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 3rd, 2012
12:21 am

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Socrates said…
“I can recommend another site that likes only positive comments about Georgia. It’s the blutarsky website. Try this one for a taste:
http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/circling-the-wagons-or-something-else/

But be forewarned, if you say anything negative about UGA, the moderator will find a dumb reason to ban you form his website.

Unlike Kimberley Nash, some of these blog sites only want people who agree with them, they don’t like to be challenged.

Thanks Kimberley for allowing for different voices here. That’s who we all learn.”

8/28/11 9:45 AM
BuLLdawg said…
That’s funny coming from you and your blog site Socrates.
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Bulldawg Blawger said…

“What happens if UGA wins it all this year? What will you do then? Will you still hate on Richt?”

August 18, 2011 7:28 PM
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Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

water Girl I bet GRANTHAM is UP for the job!

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

sorry the short stinger hurt your bung hole Kool and the Gang…….

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

January 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

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Buckhead Bulldog October 22nd, 2011 7:23 am

“I know…all I have heard the past past 3-4 years is that “we are young”, “we need to gel”, “give them some time” etc.. Don’t these guys ever mature and gel, and haven’t we been patient in giving them some time?

Also, I agree with most of what Thomas Brown writes. Good job TB!

RLS
‘87 BA Econ
Hartman/GA. Bulldog club memeber since ‘88
Fan since ‘75
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chazzo September 27th, 2011 8:59 am

“If Richt wins out and SC loses and all the planets line up and we win the SEC (hypothetically speaking) there are certain folks who will always, always find something negative to say. Oh but he couldn’t beat BSU the first game.”
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cmon man January 1st, 2012 11:12 am
“DO NOT lump tech and uga into the same group. if you honestlythink uga is “mediocre” then you would have to put tech into the pis- poor group.”
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timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

I hope the LSU-Alabama game is as good as this one is.

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

Timbo: snow. for real.

Whew it's cold outside

January 3rd, 2012
12:23 am

I think Murray has some sugar in his tank. not the dixie crystal or kayo type either :)

Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

January 3rd, 2012
12:23 am

Wow. Stanford did the same thing with the same result. Unbelievable. Now, OSU is in the same position UGA was in. Run up the middle on first down. Throw a pass down the middle on second down and win the game. Well, I guess we know what works now.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

BUZZ OFF my girlfriend has ab bigger Strap-on than you pack. LOL

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

Looks like Stanford managed to blow one also……………..the OC in overtime for Stanford must have been DoDo’s twin

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

January 3rd, 2012
12:25 am

Did the Big 10 win a single bowl game, a single one at all ?

Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

January 3rd, 2012
12:25 am

First and goal from the half foot line. Quarterback sneak and just reach the ball over the plane of the goal.

WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

Todd is a total jerk. I gotta be pretty darn dunk/passes out.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

Whew here in the south that is Cairo Syrup Makers and you use it to make the filling in a PeeCan Pie.

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:26 am

bite me, buzzoff. Did highsiah wear a green (don’t hit me) jersey today?

dawgenuff

January 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

Why wouldn’t you let Walsh try for the winning field goal, his previous kick set a record for most points in the SEC and UGA! Besides,if there was a bad snap on 3rd down and he falls on it he would have another shot at 4th down. But,don’t let the facts get in the way of your reasoning!

Buzz Off

January 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

Maybe the Stanford kicker chocked on your boyfriend’s toy…………..Kool and the Gang

Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

January 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

First and goal from the half foot line. Quarterback sneak and just reach the ball over the plane of the goal. Nope OSU does the same thing. Move the ball to the middle of the field and kick it. It’s the smart play. It was the smart play for Stanford. It was the smart play for Georgia. It just didn’t work for Georgia and Stanford but it was the correct call.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

Water Girl passed out is just a lil better than dead. LOL

WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:28 am

Mark honey…wake up i’m ready…mark..(sounds of zzzzzzzzz)

thwg

January 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

Eat crow you bunch of redneck uga fans who were on the gt blog yesterday. Spartans simply remind us how irrelevant the uga program continues to be. Let me guess, wait till next year? Maybe if you can keep anyone with a winning record off your schedule you can go .500. This year you played 6 teams with a winning record and went 2-4 against them. By all means give cmr an extension. Maybe you can ruin Marshall just like you do with all hose other great recruits.

devil dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

Hey Richt and Crapo, check out how Ok State won their game. They aren’t scared little girls like UGA is. I vomited in my mouth with Crapo’s play calling in OT and on the last drive. you and your staff suck at calling plays and life.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:30 am

BuzzOff put the Mirror on the floor, Lift your fat, and maybe you can see your JUNK for the first time in 20 years.

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:32 am

11.5 hours of football. 12 Corona’s. A few pulled pork BBQ sandwiches. No phone calls. No e-mails. A UGA loss. A damn good day! Until August…..night all….been fun.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:32 am

Whew it's cold outside

January 3rd, 2012
12:33 am

Cairo Syrupmakers football.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:33 am

Timbo how did you not get CALLS? You got a Bunker or something?

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:33 am

See ya Kool-aid. I have to work tomorrow. I may have to bust out the Land Cruiser to get off of my mountain. Snow.

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jonkdawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:35 am

Did u see thaat? Stanford kicker just missed the fied goal.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:35 am

Be safe and blessed SMART DAWG.

Whew it's cold outside

January 3rd, 2012
12:36 am

That not only an ugly man’s pocketbook murray has,also an ugly gay blue pullover too.

smart dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

See you later, Hutchinson’s Ferry.

timbo

January 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

‘Still’, phone does not work in the O-F-F position. :-)

thwg

January 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

2-6 against teams with winning records. Maybe.cmr can figure it out during one of his missionary trips this summer while miles and saban are preparing for another championship run. Must being a dawg fan when football is all you have in life.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

Tech and UGa lost so I guess I will go surf Porn for a Taliban Fake blonde Chick in a Sexy Burka. LOL

Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

January 3rd, 2012
12:38 am

If you come on here next year and complain about an “ugly win” I want you to remember what an ugly loss feels like. An ugly win beats an ugly loss any day.

sports

January 3rd, 2012
12:39 am

One word expains this game…CHOKE!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:39 am

WHEW you LOVE the SKINNY JEANS? They made you hot right? LOL

WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:39 am

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Coon-Dawg

January 3rd, 2012
12:40 am

Have some dignity Coach Bobo … Step down in the morning ! … You owe it to the University !

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:40 am

timbo I just have to walk a few (20 YARDS) IN MY BACK YARD TO LOSE CELL SIGNAL BY THE POND.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:41 am

I want me some WATER GIRL porn LMAO

WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:42 am

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WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:42 am

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:44 am

WaterGirl you got any kids to Barter. LOL stop or I will say something Bill can ban me for, but i will just be making jokes.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:45 am

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WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:45 am

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Still@theKool-aidBAR

January 3rd, 2012
12:47 am

nO…………….Chain U to the wall right next to Casey Anthony and I will play Indiana Jones. LOL

WaterGirl

January 3rd, 2012
12:48 am

I hear bill the size of a vienna sausage.just sayin