failed on Clowney when he simply stepped aside and didn’t even touch him and permitted him to reach out and grab Murray and shake him like a rag doll. Surely, someone, including Murray should have seen him lined up the way he was and called time out and adjusted the alignment. Spurrier should have run to CORDY GLEN hugged his neck after that gift!! Wake up CORDY GLEN and do your job!!

Texas Dawg

September 12th, 2011
6:07 pm

Next year….we are young…..if we only did this or that……I’m sick of this &^%…….FOR ALL YOU THAT SUPPORT MEDIOCRITY YOU CAN BITE MY HAIRY You know what………you can say I’m a fair weather fan….i don’t support the team ect….but you are dead wrong! I do support the team…I will always be a fan….and as such…buy the tickets…the hats….the pay per view ect…..I EXPECT A TEAM THAT RECRUITS AS WELL AS WE DO TO BETTER………IF UGA doesn’t win the rest then he must go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Minnesota Dawg

September 12th, 2011
6:07 pm

When will we learn not to play top 25 teams our first two games! Look at Florida and other SEC teams who warm up to the big ones.

Highlands

September 12th, 2011
6:11 pm

Kirby Smart?

Josey Wales

September 12th, 2011
6:12 pm

‘Boise will be our signature game: … Ugh..

‘We’ll skin the chickens” … Ugh..

“We’ll run the table now” ….

As Granny Hawkins sez. ….. ‘that big talk’s worth doodly squat” !

Highlands

September 12th, 2011
6:12 pm

I meant to say, “Is anyone thinking Kirby Smart?” I think he’s he best candidate if they make a change.

Dawg 39

September 12th, 2011
6:55 pm

Spurrier is considered by many to be the Best SEC HC since Bear Bryant.
Spurrier Is Coaching a Team many believe to be the Best USCe Team Ever.

Richt & his Staff were not “OutCoached”.
The Dawgs were not “OutPlayed”.( & They Competed For 60 Minutes).

I hope the next Dawg HC does as well; But, I Have My Doubts.
.

Old Dog

September 12th, 2011
8:42 pm

Maybe we should keep Richt, but adust his salary to $50,000 per year, plus $300,000 for each win. Then maybe he would have some “skin in the game”.

FLA DAWG

September 12th, 2011
8:54 pm

HOW LOW HAVE WE SUNK !?

Looking forward to playing Coastal Carolina ?
Is this a joke or what.

God, what has happenend to UGA!?

Adams, McGarity, Dooley,……………..is anyone ALIVE and able to see, hear or feel in Athens anymore!?

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

FLA DAWG

September 12th, 2011
8:56 pm

DEREK DOOLEY, PLEASE COME HOME !

Antler

September 12th, 2011
9:23 pm

We are making it too easy on defenses by:
1- Turnovers
Finished last in SEC against ranked teams in to margin in 2009 & 2010, on track again for 2011. Largely due to Murray’s poor decision making, along with RB’s who continue to fumble.
2- Sacks
We are giving away tons of yardage. This is not due to poor line blocking. In 2007, 2008 & 2009, UGA only gave up 12-16 sacks. In 2010, it went up to 25 under Murray. And now, we have already given up 8 SACKS in 2 GAMES. On track to set a new SEC record!!!
3- Points
We are just giving away points. Gave away 28 points this game, 21 by Murray’s mistakes, 7 by fake punt which coach had wrong play called.
4- Time possession
we arn’t taking enough time off the clock, we need to be +10 min in time poss for a few games to give the defense some rest, and to wear out the opposing defense for the 4th quarter. This 4th qaurter, SC ran 10 min off the clock, offense only 5 minutes. Have to be more methodical with offense, no more quick scores.

Here’s what’s happened:
Bobo knows he has to score 40+ points a game this year or he’ll get fired. So his plan is to throw long or to score quickly, which is EXACTLY what the defenses want him to do. Bobo is willing to throw his own DEFENSE under the bus to score points, een at the risk of 3 tunovers a game, Bobo just doesn’t care anymore about winning, only about scoring points, no matter how many turnovers it takes.

Actualy, Bobo’s strategy is partially right. You have to get 40 points a game, but not THE WAY Bobo is doing it. You have to run clock, be more efficent with your drives, score 6 td’s on your 12 drives. And you have to LIMIT TURNOVERS. Bobo’s way is TOO HIGH RISK.

eleanor friedberger

September 12th, 2011
9:28 pm

I just checked the schedule. bill king you should do the same.

remaining big games include – mississippi state, tennessee, florida, auburn, and georgia tech.

gcdawg

September 12th, 2011
9:29 pm

be careful what you wish for. who is out there that would come to athens with our crazy fan base?

Antler

September 12th, 2011
9:31 pm

To win the SEC, against ranked teams, last 4 years, you have to:

1- Score 30+ a game on offense
2- Run the ball for 200+ a game
3- End up with a +7 TO Margin
4- Stop the run on defense

Bobo’s passing too much, this is leading to too many TO’s.

Also defensively, you have to stop the run and force the other team to pass so they commit TO’s.

