Scoreboard didn’t reflect domination by Dawgs

Orson Charles makes a great touchdown catch against Ole Miss. (Associated Press)

Orson Charles makes a great touchdown catch against Ole Miss. (Associated Press)

A few more thoughts and observations about Georgia’s win over Ole Miss. …

It’s true there was more grumbling in the Bulldog Nation than you’d normally expect after a win, and, yes, if Blair Walsh hadn’t missed those three field goals a 36-13 score would have better reflected Georgia’s near-complete domination of the game.

But the fact that the Dogs had to resort to Walsh four times showed Georgia’s offense still not quite ready for prime time.

It stands out even more when you look at the Dogs’ time of possession by quarter. After holding it 7:26 in the first quarter and 9:03 in the second, for a total of 24 points, Mike Bobo decided to try and sit on an 11-point lead and went conservative in his second-half playcalling.

So while the Dogs had the ball 10:56 in the third quarter and a whopping 11:11 in the fourth, they got only 3 points out of all that time on the field. Thus, the grumbling.

OK, maybe Bobo’s faith in the way Georgia’s defense was handling the Rebels was well-placed, but that kind of mentality is not going to cut it against the better teams remaining on the schedule. …

Richard Samuel and Carlton Thomas were sporadically effective in relief of Isaiah Crowell Saturday, and while that upright running style of Samuel’s doesn’t result in many long gainers, he deserves special mention for his extra, twisting effort on that fourth-and-1 that the Dogs just barely made. But the best use of Samuel appears to be throwing to him out of the backfield. That 25-yard reception was a fine job. Let’s hope we see more of that when Crowell is taking a breather. …

Speaking of Crowell, you could tell he wasn’t the same runner in the second half that he was in the first, losing some of that ability to bounce out of the grasp of a would-be tackler and turn it on outside. Yes, 30 carries is a considerable workload, but Crowell admitted after the game he was winded in the third and fourth quarters, in contrast to South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, who seems to get stronger late in games. As someone once said, the ball ain’t heavy, so conditioning is obviously where Crowell needs the biggest improvement (along with picking up the blitz a bit better). But the first half showed what a special player Crowell can be when he’s on his game, and even a winded No. 1 is a good potential weapon to have in the backfield. …

It was good to see Bobo finally remember the tight ends Saturday. Orson Charles led all receivers with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, and backup Aron White had three for 52 yards and another score. Still, it was an up and down day for Charles, who dropped one pass and let another bounce off his chest, only to have it intercepted. But he did a great job of hauling in a perfectly thrown but difficult pass from Aaron Murray in the corner of the end zone. As stocked with talent as Georgia is at the tight end position, it can only be a plus if Bobo calling their numbers more Saturday was a sign of things to come. …

Special kudos to gritty Kenarious Gates, who wasn’t fully recovered from an ankle injury but still toughed it out for the whole game on the offensive line because of Chris Burnette being out. It would be great if other Georgia players took inspiration from his example. …

You’ve got to give Houston Nutt credit for his special teams game planning Saturday, and not just for the handoff/reverse on a punt return or successful onside kick. His negating of Georgia’s dangerous return men on punts was superb. Punter Tyler Campbell’s alternating of line-drive rugby kicks with the occasional high looper resulted in only two of his nine punts even being returned by Georgia, one for 2 yards and the other for a loss of 2, meaning the Dogs ended the game with a return average of 0. …

Finally, Jon Fabris was in the crowd Saturday and Georgia’s special teams play was pretty awful. I’m not suggesting the two facts are somehow connected or that Fabris has some sort of bad mojo that can mess the Dogs up even from the stands, but let’s just hope Jon doesn’t plan to make following the Dogs a regular thing.

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Prison Mike

September 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

Dawgs avoid another 0-2 start in conference play, and that’s all that matters. It wasn’t a pretty win but I was still satisfied that the offense controlled the clock and the defense never allowed the Bears to get anything going. The special teams need some SERIOUS work however.

Saban

September 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

Dawgs wore their red panties to victory. With two victories under their belt they can get ready for their beatdowns by Vanderbilt and Florida.

Poor Russ. Probably will not last the season. Imagine the Vanderbilt beatdown will send him to the other side.

What do you think? Maybe 5 victories this year.

Orange11

September 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

Hey, everybody has a bad game every now and then!

Ace

September 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

UGA fans are in love with the word “if”, 3 years of the love afair.

Saban

September 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

Lord what did Russ do to deserve this. Maybe he had something to do with the Auburn trees?

Oh well maybe Auburn will at leat keep in clsoe for the first half.

