Anyone really feel like celebrating another ugly win over Vandy?

Aaron Murray had a big night against Vandy, but the Georgia offense was inconsistent. (Associated Press)

Aaron Murray had a big night against Vandy, but the Georgia offense was inconsistent. (Associated Press)

After Saturday night’s game in Nashville a dispirited Mark Richt sounded like anything but a victorious football coach.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” he said, obviously a very unhappy man.

Yes, Richt acknowledged with Chuck Dowdle’s prompting, Georgia is keeping pace with South Carolina in the SEC East, but he said “we’re kind of limping our way into being tied for first.”

Dowdle, always Mr. Positive, sounded like he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Georgia had won its fifth game in a row, fourth conference win in a row, and yet, he said to Richt with a note of surprise in his voice, “you sound disappointed.”

Richt, apparently more in touch with reality than the happy-talk interviewer, answered flatly, “I am disappointed. I’m thankful for the victory … but I’m disappointed in how we played overall.”

Richt had good reason to be downcast. A Vandy team that had only been able to rush for a combined 45 yards in its two previous games racked up 200 against a Georgia defense that previously had appeared to be stout against the run. All night long, Vandy runners had big holes to run through, juked Georgia defenders with cutbacks and slipped through arm tackles.

With Isaiah Crowell essentially a nonfactor after sitting out the first quarter apparently for disciplinary reasons and then looking tentative during his very limited time in the game, with only one really good run, Georgia was one-dimensional on offense. While Aaron Murray had big numbers passing for the night and Marlon Brown finally got a chance to shine with two touchdown catches, the Dogs were not consistent in moving the ball most of the game.

Worst of all, the special teams play again was simply horrendous and almost cost Georgia another game (after playing a big part in the loss to South Carolina).

On the subject of the many special teams miscues — which included falling for yet another fake punt, giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown, two missed field goals and a blocked punt that nearly gave Vandy the game at the end — Richt lamented that they were “too big” to happen and have Georgia still “expect to win in this league. We’re just very fortunate to get out of here alive.”

Yes, a win is win and any kind of road win in the SEC is a good thing. But Saturday night in Nashville the Dogs looked like a team that might be capable of outlasting mediocre opponents but not much more.

The fact that Georgia remains tied for first in the SEC and still has favorable prospects seems more a fluke of scheduling and an off year in the division than a testament to the way the team is playing.

Feel free to share your views on Georgia’s latest ugly win.

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scambledog

October 16th, 2011
12:01 am

A win is a win…….but it sure was ugly !!!!!

richmondDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:06 am

Amen to that, Bill. If there isn’t major improvement the next two weeks, out prospects against Florida don’t look good. I’m sure Brantley will be back.

Jesup

October 16th, 2011
12:07 am

Rewind your DVR Grantham was fixin to whip the Vandy Coach…….. I LIKE,

jeff

October 16th, 2011
12:07 am

why bill. Surprised your asking us that question. I could have sworn I read some crap here onfriday about resting starters taking it easy. Looking to florida. What a moron. Ask yourself the question. To bad vandy didn’t pull it out. This bunch of losers don’t deserve to have a chance to win east. I am a dawg fan thru and thru but I am fed up with this team. Maybe next week you can write a blog about how real teams play how real teams act. Bs. Total bs.

D A DoubleU G

October 16th, 2011
12:08 am

YESSS!!!!!

A win is a win is a win!!!

All of a sudden, the game in Jacksonville is the Lizards fighting for their loves, and the Dawgs in the driver’s seat in the East…..

SC WILL lose to either Arkansas or Florida…… UGA looks GOOD!!

And Techies……. VIRGINIA!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Gameday in Atlanta….. NO
BCS Top 10 Ranking…. NO
To HELL With Georgia Tech!!!

FloridaDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:09 am

Tonight we looked very average……not enough to beat Florida. Not based on tonight’s performance anyway.

The Monger

October 16th, 2011
12:09 am

Pathetic….More penalties, bogus play calling, special teams blunders, walsh missed field goals, poor tackling, murray inaccurate and sleep walking through first half, offensive line getting beat all night, poor communication all around, poor execution in all 3 phases, and ONCE AGAIN poor coaching all around….typical Georgia….

Shawn Williams and Marlon Brown brought their A games, but nobody else did apparently…

Jesup

October 16th, 2011
12:09 am

Grantham was fixin to whip the Vandy Coach

dawg fan

October 16th, 2011
12:10 am

ugly win. but that god this eye opener came again vandy and not fla. or auburn. every team has an eye opener or two in the season. lets be thankful for the bye week… because we need it bad

Gator Hater

October 16th, 2011
12:11 am

Can someone please tell me whom the hell the special team coach is?

