Unfortunately for Tech, Dogs once again caught not looking ahead!

Dogs prove it once again at Grant Field. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Dogs prove it once again at Grant Field. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I wonder what excuse Paul Johnson will use this time for the Dogs walking off Historic Grant Field as the victors for the sixth consecutive time.

Maybe he can take a page from all those folks (including the ESPN “GameDay” gang) who predicted Georgia Tech would prevail in Saturday’s annual Governor’s Cup game because Mark Richt’s Dogs would be looking ahead to the SEC championship game against LSU.

Perhaps Tech was caught looking ahead to the Hyundai Sun Bowl, or wherever they’re going to play next.

Or maybe Johnson’s excuse can be simply to acknowledge what the Georgia players proclaimed again after the game: When it comes to football, “We run this state.”

Actually, Johnson’s best excuse would be to point out that while he may have a little-seen offensive scheme that is tough to defend, he just flat-out doesn’t have the same caliber talent that Richt has in Athens, particularly on defense.

Even playing without their two top running backs, which made Georgia nearly as one-dimensional offensively as Tech, the Dogs still moved the ball easily against the Jackets most of the day, with Aaron Murray looking particularly sharp in the first half. It could have been worse, as Murray missed a couple of opportunities in the second half, but for the day he completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards and padded his UGA season record with four more touchdowns to four different receivers. Unfortunately, Orson Charles wasn’t one of them, but he still led the Dogs with five catches for 95 yards and was a big playmaker.

And while the Georgia running game managed only 128 yards, fifth-stringer Ken Malcome showed some gritty running and extra effort as Georgia handed it to him repeatedly in the fourth quarter to eat up the clock. He wound up with 43 tough yards on a dozen carries. Murray contributed 35 yards of his own on a day when Georgia dialed up more designed quarterback runs than usual, and even Zander Ogletree got into the act with a 21-yard burst on the only fullback run so far this season.

But it wasn’t just the offense that was masterful against the Jackets. Tech managed to get 243 yards rushing Saturday but never really got its running attack in rhythm against the Dogs’ resilient defense, despite all the cut-blocks. And much of the time Tech’s passing game was pretty inept, with Georgia snagging two interceptions.

Plus, while Blair Walsh missed one long field goal attempt, Georgia’s special teams generally had a fine day, with Drew Butler pinning the Jackets deep on a couple of long punts and Brandon Boykin’s 60-yard kickoff return setting up Georgia’s first score of the third quarter.

Really, from the time Georgia went up 14-3 midway through the second quarter, the Dogs appeared to have the game in hand.

Much was made by various pundits in the week leading up to this game about how “even” the rivalry has become in recent years, but in realtiy that’s certainly not the case if you look at the bottom line: who takes home the Governor’s Cup.

As Richt noted after the game with characteristic understatement, “Ten out of 11 ain’t bad.”

OK, now we can worry about LSU.

Feel free to share your own views on what excuses Johnson can use for his team’s showing and anything else relating to Georgia’s latest win over the Bugs.

Go Dogs!

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321 comments Add your comment

45ACP

November 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

Who knows? He is so abrasive.

GT Alum

November 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

Paul Johnson is an ass! He and his offense can go back to the Wal Mart clearance aisle!!

UGA Alumnus

November 26th, 2011
5:59 pm

Sam

November 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

I love the GT Alum who does not like the Tech offense. So tell me genius how did Tech do with a more pro-style offense. I think Tech’s offense fits perfectly for the athletes it can get. It is the defense’s inability to stop folks that causes problems. Remember that UGA has won 10 of 11. 7 of those wins were against pro-style offenses. If Tech can fix its defense it becomes a very dangerous team.

Dawgs97

November 26th, 2011
6:07 pm

“Man Boobs” Johnson will probably blame the fact that the Tech stands are filled with Dawg fans.

31-17 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

November 26th, 2011
6:11 pm

Has a nice RING to it doesn’t it Coach Fish Fry?

real fan

November 26th, 2011
6:15 pm

Thank you Dawgs for a great season, good luck in the SEC championship game! And thank you to my friends at Tech for inviting me to your tailgate party and giving me a free ticket to the game. It was great fun and everyone in our section played well together.

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!

munsonlvr623

November 26th, 2011
6:17 pm

Man it’s a great day to be a GA bulldog!!!!!

