Defense, Crowell shine in Dogs’ first SEC win

georgiaLOGOGeorgia overcame Houston Nutt trickeration and a horrendous day on special teams to notch its first conference win of the season Saturday at Ole Miss.

Offensively, Georgia amassed 475 yards while keeping the ball over 38 minutes, with Isaiah Crowell running for 147 yards on 30 carries, but most of that came in the first half, as the Dogs sputtered their way through a second half that saw only 3 points scored.

The Dogs defense had an impressive day against an admittedly wretched Rebel offense, giving up only one score on a two-play sequence where Ole Miss completed a couple of long passes with a touch of razzle-dazzle.

Ole Miss’ other score came on a long trick play punt return that was poorly covered by Georgia. The Dogs also let the Rebs snag an onside kick (though it didn’t end up producing any points), return man Branden Smith let one of Ole Miss’ line-drive rugby punts go through his legs and get downed at the Georgia 1-yard line, and Blair Walsh had the worst day of his career, missing three field goal attempts that were easily within his range and sending his last kickoff out of bounds.

But Mark Richt stuck with Walsh and sent him out one more time, and this time he made a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.

“Blair’s our guy,” Richt said after the game. But, the head coach noted, “We’ve got to solve some problems on our special teams. Obviously we’ve got to cover punts better. And onside kicks shouldn’t happen.”

Richt said the Dogs were “coached up” on both the onside kick and the hand-off/reverse punt return. It was just a matter of “we’ve got to execute better.”

Still, I have a feeling there’ll be some heated discussion with the special teams coaches this week.

Individual highlights of the day included Bacarri Rambo snagging two interceptions, and Crowell’s play on Georgia’s key 8-play 99-yard drive — particularly on third-and 9 from the Dogs’ 2 when he bounced outside for a 29-yard gain. Aaron Murray had another good-not-great day, completing 17 of 26 passes for 268 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He scored another TD on a sneak. Murray was off-target a few times but also had several passes dropped by receivers (though on at least one of those, it looked like Murray threw way too hard for a short pass).

Overall, it was a solid effort and kept the Dogs alive in SEC play. Any conference road win is a good win.

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Dawg Girl

September 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

September 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

The two trick plays have really made us look bad; the reverse for a TD and the on-side kick.

Gotta correct for those, play more focused on special teams, continue the good offensive and defensive play.

Good play calling. Good execution on offense, mixing up the run and pass plays.

Some really good individual play on both the offense and defensive side of the ball.

Seemed to be an overall, good team effort.

O moved the ball well, and D looked great!

Just gotta correct the special teams D on punts and on on-side kicks.

Still got some work to do to get ready for Miss State.

Glad to get the win even if it was against Ole Miss. .. Go Dawgs!

Lagdawg

September 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

Dawg Girl

September 24th, 2011
5:05 pm

A win is a win on the road. Go Dawgs

Richard

September 24th, 2011
5:05 pm

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

drbasic1

September 24th, 2011
5:08 pm

I will take the win, but against a very bad ol miss team, we played poorly, Murray is not that great as we believe and Crowell though a good game, is out of shape. Special teams coach sucks! To win out there has got to be hUGE improvement! Killing the clock before half was stupid, just watch Alabama with 26 seconds left before half try to get points from deep in own territory. CoAches need to find fire in themselves!!

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:10 pm

Any win that we can get right now and give our team confidence is a good win. i cannot believe about Walsh though…I know who is going to be doing some extra kicking drills this week…man it was horrible…. Our special teams even against SC was bad… I mean a fake punt returned by a lineman for a touchdown??? For all you haters its not CMR or Bobo for that one… lets hear all the gripes about firing the ST coach now..

Bryan G.

September 24th, 2011
5:10 pm

The win is nice but we have to score 7s when we get inside the 30 – not 3s.

just saying

September 24th, 2011
5:11 pm

we didn’t score 3’s either………………………….

Lagdawg

September 24th, 2011
5:13 pm

Defense looked ok. Still looked bad on a long TD pass. Crowell looked awesome, but still needs to hit the weights so he can endure the physicality of the SEC. Bobo’s playcalling looked horrible as usual. UGA didn’t look good in the second half. Should have put up at least 24 more points but, with a OC that does not know how to make adjustments, what can we expect. This won’t get it done next week against MSU, Tenn. or Vanderbilt. OL still can’t pass block and too many mental breakdowns. Glad UGA won but, but they win on sheer talent. The coaching sucks as does again, Bobo’s playcalling. The defense will have to step up and play in the other teams backfield if we plan on winning any more games. Not enough pressure is being put on the opposing team’s QB.

