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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Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

hbh

Dont worry if we beat FL next game the kool-aid crowd will be on here wanting a contract extension even though FL is quickly having the worst season before Spurier showed up

BG

October 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

A win is a win! Tech and UF would trade with us. GO DAWGS!!!

awinisawin

October 16th, 2011
2:15 pm

But to be jumping up and down over beating Vandy? Good lord what has it come to in Athens? Also,If this team can’t beat the Gators this year,someone should be fired the next day!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

Anyone going to the kool-aid bar

I hear they are giving out 10 WIN SEASON National Championship T-shirts with a round of kool-aid

Contractor

October 16th, 2011
2:22 pm

Anyone know why Todd Grantham was ready to fight after the game?

Joey

October 16th, 2011
2:24 pm

You’ve missed some good reading, Flat Tire. Several have already declared the “turnaround” is already happening, others wanting Chip to ask Richt if he feels “vindicated,” last week.

All of this without having beaten but 1 ranked team since 2008.

I’m all for giving Richt this season to turn the program around. How about we wait til the season gets over to see if he has done it?

Hope everybody gets healthy for the Gators in two weeks.

Go Dawgs.

Destinpup

October 16th, 2011
2:25 pm

I have to agree with some on needing to beat uf.they are a pathetic looking bunch.We may look bad,but they flat out stink.dawgs lose that game,they should just start burning athens down.

evil empire

October 16th, 2011
2:28 pm

what are the odds uga does something stupid like the endzone dance again, or, the lets fight after the game because it helps camoflage the fact that we played poorly against an SEC doormat ploy?…i’d say they are pretty good we’ll see that one again…maybe after a close win over nmstate…look..look at the kool-ade falling from the sky….

evil empire

October 16th, 2011
2:31 pm

joey, after 11 years you shouldn’t be this situation…wake up dude…

Slayer

October 16th, 2011
2:37 pm

We were flat for this one but great teams find a way to win on off nights. We will be fired up and chomping at the bit when we whip Florida,Auburn,Kentucky,and Tech! Then we upset LSU in SEC Title Game. LSU is overated and Tennesse stayed with them for a half!

this dawg want hunt!!

October 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

Richt is disappointed, who really gives a crap if this loser is disappointed. That’s his team that is an embarrassment to the UGA fan base, and that is his coaches that once again prove how terrible they are at game planning and preparing the team. Those are his average at best players that he recruited, or should i say he recruited after the top talent signed with Bama, Auburn, S.C. and Florida. That is his Q.B. that can’t throw the deep ball, yet his O.C. continues to throw the ball deep everytime UGA has a 3rd and 6 or 7, when a simple out pattern or a simple crossing route to the tight end would get the 1st down. But no, he continues to allow this idiot Bobo to call plays. And that is his team that once again has a team fake a punt and get momentum. The funny thing about this pathetic program is the fans aren’t disappointed. That tells you all you need to know about the state of the UGA program. Any other fan base would have had it with this loser and his excuses, and his arrogance, but not UGA fans. all the UGA fans think about is him winning 7 or8 years ago. Sounds like another VInce Dooley nightmare for UGA to me. These idiotic fans will support this loser as long as he wants to stay in Athens, after all, to stay head coach at UGA, all you have to do is win an SEC title every 10 or 15 years, doesn’t matter if your program has gotten passed by Bama, LSU, Auburn, Florida,S.C, Arkansas, and Vandy will have passed Richt and this pathetic program in another year. I saw where Richt said he shouldn’t called a timeout when Vandy shifted before they threw the halfback pass, but he didn’t. So funny all this loser every says is should have done this, should have hired this guy, should have fired this guy, should have signed this guy, should have done this, should have done that. A good leader, and a good coach, does not say i should have done this 50 times, he actually does it. This loser has done nothing but make excuses and second guess his terrible leadership ability for 11 years now, the only problem is good coaches don’t get to second guess themselves time and time again. They get fired for not making the right decision, but not at UGA, as long as you say i should have done this, and you lose, that’s all that matters. If Richt is disappointed in the program he has built, may be he SHOULD do us all a favor and retire. That is one should have he will never admit too. This guy is a joke, and UGA SHOULD fire his ass before he embarrasses the program yet again in Jax. But McGarity want do a damn thing, and Richt will say he should have done this or that after another ass kicking in Jax. This clown and Bobo will not beat Florida, Auburn, or Ga.Tech, and McGarity will say he should have fired Richt after he gives him 3 or 4 more years. UGA has become the school that should have.

