Offensive line play a big factor as Aaron Murray hits his stride

Aaron Murray has his best game as a Bulldog. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray has his best game as a Bulldog. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

As we look ahead to the chance to clinch the SEC East against Kentucky, here are a few more thoughts on Georgia’s big win over Auburn. …

The Dogs’ offensive line had its most consistent game in ages and at times looked dominating. One of the results is that Aaron Murray appears to have more confidence in them, isn’t rushing passes as much as earlier in the season and consequently is much more accurate. Yeah, Murray was sacked three times, but he still looked extremely comfortable in the pocket and had probably his best day as a Bulldog against the Tigers.

Kudos also to Mike Bobo, who must have noticed a susceptibility on the part of the Auburn defense to the “back shoulder” pass, in which, with the ball in the air, the receiver suddenly stops running or even comes back to get a deliberately underthrown pass, leaving the defender out of the play. Murray threw three of those perfectly Saturday, two for big gains to set up scores and one for a touchdown. …

Yes, it seems Vandy’s success on the ground was an aberration. Todd Grantham’s run defense is for real. Having already held two SEC offenses to negative rushing yardage, against Auburn the Dogs let the conference’s second-leading running attack get only 51 yards, with minus-12 in the first half. Auburn has a lot of problems, but one thing they’ve been able to do this season is run — until they met the Dogs. …

Mark Richt thought special teams player Quintavious Harrow’s big hit to stop an Auburn kickoff return dead was the most impressive play of the game, but Brandon Boykin’s similar fourth quarter hit on a Tiger screen pass had fans in the crowd imitating the “here comes the boom!” video we’d seen just moments before. …

When’s the last time you heard a Sanford Stadium crowd cheer the arrival on the field of the third-string tailback? Brandon Harton won a lot of fans with his performance a week earlier against New Mexico State and got to carry the all four times for 15 yards against Auburn. And you knew Georgia’s domination was complete when even Ken Malcome got into the game. He got 10 yards on three carries and made a first down right before the end of the game. …

At halftime, I said I was afraid that with a 35-7 lead Bobo would go all conservative. He did, but this time it worked since the Dogs were pretty much able to line up and ram it down Auburn’s throat, with Murray only throwing two passes in the second half. Again, credit the tremendous improvement in the play of the offensive line. …

I mentioned Saturday the loudness of the Sanford Stadium crowd. It was great to see the opposing team’s quarterback having to walk over to each player to give them the call and then still have to call a time out. It happened twice! …

Rotating the placekickers seems to be working well and I was glad to see Brandon Bogotay get the call when it came time for Georgia’s lone field goal attempt. Now let’s hope they can just figure out what has suddenly happened to normally reliable Drew Butler, who shanked his lone punt for just 17 yards. Net punting is one of the weakest aspects of Georgia’s game, with the Dogs ranking 107th in the nation. …

The Auburn game was a great performance all-around, easily the Dogs’ most complete of the season, but not perfect. What is there to work on? Well, besides the punting game and Isaiah Crowell’s two fumbles, Murray still could do better getting rid of the ball to avoid taking a sack or a big hit (one of which made him do a complete flip). The Dogs still are vulnerable to gadget plays like the touchdown pass from the tight end. And there were too many penalties (eight) against Auburn.

But those were all minor points on a day when Georgia looked every bit like a team that should be playing in Atlanta on Dec. 3. First, though, there’s Kentucky. Let’s hope we see the Dogs come out for the final home game of the season with the same sort of determination that has turned this season around from its unfortunate start.

Go Dogs!

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TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:33 pm

Yes SSI, you KNOW that UF has a lousy team this year. Only after you were preaching the beating of UGA by UF prior to this year’s game. And find me someone on here saying that UGA could compete for the NC. Good luck with that. We may be drinking kool-aid, but you must be absolutely drunk.

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
12:35 pm

Tampa Dawg. Fly your BULLDAWG FLAG on your truck so I can keep an eye out for you. My guys love to stop idiots like you.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2011
12:37 pm

GT Troll

Now you’ve resorted to making stuff up?
“If South Carolina beats Clemson then UGA will be in the Peach Bowl at best. Bama, LSU, and Arkansas will tie up the top three bowls. If South Carolina was going to the SEC championship then UGA would almost be assured a Cotton bowl.”