Erked Russell

October 16th, 2011
12:11 am

Bill why don’t you try complaining to Todd Grantham?

Kmac

October 16th, 2011
12:13 am

Disgusting. Special teams was very special tonight. How can this be anything other than coaching? And I’ve never been on the ” Fire CMR” bandwagon.

SatillaDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

Dawgs’ inability to put this game away early proves they’re still not ready for prime time.

And the post-game dust-up was embarrassingly unnecessary.

I don’t care who started it, Grantham. Show some class.

Dawgs will be lucky to leave Florida with a win, but we can always hope.

Hurray for the Nashville win, but like Bill says, it sure was ugly.

Go DAWGS!

Me again

October 16th, 2011
12:16 am

It can’t get much worse

Gator Hater

October 16th, 2011
12:17 am

A class guy will never win. Ask Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, or Steve Spurrier if they have class!

Kyle

October 16th, 2011
12:19 am

Bill, you and Schultz really know how to drag down everyone’s spirits after a win. If you’re not complaining about Bobo’s play calling, it’s an ugly win. Vandy always plays us tough, we’re still a young team learning our way through the always tough SEC and we’re 5-2 right now….I don’t care how we got there…Last week, the conversation was the improvement since Boise and now it’s like Russ died and we don’t have a replacement….DEPRRESSSING Bill. You call Chuck Dowdle “Mr Positive”…maybe you should take some notes.

pdawg

October 16th, 2011
12:19 am

WOW!!!!!! We are talking about a win….yes a win. WOW…come on guys, we won!!!!!!!!!!!!! what is up with us???? can we just enjoy a win???? come on

Dawg Girl

October 16th, 2011
12:22 am

A win is a win. It was ugly, but I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day. The boys looked unfocused and unmotivated. Good thing we have a bye week. Should do us some good. Go Dawgs! Rest up and refocus for the Gators.

Niceville Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:22 am

We saw a very tired and banged up Georgia team. They looked very flat and I truly believe it was from having to go up to Tennessee two weekends in a row. This bye week will get us ready for Florida.

Dawgscrews

October 16th, 2011
12:23 am

Maybe it was the High School stadium they were playing in… they did play in Tenn last week, lol !!

Dawgscrews

October 16th, 2011
12:25 am

No really.. .i am fed up also about our play. Why werent we capable of running the rock tonight and why couldnt we stop their run ? Crowell isnt going to cut it in this league.. Seems like he cant take a hit. Crowell, take a page out of Samuels book, did you see him limping just about the whole game ?

OkieDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:26 am

What was up with Crowell? Did he have some other place he had rather have been? I know one game is not a pattern, but being held out the 1st quarter and then throwing the ball after being tackled for losses, reminded me of our two leading ball carriers last year. Who were they and where are they? I’m hoping we do not have another tailback Diva on our hands. Maybe, he needs a little one on one with CTG.

Neil

October 16th, 2011
12:28 am

CLASS GUYS that WON….Vince Dooley, Bobby Bowden, Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tom Osbourne, Joe Paterno, Barry Alvarez, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs, and many more….

Dawgscrews

October 16th, 2011
12:29 am

@OkieDawg

Crowell is a joke… He will not last in this league, that is why he cant pick up blocks, cause he doesnt like the contact. He stated that he isnt used to taking hits or feeling the brunt of hits, lol. What a joke !!

ARdawg

October 16th, 2011
12:32 am

tied for first I am afraid is only a matter of time. We won’t win the east

BigCountry

October 16th, 2011
12:34 am

That sucked.

BigCountry

October 16th, 2011
12:36 am

But UGA will still run the table…

Hairy Dawg

October 16th, 2011
12:38 am

Ugly win.

I don’t think momentum, good or bad, matters much with the off week coming up, but our players think they can play like this and do anything other than fail in this conference, they are sadly mistaken.

newyearsamedawgfans

October 16th, 2011
12:46 am

The Dawgs roll up four conference wins over teams with a cumulative 11-14 overall record and a combined 1-13 conference record. Before you get excited about that one combined conference win consider that Vandy played Ole Miss so one of those two bottom feeders had to win. In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

BTW – I am sorry that those ruffians from the Harvard of the South played too rough for CTG and the Dream Team. I hope New Mexico State is not too tough on you. If they are you can console yourselves by chanting SEC! SEC! SEC! Perhaps you should consider sending a thank you note to Alabama & LSU for being the only two decent teams in the conference.