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:14 pm

Bryan G I agree we need to get the ball in the end zone…but with those 3 field goal it would have been 36-13 and that score sounds better than 27-13…. We did good today with no lost fumbles though

david

September 24th, 2011
5:17 pm

drbasic

September 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

I will say the defense overall looked pretty good, but our tackling just is not up to par. Arm tackling will not get the job done. I like and support our coaches but they just do not have the killer instinct. They play so much not to lose rather than to win……

Eric

September 24th, 2011
5:18 pm

Can we STOP running draws on 3rd and long. We did it 4 times in a row in the 2nd half. We’re not fooling anyone. We have some of the best TE’s in th nation. We have speedy WR’s. We have a solid QB. I don’t understand what Bobo is thinking. And shutting it down with 44 seconds and a timeout left in the half is pathetic. We could have used that time to score and put the game away early. Instead we let them hang around the whole game.

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:19 pm

Boy Lagdawg…. sounds like you should be the one coaching the team…lol

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Jablonski

September 24th, 2011
5:22 pm

Field goals don’t win sec titles….coaching just sucks. Calling it now people, 6-6

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:22 pm

Eric I agree, they have got to stop a draw play on 3rd and 9 but the O-line needs to protect and murray still needs to learn to get rid of the ball

GT is a 4th rate high school team

September 24th, 2011
5:23 pm

Murray AND Walsh are bothed getting infected by the malady of BOBO, “PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS”

TeeJayy

September 24th, 2011
5:24 pm

Mark Richt needs to take over play-calling. #winning

GT is a 4th rate high school team

September 24th, 2011
5:24 pm

bothed = both.

Dawg 39

September 24th, 2011
5:26 pm

As usual, I basically disagree entirely with all of the morning after coaches (commentators) out there.
Mainly because they are wrong. GO DAWGS.

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GT is a 4th rate high school team

September 24th, 2011
5:27 pm

Bobo most likely can analyze films well, but gets paralyzed at game time and just unable to adjust well.

T D

September 24th, 2011
5:29 pm

Does every SEC Coach like playing against Georgia is the last game before the world ends? Answer is absolutely yes. Dawgs dominated this game start to finish. Dawgs must put other teams out of reach. Beat Mississippi State for the Miss state championship next week. Also payback for last year. Keep improving. Get Killer Instinct. Go Dawgs!

UGA Sailor

September 24th, 2011
5:29 pm

lol well said Dawg39… Go dawgs

hot dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:30 pm

Crowell s e c talent….not in s e c condition yet…..and mitchell brown and bennett are our best recievers richard samuel…..not ready to say he should b in over malcome yet and the defense are handling biz…….special teams…..special needs

Still@theBAR

September 24th, 2011
5:35 pm

Ole Miss scored 6 more points on the DAWGS than they did on VANDY. LOL
Grantham & Bobo the UGA Brain Trust is in great hands.

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Randall "Pink" Floyd

September 24th, 2011
5:36 pm

Crowell is not out of shape. He’s hurt and has been hurt in every game this season. Rib injuries do not heal in a week, and get re-aggravated every game.

If you can’t watch him run and tell he’s hurting you just aren’t very observant. He’s obviously a tough kid but unless he gets rest – which he won’t – we can expect this for the rest of the year.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

September 24th, 2011
5:37 pm

Mississippi State game will really be the measuring stick in determining the progress of this team.

Jablonski

September 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

Dawg 39….I guess you are happy with a losing record last season and 2-10 vs ranked teams. However, Richt is just a great man…so that validates his multi million dollar salary. Get a clue, tard

Kelly

September 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

meh…boring game. Yeah, it’s a win. Other than that it only proved how pale this team is when compared to Richt’s first teams at UGA. Time for a new blood infusion.

Oh…and Bobo…at the end of the first half. That punt return TD is on him. 3 straight passes when he had Crowell poised to run, probably get a first down or two and eat the clock. Bobo flat out sucks.

