Same old problems plague Dogs in loss to Spartans

Brandon Boykin had a career day against Michigan State — but it wasn't enough. (Associated Press)

Brandon Boykin had a career day against Michigan State — but it wasn't enough. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt’s Bulldogs didn’t have to find any new ways to lose in the Outback Bowl — instead, they simply let lots of familiar problems resurface in suffering another second-half collapse and dropping a three-overtime battle with Michigan State.

Again, the Dogs wasted a superlative first-half defensive effort by giving the opponent a couple of cheap touchdowns thanks to turnovers by an erratic Aaron Murray, whose two interceptions put the Spartans back in the ball game.

Again, Georgia’s almost complete lack of a running game made the Dog’ offense one-dimensional. And was anyone at all surprised when Isaiah Crowell, reduced to a backup role, limped off the field after a handful of runs?

Again, placekicker Blair Walsh, once one of the nation’s premier specialists, proved himself more a liability than a weapon and ended up costing Georgia the game by missing two kicks in OT.

And again, playcaller Mike Bobo seemed incapable of adjusting to the realities of what was happening on the field and stubbornly stuck with what wasn’t working.

With the middle of the Spartan’s defensive line as solid as a brick wall, Bobo continually called for runs up the middle — often with delays that turned into tackles for loss since State was getting into the Georgia backfield so quickly. Early on, Georgia was able to have some running success on the outside, but once MSU adjusted to stop that, the Dogs basically were no threat on the ground.

To top it all off, with the Spartans continually blitzing from the corner, Bobo insisted on calling slow-developing downfield passing plays, an all too familiar scenario made even worse by Murray’s poor decision-making when pressured and Georgia’s tight ends being a nonfactor in the game.

Overall, Georgia relied too much on its big-play capability and never was able to really sustain anything offensively against the talented Spartans defense.

Typical of the day was what happened with a little over 3 and a half minutes left in regulation. Needing a first down or two to kill the clock and ice a victory, the Dogs went ultra-conservative and ultra-predictable — two hallmarks of Bobo’s career as a playcaller — by trying again in vain to run Richard Samuel up the middle.

It surprised no one, and the fact that it didn’t work didn’t surprise anyone, either.

And then the banged-up Georgia defense, which had played well most of the day, looked gassed on the Spartans’ last drive of regulation, getting no pressure on MSU QB Kirk Cousins, who cooly passed his team down the field to send it into overtime.

Just think how ugly things might have gotten had Brandon Boykin not played the game of his life in his farewell performance as a Georgia Bulldog, nailing a Spartan receiver for a safety, scoring on a thrilling 92-yard punt return that saw him reversing direction and weaving his way all over the field, and then moving over to offense to catch a touchdown pass for his third different score of the day.

He’ll be missed big-time.

So two disappointing losses bookended a Georgia season that started out 0-2.

Sure, the 10 wins between those four losses and an SEC East title is a big improvement over last season.

But, looking ahead, even though Georgia returns a lot of talent and will have another favorable schedule next year, if the problems that continually reared their head this season aren’t addressed, it’s going to be tough for Richt’s program to take the next step forward.

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I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 2nd, 2012
11:52 pm

26

10-Win teams this season alone

Of those, how many didn’t beat a single team finishing top 25 ?

What we will get NOW is Mark Richt telling us how great 10-Win season is.

That we have a Junior QB returning.

That Keith Marshall will be it for us which he will be.

That we have a great Defense which we do.

That his body of work proves that he is the # 4 best coach in all of America, which he is not.

There will be

NO DISCUSSION of 25 LOSSES the last 6 years.

Or, any of the areas which Bill King clearly put forth as on-going issues all 11 seasons.

We are WORSE at the end of games, and have been, and will be.

We play FAVORITES.

We are a poorly coached team with TOP TALENT.

We will look back as this year and say wow, we had all those players and

LOST 4 GAMES.

What is the difference in 2011 and 2006 ?

NONE.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 2nd, 2012
11:52 pm

The ATLANTA COLTs offered BOZO all the leftover food from the concession stand and $300/month to cut the grass on the fields. Hell he could feed those rug rats and still be around football. TAKE IT BOBO.

Jimmy

January 2nd, 2012
11:53 pm

timbo:

There has been a CONSTANT faction who has complained about Richt and Bobo
on these blogs ALL YEAR.

Even during the 10 game winstreak, people called for Richt and Bobo to be fired.

Now people like me, who have not called for Richt’s job…now we are starting to get tired of these type of games.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

Aaron Murray is making the Phi Mu Fraternity proud.

CHOKE! THE OFFICAL DRINK OF THE GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!

January 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

HAHA 4 MORE YEARS OF MARK RICHT,BOBO THEY ARE NOT GOING ANY WHERE. AS ALWAYS NEVER A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR THE NC TITLE LOSERS! HAHA

CHOKE! THE OFFICAL DRINK OF THE GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!

January 2nd, 2012
11:56 pm

STILL@THE KOOL-AID BAR….YOU ONE CRAZY MUTHER!

I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 2nd, 2012
11:57 pm

_________________________________________________________
Jimmy January 2nd, 2012 11:49 pm

“Play your offense wide open…play the best players…sit the players who are not performing.”
______________________________________________________

smart dawg

January 2nd, 2012
11:57 pm

Kool-aid… Madras?

ugadawg93

January 2nd, 2012
11:57 pm

I knew when CMR decided to go for it on 4th and 1 instead of taking the points that we would regret it. At least call a play that has a chance to succeed. Game should have never made it to OT!

