A statement game from Mark Richt’s Dawgs

Michael Bennett's touchdown catch was a highlight on a great day for the Dogs. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Michael Bennett's touchdown catch was a highlight on a great day for the Dogs. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

So much for questioning the Vegas odds wizards installing a double-digit point spread for Georgia over a ranked SEC rival.

The Dogs didn’t just cover the spread, they buried it deeper than Jimmy Hoffa as they demolished Auburn convincingly and set themselves up with a chance to clinch the SEC East title next week.

Georgia’s’ blowout win over the defending national champion was the sweetest moment Between the Hedges since the 2007 Blackout win over the Tigers, and the home crowd deserves some of the credit for making Sanford Stadium as noisy as it’s been since then.

They had a lot to cheer about, though.

The offense and defense both played lights-out ball Saturday. How about 528 yards of offense with two running backs topping 100 yards and little Carlton Thomas averaging 8.5 yards per run. Four touchdown passes for Aaron Murray as he passed Matthew Stafford for the UGA season record and tied him on the career list. The much maligned Georgia offensive line moving the pile time after time, opening gaping holes for the backs and protecting Murray. The Dogs converting on 12 of 15 third downs while holding the Tigers to just three of 11. Ten tackles for loss and five sacks from Todd Grantham’s defense, with Bacarri Rambo making a terrific return for a pick 6.

Aside from a couple of fumbles by the returning Isaiah Crowell, there wasn’t much to gripe about and a lot of highlights in the game for Georgia fans. But I think my favorite was that impressive touchdown catch where Michael Bennett laid out for a score reminiscent of A.J. Green.

And all of it on national TV, to boot.

Yeah, this was definitely a statement game for Mark Richt’s remarkable, resilient comeback kids.

How ’bout them Dawgs!

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So much for questioning the Vegas odds wizards installing a double-digit point spread for Georgia over a ranked SEC rival.

The Dogs didn’t just cover the spread, they buried it deeper than Jimmy Hoffa as they demolished Auburn convincingly and set themselves up with a chance to clinch the SEC East title next week.

The Dogs’ blowout win over the defending national champion was the sweetest moment Between the Hedges since the 2007 Blackout win over the Tigers, and the home crowd deserves some of the credit for making Sanford Stadium as noisy as it’s been since then.

The offense and defense both played lights-out ball Saturday. How about 528 yards of offense with two running backs topping 100 yards and little Carlton Thomas averaging 8.5 yards per run. Four touchdown passes for Aaron Murray as he passed Mathew Stafford for the UGA season record and tied him on the career list. The much maligned Georgia offensive line moving the pile time after time, opening gaping holes for the backs and protecting Murray. The Dogs converting of 12 of 15 third downs while holding the Tigers to just three of 11. Ten tackles for loss and five sacks from Todd Grantham’s defense, with Bacarri Rambo making a terrific return for a pick 6.

Aside from a couple of fumbles by Isaiah Crowell, there wasn’t much to gripe and about and a lot of highlights in the game for Georgia fans. But I think my favorite was that touchdown catch where Michael Bennett laid out with reminiscent of A.J. Green.

And all of it on national TV, to boot.

Yeah, this was definitely a statement game for Mark Richt’s comeback kids.

Feel free to share your own views of Georgia’s dominating performance in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry

139 comments Add your comment

KB

November 13th, 2011
10:41 am

GTBob you are a Joke, Tech is what they are a very average team with little Div. 1 talent. Auburn talent level is well above tech. Tech has 1 player on offense that would play at Auburn , Uzzi, maybe a couple of Techs defensive player would be in Auburns 2 deep.Better get a fire under your AD to find a coach that can recruit.

The Chiz

November 13th, 2011
11:01 am

For sure Auburn is not in Georgia’s league, or the Vols or Gators. That’s why their fans disappeared. Tech’s next. Fear the G.

?

