Dogs show focus, class in easy win

Aaron Murray accounted for four touchdowns Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray accounted for four touchdowns Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The biggest surprise in Georgia’s expected win over Coastal Carolina Saturday was that the Dogs took care of business just like you would have expected.

Too often in the past Georgia teams have tended to play down to the level of their opponent, coming out for gimme victories against overmatched teams with an embarrassing lack of focus.

There was none of that Saturday, as the 59-0 score indicates. The Dogs played with enthusiasm belying the level of competition and mostly shut down the Chanticleers (or “Chandeliers” as some UGA fans took to calling them).

It certainly wasn’t a perfect day for the Dogs. Blair Walsh missed another field goal attempt, though a penalty on the play kept the Georgia drive alive, eventually resulting in a touchdown. Aaron Murray looked fine in the first half, throwing for three touchdowns and sneaking for another, but was off-target on his lone series of the second half, resulting in Walsh getting a chance to make a career-long 56-yard field goal.

But with 470 yards of offense despite emptying the benches in the second half, Georgia certainly did all it needed to and more.

In his first start, Isaiah Crowell again looked good, running for 86 yards on 16 attempts and one touchdown. Little Carlton Thomas finally found a defensive line he could penetrate, tacking on 71 yards in 15 carries and a TD. And even littler Brandon Harton got 33 yards on 11 carries and would have had a touchdown on a long run had it not been called back by a flag.

Georgia got to rest some dinged-up players, and rested most of its starters in the second half, with Hutson Mason getting time at quarterback, completing six of nine passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. And even third-string QB Parker Welch got quite a bit of playing time.

It could have been much worse for Coastal Carolina.

The Dogs had another touchdown wiped out by a penalty, canceling out a beautiful punt return by Branden Smith.

And, showing a lot of class, Mark Richt twice opted to run up the middle on fourth down in the fourth quarter when he could have gone for field goals to get Georgia above 60 points for the first time since 2004.

All in all, it was exactly what Georgia and its fan base needed: an easy, entertaining win on a beautiful afternoon in Athens. And a day when the Dogs looked like the kind of team they aspire to be.

Baby steps, people. Next week let’s see if they can do it again against an SEC opponent.

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slydog

September 17th, 2011
6:09 pm

George

September 17th, 2011
6:10 pm

slydog

September 17th, 2011
6:10 pm

wow, twice in one day. Good day for the Dawgs and their fans. Georgia did what was expected of them

slydog

September 17th, 2011
6:12 pm

Florida has a simple offensive gameplan. Send the WR’s out on posts and streaks and dump the ball off to Demps or Rainey, who are lined up against LB’s. Brantley is the new Check down Charlie.

Saban

September 17th, 2011
6:13 pm

Good to see Georgia get their big win of the year.

Imagine Florida will play their b squad to keep the game close.

Is Russ still alive or did choakdawg eat him?

Athens Oracle

September 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

This victory means nothing. OK, so we hung 59 points on a cupcake FCS opponent that some 5A highschool teams could probably beat. So what? The fact of the matter is that we’re underperforming as a team and have been for many consecutive seasons. We looked terrible last seasons. Remember our pathetic bowl game performance? We looked awful in the Dome. ESPN seems to have it in for us and never fail to make us look bad whenever they get a chance. We couldn’t beat USC in Athens. Richt looks uninspired and is lacking a fire in the belly that other winning coaches have. As I’m typing this I’m watching Muschamp on the sidelines getting after it instead of walking around like a corpse. Richt is a disciple of Bowden and it shows. He thinks just because a young man is a Christian that he’s somehow a good person. He thinks that recruiting 4 and 5 star athletes will guarantee success. Meanwhile, he’s lost control of the ship and we’re becoming more irrelevant with each passing week. Don’t even get me started on Bobo. When will Leebern step in and bounce these clowns?

SatillaDawg

September 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

Go Dawgs!

A win, is a win, is a win.

Even when you’re playing a high school team.

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2011
6:17 pm

Well first let me say that I am pleased with this win. After all a win is a win, but it was against Coastal Carolina. Let’s not kid ourselves. We were supposed to win this game. It hurts to see us get so giddy after a win like this because it shows that we are getting desperate.

Next week should be another blowout. If Vandy can blow Ole Miss out, I know we can. Vandy won 30-7. VANDY?! We will be 2-2 after next week and then all bets are off. We are right there in the thick of the SEC race. GO DAWGS! Either get with it, or get ran over!

Supes

September 17th, 2011
6:18 pm

Yes, lets enjoy our “easy victory”…meanwhile FLA is dominating TENN over on CBS in a “real game”…it’s gonna be a long season in Athens.

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2011
6:20 pm

It’s not going to be a long season. This season has just begun. People EASILY forget that we should be 2-1 right now then where in the hell would the haters be? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. When we win the rest of our games, I don’t wanna hear your excuses. PUNKS

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
6:21 pm

Today, it was nice to be reminded of what a win feels like!

This win was a good confidence-builder for UGA, and gave our reserves some much-needed playing time that we will need going forward in our SEC games.

Good job, Georgia; both players and coaches.

Go Dawgs!

mountainman

September 17th, 2011
6:21 pm

Guess Richt won’t perform his heavy “sarcasm” stuff today – what a relief? He won’t have to invent any new disclaimers for his pitiful coaching!!!

george

September 17th, 2011
6:21 pm

WOW. what class by not kicking when you are up 50. HA HA HA class and uga are oxymorons. ms st,vandy,ut,florida,au, and gt will all be VERY tough games with the puppies being lucky to win 3 of them.

mountainman

September 17th, 2011
6:23 pm

Guess all will be talking BCS Bowl now after Richt coaches us to another DEC championship, LOL!!!

