Todd Gurley has a Dawgs debut worth woofing about

Todd Gurley lived up to all the hype in his UGA debut. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Todd Gurley lived up to all the hype in his UGA debut. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

On a sweltering day in Athens that saw mascot Russ going shirtless at one point and Georgia looking like a team that was missing several starters on defense, the positive fan talk on the way out of Sanford Stadium was Todd Gurley and … well, OK, that was about it.

But there’s nothing wrong with that, because Gurley’s debut as a Georgia Bulldog was definitely a performance to savor, with the true freshman showing those August scrimmage performances were no fluke: 100 yards on eight carries plus a 100-yard kickoff return for a total of three touchdowns. He’s the first UGA freshman to run for 100 yards in his debut game since Danny Ware in 2004.

Fellow freshman Keith Marshall, who had 46 yards on 10 carries, shows a lot of potential as an alternative back to Gurley but looked like more of a work in progress.

Overall, the Dawgs’ offense against the opening game opponent looked about like I expected: Mostly vanilla, explosive at times but inconsistent. Quarterback Aaron Murray, who surprisingly played deep into the fourth quarter, had a decent day statistically, completing 15 of 26 passes for 258 yards, but he got off to a shaky start in the first half, overthrowing several open receivers. Had he been more on target, that embarrassing 24-16 halftime score would have looked a lot more respectable.

Still, it wasn’t the offense that appeared most in need of improvement Saturday. That dubious distinction went to Todd Grantham’s defense, particularly in the first half before they’d had a good chewing out by their coach during the locker room break. Yes, some of Buffalo’s intermittent success throwing the ball was to be expected with most of the starting secondary missing the game, but it was the Bulls’ success on the ground against Georgia’s defense that was more disturbing.

Buffalo’s Branden Oliver is a decent back, so him getting 111 yards on 30 carries wasn’t that unexpected, but with Missouri’s James Franklin coming up next week the Dawgs’ trouble corralling Buffalo QB Alex Zordich, who racked up  83 yards running, had a lot of us concerned. The Dawgs’ much vaunted defensive front definitely didn’t have a particularly sharp day.

Let’s wrap up this initial assessment of the opener back on a positive note, though. While there’s still room for improvement, Georgia’s special teams play was for the most part encouraging. Placekicker Marshall Morgan missed his first field goal attempt, probably a case of nerves, but otherwise looked solid, particularly on kickoffs. Punter Collin Barber showed a strong leg and the Dawgs actually blocked one of those hated rugby-style punts that the Bulls tried. Buffalo did have one long punt return but that was thanks to getting away with one of several blatant holds that went uncalled by the infamous Penn Wagers officiating team.

Overall, a sloppy win that still had enough high points that I didn’t see fans scowling on their way out like they were at halftime.

What did you think of the Dawgs’ home opener?

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Georgia Grad

September 1st, 2012
6:04 pm

If this is a precursor rather than a hiccup we’re in trouble. Play defense like that and we’re not winning anything this year.

UGA Grad 2012

September 1st, 2012
6:08 pm

Screw ANY fan who walked out at the half!

UF was up 14-7 on Bowling Green at the half and their stadium is still FULL!

Also, a big “what the hell?!” to the student section! The empty patches in the endzone and the fraternity section were PATHETIC! And the athletic department is considering giving the frats block seating in the endzone?!

I don’t give a flying you-know-what if it was hot out! YOU DON’T LEAVE AT THE HALF WHEN WE’RE ON TV AND EVEN WHEN WE’RE NOT! It’s embarrassing to our program for the cameras to catch those empty patches and it’s disheartening for our team and, quite frankly, disrespectful.

Also, STAND UP AND CHEER! I don’t care if we’re not playing our best ball. You inspire the team by being loud and nuts, not by sitting around and pouting like a five year old!

Sam

September 1st, 2012
6:09 pm

Good to see the blocked punt.

SatillaDawg

September 1st, 2012
6:16 pm

No worries. Give it to Gurley!

Defense needs a lot of work.

On to Mizzou. Go DAWGS!

441North

September 1st, 2012
6:17 pm

JUST RUNNING AND DRIVING WITH THOSE BIG THIGHS. MY GOD A FRESHMAN ! !

Do I dare…….?

Sargeant Hulka's Big Toe

September 1st, 2012
6:20 pm

The offensive line is still a concern. The two injuries, if serious, will thin out an already very thin line. Plus that line allowed a lot of pressure on Murray today. Hopefully, most problems were first game jitters and we will see a different team next week.