November 13th, 2011
11:10 am

Rural education-yes you beat everyone in the east but you didn’t beat auburn & uga did. You had to beat Arkansas and didn’t. Choke much?

kevin

November 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

rural education,

Sour grapes much? Even in losing to SC, it was clear that UGA was a better team than SC. I have never seen a team get so dominated and manage a win.

GTBob

Seriously? You’ve lost 9 out of 10 to UGA and lost to 2 pitiful teams this year. UGA is going to destroy GT this year. We have this thing that ACC teams all lack called a defense and your mickey mouse offense is going to look pitiful. Have fun losing again!

Dawg Tired

November 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

GTB – They were ranked 20th in the BCS poll. I assume for a reason. They did beat SC in Columbia. No one else has put 45 on ‘em. etc. Go Hoos.

Dawg Tired

November 13th, 2011
12:19 pm

My question is: Where has this Dawg team been the rest of the year? They did not even remotely resemble the team we’ve seen the other 9 games (NMSU does not count as a real team – even though they did beat Fresno State last night). Now the question becomes: “Will the team we saw yesterday show up again or will we see the team that barely beat Vandy and Florida?”

gary

November 13th, 2011
12:28 pm

I don’t understand how anyone from tech could even be able to write a criticism of this team and this win. God you must be lonely in your own little world. It really is sad. I pity you.

ARdawg

November 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

Dawg Tired

It’s relatively obvious isn’t? The talent is there even the coaching ability is there. What the Dawgs have lacked most of the year is confidence and execution. That goes back to coaching. Grantham apparently has taken the lead, Richt and Bobo seem to have jumped on board. I have to say, that was a very impressive game called by Bobo yesterday. Root and the AU defense were on their heels all day and had no answer. A first for Bobo this year.

TDAWG-LOL

November 13th, 2011
12:47 pm

Congrats to Coach Richt, Coach Bobo, and especially Coach Grantham, and Coach Joe T. Taking on Boise first was a bad idea for this particular season. Freshman running backs, wide recievers, new o-line and front seven without time to build chemistry with experience. Strength and conditioning, combined with growing experience and cohesiveness, of such a young group doesn’t happen overnight. But it does ENSURE less time to begin next year! And I’m pretty sure that the teams on our schedule between now and next years NCG are very comfortable right now. Way To Go Dawgs!!!! Keep up the hard work, cause now you know why:-)

baddawg

November 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

Dawgs don’t let your head get to big and let Kentucky sneak up on you. This is the SEC remember and anyone can win on any day. Just take care of business! A big win over tech again would be nice also!

hotdog

November 13th, 2011
12:59 pm

Where is WDE and all the Auburn trolls talking smack this year? Hiding under a rock I presume? Bama is going to put a hurting on them too! Couldn’t have happened to better bunch of dirty cheaters!

Dawg Tired

November 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Thanks for your thoughts ARDawg. Richt certainly seems to have stepped us his intensity level. Grantham was already there. It does seem to have spread throughout the team and staff. I hope it continues. Yesterday, we looked as good as any team I’ve seen play this year.

Dawg Tired

November 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

I suspect WDE is drunk.

dan

November 13th, 2011
1:25 pm

I’ve been hard on Coach Richt and Co. the last few years because I know that WHEN they coach their team up, they’re capable of going out there and putting on a performance like they did yesterday. Losers hope that someone will lose for them to win, winners take charge of their own destinies. Winners also don’t let down their guards vs. inferior teams like Kentucky. Take care of business next week and we’re in! And for the record, I think the Dawgs could give LSU or Bama a tougher out than most folks think.

Nub

November 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Glad CMR has turned things around….!!!! I don’t think LSU or Bama will want to play us if we are 10-2…. Might be two times in the last 5 yrs the cocks may have kept us Out of the NCG…. We beat the cocks this yr we are top 8 maybe top 5 then win the SEC againest #1…..