Jablonski

September 25th, 2011
6:29 pm

Field goals don’t win SEC titles….coaching was far too conservative and ST’s was dreadful…that’s a coaching issue folks. It ain’t gonna get better with this staff. Calling it now…6-6

KBP

September 25th, 2011
6:32 pm

If Crowell stays healthy, then we have a chance against everyone left on our schedule. Probably should be favored in 6 of the remaining 8.

Doggie in NC

September 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

Fire Mark Richt

September 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Problem is, the scoreboard shows the only stat that really counts – points. Under Richt, since the start of the ‘09 season, Georgia has been getting out-pointed about half the time. This season – 2 up, 2 down – so far fits the recent trend.

Fashion Consultant

September 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

Dawgs need to go back to their Nike clown uniforms and red panties blessed by Saint Mark.

Or just fire crappo Richt and get it over with.

Fire Mark Richt

September 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

Oh boy, here we go again. “Mike Bobo” decided to sit on an 11-point lead and got conservative. Isn’t Richt still the head coach?

Doggie in NC

September 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

So, why did the offense sit on it the whole 2nd half! Come on guys – put them away! And why can”t we do some trickery of our own? Great job defense! We need to be clicking on all cylinders next week to be those West Dawgs.

roughrider

September 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

UGA is a poorly coached, average team that under utilizes it’s talent.

You have the right...

September 25th, 2011
6:47 pm

“If Crowell stays healthy, then we have a chance against everyone left on our schedule.”

You’re assuming that Crowell isn’t arrested more than 2-3 times. That’s not a very safe assumption.

jack bull

September 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

i said it last night, and i’ll say it again, it’s obvious Bobo has ZERO confidence in his QB. Those 3rd and 8 calls when we have the ball on the 30 yd line, you know, the one where we line up in the shotgun and simply turn and hand the ball to our RB(creative, i know), clearly shows me that he is scared to death that something bad is going to happen with Murray throwing the ball. I know he/we, didn’t do that sort of thing with D Greene, heck, or Stafford, that i can think of.

And, it’s obvious Murray’s 5-10 frame has trouble completing the screen pass. He always seems to ‘air-mail’ it over everybody’s head, cuz he’s just too short, plain and simple.

Other than that, that’s 3 weeks in a row we’ve completely dominated a football game.

dawggirl

September 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

I completely disagree about the injured players. They don’t want to miss games, but if they’re injured, sometimes they have to. Ogletree and Christian Robinson are dying not being out there on the field, and to suggest otherwise is irresponsible, and quite frankly, stupid.

hipdawg

September 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

field goal u……we used to be called tailback u…..

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Who was dominated? Lil Sis U?
The AKC called and is suing UGA to force them to stop using the bulldog? It seems Bulldogs are suposed to be a mean and Tough Breed. The UGA Dawgs don’t deserve to use the Bulldog as a mascot

bart

September 25th, 2011
7:05 pm

Anytime you win on the road in the SEC it’s a good win. From here on, wins over New Mexico State and Kentucky are likely. Losses to FLA and Tech are probable. The other games could go either way. We can win them if we play up to our ability and don’t get outcoached…two big ifs. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

FireBoboNow

September 25th, 2011
7:07 pm

Good article Bill, definitely improvements are needed prior to the gaytor’s game. D is much improved this season, would like to see Samuel dodge the first tackler now & then.

jack bull

September 25th, 2011
7:08 pm

I agree dawggirl!

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:09 pm

TECH destroyed NC. Murray’s not 5′10″. He’s 5′8″. Man I love these blogs!.

rincon dawg

September 25th, 2011
7:16 pm

bill, didnt mitchell have 93 yards?

win big!

September 25th, 2011
7:19 pm

the dawgs only tough game left is florida and they can be beat. there whole offense is 2 scatbacks. Tennessee is mediocre as usual and miss state and auburn don’t have anything. Tech? Get real–Ga beats them by 20. Ga runs the table–bank on it!

gomdawg

September 25th, 2011
7:23 pm

A win is a win love my Dawgs.

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:24 pm

WIN BIG!
I will take that bet for $50. I will keep it small I am sure you have more people that want some of that stupid easy action. Remember I was first.

Bill

September 25th, 2011
7:35 pm

Jack Bull = Jack *ff

okfornow

September 25th, 2011
7:36 pm

To The Village Idiot Bill King – Your comment “Scoreboard didn’t reflect domination by Dawgs” – So what – Georgia was playing Ole Missy, even Vandy looked like an SEC power against Ole Missy – we already know what your pathetic dawgs do with REAL teams – they lose. Boy – you are the King of CMR Kool-aid drinkers. Your dawgs didn’t prove a thing.