Antler

September 12th, 2011
9:33 pm

I also think UGA is built to PLAY WITH A LEAD. We don’t have strengths to play from behind.

If you’re ahead by 14, you can run the ball and force the other team to throw the ball, and against the UGA DB’s, you have to like those odds.

Expect to see 8 in the box selling out to the run from here out.

And expect to see a LOT of Crowell & Boykin running the football.

Antler

September 12th, 2011
9:35 pm

The SEC QB really need to be able to RUN fro 70+ a game like Tebow & Newton did IF YOUR RUSH OFFENSE CAN’T AVERAGE 200 YARDS WITH JUST THE BACKS.

I think if Crowell gets 20 carries= 120 yards, Boykin can get 80 yards on 12 carries. If not, run the UGA QB for 50-70 yards.

You HAVE to get to 200 yards rushing.

Class of 93

September 12th, 2011
10:02 pm

I said before this game if we lost Richt would be gone next year. After seeing the game I now believe that he needs to run the table and then he will coach next year.

Jan Kemp

September 12th, 2011
10:04 pm

Bubba,
I agree with your comment. I don’t recall who it was (you say Glenn, I think it was number 71 which may be Glenn) but he totally whiffed on blocking Clowney on the fumble/TD. Then, Murray, who has gone from an All-American candidate to a potential spot on the bench tries to outmuscle a 275 pound defensive lineman. I know Murray outworks everyone but why is it that he looks great against Vandy and Coastal Carolina but doesn’t show up against Florida or any other big game. I also like the incentive thing where Richt gets a $300k bonus for every win. Then he may have more of a sense of urgency which he should, but doesn’t have.
Thanks,
Jan
P.S. Tell those boys to go to class.

Troup Co. Dawg

September 12th, 2011
10:21 pm

Still Love My Dawgs !!! we will get it one of these days!

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2011
10:57 pm

Time to start practicing against the option to prepare for Tech. THAT is the must win.

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2011
11:04 pm

If you’re ranked #2 in recruiting over the past several years, why aren’t you in the top 10 with NFL first round picks ? Because your talent is underperforming.

Fire Bobo Dawg Aka" BIG MIKE"

September 12th, 2011
11:12 pm

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2011
11:21 pm

Is it okay to talk about next year in September ?

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2011
11:25 pm

So Murray now gets the Joe Cox treatment ? And when Stafford left after his junior year, the comments were “good riddance”. The only lucky guy here It must be great to play for you guys.

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2011
11:27 pm

Stafford, Cox, Murray. The only lucky one has been Mettenberger.

SUN TAN AVENGER

September 12th, 2011
11:28 pm

Where are you? You coward that calls himself Thomas Brown, or….BuLLdog or whatever you call yourself tonight? You are not worthy to wash Thomas Brown’s jock. You attack coach Richt but you have never played a down of football. All you do is pick stats out from other blogs. I love it when you cut and paste a reply to someone from another blog and misplace said post on an unrelated subject. Can you read? T. Kyle King had you pegged years ago, you are an idiot. I am calling you out you cur, go tell all the other curs that I am coming and hell is coming with me!

SUN TAN AVENGER

September 12th, 2011
11:31 pm

I will look for your reply tomorrow cur. You will reply in the wee hours when the brown courage from the bottle takes over, or when the night shift at Burger King ends.

herschell??

September 13th, 2011
12:58 am

Bill if you are the voice of the bulldawg nation then I think we have found the problem !!! NO BIG GAMES LEFT ????

Columbus

September 13th, 2011
1:24 am

Augusta Chronicle reports that most UGA fans support Richt. It also has been reported on other media outlets but NOT suprisingly, has NOT been reported on AJC.

The poll showed that the fans that least supported Richt were the YOUNGEST fans at only 55% support. There you have it. Young internet savvy, on the computer constantly, ignorant, havent been around long enough to appreciate or knwo a good coach when they see one.

These young internet freaks are running Richt out while the MAJORITY support this coach. These younguns were not around when we had to WAIT 20 YEARS FOR AN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP! They get a couple and think it should be like that most of the time and NEVER have a losing season or have to rebuild!

These ignorant wet-behind-the-ears, know nothing about life much less about UGA or coaching are PLAYING the MEDIA for FOOLS! The media is being played like a fiddle, especially on AJC, by the MINORITY!

Dawg fans who are over the age of 25 or ones who are younger but are not ignorant and want to SUPPORT MARK RICHT, LISTEN UP…….

KEEP MARK RICHT@FACEBOOK

WE MUST SUPPORT OUR COACH BEFORE WE LET THE YOUNG, IGNORANT MINORITY GET HIM FIRED. WE MUST STOP THEM FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO. YOUND AND DUMB….STRIKE A POSE BECAUSE MOST OF YOU YOUNGUNS LOOK GOOD BUT YOU DONT KNOW S&!T! SO JUST STRIKE A POSE AND HOPEFULLT HTE MEDIA WILL STOP LOOKING AT YOU AND REMEMBER TO REPORT THE FACTS AND HTE FACTS ARE THIS:

THE VAST MAJORITY OF FANS SUPPORT RICHT. THE YOUNG INTERNET FREAKS WHO AHVE NOT BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER ARE LEADING THIS AND THE MEDIA AROUND BY THEIR NOSES AND BLOG COMMENTS.