Once Georgia beats Kentucky, nothing that SC does or doesn’t do will change the course of Georgia. Win or lose to Clemson means diddly squat to Georgia. From the bowls perspective The top 5 SEC teams of which UGA will be one will be in the NC, the Sugar Captial One, Outback, Cotton. The Sugar will take the team with the best record not going to the BCSNC. The rest are a coin flip and depending on tie ins from other conferences.

SSIgator

November 14th, 2011
12:39 pm

The Truth Detector -

TampaDawg is trying to position himself to be Grand Marshall of the parade for Richt and UGA after a glorious ten win season. Of course, after they slide backwards again, he will be leading the charge of “Fire Richt Now” crowd. As predictable as the sun coming up each morning.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:40 pm

SSIgator, as I told The Math Wizard Detector, you can’t find ONE post on here from me (and you can look them up from waaaaay back .. just ask Thomas Brown), where I have even come close to calling for CMR to be fired. But good luck trying.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

GT Troll

It would appear that you Nerds won’t even qualify for the Peach Chick Fila. However, Have a nice trip to Shreveport or The New Orleans bowl

SSIgator

November 14th, 2011
12:45 pm

TampaDawg -

Read again (I assume you can) I did not say you had called for Richt to be fired. Maybe Truth Detector is right. Maybe you just are not very bright.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:47 pm

Math Wizard Detector, you quoted an author of a blog. Really? Is that how we generate facts now? Actually, you said go to espn.com/blog/sec .. did that. You have to search through 3 pages of blogs to find your post by Chris Low. Now, this is a post PRIOR to the Auburn game but it is still not accurate because it is also prior to most of the games this week.

50 arrests

November 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

• A 23-year-old university of Georgia student was arrested at a Lumpkin Street apartment after he and a friend refused to pay the cab fare. A police officer arrived at the apartment in the middle of the night to find three scared women locked in the running cab with pepper spray to defend themselves.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

And by the way, said blog is prediciting UGA in the Capitol One Bowl. not the Peach, they are not predicting any SEC team for the Peach Bowl.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

SSIGator, it seemed as though you were going with the Math Wizards statement that I was cheering for CMR to be fired earlier in the year. I apologize for the assumption that you were just running that same line as well. Sorry.

Joey

November 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

SSIgator (12:22), what UGA fan thinks we should be in the “big game?”

Also, there’s one, 250 lb reason Richt won’t be serving up “mediocrity” anymore.

Todd Grantham.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:51 pm

Auburn predicted for Peach/Chik bowl actually

KB

November 14th, 2011
12:52 pm

Truth detector, If an undefeated LSU were to lose to Georgia, Bama or LSu would be #2 and play in National championship, the other would still be in top 4 and be available for BCS, Georgia would be in Sugar. I am not predicting a Georgia victory if they play in SEC championship nor do I think it would be a blowout both Bama and LSU have their problems on offense, and Arkansas has serious issues on defense.

A Murray, over rated, over hyped

November 14th, 2011
12:52 pm

13-9 as starter, 1-5 against ranked teams.

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
12:53 pm

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
11:45 am
Here’s a look at the combined records of the FBS opponents for all 12 SEC schools:
•Tennessee: 47-23 (.671)
•LSU: 46-26 (.639)
•Ole Miss: 46-26 (.639)
•Vanderbilt: 44-28 (.611)
•Alabama: 43-29 (.597)
•Auburn: 47-32 (.595)
•Mississippi State: 41-31 (.569)
•Kentucky: 41-32 (.562)
•South Carolina: 45-36 (.555)
•Florida: 43-37 (.538)
•Georgia: 38-33 (.535)
•Arkansas: 34-37 (.479)

Here’s a look at the combined records of those FBS teams each SEC school has beaten this season:
•LSU: 46-26 (.639)
•Alabama: 34-29 (.540)
•South Carolina: 31-32 (.492)
•Tennessee: 11-14 (.440)
•Georgia: 23-31 (.426)
•Auburn: 22-30 (.423)
•Arkansas: 26-36 (.419)
•Kentucky: 10-18 (.357)
•Mississippi State: 12-24 (.333)
•Ole Miss: 3-6 (.333)
•Vanderbilt: 9-18 (.333)
•Florida: 13-31 (.295)

From ESPN last week. Kinda throws those fake numbers posted earlier out the window.

