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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LawDawg

November 14th, 2011
2:08 pm

This is why I rarely comment on here. You people say dumb s*** like it was gospel and do not actually read what other people post before replying.

ARDawg: ARK is going to the Cotton Bowl is BAMA is not in the NC

GTBob: The Cotton Bowl only takes teams out of the SEC West. Even if you assume that USC beats Clemson, I doubt they are going to a higher bowl than UGA. As long as UGA beats UK, we are going to Capital One since we draw better than USC (which is all the bowl committees care about anyway).

ARdawg

November 14th, 2011
2:27 pm

LawDawg

The Cotton Bowl Likes Arkansas and vice versa but there is no automatic West team to the Cotton Bowl. Only an SEC/Big 12 match up. AR has been to the cotton for several years now sans last year Sugar, they could opt at anytime to go elsewhere. It’s a pretty sure bet the BCSNC and the Sugar have LSU and Bama as a lock. Unless of course there is a rematch and that would open up the Sugar for Georgia or Arkansas. Both would have 2 losses in that picture

RNB

November 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

The Truth Detector
And tell us again, who has Alabama or Arkansas beat? LSU has room to talk.

harold

November 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

READ THE TRUTH DETECTOR POST @ 12:53…..YOU TALK ABOUT THE “NO-SPIN” ZONE! SIX OUT OF THE LAST 8 WINS FOR UGA WERE AGAINST TEAMS WITH LOSING RECORDS.

ARdawg

November 14th, 2011
3:09 pm

harold

What is Georgia expected to do or suppose to do about the records of they’re opponents? Besides help them out with another loss of course?

DwayneL

November 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

Dawgs will dominate LSU…..laughable at best!!! UGA fans are completely delusional. You beat a few weak SEC teams and now think you can beat an elite team like LSU??? Keep talking your smack, but I will be the one smiling after SEC championship game and you will be calling to get your coach fired again!!! LOL

AltamahaDawg

November 14th, 2011
3:27 pm

seriously ……trolls. Is there are other word besides delusional that you guys can keep copying from each other?

WDE

November 14th, 2011
3:32 pm

@DwayneL what UGA fan said we would dominate LSU?? We are just glad to be on track to get to play them for the SEC TITLE.

BiggDawgK

November 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

truth detector

You are really wanting a UGA fan to fly their Dawg flag in the cesspool you live so your “guys” can stop him?! What kind of thug threat is that? You really like to tell people to grow up considering you sound like a 10 year old. A moronic 10 year old to be honest.

It’s very obvious you are a sad hate filled little nothing who revels in acting tough during the 16 hours a day you spend on message boards. I can’t imagine how despressing the trash filled hovel you exist in must be, but is it not possible for you to find any joy at all in your meaningless life?

Now get back to copy and pasteing while pretending you command “guys” to stop Bulldog fans at your whim. Just remember, you can’t stop taking your meds just because you feel fine.

D Fence

November 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

If you guys from Tech, LSU and everywhere else cant tell that UGA has improved dramatically week to week like really good teams do this time of year – then just ask AU. It may not be good enough to beat LSU or Bama or Tech, oh wait, its certainly good enough to beat Tech again this year.

Hugo

November 14th, 2011
4:13 pm

The athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate low-class athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.

UGA and Mark Richt are an affront and an embarrassment to all decent people in this state.

An easy call...

November 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

LSU 37, Athens Correctional Institute, Potty Training, and Drug Rehab 17

Terry

November 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

I’m not going to say UGA will win the SEC Championship, but I do believe, after watching UGA the last few weeks, that they have a chance, anyone that says different, is just being a Troll.

DawginLex

November 14th, 2011
4:58 pm

An easier call

“84% of the inmate population at the Louisiana State Correctional Facility once played football for LSU.”

Terry

November 14th, 2011
5:16 pm

DawginLex, Louisiana is the same state, that was given government money to fix those levies, but used it to build gambling casinos, and when Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed their state, they blamed it on the Government.
Louisiana’s per capita homicide rate has ranked 1st every single year from 1989 to 2010.

D Fence

November 14th, 2011
6:48 pm

Louisiana = Ray Nagan and Kathleen Blanco. What else is there more to say about Lesser State Unknown?

tell me again

November 14th, 2011
7:02 pm

I love all of this talk about how we are going to get our clock cleaned in the SECCG…..I got news for you gomers – our D is plenty good enough to cram either Bama or LSU’s paltry offenses and our offense is WAY better than either of theirs. We not only have a shot – we’re coming with triple ooo buck, baby! Go Dawgs!

Boring

November 14th, 2011
7:38 pm

This board is boring when UGA wins. Go to UF board for some laughs!!!

Move On

November 14th, 2011
7:39 pm

MUSchamp MUSt go!!

trouble is a brewin

November 14th, 2011
8:57 pm

MUSchamp MUSt go!!