ShaggyDwag

January 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

What do we want for the Bulldwag nation, “student” athletes with the same solid family values that CMR preaches, or just a football factory? Go Dwags!!

I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 3rd, 2012
12:01 am

_______________________________________________
Still@theBAR August 31st, 2011 11:13 am

“UGA goes 4-4 in the SEC.”
_______________________________________________
7-2

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:02 am

Watching some real football now.

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:02 am

Jimmy, and I have been saying it is not the coaches, it is the so-called 5-star athletes on this team. If I am to believe what the writers on the AJC have said, there is no way that UGA loses to Michigan State because they just don’t have the athletes. I heard that when they played Boise State, and I also heard that UGA should be able to keep up with LSU. Star athletes make the plays to win games, something that just has not happened in Athens in a long, long time.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:03 am

smart dawg……………..YES Madras You know me so well. LOL

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:04 am

Kool-aid: Thought so. Hope this game goes to OT.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:04 am

smart dawg…..You mean a 4/4 QB not a 3/4 QB Murray? LOL

Killed 2 coyotes last week at the pond.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:05 am

Crowell is the next CHEECH or CHONG.

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

It was the bourbon comment earlier. I’m a scotch man

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

smart i don’t know if I got NUFF Jack for OT. LOL

CHOKE! THE OFFICAL DRINK OF THE GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!

January 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

UGA NEEDS TO LEAVE THE SEC. GO TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST…CONFERENCE USA….MID AMERICAN…

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:08 am

Working on a F-14-A Tomcat model for my nephew. I think I am too many sheets in the wind to do the DETAIL painting.

NICE pass and better run the Big Red Wood tree is going to win!!!!!!!

KOOL AID DRINKERS

January 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

HOW BOUT CHA KOOL AID DRINKERS, PRAISING RICHT JUST TWO DAYS AGO AS IF HE WERE THE 2ND COMING, NOW HE IS A NO GOOD SO AND SO..BIG SURPRISE,…

THIS LOST WAS ALMOST AS GOOD AS THE ONE LAST YEAR WHEN YOU LOST TO CENTRAL FLORIDA….

It is a known fact that

January 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

Mark richt coaches his players down.

I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

Football Factory ?

No one is going to say that about us.

25 LOSSES last 6 years

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

Cheech & Chong.
Timbo, Koolaid and I could drink up some brewskis together, easily. We are the only ones here who can spell and write real sentences.

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:11 am

Look at the difference between Stanford/OK. State players and UGA players. Not a whole lot of dreads flying around, and no celebration by the defensive backs when they tackle a runner after he gains 25 yards. The difference is class. They have it and UGA players don’t. Their 5-star athletes make the plays.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

Congrats on your ability to use spell check and grammar check, smart dawg.

whew it's cold outside

January 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

i am warm wearing my uga womens national championship gym dawg pink sweater! go dawgs! woof woof!

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

Like I said, timbo. You would get along well with Kool-aid and me.

I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

_______________________________________________
Still@theBAR August 31st, 2011 11:13 am

“UGA goes 4-4 in the SEC.”
_______________________________________________

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

Ha, I started drinking Corona’s at 1:00PM.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

SMART say that EarlLEE in the game. LALALLALAOAOAOAOA

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:15 am

DID Stanford RENT the UGa kicker?

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:15 am

Damn, looks like Walsh will have a friend on tonights suicide hot-line!

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:15 am

Wow….looks like Walsh put on a Stanford uniform and choked again!!

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:16 am

buzz off, I don’t need spell check. I didn’t go to thuga. “smart dawg” is an oxymoron.

whew it's cold outside

January 3rd, 2012
12:16 am

aaron that is not a fashion statement sweetheat.one ugly pocket book.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:16 am

Corona? Did a Mexican Street walker urinate it? Hell at least PBR is Merican!

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:17 am

Can you imagine having Stanford kicker line up now for a winning kick now that he has missed already…..like watching a car wreck in slow motion.

I can't believe Aaron Murray BLEW THAT GAME to go to 0-9 vs teams ending top 25

January 3rd, 2012
12:17 am

WDE January 1st, 2012 3:49 pm

“Hey did I miss a memo? I thought it was a free country and being a Dog fan didn’t prohibit my right to go and …yes post a couple of positive comments on the Tech blog yesterday..I mean I’m from Atlanta and have enjoyed quite a few games on the Flats. Wait a min I do have that right”

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

Come on ‘Still’, Corona with a lime……can’t beat that!

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Cold outside—I’m in north GA. The ground is white…and the wind is blowing… and it’s real cold.

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

got it smart dawg….you are a nerd poser……let me guess you got the Sparty uniform on right now and your boyfriend is spanking you with the sword.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Damn My Sister is looking Sexy passed out on the sofa.

Water Girl

January 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

I was wanting to have fun tonight after the flight home. Mark is just as limp as always.

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:20 am

Ground is white? Did Crowell visit you before the game?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:20 am

BUZZ OFF has a SHORT STINGER and a smaller IQ.

angry mangy mutt

January 3rd, 2012
12:21 am

Where are the ‘real fans’? Wonder if their loyalty is still blind. CMR was gutless. Bobo was typical Bobo. Murray, Walsh, Crowell…the Oline, the same disappointment different game. Hate to put this one on the young men, but that line is a pathetic collection of sloppy fat slobs.

Three years in a row now CMR & Bobo have humiliated this nation. Not only can we not beat a SEC heavyweight, a Big 12 team, a UCF, we now cannot beat a Big 10 team. A FREAKIN BIG10 team!