Gators didn’t give the game to Georgia — Dawgs took it

Aaron Murray made some clutch runs. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Aaron Murray made some clutch runs. (Jason Getz / AJC)

A few more thoughts about Saturday’s Georgia victory over Florida. …

My wife and I dropped by a Halloween party late Saturday, and one of my neighbors asked if I thought Georgia deserved to win, pointing to the points the Dawgs got as a result of Florida turnovers in their own territory — as if the Gators giftwrapped the game.

To the contrary, those Florida turnovers were anything but unforced. The first fumble by Chris Rainey, recovered by Bacarri Rambo, was caused by the returning Alec Ogletree (who bounced back nicely from a rusty start early in the game). And Frankie Hammond’s fumble, recovered by Shawn Williams, was forced by Jarvis Jones, who had a career day against the Gators.

Yes, the Dogs most certainly deserved their hard-fought win. …

(Speaking of Jones, he’s one of the nominees in ESPN’s Capitol One Cup Impact Performance of the Week vote. You can vote for him here.)

One of the more impressive aspects of Georgia’s win in Jacksonville was that it was in spite of several key players having off days. Aaron Murray missed nine consecutive passes at one point, and some of them weren’t even close. At times, he looked like he was on a completely different page of the playbook from the receiver. Blair Walsh continued his meltdown (though, frankly, I think that might have ended up working in the Dogs’ favor by prompting Mark Richt to be a bit bolder in the red zone, telling Mike Bobo to operate under the assumption that he had four downs to work with). Isaiah Crowell was sporadically effective but again ended up spending more time on the sideline than should be the case with any starting tailback. And the normally reliable Drew Butler had his worst day ever punting.

Had those folks played up to par and had Georgia’s special teams not been abysmal, the game wouldn’t have been nearly as close. …

On the other hand, give credit to Murray for making some clutch runs and throwing some nice balls, too, particularly on the two fourth-down touchdowns — though credit is also due to receivers Michael Bennett and Tavarres King for going up and taking the ball a la A.J. Green, despite being closely covered. Murray had a couple of passes dropped, too. …

I praised Bobo in Saturday night’s report for some gutsy calls, and overall I thought he called a good game. There were a few times when great play calls were undone by Murray’s inaccuracy. But there were several times in the third quarter when Bobo again fell into trying to run diminutive Carlton Thomas up the middle, a low-percentage play against just about any SEC defense. And while Richard Samuel came through big-time for the Dogs when he got the call to go up the middle, I wish Bobo would give up on trying to use Samuel on the toss sweep. It nearly always results in a loss of yardage. That’s just not Samuel’s game. …

From the silly is-he-or-isn’t-he-going-to-start pregame warmup business with John Brantley to the trading of timeouts as Florida tried in vain to draw Georgia offsides on a third-down play in the fourth quarter, Will Muschamp’s attempts at mind games were unsuccessful. Speaking of the third-down defense, Georgia’s turnaround from last year in that aspect of the game this season has been spectacular. …

And, lastly, didn’t it feel great to see Georgia finally be able to get a couple of first downs when it needed to kill the clock to preserve a win?

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Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:07 pm

Birddog

I dont think a drunk can think clearly and have the ability to spit out facts

Unlike you who probably is a drunk you cant see the signs in front of you because your to drunk to see

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

birddog…how about letting that cut between your nose and chin scab over…you keep opening it up it will never heal…

JB

October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

Most on here are correct. Weiss will be the tonnage that brings Muschamp down. 90 th in offense. Really?

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville
October 31st, 2011
3:56 pm

Ah yes. When you have no argument, just call names. Well:

I could care less about who won the NC in 1988.

I could also care less about which program has the most overall wins.

Nor do I care which program has the most Heisman winners (Bush on the take, OJ in jail)

You’re talking about history.

The “elite” programs are those who have won a lot of ball games in the past 5 years. Neither of those teams you mentioned are “elite”. They merely have historical highlights. Just look at their performance.

And you call others “moron”.

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

G-Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

Dawgs have been decimated with transfers, injuries…but still continue to fight and win games!! True we have a some areas of concern..primarily Special Teams. But having an offense with only 6 offensive linemen left, a soph QB, freshmen WRs and a RB, and OC with limited creativity…i’m proud of these boys!! Defense is playing great ball regardless who its been against!! Special teams was expected to be a strength for this team….but has been the biggest liability so far.