Man the dude hasn’t even completed a whole season.Give ole Turncoat a break.

trouble is a brewin

November 14th, 2011
8:59 pm

LSU 37, Athens Correctional Institute, Potty Training, and Drug Rehab 17

Yeah and we weren’t gonna beat FL or Auburn either.Damn Hater.

The Real HUGO

November 14th, 2011
9:11 pm

My name is Hugo and I really didn’t mean what I said about
UGA. I bleed red and black.I mean its great to be a Georgia Bulldog. Gooooooo Dawgs! Please Forgive me,I’m a troll.I cancelled all my visits to FL, Bamma.Rocky Top and
Aubarn,but Im taking the one to Athens,only problem is I don’t play football,maybe I can be a cheerleader or a waterboy/girl.

Sic balls

November 14th, 2011
9:35 pm

Out of the 4 common opponents, Georgia beat 2 worse than LSU and the fifth, Kentucky is a 30 point underdog while LSU only beat them by 28. In the Dome, Georgia and LSU will be tight and could go either way.

Dr. Morpheus

November 14th, 2011
11:15 pm

The Bulldog faithful (or those who backslid but are now back in church) are understandably excited about beating UF and following up with a blowout of Auburn. Objective analysis of trends, stats, and weaknesses of the big 3 in the West supports the case we’ve got good reason to be optimistic about the SEC Championship game; but, fans of Tech, Bama, Arkansas and whomever are not rational people. Trust the coaches and players to TCB against KY and GT and then we’ll have out chance to show ‘em what we got. Finally, props to “2011 BCS Champions” for showing up and admitting you were wrong. An Auburn blog I read was highly complimentary of the Sanford Stadium homies warmth and hospitality. What say next year we get back to the friendly rivalry and just stick to good, clean, smashmouth football?

Welcome Back - Fair Weather Fans - Even AJC is on UGA's side

November 15th, 2011
12:07 am

Finally, a positive AJC articles about UGA !!!

And All it took was an eight game winning streak, crushing Florida and a beat down of the defending SEC and National Champions by 30+ points.
No Problem.

I know yall are just waiting for the next issue, injury or loss to start hating again – but for now… Welcome Back.

7576DAWG

November 15th, 2011
4:24 am

CMR showed a lot of class by only throwing the ball 2 times in the second half. Spurrier would have hung 65 to 70 point’s on Auburn.

Dandy Dawg

November 15th, 2011
6:32 am

Terry

November 14th, 2011
5:16 pm

“DawginLex, Louisiana is the same state, that was given government money to fix those levies, but used it to build gambling casinos”

Actually, that was Mississippi.

Revisionist History

November 15th, 2011
6:45 am

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!

Georgia lost their second game of the season in 2007 to South Carolina, who finished 6-6. They then lost 35-14 to Tennessee, who finished 9-3. That’s not exactly the same as ending a regulation game against the undefeated No.1 team in a tie and losing by 3 points in OT.

Unfortunately for you, some folks do remember 2007 – and you are whiners.

chazzo

November 15th, 2011
7:44 am

Strength and conditioning changes working?
Will Friend a good hire, and Serles a good bye?

Overall, maybe McGarrity is an excellent replacement for the red panty bandit.

Offense is practicing against much stiffer competition with Grantham at the D-helm.

Whatever it is, I hope there is a new prideful tradition started amongst UGA O-linemen. We are going to say goodbye to some key guys upfront.

Orange? What an ugly color. I can forgive a few gaffs from a rs sophomore QB who for the last two years has not had a competent running game or coherent line (until this last game). I especially forgive one who just broke the TDs for season record and has an excellent TD to INT ratio.

The final word

November 15th, 2011
8:52 am

Truth Detector, “GO TO HELL!”

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
9:24 am

Hugo

November 14th, 2011
4:13 pm
The athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate low-class athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.
———————————

Stop talking about GT like that. Or, stop talking about AU, Bama, UF and LSU like that. In other words, quit dwelling on UGA when there is enough garbage to flaunt in your own backyard troll.

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
9:34 am

@Revisionist History “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”

Not a Bama fan but let’s look back at the 2003 Oklahoma Sooners. They lost their last game of the season, their conference championship game, and still went on to play LSU for the NC. The idea of the NC is STILL supposed to be to pair the TWO best teams in the country. That is the overall intent and always should be. We don’t have a playoff which would usually accomplish this so we have to use the archaic system we have and hope that by whatever means, we still get THE TWO BEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY.

topdawg70

November 15th, 2011
9:42 am

Is it just me or has the O line come alive because we now have a Neal Calloway pupil. I never thought Stacy Serles got the most out of the line. And the guy before that started with a good line and went down hill. I wonder if all the Bobo criticism should really have been at the line coaches? It does seem like for the first time in several years, that the running back is seeing a hole when he come to the line instead of a bunch of players from the other team.

dap01

November 15th, 2011
9:56 am

UGA is back, they should beat Kentucky and GT and they have a fighters chance in the SEC Championship. What more do could a team want?