Joe

September 1st, 2012
6:22 pm

Richt has never recruited the OL. Juwan James and Avery Young should be on the offensive line for UGA right now and Richt blew it with both of them. Line will not be able to stand up to the SEC schedule, weak as it may appear.

441North

September 1st, 2012
6:22 pm

Seriously Bill, I thought we played at 75% on both sides of the ball. We’re short handed on D, but that’s no excuse. We need to run with power better (see above Gurley comment), and stop throwing so many little quick outs. Guessin’ the D will come around. Don’t think we showed (?) a whole lot today, tho.

mike addington

September 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

I think if we’d taken away Buffalo’s QB runs, the D would have looked a little better. Overall, my overall impression was lack of intensity except for the aforementioned RBs. sorry to C Ken Malcome go out and wouldve liked to see R. Samuels some. QB runs showed the usual lack of first game preparation

mike addington

September 1st, 2012
6:31 pm

I agree with you GA Grad 2012

damngooddawg!

September 1st, 2012
6:41 pm

This team today would not beat Mizzou next week and would loose at least 3 games. We’d better get a kicker. Also, Murray takes too long to get warmed up but at least no turnovers. Two sacks. I’m worried.

damngooddawg!

September 1st, 2012
6:43 pm

Dawgs played 1 half of football. Lizzards played 1 quarter. We’re up a quarter.

preston thompson

September 1st, 2012
6:48 pm

My main concern is the condition of Theis. And that Bennett, my gracious what a football player.

Ed

September 1st, 2012
6:49 pm

Georgia Grad 2012…I hear your concerns about the empty seats. But we were playing Buffalo, with FAU and Ga. Southern coming up. Give the fans a crap product, and you get crappy support. This isn’t the 80s, and we aren’t opening up with teams like Tennessee and Clemson every year and bringing in teams like Texas A&M, UCLA, and BYU anymore. And it’s not just Georgia. Multiple cupcake scheduling is the trend throughout the country. It’s the fans that lose.

Jim

September 1st, 2012
6:50 pm

I second your comments Grad 2012. Another ill-prepared opener, maybe all the hype when to our heads about Buffalo being a 38 point underdog. If we had played Thursday nights South Carolina team the game could have gone either way but if we played last nights Tennenesse team we would have our cans kicked. Murray may look good on paper and at pratice but still has a long way to go. The whole nation will be watching Mettenburger tonight and comparing the two. Hope we improve this week and beat Missiour.

441North

September 1st, 2012
6:54 pm

It did concern me when they sacked us with only a three man rush.

Missouri will be foaming at the mouth. We’d better be ready.

Hairy Dawg

September 1st, 2012
6:57 pm

Gurley had a great day, but he dropped the ball early on the long TD run. Let’s hope Coach Richt and the staff remind him to hold onto the damn thing.

option smoption

September 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

If we don’t give the ball to Gurley at least 20 times a game there is something wrong with Bobo. I liked what i saw with marshall and malcome but can we please stop with the running back by committee approach. I know it’s only one game but Gurley looks like the first big time difference maker we’ve had in awhile. I just hope we use him wisely before he bolts to the nfl…

Matthew

September 1st, 2012
7:00 pm

I think what we saw was too be expected to some degree. The D looked like it was missing some depth, which it obviously is. I think the offense will look better next week. They need time to gel and they’ll be good. I thought our performance looked much better than south Carolina’s and apparently I was the only one who thought Tennessee looked better, not God like. I’d love to see all you fans get your panties out of a wad and quit being so negative about anything and everything you can!

Strat Cat Dawg

September 1st, 2012
7:17 pm

First game, key players on D out, excellent debut. Running back problem solved. Beats the heck out of last year.

chazzo

September 1st, 2012
7:22 pm

Funny, the Georgia boys seemed more affected by the humidity than the New York boys.

Phil

September 1st, 2012
7:30 pm

Gurley looked like everything Crowell was “supposed” to be. So I don’t miss Crowell at all. Murray was off on the deep passes, had guys open and he kept over throwing them. Marshall has potential. LeMay looked good the brief time he was in there, would like to see more of him, LeMay offers a different style to defend.