Read the last like you dummy! FROM ESPN LAST WEEK!

Like I said earlier, stick to USF football, it suits your mental condition better. You are one of those people who while they were a child their parents, teachers, and guidance counselors placed on Ritalin and now it has caused major damage to your brain in adulthood.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2011
12:56 pm

KB

IMHO, and it is only an opinion, Georgia beating LSU in the SECCG would likely propel Bama into the BCSCG

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

So why post them then??!?! You want to call me out because you can’t post numbers that are up to date? Wow, I wish you would admit which school you pull for so they will have you to be embarrassed about.

Hilarious!!!!!!

November 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

“…Georgia beating LSU..”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

And Ritalin? Major damage to my brain? This from a guy who wants to use week old numbers and arguments ripped from an ESPN blog to make his case. Nice work kojak.

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

KB

November 14th, 2011
12:52 pm
Truth detector, If an undefeated LSU were to lose to Georgia, Bama or LSu would be #2 and play in National championship, the other would still be in top 4 and be available for BCS, Georgia would be in Sugar. I am not predicting a Georgia victory if they play in SEC championship nor do I think it would be a blowout both Bama and LSU have their problems on offense, and Arkansas has serious issues on defense.

KB,,
Any team always has a chance, especially in Big Games, Arkansas or LSU is going to lose a game and MORE than likely it is going to Arkansas. LSU is just too dominant, Alabama will be sitting at home and will fall into a BCS game. It looks from the forecasted bookers more along the lines of BCS bowl chances at:

LSU 97%
Alabama 95.2
Arkansas 54%
UGA 48%

those are forecasted updated odds for a BCS game birth. Of course that is all thrown out with a LSU loss or a UGA win in the SECCG.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

Congrats UGA

Your team came prepared and beat the ever loving crap out of my beloved tigers. I will be the first to admit that I was wrong and Richt proved to be the better coach.

Congrats

Good luck in the SEC Champ game.

WDE

November 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

@50 arrests lets see there troll there were around 93,000 folks in the stands during the game, another 10,000 in the local bars, tailgating parties etc and 50 get arrested ?? And that is a big deal? Where did you go to college Brigham Young?

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

BTW, ESPN has UGA going to the Outback Bowl.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 14th, 2011
1:03 pm

“they are not predicting any SEC team for the Peach Bowl.”

Ok, then explain why the it’s SEC vs ACC in the Peach Bowl?

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

Thanks for coming on 2010 .. class act buddy. AU’s backup QB looks like a young Cam by the way. Scary.

50 arrests

November 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

WDE

I know you’re proud.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 14th, 2011
1:05 pm

If UGA happens to win the SEC Championship game then no SEC team should play for the title. Bama should bot play for it since they will not win the SEC Championship. UGA got left out back in 2001 even though they won the SEC title.

Just saying.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:05 pm

I corrected 2010, I corrected. I can admit when I jack one up.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 14th, 2011
1:06 pm

TampaDawg

Believe it or not, I was actually not angry that UGA won. I was more angry that Auburn just played like complete garbage. If UGA ever played for the national title I’d pull for them. I’m not a petty person who only pulls for my tigers. I also pulled for Bama, LSU and Florida when they played and won.

Red-N-Black

November 14th, 2011
1:07 pm

@Truth

Uhm who gives a crap what you think? NOT I
GA has done what they are supposed to do:
1. Gotten immeasurably better in year 2 on D
2. Not buying into any hype (first for this GA team)
3. Playing fundamental football

YOU COULDNT ASK FOR MORE – go troll the tech boards.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:08 pm

me too 2010. I pull for SEC teams in any out of conference game. Gotta keep establishing the dominance. I pulled for Cam to run like crazy on Oregon last year. SEC is and will stay dominant for years to come.

Dawg Nation

November 14th, 2011
1:08 pm

somebody tell LSU to play us like they did Alabama and see what happens…..2011 SEC CHAMPIONS!! Go Dawgs!!!

WDE

November 14th, 2011
1:10 pm

@2010 BCS CHAMPS glad your back shows some stones..as I said last week I thought it would be a low scoring war , and thought Vegas was loony with that 12+ point line. By the way good luck vs Bama in the Iron Bowl.

Delbert D.