UF defense has been good…but they’ve had numerous injuries at the QB position all year…offensive 3 and outs doesnt keep a defense fresh for 4 qtrs…any dawg fan should be able to understand that, since we can related to it!! LSU beat UF badly because of injuries at QB, Brantley went down prior to halftime with Bama. And muschamp and Co. dont know how to utilize all that talent. Instead they go on record stating Meyer left the cupboard bare with talent. Go back and look at the recruiting rankings!! with that being said..its obvious he has no idea how to keep a team together…talk about throwing your own players under the bus, and not believing in them!! His hire will damage UF for a long time!!! Muschamp was the sexy hire for the program, not a smart one!! As with many dawg fans, i have my opinions and issues with Bobo and Richt…but i reflect those towards them..and not at the program as a whole!! Regardless of your personal opinion, we should all support our team when they’re struggling!! its already hard enough for them to win with all the expectations put upon them, as well as having your own fanbase bash them when they’re struggling at times!!! either support or get off the wagon!!!

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

birddog…Columbus or Dalton…which are you from?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:09 pm

Birddog

So you enjoy being laughed at by other fan bases on radio because UGA with all the talent they have cannot even beat a ranked team

NO YOU SIR NEED TO GO PULL FOR VANDY

they love mediocrity there

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:10 pm

JB
October 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

“Weiss will be the tonnage…”

Will be? Have you seen him lately? It’s more like “The U.S.S. Weis”.

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:10 pm

this just in…EVERYONE HAS TRANSFERS AND INJURIES…

Birddog

October 31st, 2011
4:11 pm

Please stop.

did you think of that all by yourself? I’m guessing somebody else told that to you somewhere here on these boards once upon a time.

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:12 pm

see ya didn’t take my advice…well, Dalton or Columbus???

ken farrar

October 31st, 2011
4:13 pm

we saw two evenly matched less than mediocre teams stumble it out on the gridiron. sc or uga will get annihilated by lsu or bama. and i’m a ga fan.

brian

October 31st, 2011
4:13 pm

Crowell has talent but is a wuss…..Imagine having Richard Samuels heart and desire combined with Crowells talent. Wuss needs to grow up maybe cut his hair and grow a pair.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

The Grinch

The last 5 yrs is all you like to throw up is considered elite in your eyes

boy you are really bright tell you what

Go call ESPN and tell them Michigan Notre Dame and USC are not elite programs

Be prepared to hear loud laughter for about 5 minutes and then followed up by you being called a moron

TouchDown

October 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

They finally looked like Junkyard Dawgs on defense AGAIN! It has been way TOO LONG! That was SEC caliber defense & something that reminded me of the defenses Erk built with the offense capitalizing on the turnovers & good field position! Sic ‘Em!

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville
October 31st, 2011
4:04 pm

Ah yes, the “Alabama” card.

I didn’t see much of the houndstooth garments between Stallings and Saban. Was there a 3-year stretch where Bama was the bully of the block?

AltamahaDawg

October 31st, 2011
4:15 pm

I have to say, It takes a hellova lot of disclipline to blog in here all these years and never, not one time, mention being at “all the home games”, from a first person perspective. Especially Driving up from Gainsville, FL.

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville
October 31st, 2011
4:14 pm

Unlike you, I don’t need ESPN to tell me what to think.

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Crowell is thinking long-term…life at the next level…

brian

October 31st, 2011
4:18 pm

He may be thinking next level but to stay on the sidelines because of a bruise. At every game I have attended he can run the ball great 3 times then he is begging to come out to catch his breath. He isn’t a Dawg yet. No heart, no desire and just laughing on the sideline.

Phil

October 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

Walsh was so upset with himself Saturday, that when he got home from the game he went to kick the family dog.

He missed….

AltamahaDawg

October 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

touche’ @4:16

sorry. I mean, Word!

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:24 pm

Florida with Brantley would have beat Auburn

That tells you all you need to know about who should win in 2 weeks

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

AltamahaDawg

What is that stupid post suppose to mean

You asked me what games I enjoyed and once again you want to tell me I never went

Just like you never made it past 9th grade but went straight to work as an……

Arm fishing guide on the Altamaha River

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:25 pm

Brian he has no intention of being a “dawg”…Athens is just a resting point, somewhere to hang out until he’s draft eligible…

G-Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:27 pm

Please stop…now if you’re spouting off a top 10 recruiting class for the past 10 years…then you’re taking the issue further than my comments!! its called reading comprehension…i’m referring to this year!! not the past 10 years. do i feel some of the lack of success falls on our coaching…hell yes…but you dont see me bashing our players!! we’ve lost probably around 25 recruited players (from the past couple of seasons) on this years squad..for a variety of issues. But these boys on the team now…are playing with true BULLDAWG HEART!! unlike Flat Tire who claims to be a dawg fan…but never for once has stated anything somewhat positive about his flagship program!! I’m just FLAT TIRED OF HEARING HIS REPEATIVE BS!!! point blank!!