Defense has me worried.

marsh wrack

September 1st, 2012
7:52 pm

Naysayers, please do not despair so soon…Georgia has a long history of playing rather poorly in season home openers against cupcake opposition, especially when our team has been overly-hyped in the pre-season, It has happened against other opponents like that during the season–the Georgia Southerns, the UABs, et.al. always keep it decently interesting for a while. We nonetheless expect the 63-7 score in games like this, just like so many others of our college football brethren regularly seem to do (Bama, LSU, Southern Californoia, Florida in the past, etc.), The Dogs just never seem to get very excited about these kinds of games. No exception this time around against Buffalo. It was a lethargic performance against a guest team that came in emotionally ramped-up and hoping to make a decent impression on TV. For us, this equated to a mere controlled scrimmage game with officials and fans in the mix. It would have been nice to see the oblgatory surgical 55-7 rout but it was a win just the same, with some promising signs for the long haul. I think we will see a vastly different (improved) kind of effort against Missouri next week. I won’t go out and bet the mortgage on it but I really expect to see much better things demonstrated by our Dogs a week from tonight in the first conference game.

Intellectual Ninja

September 1st, 2012
8:06 pm

You guys have it all wrong about the student section.

This isn’t their fault.

This is UGA’s fault.

And it’s all about greed… but STUPID greed that doesn’t actually cost UGA anything.

Or actually, it’s wrong-headed attempt to shut down what EVERY school has: a student black-market ticket exchange.

Let’s call it what it is, people. UGA has sponsorships with StubHub or whatever ticket exchange they have a sponsorship with. The name isn’t important, just the fact that UGA has a sponsorship with a ticket exchange.

Anyway, “StubHub” (or whomever) sees UGA students selling their paper tickets to other students, recent grads, older, poorer alums, and “StubHub” tells UGA to stop giving students paper tickets to get rid of the black market that cuts into their profits.

So UGA sells out the students, and sells out their fans, and THIS is what they’ve reaped.

A Sanford Stadium populated by all the old, quiet, uncaring old-money alums, who refuse to stand, refuse to cheer and scream and act like, fans.

UGA priced-out all of the young alums & fans. And now, with their ticket-exchange sponsor, “Stub-Hub,” they’ve taken away any chance for those people to get tickets at a good price, and as such, have seen Sanford Stadium become more like a mausoleum on gamedays.

Shame on Michael Adams, Greg McGarity, and the rest of the short-sighted, moronic, super-greedy idiots who bowed to their sponsor’s demands and ruined the game day atmosphere Between the Hedges.

And screw all of you who don’t understand this.

UGA Grad 2012

September 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

That’s my point, though. Everyone bolted for the exit a halftime. UF fans, on the other hand, clearly stuck around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the duration of their sloppy game against Bowling Green.

I don’t care who we’re playing: Stay for the whole game or give up your tickets to those who will. I’m tired of this “It’s not the 1980s” bull ****. You’re right, it’s not the 1980s. So if you’re one of those old alumni who sit with their thumbs up their arse while only removing them to “applaud”, please just stop showing up. This isn’t golf: Get up, cheer, go nuts….regardless of whether or not we’re playing like crap against a cupcake.

Stevie J

September 1st, 2012
8:36 pm

BEST FRESHMAN BACK SINCE GARRISON HEARST

Fridawg

September 1st, 2012
8:45 pm

I was disappointed to see the D play so poorly. They sure didn’t look like a special unit. I did think that Buffalo got away with holding ALL DAY.

Northern Sympathizer

September 1st, 2012
8:51 pm

Agree with most of your points. Gurley was outstanding as was our receivers. Special teams exceeded expections. Disagree with statement that offense was “vanilla”. I guess that is the best you can do in criticizing Bobo this week. Better luck next week.

damngooddawg!

September 1st, 2012
8:52 pm

Speaking of special units. Special teams still has issues.

Dawg Haus

September 1st, 2012
8:55 pm

It seems like we have ourselves a running back, but what on earth was going on with the D? Missouri and USCe have QBs who like to run, so it would behoove CTG and co. to spend most of this week figuring out how to stop a player like that before we see any more of them. Best of luck to Buffalo the rest of the season; they made things a little more interesting than we wanted them to be. Go Dawgs!

Buh Bye Mark Richt

September 1st, 2012
8:59 pm

Watch a real coached SEC team Bama vs Mich. Saban doesnt do swim parties and it shows. Bama is destroying Mich. Richt is a clown as ususal. What an embarrassment today.