UGA will go to a very good bowl, perhaps even the Sugar Bowl.

No matter how many insults are hurled (blogged by trollers), things are looking up in Athens.

Go Dawgs!

Thank God for Reggie Ball

November 15th, 2011
10:04 am

Alabama’s only impressive win was the whooping they put on a very good Arkansas team (still in the western hunt btw). their win at Penn State was pretty good but i honestly feel Georgia would have the same success, Penn State’s offense is almost as bad as Tennessee’s. The fact is, Alabama has had nowhere near the schedule, particularly out of conference as LSU, or Georgia’s. With the exception of Penn State, they’ve traveled nowhere. LSU traveled to West Virginia, Tennessee, and had a neutral site game with a great Oregon team. I don’t see Bama coming out of that LSU schedule unschathed as LSU has. the only reason Bama took LSU to overtime I believe is because of it being in Alabama. LSU-Alabama rematch should not be in the conversation

Thank God for Reggie Ball

November 15th, 2011
10:08 am

As a Dawg fan I see SECCG as LSU-21 UGA-10, 14-10 until the final 5-4 minutes then LSU gets a turnover near the red zone and puts the game away, LSU in the national title game against Oklahoma State, Bama in the Sugar Bowl against maybe Stanford (hell of a game), Arkansas goes Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin, UGA in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Virginia Tech

Another truth detector

November 15th, 2011
10:18 am

In two weeks, UGA will slaughter GT; although GT’s pitch driven triple O will end up with 245 yds BUT only two scores and a FG. UGA will score from anywhere on the field, UGA’s wide outs will destroy GT’s cover men and when it looks like it is finally over, UGA will use their stable of running backs in the late 3rd and 4th qtrs to make the hiring of AL Groh look like a compete disaster. UGA 47-17 GT

UGA will have 2575 yds in the air with another 188 yds rushing. Yes, GT will end up with 245 rushing yds and maybe 45 passing. EMPTY GT stats as always.

CPJ will be looking to make a move to PN State or Ole MIss to escape the drema land of GT football. Three major bowls since and counting 1956. LOSSES ALL OF THEM !!!

TampaDawg

November 15th, 2011
10:24 am

@Thank God for Reggie Ball .. I don’t think Arky will get the Capital One bowl over UGA. I believe they are your SEC Chik-Fil-A team.

Marlon Brown # 15

November 15th, 2011
10:26 am

On a I Crowell carry, from behind the line, the TV camera showed UGA’s# 15 BLOCKING THE AU safety beyond Crowell. Had Crowell not fumbled ( i think he did on that carry) the run would have been a 45 yd TD. It would have been one of those glory runs thes guys ( fans too) crave. Too bad he fumbled or was ankle tripped.

Crowell is in a very good spot as a frosh legend back BUT he needs to recognize the entire squad and dig down deep to get some focus. He blew a gorgeous run with Brown out there, straight ahead and dumping AU’s safety out of the play. Blown TD by Crowell.

KY is up next and let us whup them like 48-10.
Gooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs. Sic em.

UGA Insider

November 15th, 2011
10:26 am

Did anyone see the late hit Nick Fairley put on Jay Cutler? This time he’s gonna get a heafty fine instead of a chest bump from Trooper Taylor.

Contract says

November 15th, 2011
10:27 am

SEC deal with Cap One says second place SEC team goes there. That would be UGA at worst.

Goooooooooooo Dogs.

UGA Insider

November 15th, 2011
10:30 am

What is a good UF board to view and comment on?

B RED E

November 15th, 2011
10:30 am

Offensive line, gets the game ball. Need to hand one out to each of them. They did a great job!

UGA Insider

November 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Bill, last week I predicted that UGA would score 42 and I was correct. I think I predicted AU would score 17. My predictions this year have been so accurate it amazes me. It’s like I know what gonna happen before every game. Wait a second, I do.

UGA 37
UK 3

Old Dog

November 15th, 2011
11:52 am

Hugo – sordid and sleazy – Looked like Auburn didn’t have any issue with stealing laptops when they recruited Cam Newton. Every college recruits the below-average students and the thugs becaus they are the ones that CAN PLAY FOOTBALL. It is not student-athletes, it is athlete-students. Nothing wrong with just getting these players in, they are not really college students anyway. Whatever the rules are, we need to game the system just like Auburn, Alabama, LSU and the rest. Even the playing field.

Harold

November 15th, 2011
1:35 pm

Murray finally won a game against a ranked team. A #24 ranked team. Tore a bad defense apart.

Only time Murray has ever played like that against a ranked team.

No, it wasn’t the O-Line SUDDENLY got GREAT.

It was a terrible defense.