Get ready to start proclaiming your 32nd preseason national championship in three months.

UGA Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
12:49 am

@Bill King

“With Isaiah Crowell essentially a nonfactor after sitting out the first quarter apparently for disciplinary reasons”

How was it “apparent” that it was for disciplinary reasons?

Please explain? Because that’s what the morons who announced the game said?

It looked more likely that Crowell is hurt and they didn’t want to over use him.

Perhaps it was for disciplinary reason, but you’re assuming here, with nothing to back it up.

they serve gruel in prison

October 16th, 2011
12:52 am

It may be good that we’re limping into Jacksonville so that we’re not overconfident after the Gaytors lost today…..it was way tooo close though…..we were at the game and it was really a strange one…..Butler made a good tackle….it looked like Vandy was trying to scoop and score……

UGA Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
12:52 am

We are not “tied for first”. Why does everyone keep saying that? We are squarely in second place in the east. That’s not even debatable.

UGA Alumnus

October 16th, 2011
12:55 am

But we did win. During the Tennessee game the announcers kept paying lip service to how young the Vols are.

Nobody talks about how young the Dawgs are. They just talk about how we underperform with all the talent we have.

We have a very young team. Our boys are learning. They are winning games, and learning.

Go Dawgs!!!

OkieDawg

October 16th, 2011
12:56 am

During the half time interview, CMR said he held Crowell out because he loved him. CMR’s flippant comments are wearing thin.

HOUDAWG

October 16th, 2011
1:00 am

Agree that we’re not sure what / which team will show up in JAX ……. but we all know one thing ….

TECH SUCKS !!! Hey little Jacks ….. there IS a VIRGINIA …… !!

GTH — Tech !!

AFDawg

October 16th, 2011
1:00 am

Yes — I’m celebrating because the Dawgs have made it five in a row against Vandy since they stomped on the “G” in 2006. Also, Vandy hasn’t beat Georgia at home since 1991 — how sweet it is.

joe cox

October 16th, 2011
1:01 am

man i love the dogs

DawgVoiceofReason

October 16th, 2011
1:02 am

I try to take the good where I can find it. We got a win in a classic trap game, when we easily could have lost at the end with the disastrous punt block. Aaron Murray played great, when the running game wasn’t going. Marlon Brown got two TDs. And the D held on at the end (and I mean the very end).

AFDawg

October 16th, 2011
1:04 am

It’s a good thing Butler made a good tackle because he took way too long to execute the punt — especially when he knew thay would be coming after him. I was thinking during the play — what the heck is he doing? He was using the same timing as if it were a routine punt. When you know they’re throwing the kitchen sink at you — you have to speed up your timing.

Desert Fox

October 16th, 2011
1:05 am

Kyle

October 16th, 2011
12:19 am

BK is just stating what most dawg fans feel about a team that under performs week after week. While LSU and AL show the football world how to win and put their opponents away the GA’s are embarrassing their fans and also their head coach by blundering their way to a win when they were clearly out played and out coached the entire game. Even Richt was dissappointed but what will he do to remedy this continuing trend of poor play calling and an absolutlely lousey play by his special teams? Why doesn’t Richt have any trick plays of his own to answer all the trick plays that GA has fell victim too this season? Is it beneath him?!? This type of performance cannot continue. I don’t care if they win out. This ugliness is too embarrassing and its been going on like this for too long. This is not winning like a champion or performing like a championship team.

Dawg Pile

October 16th, 2011
1:06 am

Let’s gain some perspective fellow bloggers. I know we are all angry with the performance we had tonight. I think we have a very young team that has been beat up and battered. We have two weeks to get healthy (Ogletree, Robinson, Mitchell, and Washington back) and regroup before Florida. This is it, this is our opportunity to seize control of the East. South Cackalacky will lose to either Florida or Arkansas w/O Lartimore. Florida lost to Auburn which puts us right where we need to be. I know Bobo is awful, I know we let Vandy run it down our throat, and I know that our special teams play has been awful ever since Fabris left. The fact of the matter is – we still are in this thing. One week at a time fellow Dawgs. Let’s get ready for the gayturs and get some street credit back. Remember, we are very young. Our best TB was in HS last year, as well as our best wideouts. Our D has been stout, I’m not worried about them. Let’s grab our sacks and bring some pain to the lizzards in 2 weeks. GATA!

newyearsamedawgfans

October 16th, 2011
1:06 am

DawgVoiceofReason
October 16th, 2011
1:02 am

I try to take the good where I can find it. We got a win in a classic trap game, when we easily could have lost at the end with the disastrous punt block. Aaron Murray played great, when the running game wasn’t going. Marlon Brown got two TDs. And the D held on at the end (and I mean the very end).