Bill King

September 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

To Northern Sympathizer:

You’re seeing Bobo criticism where none was intended. Saying the offense was vanilla Saturday is not a criticism, just a statement of fact. You don’t waste all your offensive playbook on a nonconference cupcake opener. Same goes with the defense, they weren’t using all their schemes against the Bulls, and that’s no criticism of Todd Grantham. It just is what it is: An opening game that doesn’t mean much.

The Umpire

September 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

Well, after looking at the games these are my calls. TN is the dark horse favorite in the East. UGA, SC, and UF all started slower than expected. All are solid SEC teams. LSU is a more solid SEC team. Alabama is not a solid SEC team. They are solid NFL caliber. Looks like a replay of last year so far. A lot of football to be played, so we will see how the Dawgs progress relative to others. Richt teams, for whatever the reason, have started very slow the last six years in general.

Sad Richards

September 1st, 2012
9:06 pm

Not Too impressed today. Conner Shaw will eat our lunch when we play SC. Todd Grantham hasnt really impressed me . Looks like another season down the drain already as its the same ole crap. Should have beat this team 60 – 0…

SC Dog fan

September 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

Had to follow the game by computer play-by-play, so maybe my impression is off. But we were either trying to make Missouri think we have big problems or we really do have big problems, both offense and defense. I’d like to think we were playing possum to confuse Mizzou when it watches the film, but I can’t remember this coaching staff being that farsighted before.

Sad Richards

September 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

Im not buying that we didnt show much… Richt still got out coached by a team with supposedly much less talent. sure there were good plays and a few bright spots but we still got some glaring issues that were against a weak weak opponent.

Sad Richards

September 1st, 2012
9:14 pm

Bama up 24 – 0 now on michigan

Student Tckets should cost full price....

September 1st, 2012
9:22 pm

Our students rank 14 out of 14 in the SEC. You always complain why don’t the students get more tickets, I didn’t get tickets through the lottery, excuses, excuses….That is embarassing to see in a student section. Other than the students by the band, they show up with 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter and leave at halftime. We are in the SEC and its embarassing. I graduated in 2008 and student tickets used to be a hot item….

Dawg Tired

September 1st, 2012
9:23 pm

Gurley – 8 carries all day. Now that’s either insanity or brilliance. I’m thinking the former. It’s like our coaches are not aware of what is happening. Was it fairly obvious that Gurley could not be stopped by SUNY.

Suspend the coaches. I suggest at least a 4 game suspension. I’m pretty sure they’ve been smoking something illegal for quite a while.

Macclenny_dawg

September 1st, 2012
9:26 pm

Looked like we always do. Play and coach to the compitition level. These coaches have to learn that momentum is everything. Coaches need to coach like its our last play and players need to play like its their last play. The defense one of the best in nation give me a break. We were a top defense last year because of our weak schedule. Anybody remember our bowl game. Yea we had some players out on defense but ALabama lost just as many and they are killing Michigan. Murray was his usual self he only plays a half of football everygame!!! Richt better put a fire in these boys very quickly!!! Go Dawgs!!!

bahits.com

September 1st, 2012
9:28 pm

I hated seeing the empty seats. WTH?

Intellectual Ninja

September 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

Student Ticket… you’re a moron.

If you graduated in 2008, you don’t know what’s happened, and what UGA has done to ruin the ticket process.

Better to shut your mouth, than open it and remove all doubt that you’re an idiot.

Huh?

September 1st, 2012
9:34 pm

UGA fans can talk about missing defensive starters, a lack of intensity, vanilla playcalling, and every other excuse you can think of…the FACT of the matter is that there is absolutely no excuse for UGA not to have beaten Buffalo in the ground. It’s Buffalo for God’s sake.

Bullfalo outgained UGA 243 to 188 yards in the first half??? UGA only led by 8 points at the half?

Say what you want, and make any excuses that you want….no way UGA looked like a #6 team…or an SEC contender for that matter. It was Buffalo for crying out loud.

Old Dawg

September 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

A lot of top teams struggled early … it’s the first game of the season.

It’s obvious the game plan was vanilla so Mizzou wouldn’t have a lot to work on.

The suspensions really hurt the defense. Let’s hope they’re ready next week.