ARdawg

November 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

dan

It’s my guess LSU and Bama have taken notice. My very good friend, an LSU alumni certainly has and told me after the game, he’s not sure if his Tigers can match up very well with that team that beat AU yesterday. He said Georgia’s defense looked better than Bama’s and certainly more offense to have to contain. I reminded him that was only one game. However, he is a good analysis and student of the game and he seemed surprised and a bit worried.

Big Wally

November 13th, 2011
1:49 pm

My only disappointment was that no one ran into Trooper Taylor on the sidelines.

Carew Rowell

November 13th, 2011
2:05 pm

Great win Dawgs…now, focus on Kentucky and Kentucky only!

SAV Dawg

November 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

Richt Haters should remember that Richt is the reason people like Miles and Saban were made Head Coaches. Richt raised the bar in our conference. Let us not forget, that our “storied football tradition” and our “we are UGA!” Mentality exists because of ONE national championship. We are not Alabama. We are not FSU. We are not Florida. Mark Richt has been our best hope since Dooley. He’s not perfect but by the laws of causality he is the reason the SEC has five straight BCSNCs. Oh yeah and it took Dooley SIXTEEN years to win the title

trueUGAfan

November 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

It’s funny how every one wants to isssh on the DAWGS 2011 schedule, but nobody said a thing when FL played exact schedule and won BCS, no one had isssh to say other than “how great they are”…give me a freakin break people!!! Either you’re in or you’re out…Go DAWGS

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
3:54 pm

Holy crap the defense looked good yesterday. With the exception of some EARLY trickeration and busted coverage on the first drive, the defensive line blew up just about every play. The linebackers are flying all over the field making plays. Jarvis was exceptional again. Tree runs through people. That dude rules. Geathers and Big 6 are one of the best 1-2 NG combos around.

Can’t wait for our DLine to steam roll Tek’s weak a$$ offensive front in two weeks. Tevin and “insert mediocre B back” name here meet Ogletree and JJones.

We need a solid win over KY.

If Murray and the D can keep this pace things could be interesting in the Dome.

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
4:03 pm

Defense was amazing last night. The defensive front seemed to blow up every play. A lot of credit to Grantham on this game. JJ and The Tree were running through ball carriers all night. With the exception of the early trickeration Auburn was completely overwhelmed by our D.

Geathers and Jenkins are an unbelievable combo at NG.

If Murray and the Oline can keep the pace we will be tough to keep below 28 points.

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
4:04 pm

Harry Douglass is the Wide OPEN

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
4:04 pm

is wide open

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
4:11 pm

Beat Kentucky next week and get the starters some rest in the 4th qtr. We need to put the game away early.

I can’t wait for our DLine to steam roll Tech’s undersized offensive front. JJ and Ogletree are going to be all over the place making plays.

Eaassyy

November 13th, 2011
4:15 pm

In all seriousness I don’t think UGA can beat the West champ. I don’t think the running game is consistent enough to put up decent numbers against the likes of LSU. If we were one dimensional in the passing game against their DBs it would get ugly. LSU’s NFL ready DBs would eat up our passing attack.

That said, it could be interesting.

JD

November 13th, 2011
4:42 pm

I don’t think UGA will beat LSU, but this was a heck of a game! Now it’s Bama’s turn for another blowout of the Barn!

JD

November 13th, 2011
4:44 pm

What did I say on Friday night about this game? Auburn’s defense is terrible and Georgia will rip them apart. I wasn’t thinking this big of a blowout, but I knew who us wouldn’t be running his mouth after this game. Good game Georgia and now Bama will destroy those barners.

Burma Shave

November 13th, 2011
6:26 pm

Richt will lie
And cheat to win
But soon he’ll be
Another has-been

BURMA SHAVE

Herrys

November 13th, 2011
6:33 pm

Great game. Go cat chasing next week and be sure, be really sure you don’t get stung by the bees. Great things in store.