Marion Morrison

November 26th, 2011
6:17 pm

Great win today. CMB may have called his best game all year as he did not have much to work with at running back. Good effort by Boo Malcome The “D” is very good. I don’t know about next week…but 10 wins in a row, winning the SEC east…overall a great season. Congrats to the coaching staff as well as the SRs on the this team. I agree with an earlier post that if Tech could find a defense then they would be difficult to handle.

dawgfan

November 26th, 2011
6:22 pm

Kieth Marshall, are you watching! What a ledgend you could be at UGA. The dawg nation would sing your forever.

munsonlvr623

November 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

This one is for all the sadistic bugs that posted all of those classless and tasteless posts about Mr. Munson’s passing on their puny stingtalk blog earlier this week. I know he was smiling as we stepped on your faces with that ole hobnailed boot today. Envy is an awful, awful sin. Hunker down two more times dawgs!! GATA

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

Funny how Small Johnson called a UGA fan a retard on his call in show

I wonder what he should be called since he lost to a retard fanbase that works at Walmart as he likes to run his mouth so much

Hey Turkey Neck when your done frying your fish how’s about cleaning up the toilets at historic Grant field.

Russ took a massive slam that clogged one of the toilets

trupert

November 26th, 2011
6:26 pm

How About Them Dawgs!!! 10 in a row!!! Alright, Samual and Crowell, it’s time to get ready. It’s time to take it to LSU in the SECCG!!!

I can’t wait to watch this Ga team shot up that big mouth Gary Danielson. What will he have to say after he kisses LSU’s whatyamacallit and downgrades UGA all game, after Ga beats LSU?

old time dog

November 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Al Groh, really? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Groh, the defensive mastermind on the sideline waving and jerking those hands and arms getting that powerful defense ready. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! CPJ….. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! The brillant coach Johnson, another real genius. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Russell Hall

November 26th, 2011
6:31 pm

Yet another great day to be a Bulldog.

TigerinGA

November 26th, 2011
6:33 pm

trupert, there isn’t even the remotest possibility that UGA can beat LSU. I just hope none of your “dawgs” get too badly hurt in the game! GEAUX TIGERS!

Bobby Dud

November 26th, 2011
6:33 pm

Paul Johnson is a buffoon.

kappellmeister

November 26th, 2011
6:35 pm

Where r u GTBob? Where are all those Tech trolls? Must be drinking away their sorrows with 2010BCSChamp

CHDawg

November 26th, 2011
6:35 pm

This constant disrespect is getting old. Sports Ill picked GT, dissing the Dawgs. Espn picks Tech, dissing the Dawgs. CPJ dissed the Dawgs, implying the perception that we were a strong team was wrong. He even taunted us saying wait till the SECE matches up against the ACC. Clemson and FSU may win big, but we did pretty well and Vandy is hammering Wake. Everybody keeps saying the Dawgs stink. Maybe that works for us? Go Dawgs.

Big time??? Not

November 26th, 2011
6:38 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes. We beat those nerds.

Long Memory

November 26th, 2011
6:39 pm

Until Coach Fishfry actually spends more than 2 minutes of each practice teaching his team how to throw AND catch a forward pass they will never beat a good team when it really matters.

Alabamadawg

November 26th, 2011
6:41 pm

Great game. Great play calling. Man we need a runningback.

kappellmeister

November 26th, 2011
6:42 pm

And big congrats to Mark Richt and his staff and family. Most of us in Dawg Nation have been behind you all the way. It would be WONDERFUL to beat LSU next week and pass along some crow recipes to Mark May and Fran Tarkenton.

And to all the nerds who have said “Who has Georgia really beaten this year?”

Answer: YOU

CHDawg

November 26th, 2011
6:43 pm

Another thing. We crush Auburn, and stop passing at the half. Alabama is desperately trying to run up the score well into the 4th qtr, and they aren’t beating them nearly as bad as Georgia beat them. All the announcers keep saying is Richardson should win the Heisman. During our game, the same guys kept talking about how weak our schedule is. Perceptions.

Eddie from acworth

November 26th, 2011
6:43 pm

@ flat tire:

Dude that comment about russ slamming the toilets made me spit out my drink. Frickin brilliant.

Once again tech bloggers are no where to be found…..they were every where last week. Losers.

Nice defensive scheme cpj. And your highschool offense blows. Still think the sec is overrated?? Kudos to walmart workers and special needs people everywhere…..wooof wooof wooof!,

Gata! Bring on da tigers!

2 n 10

November 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

DAWGS RULE,NERDS DROOL!LARRY MUNSON stickers were a nice touch’go DAWGS!

kappellmeister

November 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

Hay Bill – will we get Samuel back next week???

dap01

November 26th, 2011
6:46 pm

CPJ is a classless coach who cusses his own players. He is sarcastic. He is abrasive and now he can fully understand that he is second rate in this state. His facilities are now even second rate. He class makes Saban look like a man of integrity. Enjoy your state of being Tech, this is as good as it gets for you.

Go Dawgs. Shock the world next week.

2 n 10

November 26th, 2011
6:47 pm

Dawgs dont rule this state,THEY OWN IT!

kappellmeister

November 26th, 2011
6:47 pm

Hey, of course. On my third bourbon in victory celebration, what can I say?

And LSU Bleauxs.