GDAWG65

October 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

Bobo must be coaching Special Teams. They are under coached as the offense. FIRE BOBO.

evil empire

October 16th, 2011
2:39 pm

joey, what is your criteria for a “turned around” season??? and where is the line drawn regarding success or failure?? does a win over florida trump all?? does he have to win the east in your opinion? what if they win the east, get hammered in the seccg, and get blown out in a bowl game??? uga is quickly becoming like rick hendrick….dale jr. and cmr sell alot of t-shirts for their programs, but in the end you know in your heart they have gone as far as they are gonna go professionally…

old time dog

October 16th, 2011
2:39 pm

eYe have never been a Richt fan. That said, it is evident that we are what we are showing by this stage of the season. Can we grow a little more in the last games? Maybe, maybe not. We haven’t shown much in dominating anyone other than CC. The Crowell kid and Mitchell have looked to me like game changers and potent offensive threats. eYe don’t know the full story on Crowell but it seems apparent he has taken a beating the likes of which he wasn’t used to in high school ball. He looks to me like the only running threat we have put out there so far but eYe think he has been hurt for the last several games. eYe don’t like him throwing the ball after plays that fail and appearing to run out of gas on consecutive plays. Maybe he will develop into a player that can be depended on to make a difference but something seems to be hindering him from being the work horse we need. Maybe just youth. Recruiting these kids much of the time relies on what their high school coaches and contacts can share and be capable of making a reliable assessment on. Some kids with less ability often are better team players and fighters in the trenches when it’s needed. Some coaches are better at organizing a team and ensuring depth and player development than others. eYe think UGA can do better than what has been shown the past several years. Earlier posts regarding the need for some misdirection plays on offense are right on the money. Our coaches actually appear blind to remedies for our ailments until the fanbase continually points it out to them and they are backed into a situation of eventually doing what is obviously needed. Good news is Virginia Beat Gt! BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

jus give me a championship

October 16th, 2011
2:41 pm

in ANY sport.Braves,Hawks,Falcons,UGA,GT, ANYTHING Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man this state got nothin’ not sure why i left pa for dis.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2011
2:41 pm

Joey

What bothers me is even giving Richt this season shows us nothing

Who else is left to play that is worth anything to even guage whether we are doing better except Auburn.

Yes; Auburn who is playing better than us even though they lost 16 starters from last year

Stafford and Moreno left years ago but we are still rebuilding right
Herschel left 30 years ago but we are still rebuilding right

Fred Sanford

October 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

da nay sayers are spankin dat bee hind correctly dawgs!

jay

October 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

A win is a win to a program that doesn’t care about trying to win championships. Two mediocre
wins agains bottom feeders of the SEC in Ole Miss and Miss St. And now a lucky last second
win against the worst team in the SEC. I’d say we are #7 best team in the SEC.

Gamec0ckmike

October 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

As much as I hate to say it. UGA will probably win the East. Lattimore is out for the season and USCe is probably done. I hope I’m wrong but things look great for the Dawgs. Good luck! Sigh…..

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2011
2:46 pm

Slayer

LSU is overated WOW

I guess UGA will be playing in the BCS National Championship game this year too right

Dont forget to pick up your 10 Win Season National Championship T-shirt at the kool-aid bar

It is free with that round of kool-aid your drinking

danny

October 16th, 2011
2:48 pm

Grantham…a fat jerk

not a USC fan

October 16th, 2011
2:53 pm

But da%n sure hate to hear that about Lattimore.Seems to be a really good kid unlike most of the showboats of today.Get well soon Marcus.

Dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
2:55 pm

Safe to say Vandy’s coach has them ready to play football, while Thuga’s coach is happy if the same # of playa’s got off the bus as got on it.

Dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
2:55 pm

Intelligence almost beat athleticism.

Georgia Peaches

October 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

I am so tired of all of the negative UGA fans. Just think what it would be like for the football players and the coaches if they had the full support of the fans. Let one little something go wrong and these supposedly fans are all down their throats that they cannot do anything right. If you are truly a bulldog fan, you should support the team the entire time. If the fans in the stadium would stay up and yelling for the team the entire game, you could help keep them pumped up to do their jobs. They need the support of the fans even more when something has gone wrong instead of everyone sitting there all down and gloom. All of these young men are out there doing their best; they are not trying to mess up. If you are a graduate of the University of Georgia and you are negative against our team, you should return your degree and diploma to the University of Georgia. I am tired of all of you negative fans. I can say this because I have three degrees from the University of Georgia. I am proud to be a bulldog!

alpha male

October 16th, 2011
2:58 pm

What really ticks me off is when the Richt-lovers bring up how “young” UGA is. Today, LSU has around 40 former players in the NFL, Bama and UGA in low to mid 30’s. Yet, LSU and Bama reload, recruiting the same kids Richt does. UGA’s facilities are just as good as LSU and Bama’s. Where does the problem lie? Auburn has struggled because Tubberville’s last couple of classes were bad. Chizik is correcting those mistakes now. Urban Meyer lost focus at Florida, but that is being corrected by Muschamp. Has Richt become the “Paterno” of UGA? Does he leave on his terms?

ozzfest

October 16th, 2011
2:59 pm

As a male, I have testosterone. That said, Todd Grantham is an IDIOT.
See you in Jacksonville.

Go Dogs.