Fred

November 13th, 2011
6:43 pm

Glad i over slept Saturday. I was gonna go out and lay down $500 that Georgia didn’t cover the spread.

What an awesome game. I haven’t seen UGA play like that for a few years. it was also nice to see that inspired north south running by Crowell. One of his fumbles was a brain fart but the other one was clubbed out by that dudes cast. On the whole though, Crowell looked great and if he can keep his head straight and not get the Andruw Jones or AJ Green attitude of giving 40 or 50 percent, 70 percent of the time he will be great.

If the Dawgs can manage a win over Kentucky and play like they did Saturday against LSU, we will have one hell of a ballgame for the SEC championship.

Fred

November 13th, 2011
6:45 pm

My post got ate……..

Josh Smith for 3

November 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

All of these UGA haters remind me of the ‘08 Sugar Bowl. Everybody and their mother were saying that UGA would get overwhelmed by Hawaii’s air attack. Immediately following that embarrassment of a game, those same people switched gears to “Big deal, it’s just Hawaii…”

Haters are always gonna hate. Tech better tighten up those chin straps for November 26th.

Fred

November 13th, 2011
7:37 pm

Wow Josh Smith, where did you find people that thought that? No one I know now or knew then ever thought that Hawaii was anything other than media hype. What was the name of their QB/ Where is he playing now after all those passes?

still a dawg fan

November 13th, 2011
7:50 pm

I thought the best call of the game was Coach Grantham time out with 2 or 3 minutes left in the game. Auburn was driving & the defense had seemed to have lost there intensity but I believe Coach Grantham was able to get our D to refocus.Great call because the last thing I wanted to see was Auburn scoring at the end. Great job Coach Grantham & the defense. Most complete game we have played since the black out game with Auburn in 2007.Great Job Dawgs but remember we need to do the same thing to Kentucky

Dawson

November 13th, 2011
8:10 pm

It’s common knowledge and an unquestioned fact that UGA head football coach Mark Richt has brought shame on the state of Georgia and made an embarrassing laughingstock of the state’s largest university. Even the most avid UGA fans understand this even when they won’t acknowledge it, bless their hearts. :-)

The most embarrassing thing is the win-at-any-price mentality of Richt, which has effectively made UGA a football f-a-c-t-o-r-y, with cheating, recruiting of low-intelligence jerks who barely graduated from high school, and tolerating immoral and unethical activities by both players and coaches. Even with all this, he still can’t win.

Richt is a product of the lawless environments of the University of Miami and Florida State University, where he learned well how to conduct himself in the most tawdry way, while pretending to the world to be a saint. Make no mistake – Richt is in coaching purely for the millions of dollars that have been wasted on him, and the millions more he will add until someone in Athens has the integrity and intestinal fortitude to run him out of town.

A truly shameful situation, especially since all Georgians, including UGA alumni and fans, have to live under this shadow of infamy.

duronimo

November 13th, 2011
9:02 pm

Bobo has been calling some good games. But this time there was better execution by Murray. The offensive line was also kicking some major butt as well. Another good game by the defense. Auburn can thank Fairly for this. It’s rare to see such a lopsided game in the SEC.

buzzDawg

November 13th, 2011
9:03 pm

Dawson – you don’t have a clue. Richt is well respected in the coaching business, in the media and by most Dawg fans. The Dawg fans that complain about him complain because he isn’t a win by any means coach. I would not want to win a national championship that will be erased by a cheating scandal. The folks at Auburn still aren’t sleeping well at night wondering what may still come to light about Cam Newton’s arrival at Auburn. With Richt, we don’t have such worries. And the parent’s who worry about their kids having a good mentor, will send them to Georgia.

LawDawg

November 14th, 2011
10:52 am

The OL played BY FAR their best game of the season. They were moving bodies off the point of attack and really manhandling the Auburn DL. They even pass blocked effectively and you can see what a difference that made for Murray. Really, really good play from a unit that has been justifiably maligned all season.