Dawg_Mike

September 25th, 2011
7:39 pm

Settling for field goals ( attempts ) wont cut it against better teams.
On another note, I didnt see Lattimore raising his hand asking out after two plays last year when he was a freshman…. but I seem to recall Knowshon doing the same thing as a Junior, so what is it with our conditioning?

NiceUni

September 25th, 2011
7:39 pm

But unfortunately the scoreboard is the only thing that matters…you might as well just say that Ole Miss got lucky or something…these are just more excuses that people make to defend a program, coaches, and players that constantly underperform…

NiceUni

September 25th, 2011
7:42 pm

Here’s what else the scoreboard says…Navy has a better team that UGA…Vandy has a better team than UGA…Tulsa and UGA are about equal…scoreboard says we suck a&&.

Get the hate out!

September 25th, 2011
7:45 pm

Get off this site if youre not a true dog fan. All the hell your doing is adding to the problem!! You dont think the players read your your negative comments about them day in and day out. You bunch of wagon jumpers. I suppose if we were 4-0 right now you wouldnt have hell to talk about, huh? Yes, we get it that were not an LSU or an ALA. All this negative talk is affecting recruiting too. You idiots can talk and point out the problems, take your soory self to Athens and take the job from Richt. Yeah, thats what I thought!!!! Your all just posers. Try on a GT t shirt and look in the mirror. You look great. Traders!!!!!

Grow UP People

September 25th, 2011
7:46 pm

The reason Vandy looked so good it b/c Miss was looking ahead – and Still@thebar – please tell me how winning by 7 is putting a beating on someone – what is NC ranked anyway?

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:47 pm

You can’t compare UGA to Vandy or Navy. Vandy and Navy have the Best of the Best in Students that play some football too.

Half Century Dawg

September 25th, 2011
7:47 pm

The only stat that counts is the win / loss and Coach Richt has a .727 winning percentage overall. The last two years have been tuff, but even with those, .727 is one of the best in college football.

Grow UP People

September 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

So what if Bobo sits on a lead – the defense was dominating so why not – some people are never satisfied

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

Grow UP
That is one of your UGA brothers stealing my handle.

kerryb

September 25th, 2011
7:49 pm

Nothing like a UGA blog to make all the trollers and haters come out. Like some post that make some sense. The rest are just a bunch of moron trollers and no one cares what their comments are.

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:51 pm

Grow UP
yes Bobo was just playing it close to the vest not to show Miss St anything right? Like Miss St doesn’t have film from BSU, Coastal Carolina, and USC.

Still@theBAR

September 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

Mason should get to play more.

Dr. Morpheus

September 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

It’s always funny to read to read the hysterical comments by the don’t-have-a-life ‘visitors’ to our blog (can you say, “Ignore?”). Yes, there’s plenty of room for improvement and the trend is positive. The D is playing well (Rambo is the national leader in INTs), Crowell is coming along. Kudos to Gates for playing through the pain.

Grow UP People

September 25th, 2011
7:52 pm

predictable comment still@the bar

punt return team is WEAK

September 25th, 2011
7:55 pm

Our punt return team has sucked for several years now. They very rarely put any pressure on the punter. Passive, passive, passive.

Buzz

September 25th, 2011
8:01 pm

GT ranked 21st in both polls…Go Jackets..

slydog

September 25th, 2011
8:06 pm

The score didn’t reflect the domination because the coaching is still suspect, plays it too close to the vest, and allowed for too many special teams break downs when it was obvious BEFORE the game that’s what Ole Miss had to do in order to score. CMR, IF you keep this job, please hire yourself a special teams coach like everybody else in the conference, just like a nutrition.

slydog

September 25th, 2011
8:06 pm

Nutritionist that is.

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life for Me

September 25th, 2011
8:08 pm

still @ the bar…

you’ve been drinking too much, your vision is blurred. I’m 5′9” and murray still has at least an inch and a half on me, at the least…

Grow UP People

September 25th, 2011
8:08 pm

Buzz – hope they can keep it up – but that my change when they play a real team

punt return team is WEAK

September 25th, 2011
8:11 pm

Sly,

Amen. We need a special teams coach.

bdawg

September 25th, 2011
8:12 pm

Negative nancies need to walk into on coming traffic!!! I’m so sick of you fair weather dawg fans! We’re 2-2 and in great shape to make a run with this schedule. Get on board or find a new team. Saban, go find a Bama blog chump!