Still@theBAR

September 24th, 2011
5:42 pm

GREG you can pick those game until 6:45. You are not getting over on your pick. it still has to be before the kickoff.

hot dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:43 pm

Thank god we got sacks today….go dawgs….and yea not in s e c condition yet like I said the whole league is hurt if they’re a running back u think lattimore or richardson is 100 percent if so u don’t observe well yourself or been around the game long for that matter…..go dawgs

You can't hold me back

September 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

I just love the people who act like coaches on blogs

Indian Dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

From what I saw while working today, defense looked pretty darn good. While slightly sluggish to get to the line and change formations (A task usually led by C. Robinson, who was out due to injury) they certainly got after that ass. Offense could have been better, as Murray got sacked like what 3 times at least? I’m glad he learned how to secure the ball and take the sack like a champ, but that O-line needs to step up in pass protection. Crowell and Mitchell are going to be freaking HEROES by the time they leave for the NFL draft. 3rd and long from our own 2 and he gets a 29 yard gain? ARE YOU SERIOUS? That one play was probably what I took most notice in. Special teams definitely needs some work. There were plays in the S. Carolina game that we shouldn’t have let happen, and there were definitely some today where we had issues with. Something definitely needs to be addressed with Walsh, because today was probably his worst performance…ever. I don’t know if he’s going through some personal issues or what, but clearly whatever it is is affecting him on the field and has been all season long. Score should have been 35-7, but hey I’ll take the win and appreciate it. Job well done DAWGS! Now improve and kick some ass next weekend ‘tween the hedges!

Hairy Dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:47 pm

Richt’s always talking about execution. He brought in every single one of these players, so if they can’t get the job done, it’s on him, right?

Hey, any win is a good win, but this was the type of game that reminds me of where we stand right now. Ole Miss had no business being in the game. We somehow managed to keep ‘em in it. There are plenty of reasons for this, but there are no excuses.

Dangerous

September 24th, 2011
5:49 pm

Still going nowhere fast!!!!!

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Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 24th, 2011
5:51 pm

Sloppy play today

2 wins against 2 lousy teams

And people come on here talking improvements give me a break

Lets beat FL the only real opponent left on the schedule that is worth anything and win out and then we can talk about improvement

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 24th, 2011
5:52 pm

Its always been the players fault under Richt’s coaching tenure

Priceless

ZinoDawg

September 24th, 2011
5:56 pm

PT

September 24th, 2011
5:58 pm

“The D looked great” yea against one of the worst teams in the SEC. “The offense could have looked better” come on people I know we love Georgia but we are light years away from a competitive team at the D1 college level. If you’re happy with what you’re seeing then that’s ok, but do not get your hopes up for Mississippi State they are much better than Old Miss.

Texas Dawg

September 24th, 2011
5:59 pm

Crowell looked out of shape (could be the injury) (why continue to play him if he is hurt and we are winning)????but man he is night and day different from Samuel as far as instincts! Samuel looked good out of the backfield catching the ball on third down……..he should not be handed the ball on first or second down!!!!!!!!!!!!Watch the film bobo!!!!!!

Play action with an effective running game….even the commentators wondered why bobo went to the passing game when the running game was so effective! Just don’t get it??

Is anyone other than me worried about Murry? He misses wide open guys..throws behind his receivers..has not beat an sec foe with a winning record!!!! I know I know look at his numbers yada yada yada…………………..don’t get me wrong I hope he wins every game for UGA from here on out but i just don’t think he gets it done when it’s on the line…..we shall see…hope he proves me wrong!

Miss St scares me more than Tenn?????

Walnettos for all...

September 24th, 2011
6:00 pm

Did the police remove the dawgs’ ankle monitoring bracelets before the game?

And were they wearing their lucky red panties – you know, the special ones autographed by Damon Evans?

How about Russ? Did he get his usual pre-game flea dip? How about the players and coaches?

:-) :-) :-)

Nahila

September 24th, 2011
6:01 pm

The fact that UGA had to attempt 5 field goals today and missed 3 of them speaks to the offensive plays in opponents territory still seem to be a major problem and will get them beat with better teams on their schedule. Is it the execution of the offensive plays or is it Bobo’s play calling that is the problem or cold it be both? Special teams were even worse, it looked like the Keystone Cops out there on special teams with all the mistakes of the players. Mississippi is a underperforming team may finish the season with no SEC wins and we dominated this game but failed to really put the game away with these careless mistakes. All correctable with good coaching if the players will listen, if not, the Dawgs maybe in for another losing season, hope the coaches can correct these problems immediately because MSU Dogs are going to be a lot better defensive and offensive team than UM.