November 14th, 2011
1:10 pm

The “ranked at the time we played them” is absurd. I think everyone will agree that Texas had their #5 ranking wiped out, then their top 25 wiped out, then snuck back in, now wiped out again. That is just 1 example.

Delusional dawg

November 14th, 2011
1:11 pm

“…somebody tell LSU to play us like they did Alabama and see what happens..”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Too funny!

WDE

November 14th, 2011
1:11 pm

@50 arrests not proud but since around half (that would be 25) of those arrested were AU fans, I think its an issue only in a trolls mind….and where did you go to school ?

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
1:11 pm

Why is it when some UGA( i said some) always have to go to the “Tech Troll” line when they cannot stand the facts and truth?

By the way, If you are a real SEC fan from any school and you do not pull for other SEC schools when they play out of conference schools then you need your “SEC Membership” Card Revoked.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:12 pm

Delbert, that one never did make much sense. It’s one thing if they are ranked, then your team beats them, then the other team goes back to winning games. But as you mentioned, we have a lot of examples of that not happening.

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

@Truth “By the way, If you are a real SEC fan from any school and you do not pull for other SEC schools when they play out of conference schools then you need your “SEC Membership” Card Revoked.”

And THAT IS THE TRUTH! Finally something we agree on.

The Truth Detector

November 14th, 2011
1:14 pm

Tampa Dawg.

Have a good day sir!

Alabama Dog

November 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

The word here in Bamaland is LSU and Alabama should have a rematch in the BCS title game, as they are the 2 best teams in the country. While I agree these are 2 formidable teams, Alabama had their shot (at home, no less), and didn’t get it done. There seem to be very few Alabama fans who remember 2007 for Georgia. They didn’t win their division, or conference championship, and that alone kept them OUT of the title game. Do overs are a nice idea, but no one is giving Georgia another shot at S.Carolina, why should Alabama get one? The same Alabama fans saying their team deserves another shot are the SAME ones that were calling us whiners in ‘07!

TampaDawg

November 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

LOL, you too Truth. Good jabbing with ya. Nuttin personal.

djdawg

November 14th, 2011
1:25 pm

That was a game of complete dominance!! Glad to see that for a change!!! Go Dawgs!! GATA!!!

WDE

November 14th, 2011
1:47 pm

@Alabama Dog agreed do overs sound good but it never works out in the end.

long-time dawg

November 14th, 2011
1:50 pm

Great game!! Now it is time for the team(if they have been)to stop reading their own clippings. For instance: Steve the snake Spurrrier is doing all he can now. He is hoping the Dawgs will get overconfident against Kentucky. It has happened before. Note to Team: Finish the 2011 Drill!!

And all this talk about whether Ga. can,or could, beat Bama or Lsu. ‘Course they shouldn’t be able to but who knows. And going from 0-2 to playing for the conference championship and being guaranteed a top-level bowl, is that a “significant improvement”, or what?

DAWGMAN

November 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

What do the Dawgs have to work on?
The season is like a 100 meter sprint. For a while now, Georgia has set up their blocks 10 meters behind the start line. Lose the first 2 or 3 out of 4 and the season is shot to hell. It’s too late for that to be fixed this year. Again we have to wait for next year. Some of us are getting old. There is a good chance that we will not enjoy another Championship before we take that final ride. I guess we should feel blessed to have experienced even one. There are many, many of you who may never experience that wonderful event.
It should not take coach richt a month each year at the front end of the season to get the team firing on all cylinders. Not at the price he charges us for his poor performance.
We need a disciplined, strong, and well motivated team from that moment the starter’s gun fires. We didn’t get, are not getting, and will not get a fast start out of our team until we make the only change we can make that gives these young men a chance of success at the national level. We and they deserve better. These young men don’t deserve to be ‘coached down’; they deserve to be ‘coached up’. What we can do is not extend his contract. That’s what we need to work on. Now.

djdawg

November 14th, 2011
1:52 pm

Yes please don not look past anybody!!! Dominate one game at a time!!

LHarding Dawg

November 14th, 2011
1:59 pm

DAWGMAN – That’s about the dumbest post I’ve read. Are you sure your not Thomas Brown posting as Dawgman?

djdawg

November 14th, 2011
2:07 pm

Dawg Man = idiot! nuff said