Samw ole Same ole

September 1st, 2012
9:39 pm

Boos , empty seats and fans leaving early. yep its UGA football

Same ole Same ole

September 1st, 2012
9:42 pm

same excuse by the Richt apologists too. Bama sure aint struggling…. 31 – 7 over Michigan

Dawg Tired

September 1st, 2012
9:49 pm

Old Dawg – Are you aware that the suspensions will still in effect next week? CMR will not tell us, but we know the rules at UGA. In fact, all indications are that Rambo and at least one more starter will be out for a total of 4 games.

I’m just curious as to why you think we will be better next week with all the same guys out and the same guys coaching the ones that are actually allowed to play.

BTW, is Gurley on some sort of “semi-suspension?” I mean surely any other coach in America would give the ball to him more than 8 times.

oldtruckbob

September 1st, 2012
9:50 pm

Re: two sacks: on the first one, Gurley was supposed tobe blocking the left DE, and did not have a clue where he was. We are lucky Murray was not ground chuck after that one. So, in reflecting on freshman RB’s, Gurley can surely run, but in the SEC freshmen don not
know who to block or where. They have to be taught AND learn.

bubba4dawgs

September 1st, 2012
9:54 pm

I agree with all the comments about Gurley!! It is indeed thrilling to finally have a real star running back! I believe there was a guy here last year that had stardom written all over him and wore # 1 I believe…..ah, hell I forget his name! Perhaps someone can remind me! Anyway, good job Todd! Can’t wait to see you play again…I believe someone said you need 20 touches….I agree!! GO DAWGS!! Oh, Grantham, how bout getting the “D” ready for Mizzou!!

Same ole Same ole

September 1st, 2012
10:01 pm

Listen Folks…. Gurley looked good against a Mickey mouse team….. Wake up folks When we Face Carolina or a real SEC Defense it will be a different story.

Dawg Tired

September 1st, 2012
10:02 pm

oldtruckbob – If you had a back as good as Gurley appears to be, do you think you could teach him how to pass block in 4 weeks? As a former coach, I guarantee you I could.

Bigboy

September 1st, 2012
10:07 pm

The D has to play better if we want to win the SEC.Big John was gassed after the first quarter and the DL who had no players missing wasn’t all that dominant today.

Same ole Same ole

September 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

the so called “Dream Team” aint panning out

Same ole Same ole

September 1st, 2012
10:19 pm

Clemson is SHREDDING AWBURN

Dawgs smell

September 1st, 2012
10:20 pm

We still stink

ACC just Whipped a SEC team in the 4th QTR.

September 1st, 2012
10:21 pm

YABBER DABBER DOOOOOOOO!!!!!

josh from nc

September 1st, 2012
10:52 pm

Ladies ladies ladies, give it a rest. Yes the D needed work, but did you see any special schems run? NO did you notice what the offense was doing? First half pass, second half run, nothing special. Why would you throw everything at a team like that? We have Mizzu to prepare for. Take away all the positives away from this game. Did you see those holes for the RB’s or the speed and blocking and route running by WR’s? Special teams play? All much improved over last year. And dont get all caught up in the Gurley talk, he completely wiffed on a pass block and Marshall seemed to catch everything. That is why the order is the way it is. Just because you can run dont make you the best player.

Huh?

September 1st, 2012
10:54 pm

josh from nc…so you want to blame that mess that happened today on vanilla play calling I see…UGA should have been able to beat the crap out of Buffalo with 5 plays.

It was Buffalo for God’s sake.

Rob

September 1st, 2012
11:03 pm

Reading these comments is amazing to me. We had a few questions to answer coming into this game and they all got answered.
1: RBs and yes plural bc go back and watch dump pass to Samuel that Murray barely overthrew and u will see an SEC caliber block by Keith Marshall. All 3 major RBs averaged close to or over 5 yards a carry!! All those getting on gurley only having 8 carries is amazingly stupid! The kid went into locker room with cramps and had trouble with blocking schemes. Look at last years leading rushin team in nfl in the saints they never had a RB go over 100 yards!!! It’s RB by committee and it works look at our stats and ull see!
2: OL looked solid. They weren’t great but definately didn’t look bad. They opened holes and gave Murray time to throw. I see this group gelling and improving every game
3: special teams looked good!!! Kickoff Coverage and returns looked impressive and Barber avg 51 on his punts. The walk on put his 2 pooch punts inside 15 and Morgan showed he had leg after shaking off nerves
4: secondary! This impressed me the most. In the places where injuries and suspensions hurt us the most we looked very solid. This group will be stout when back at 100% and will be good until then

Only weak spot I saw was the first half play of our front 7 on D. This was disheartening but the thing is we already know how good they are and the second half the starting D didn’t give up a first down!!!