Spike 80DF

October 16th, 2011
2:59 pm

i’m not suprised to see gutless richt not standing up for his coaches or players…

coma toast

October 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

hey Georgia Peaches, which Waffle House do you manage?

verodawg

October 16th, 2011
3:04 pm

Five straight wins and many pea-brained fans can’t find anything to feel good about. What idiots..! Looks like you’re getting ready to lose to Florida yet again. Would you rather have lost the games ?

Georgia Peaches

October 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

Coma Toast–Surprising to you that I am a retired technical instructor and at the end of my career a dean of academic affairs; therefore, I am not stupid!

Dawg 39

October 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

The comments I am reading are stupid, inane, & downright degrading for people who are Supposedly Dawg Fans.

coma toast

October 16th, 2011
3:10 pm

a technical instructor; does that mean you proof read the menu’s before printing?

Dawg89

October 16th, 2011
3:13 pm

CTG doesn’t seem to have a lot of class.
No special teams coach means no special teams.
Bobo once again showed himself to be an idiot.
The wild dawg formation was a joke.

Georgia player

October 16th, 2011
3:16 pm

#2 is wayyy overrated in his mind,imo.agree on wild dawg,what a joke.pls

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

Vandy is anything but an SEC powerhouse, and UGA has hit the weak part of their schedule. SOS, just a different season. UGA has a weak schedule, and should even beat Florida this year, since Florida is so banged up they are going to 2 and 3 on their depth chart.

This is was a huge win for Georgie, matter of fact, chances are UGA will not even face a stress test this season with Auburn or Florida, so CMR will keep his job.

On a side note, anyone one this blog who supports Grantham and the way he acted last night only confirms UGA is nothing more than than thug problem, with no class. Win the big games, including a national title or 2, then maybe, just maybe you might get some respect. Then again, maybe not.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 16th, 2011
3:30 pm

Correction in the previous blog: “This was not a huge win…..”

Dawgfan

October 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

@Peaches – when you have point out how smart you are, maybe you’re not that smart. You would not be the first to earn a promotion under a desk.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 16th, 2011
3:33 pm

Oh how I was wishing Grantham would have thrown a punch and started an all out bar room brawl….this would have been worse than Miami and FIU a few years back…..it would have been beautiful!!!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 16th, 2011
3:40 pm

Let Grantham smacktalk Erk Russell and give him some lip, now that would be worth watching.

Russell would have never stooped that low, he would have walked off the field and just allowed his defense to do his talking.

Desert Dawg

October 16th, 2011
3:42 pm

With their schedule and rest of the East in a rebuilding mode, if you can’t win the division this year you never will. Brantley is out, Lattimore is out, if the Dawgs no not win the East this year Richt should be out.

RGB

October 16th, 2011
3:43 pm

Vandy is the kind of team top-flight SEC programs schedule for homecoming. That Georgia barely won while making the Commodores look better than they are says it all.

Sure, Georgia is vying for the division title. But in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Georgia Dawg4life

October 16th, 2011
3:44 pm

#24 rank after the big W in Nashville.This team is looking at a 10-2 SEC Championship game baby.Just get in the game dawgs,anything can happen in college ball.I think we can take bama or lsu if we play a great game.Gooooo dawgs sic um

dynamicbigboy

October 16th, 2011
3:48 pm

Dawgscrews, you are an idiot. Crowell is a true freshman who is 4th or 5th in the SEC in rushing yardage. You must be some pathetic bumblebee rooter.

UGAKev from Columbus GA

October 16th, 2011
3:49 pm

Some of you make me laugh. Look we had to kick a last second field goal in 2007 to beat Vandy. We have ALOT better defense then we did back then. In two weeks we get Ogletree , Washington, and a few others back on the defense that are going to make us super tough on that side of the ball. Not to mention Crowell is beat up and will feel better in two weeks and Malcolm Mitchell will be back too. Please reserve your judgment for when we actually lose again. If we lose to a pathetic Florida team you can all have a sacrifice ready, until then let’s be happy we still have something to play for after the 0-2 start. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hot dawg

October 16th, 2011
3:59 pm

This is the hardest league in the ncaa and anybody who thinks every win is going to look easy is smoking crack…go dawgs marlon brown and shawn williams played like ballers

Archie@Arkham Asylum

October 16th, 2011
4:03 pm

“Grantham was fixin to whip the Vandy Coach!” Gosh, I thought this was college football, not professional wrestling! As for the Florida game, as the late Gordon Solie would aptly put it; “It all remains to be seen.”

Skitty Fritty

October 16th, 2011
4:04 pm

A win is a win!

Don’t think so, ask GT how they feel today.

Dawg48

October 16th, 2011
4:06 pm

Bill you are getting just like the tech ,gator ,bama ,auburn trolls on your blog I wish the ajc would dump you!

I sliced your tire in Jacksonville that's why you got a flat

October 16th, 2011
4:08 pm

Dude just join the gators the dawg nation does not need you