RomeGADog

November 26th, 2011
6:50 pm

If murray is spot on like he was for most of today no one can stop us.

Yamadawg

November 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

Hey Nats… don’t feel too bad. We tried giving a SoCon coach a chance, too, and that did not work out for us either. But y’all just keep your PJ’s on and the Dawgs’ll just keep taking the cup home. Hey, by the way I could swear i saw Reggie Ball behind center a couple of times today…

Brewmaster

November 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

Where are all the Richt haters today ?

old time dog

November 26th, 2011
6:51 pm

Tech fans, are you sure fish is really brain food? Believe Johnson and Groh been eating something else or Al”s famous tartar sauce was spoiled. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! LMAO!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

CHDawg

November 26th, 2011
6:53 pm

I think the key on Murray is protection. He can pick any D apart if we give him the time. That will be a huge problem with LSU.

tndawg

November 26th, 2011
6:54 pm

Wow! Who would have thought after the first 2 loses at season`s start that we would be here.

Thanks, Bulldogs! Great season after all.

Georgia Tech, get real. The DAWGS own the state! The numbers speak for themselves.

Now, LSU. That is a big order. #1 in the Nation. How can the DAWGS do it? They must play error free. They need a little luck, too.

Go DAWGS!

Rabun Dawg

November 26th, 2011
6:55 pm

While the triple option is certainly tough to defend, a decent passing game is really needed to make it that much more effective. Maybe a decent defense also, which Tech surely does not have. And congrats to Coach Bobo who called up a good plan as the passes over the middle were there all day. He must have watched the Tech/Duke film to dial that up.Have to give that one Tech back credit, he got extra yards when it looked as though he was stopped short of yardage. Great win Dogs, just hope you can play tough with the Tigers! Much credit to CMR, his entire staff, and all of the players for hanging tough after the bad start, and I don’t care who you played, ten in a row is commendable in any league!

richmondDawg

November 26th, 2011
6:59 pm

A shout out to Boo Malcome, who let his feet do the talking today! Good job…

TALLY DAWG

November 26th, 2011
6:59 pm

UGA will CRUSH Lsu (similar to Hawaii Sugar). As we all remember from ‘07, you cannot play for the national champioship if you don’t play for and/or win your conference championship. Bama is OUT per Herbie, May, Holtz, Rome. UGA will jump to #2 and crush LSU again for the Naitonal. Glory, glory. GATA

TALLY DAWG

November 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

LSU is soft.

TALLY DAWG

November 26th, 2011
7:02 pm

Remember Jamarcus Russell hype. Less is 1-2 vs. Richt.

bubber

November 26th, 2011
7:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Richard

November 26th, 2011
7:08 pm

As I prediced many weeks ago. Richt will soon be given a 5 year extension. Thankfully McGarity does not listen to the nut cases who were calling for his head. Richt has put together an excellent staff and young team. He will be at UGA for as long as he wants. Most of us are glad.

JIm

November 26th, 2011
7:08 pm

Good thing they got that sign….”we run this state” what a joke. Most of them will be running a floor sweeper in their future

TigerinGA

November 26th, 2011
7:12 pm

LSU has destroyed all challengers and will do the same to you puppies!!! Don’t get too fired up…it will make the disappointment easier to swallow. LOL

@Tech Fans

November 26th, 2011
7:14 pm

Very disappointed today that you guys were chanting “To Hell With Georgia” during the Munson ceremony. Have some class

social circle dawg

November 26th, 2011
7:14 pm

What’s Paul Johnson’s “perception” of the SEC now? Tech was probably flying under the radar a liitle bit this week until CPJ made those comments that were in the papers………….he is a hot head.

JE

November 26th, 2011
7:15 pm

I hope Richt and Bobo learned a big lesson the last several years. You cannot give King, Ealy, Crowell or anyone else a starting position without competition. Hopefully the necessity of playing other backs this year and being successful will show that giving a new recruit the job just does not create good will to the other backs on the team. Samuel should be used as a power back in the future to create competition for the tb position. Go
Dawg.

Yamadawg

November 26th, 2011
7:17 pm

Wow, oh wow. CBS Sports has a poll on their site asking: “Do you think LSU coach Les Miles will end up resting his starters against Georgia in the SEC title game?”. What a bunch of jerks. Not only do they force the worst broadcasting duo on SEC viewers each week, but as a network they have the audacity to condone this nonsense. Folks, vote with your remote. We may watch the SEC Championship, but boycott ALL other CBS shows. They picked their favorites… pick yours.

JB

November 26th, 2011
7:25 pm

Please my fellow Dawg fans, temper you feelings about this LSU game. I give great pause that we couldn’t run on Tech today, who has probably the worst defense in the ACC. Murray will have to have a career game for us to have a chance. I do think our D keeps it close ( more than anyone thinks) Probably 35-21 LSU….Using my head and eyes, not my heart.