45 points with a vanilla offense and running clock out in red zone is pretty impressive and bobo called good game mixing run and pass while showing next to nothing for next week. D could have been better but I didn’t notice a single package that looked anything but stock so I have a feeling our pressure level has many more notches that Grantham can dial up.

All in all good game dawgs and time for these fans that continuously try to complain about something to admit they are wrong and we have something to look forward to this year!!!

Huh?

September 1st, 2012
11:05 pm

Rob….glad you feel good. Nobody else does.

SC Dog fan

September 1st, 2012
11:13 pm

A mickey mouse team, maybe, but it’s still the sort of debut that seems scripted by fate. I’ll bet that kickoff return will be featured near the start of his bio film 30 years from now. There will never be another Herschel, but that was very, very good to see. It’s been awhile.

josh from nc

September 1st, 2012
11:13 pm

I do feel Good I’m a Dawg through and through! I aint happy but I will still support my dawgs and coach no matter if they go 0-12 or 12-0. I believe more than 90% of these so called fans on here will jump on the band wagon only when there going into SECCG with a 11-1, 12-0 record. Good post Rob yes all those ? did get answered. There was nothing but generic play on both sides today.

joe jenkins

September 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

bobo is a disgrace to uga football

joe jenkins

September 1st, 2012
11:19 pm

grantham will resign at the end of theyear…after franklin sets an ncaa rushing record for qb’s in one game against us next sat

Sad Richards

September 1st, 2012
11:49 pm

Hey josh… keep drinking the kool aid pal….. its the same ole crap. :roll:

Ed

September 1st, 2012
11:54 pm

UGA Grad 2012, the Gators didn’t even sell out their game today. And the ESPN commentators noted that fans were leaving even though it was only a 10-point game and Bowling Green was driving with still 6 minutes to play.

It’s not just Georgia. The quality of the nonconference opponents keep going down, but the ticket prices are going in the other direction. Maybe the fans are finally voicing their opinion with their wallets.

chipper

September 2nd, 2012
12:23 am

Mark Richt is a passive misfit.

BK is an EWOK

September 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

noon kickoffs are the best. no one worth a damn plays in primetime

Gurrley = Herschel

September 2nd, 2012
12:26 am

we have the best CFB tradition ever! everyone else jealous

Reality Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
12:54 am

The home opener sucked. I wish Nick Saban was our coach. He gets his guys READY TO PLAY FROM DAY ONE!

I’ve NEVER seen that from mark richt. AND I’ve never seen him WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

GET IT TOGETHER UGA!!!

Desert Fox

September 2nd, 2012
1:07 am

Bill King

September 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

Our 1st team defense giving up a 94 yd and two 75 yard drives to a “cupcake” doesn’t mean much??? Ask CMR if he feels that way. Ask 90% of your bloggers if it doesn’t mean much. It was damn embarrassing!!

Yellow Fuzz

September 2nd, 2012
5:20 am

Glad y’all dont play Alabama, LSU or Arkansas.

dawg man

September 2nd, 2012
5:31 am

Todd Gurley needs to make sure he holds on to the football when crossing the goal line…his 3rd td wasnt a td because reply showed he started celebrating too soon…kinda like Desean Jackson did…something like that could cost us dearly……………..

Wilson

September 2nd, 2012
5:35 am

More of the same old SH%$. I said it over 10 years ago and I still stand by it, as long as Richt is the MAN we will never win a National Title. It’s pathetic that we have been relegated to one of those teams that beats up on the rest of the weak teams, and having our As^&@ handed to us when we have to play someone decent. And if we play someone good, well we are dead. I don’t believe I can remember the last time we had a meaningful win. We have seen the same teams year in and year out, USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, and a few others continue to dominate. We must face facts that we are ALSO RANS and always will be. I’ll always be a Dawg, but my memories of 1980 are growing very dim, and I only got to read about those games since I was stationed on a 1 mile wide rock at the end of the Aleutians at that time. They do know how to tease you just enough to keep the attendance up, but be rest assured when the REAL games come around I for one would rather not watch the embarrassment anymore.

banders1

September 2nd, 2012
7:24 am

OSU… Boise State… BUFFALO! How many times can we START the season as if we’ve haven’t practiced together in months. Richt’s a good recruiter but a joke as a coach.