Cuz

September 17th, 2011
6:23 pm

Haters gonna hate.

Go Dawgs…….

slydog

September 17th, 2011
6:27 pm

If Vandy blew out Ole Miss 30-7, then forget next week, worry about Vandy. That new coach Franklin is smart and an offensive guru. And remember, CMR lately has struggled to prepare the team when he hasn’t seen “something” before…lol

http://sportsbybrooks.com/ole-miss-coach-houston-nutt-smuggy-much-29257

01HAWK

September 17th, 2011
6:30 pm

Very important win for UGA. Do not look past OLE MISS with their LAME DUCK COACH HOUSTON NUTT.

He is coaching for his job also. He and OLE MISS lost to VANDY which is a CARDINAL SIN in football. VANDY is a DOORMAT.

NUTT will be gone by mid season maybe.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
6:31 pm

@ george

Thank you, ma’am, may we have another?

SugarHillDawg

September 17th, 2011
6:38 pm

Hey AthensDawg, you better get your lithium prescription refilled.I don’t wanna hear your excuses either!

stendek

September 17th, 2011
6:39 pm

Hello fellow Dawg fan. A lopsided home blowout of Coastal Carolina Community College does not balance the scales for two embarrassing losses to Boise State and South Carolina. Sorry. It should be noted that the Yellow Jackets still scored more points than the Dawgs against a higher quality opponent. Just saying.

Old Dawg

September 17th, 2011
6:43 pm

Ole Miss threw 5 interceptions against Vandy! Grantham and his D must be licking their chops!

JB

September 17th, 2011
6:44 pm

Who says it balanced any scales? We did what we needed to do. Whipped butt, got the 2nd string some reps and stayed healthy. Now on to the rest of our schedule where we should be favored in damn near every game.

HBTD!!!

B RED E

September 17th, 2011
6:53 pm

This is going to be the toughest season, I’ve ever had to endure. I am going to have to pray, now at least once a week. GT, Florida, Tennessee. All SEC teams look like they can beat us. We are just not great! We will need some serious events to go our way. Unlike what happened with South Carolina.

Chris

September 17th, 2011
7:04 pm

Every break in the South Carolina game went against us. If just one would have gone our way we would have won. This is a good team, and it could run off a very nice series of wins starting with today. Give this team a chance folks!

Cmon man

September 17th, 2011
7:06 pm

Tennessee is horrible on both offense and defense and florida is a two man show without demps and rainey they suck too

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2011
7:07 pm

People act like we’re just sorry. We’re a good team. They don’t get it.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:08 pm

did ya’ll play today? couldn’t find it on TV

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:09 pm

GT puts up 768 yards on a BCS conference team…

HIGH SCHOOL OFFENSE

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:10 pm

Navy doin whatever they want against SC with that HIGH SCHOOL OFFENSE…

Navy looks like they handle UGA easily.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:11 pm

Clemson drops Auburn… so much for that “vaunted” SEC…

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:12 pm

Richt beats a D2 team… he’s back on top of his game!!!

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ActuaryDawg

September 17th, 2011
7:15 pm

The rest of the schedule will be a cake walk. UGA is averaging 40.67 points per game. They are holding their opponents to an average of 26.67 points per game. Project that out and how can they lose.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:17 pm

One problem actuary dawg. GT is averaging about 60 a game.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:18 pm

and about 700 yards of offense a game

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:18 pm

I love it… UGA fans gettin all hyped up, haven’t even beat a BCS AQ team yet

kennesaw gator

September 17th, 2011
7:19 pm

Ah, the chest thumping by the Bulldawg nation has begun. And, rightfully so… you’ve finally found someone your pitiful team can beat. I hear the girl scouts are gonna field a team- maybe you can get them on your schedule before they get good.

GT Joe is a doofus

September 17th, 2011
7:20 pm

Hey GT Joe — Georgia could lose every game from now until Tech and still beat Tech. Talks trash after that game nerds.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:21 pm

GT will be an 8 pt favorite over the mutts… but upsets do happen…

ActuaryDawg

September 17th, 2011
7:21 pm

I was being facetious, beating an FCS school 59-0 has a good deal to do with those averages. To be fair, UGA has not had much trouble against Johnson’s offense in the recent past. I’ve notice Tech is throwing the ball more this year. In their first two games they were flinging the ball some. Today, not many passes, but they made them count.

GT Joe

September 17th, 2011
7:23 pm

Not much trouble? if you think 35/game and 450 yards/game is “not much trouble”, I guess so.

Ringleader

September 17th, 2011
7:29 pm

Had 4 extra tickets, could not get a single offer…………left them under my windshield wiper…………when we got back I had 12 unused tickets.

THEMOB

September 17th, 2011
7:33 pm

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Howdy Dawg

September 17th, 2011
7:35 pm

YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wake me when Georgia beats a Division 1 team. Coastal Carolina….YAWN. Just a glorified scrimmage but the weak minded Georgia fans needed a mental booster shot. Wait till Vandy, Tenn, Fla, GT get a whole of that ass. Your ass is grass puppies.

Jimbo

September 17th, 2011
7:36 pm

I want to know where the bulldog fans were today??? We got our streak broken because of weak hearted fans who stay home.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 17th, 2011
7:38 pm

GT Joe

Tech loses again to a middle of the road SEC team in November

Kansas LOL and they have done what in college football, if ever?

jack bull

September 17th, 2011
7:40 pm

was at the ballpark all day today with the kids, but heard Mason looked pretty good at QB. anybody have any input on that?