THE MEDIA SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND DO A LITTLE FACT-CHECKING OF THE MAJORITY! LIKE THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE AND OTHER UNBIASED AND UNLAZY PAPERS IN THE STATE!

Columbus

September 13th, 2011
1:32 am

Did I mention that ONLY 20% wanted Richt fired?!

20%! 20%!

20% wagging the Dawg…..the media dont know any better. Well the Augusta Chronicle knew better.

I am sure AJC will now do a poll to cover its butt and say 40 something % want Richt fired…

No its only the youngest and most ignorant, not the vast majority, not even CLOSE TO A MAJORITY EXCEPT AMONG THE YOUGEST FANS ANS EVEN THEN, ITS NOT A MAJORITY!

GO DAWGS.

KEEP MARK RICHT FACEBOOK PAGE

Columbus

September 13th, 2011
1:45 am

A minority of young ignorant trolls running Richt out of Athens and the media are suckered right in….

Internet polls and comments are not reliable indicators because most are younguns that actually should have the least power in something like this because they are young and ignorant, have no money to influence UGA decision makers and simply have not been arounn long enough to ahve a strong perspective but THEY DO HAVE THE INTERNET AND MEDIA TO BUY RIGHT INTO WHAT THE TROLLS COMMENT ON……

COME ON MEDIA WISE UP! You help get our coach fired that most of us support, that will not be a wise thing to do….it seems like it somehow would be UNETHICAL JOURNALISM. Or do you even call youselves journalists anymore? You have a GREAT responsibility media, do a GOOD JOB….

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT! MORALLY AND ETHICALLY. YOU HAVE INFLUENCE AND THAT IS A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT PLEASE. BE INFORMED AND NOT JUST BY KIDS AND TROLLS ON THE INTERNET PLEASE!

DAWGMAN

September 13th, 2011
4:39 am

Roses are red;
Violets are blue;
My team has failed;
And so have you.

There are quite a few ‘big’ games remaining.
I hope the AD McGarity, aka 5-0, knows.
I know the alumni and fans know.
Maybe the price of tickets should drop $20 per game.
Will someone please wake up Russ!
Is Russ on the same serenity trip as richt?

TENNESSEE TOM

September 13th, 2011
5:16 am

every game will be a big game for uga,TN will certainly think it is a big game

Buckeye

September 13th, 2011
7:11 am

dogs,

Your program is now one of………….

“Others Receiving Votes”

Kind of like “All County Honorable Mention”

AquaDog

September 13th, 2011
7:40 am

In my opinion, the O-line is tipping the plays. They are standing up too much when the offense is going to pass. Combine that with the fact that IC is still learning to pass block and the Dogs are handicapped. I was very happy to see IC running out of the power I. On other plays when he lines up next to the QB he does not have a chance to pick his holes and run North South. I thought the D played well. They got burned on the run blitz a time or two but for the most part it worked. The turnovers were bad enough but the Offense did not seem to be able to make a tackle when they happened. While pass protection is an issue run more screens.

Top Recruit

September 13th, 2011
9:16 am

Most of you writers and bloggers do not even come close to understanding what you see on the field. What a joke along with the comments.

mark

September 13th, 2011
9:45 am

why do uga homer’s say things like, we have a young team, freshman, etc….? wasnt lattimore a freshman last yr, isnt clowney a freshman this year, arent college teams always gonna have about the same on each side…?? the real question is why are our players not making the plays that other teams’ underclassmen are making…??? coaching…coaching….

mark

September 13th, 2011
9:46 am

didnt boise have new recievers this year…didnt they make big plays against us…??? excuses..

Any OLDER UGA grads at there?

September 13th, 2011
10:11 am

Most do not get it. Let me take a shot.

UGA under Dr. Terry Knapp way back when, 25+ years ago, came in to U of Georgia by way of U of Virginia. His mission was to upgrade the ACADEMICS to be on par with UVA or North Carolina. Folks, this is the mission of our university, not football. It has been for 25 years or more.

Look at the SAT scores required to go to UGA now. No, I don’t want to hear about UGA farmer plow boys from uneducated AJC blog morons. No, UGA’s scores are excellent. This one fact proves my point. Case closed. UGA is a fabulous research/teaching venue and overall program.

We are exactly like UVA and NC with excellent football recruiting and TV exposure, etc BUT, BUT UGA’s upper level of admin folks and heavy $$ contributors, prefer to see that UGA is in the top tier of public universities, not in top 10 of football ……………realistically.

THAT is the mission now, NOT football, like it was when Dr. Davidson knew that UGA football kept the $$ flowing. THEM DAYS are over and have been for 25+ Years.

CMR posting his 10-2 marks is where we can hope for but now, even that is a dream. Time for a change.

Love my UGA Dogs WIN OR LOSE !!! IT IS A LIFESTYLE !!!
FORE !!!