Thank goodness we survived the bullies on our schedule who managed to beat the powerhouse that is Ole Miss.

AFDawg

October 16th, 2011
1:07 am

newyearsamedawgfans — getting tired of the Dawgs beating your teckies every year?

Dawg Pile

October 16th, 2011
1:08 am

Oh yea, screw Tech! Ha ha ha!

AFDawg

October 16th, 2011
1:11 am

OkieDawg — Crowell is hurt. They’re trying to get him healed up somewhat. Believe me — he is the real deal.

pj

October 16th, 2011
1:12 am

I don’t give a d-a-m-n what the score was or who we beat. It was an SEC road win. PERIOD. It’s a shame we didn’t play better on Special Teams – two missed field goals, blocked punt, Kick off Return for a TD, fake Punt against us. Offense will be fine once everyone is back and healthy. Defense too. But Special teams… it’s how we will lose to Florida or Auburn.

And for all you that say Grantham is Classless? It’s Football – I WANT a guy like that with us. He’s Erk 2.0

Season Ticket Holder since 1986

October 16th, 2011
1:15 am

I was at the Vandy game when UGA came in 19 point favorites with Vince Dooley as the Coach and it was a 13-13 tie. I was there the last time Vandy beat Georgia in 1991. This win will look a lot better in hindsight when one thinks about the GIGANTIC plays that UGA had to make to win the game. Interception in the end zone. Touchdown passes to wide open receivers. D-linemen blocking critical passes. Interception by Rambo and him taking a knee (I said “Well done!” That was smart!”). Somebody from the sidelines should have been screaming “center eligible!!!!!” on the fake punt and if we throw any more bombs on third a five or less, I’m going to jump off a bridge or something. But Georgia had to have BIG plays to win this game and the players made big plays. The personal foul was after a clip away from the play. The Vandy center was dirty and tried to end our guy’s career. He should have punched him. No problem there. So, I’ve been there when we lost to Vandy and been there when we beat Vandy. It’s much better to beat Vandy.

Dawg Pile

October 16th, 2011
1:17 am

Agreed AR Dawg – Crowel is the real deal. It just proves we need another ever down back. You can’t carry the ball 30 times and not reap the injuries that come with it. Heck, look at Ingram and Richardson, Richardson and Lacy now. Moreno even had Thomas Brown (ha!). Where is Ken Malcom? I know he left and came back, but who cares. He was the best looking back in the Spring. If he can play, put him on the field! I dont want Crowell to get banged up like Lattimore. We need that back out of NC.

newyearsamedawgfans

October 16th, 2011
1:19 am

AFDawg
October 16th, 2011
1:07 am

newyearsamedawgfans — getting tired of the Dawgs beating your teckies every year?

Getting tired of whining that Vandy is too tough on the team that the Dawg fans awarded their 32nd consecutive preseason National Championship, Herschel is not walking through that door.

I am hoping that you goobers get into the SEC championship so UA / LSU can hang 50+ points on you. I expect tough guy Grantham to pick a post-game fight with Saban or Miles.

Silly moron dawgs. Get back to me when you actually accomplish something. I mean besides chanting SEC! SEC! SEC! in a desperate attempt to associate yourself with programs that have actually accomplished something.

AFDawg

October 16th, 2011
1:20 am

Vandy has a tough time of it in the SEC — but in a lot of other conferences they would fare much better. They are a talented team with a lot of good athletes. Look how heavily they recruit the state of Georgia. Unfortunately we sputtered in the red zone a lot tonight and missed some points we should ahve put on the board — the game wouldn’t have been within reach if we had scored on those oppotunities. I’ll take the “W”. The big issue is how do we fix our special teams before the Florida game? Also, a few trick plays would be nice once in awhile as well as a few block punt attempts. We used to try to block punts all the time and had good success with it. Another beautiful thing about block punt attempts is that they’ll blow-up a fake attempt every time. Who is our special teams coach and why isn’t he paying attention? When Vandy brought in their back-up punter that should have alerted everyone that they might try a fake.