FLATTY TIRED…are you seriously bringing up 2008 nonsense? Sir, i was at that game…yes it was horrible…but i do remember the dawgs fighting back to make it somewhat respectable..unlike your comments on AJC blogs. all you do is insult people with your short complex!! If you so enamoured with Bama…then go root for them!! i do remember Bama being irrevlevant until Saban showing up!! you’re arguments and FACTS are so watered down!! Every team goes through their trials and tribulations…either support your team…or go cheer for another. its easier than changing that “flat tired attitude” of yours!!!

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:27 pm

timbo

What was the score of the Arkansas/Vandy game?

Where is arkansas ranked?

What was the score of the Arkansas/Auburn game?

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Flat tire – here’s more about your “elite” programs.

“elite” Michigan last won a NC in 1997. Before that, it was 1948.

“elite” Notre Dame last won a NC in 1988. Before that, it was 1977.

“elite” USC won in 2003 and 2004 with what was later proved to be a dirty program. Before that it was 1978.

Storied? Yes.
Elite? No

ga gator

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

DawginLex; that would be a healthy Brantley. UGA should beat Auburn as long as Murray does not make a bunch of turnovers.

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Michigan’s 1997 title was a half title

LakeDawg

October 31st, 2011
4:29 pm

Definitely earned. Those were major hits that caused the fumbles. On the contrary, UGA almost gift wrapped the game for the Gators. Should ave blown them out.

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

ga gator

I hate everything about Florida, but I give big props to Brantley.

I believe if he had played, even gimpy, against Auburn, florida would have won

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

The Grinch

Like your buddy Altamaha you have no facts just moronic statements

No one said ESPN needs to tell you how to think. Go to a sports bar and tell people USC, Notre Dame and Michigan arent elite programs

The drunks will call you an idiot

Oh and using your comment. I guess everyone on this blog has to believe like you that elite programs are considered elite from 3 years to the present.

Just another one of your moronic statements trying to make you look smart

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

flat tire

Just because ND has the Catholic Broadcasting Network doesn’t make them elite or relevant anymore

Bottom line is they suck

They haven’t won anything, not even a bowl game since the late 80’s of any significance other than 1 Hawaii Bowl.

They suck

G-Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

Please Stop…are you going to elaborate your point? a generalized comment doesnt support your POV. has any of yoru so called “other” teams lost as much from their roster as UGA has done this year?? if so…i’d love to see it!!

ga gator

October 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

How old are you Lex, were you at the game and did you read my 3:37 post?

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville
October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

“The drunks will call you an idiot”

Like you did earlier, right? You need to pick better company.

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

The Grinch

Auburns last National championship was 2010 before that it was 1958 this year they are a bottom feeder SEC WEST TEAM

So who Mr Know it all who is the elite program oh wise one

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

53 and yes

Very accurate

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:34 pm

yes to reading your post

didn’t go to the game

PLEASE STOP...

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

well said Mr. Tire…good god Grinch you are an idiot…those are elite programs…enough said…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

DawginLex

Then with what you stated UGA is not an elite level program and they suck too

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville
October 31st, 2011
4:30 pm

Fat and Tired. You said:

“you have no facts just moronic statements ”

Please read my 4:28 and get back to me after removing yourself from the drunks.

DawginLex

October 31st, 2011
4:36 pm

We have won more games and more BCS bowls and major bowls than ND has even BEEN IN since the late 80’s.

They suck

The Grinch

October 31st, 2011
4:36 pm

PLEASE STOP…
October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

If it’s all about NCs, then read my 4:28 and get back to me.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

Actually 1957 for Aub; a year off

glenn henderson

October 31st, 2011
4:38 pm

seems to me that ga. fans have been hoodwink for a long time. all this time i thought a great coach like cmr was not the quality ga needed. W R O N G. its a lack of proper personel available….. no spec. tms. coach/ probably no kicking coach either (goodbye 2 all-americans) what the h=ll is missing. as fans we have no right to expect a highly competitive team when the tools are not there. (are they just point shaving?). glad my plumber brings all his tools to the job site.

G-Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:38 pm

Define Elite…Mr Fatty Tired…and Pleaze Stop!!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 31st, 2011
4:39 pm

Mr. Grinch

Still waiting to hear who is the elite program of college football

Please elighten all of us since Notre Dame is Div II level program and USC plays flag football

Big 't'

October 31st, 2011
4:41 pm

GO DAWGS …..
Thanks,We needed this WIN…..

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