Just Sayin

September 2nd, 2012
7:29 am

Please remind Gurley to act like he has been in the end zone before. I like the H. Walker approach of just handing the ball to the ref after a TD. I know it was Todd’s 1st college game, but I would love to see him be cooler in the future when he scores. Also, I think one of the best players in the game was Michael Bennett……and the TV announcers agree with me. I was most impressed with his blocking which was mentioned at least 3 times.

Just Sayin

September 2nd, 2012
7:33 am

I still believe Keith Marshall will explode soon……… He was inches from breaking several big ones. Good feeling having KM and TG back there because it looks like Boo may be out for a while.

The rev al

September 2nd, 2012
7:43 am

Contrast Alabama in their first game against a too ten opponent to Georgia’s opening game against a weak team. Alabama was poised and made few mistakes. Georgia played sloppy and uninspired. Both ala and ga had a lot of new players but Alabama was better prepared. I admire mark Richt as a person but his teams have showed a lack of poise and discipline. Richt wastes great talent while Saban gets the most out of his. Richt is NOT an Elite coach. Saban is.

This dawg will bite you!

September 2nd, 2012
7:57 am

Hard for the team to get up for Buffalo, I watched the game and I did not get up and bark one time. Next week will be different! GATA

Jorge O'leary

September 2nd, 2012
8:54 am

This dawg will bite you!
September 2nd, 2012
7:57 am

Hard for the team to get up for Buffalo,

You have to get the team up for every game, if you can’t you will always have a couple of losses. Richt has done less with more on the coaching versus talent aspect of the team. And quit blaming Bobo. Don’t yuse guys remember that Richt was going to be more involved with the offense, designing plays, etc? You bought into that b.s. hook line and sinker. Don’t think your running game is going to look like that when you play quality SEC competition. 3 losses for you guys this year.

Frank Lane

September 2nd, 2012
8:59 am

I have been a UGA fan since 1945. Worst fans of any major football program. How can people leave any game before it is over? Ought to sell tickets to true fans rather than those who give a lot of money.

Bat

September 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

1. Once Malcome went out in the 2nd half, Murray settled down. When Malcome played most of the first half, Murray really sturggled and only completed 46% of his passes. When Gurley & Marshall played in the second half, Murray settled down and completed 66% of his passes. You look for chemistry, and the offense had better chemistry when Gurley & Marshall were rotating. Offense scored 18 points in first half with Malcome at RB, scored 20 with Gurley & Marshall.
2. The rush defense stuggled and gave up nearly 200 yards. Against the run, John Jenkins played terrible, Jones didn’t look sharp, neither did C Wash. Christian Robinson spent all day chasing backs and receivers a few steps too slow, just had an awful day, seemed like Buffalo was targetting C Rob and picking on him. Branden Smith got manhandled in blocking.
3. There was a few good defensive efforts. Garrison Smith & Geathers played more in the 2nd half, and plugged the run. Jarvis got his 2 sacks. Swann had a lot of tackles. Connor Norman didn’t get beat deep.
4. Richt needs to stop having his field goal kickers try 45+ kicks, it hurts their mojo. Start with some easy ones. A few misses, and this new guy could lose his confidence like Blair Walsh did afte rhis long misses.
5. Gurley was the best player on the field. Sure hope Richt rewards Gurley with more touches, but don’t count on it. The tema plays better when Gurley is in there, MUCH better team chemistry when Gurley’s on the field, hope Richt can see that, but I doubt it.

ugaclassof2004

September 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

Yeah basically what it comes down to is as long as we are happy with keeping Richt, then in essence we’re happy with keeping Bobo, because Richt isn’t going to fire him. And ipso facto: we’re content to be second tier. We are nowhere, and I mean nowhere, near Alabama or LSU’s level right now. South Carolina, Arkansas, UT, Auburn, UGA….we’re ALL playing for 3rd place right now. And how excited can you get about that?

Don’t get me wrong: there are some GREAT things that you get with Mark Richt. He is a wonderful man and has been our second best coach after Vince Dooley. In some ways he has been better than Dooley. But Dooley was smart enough to A.) hire quality assistants, B.) chew guys out when they needed it, and C.) get out of the way and let his studs be studs(i.e. Herschel Walker). Richt doesn’t do these things….or he’s inconsistent when he does do them. The frustrating thing with Richt is that he has shown glimpses of being a championship caliber coach( see 2007), but he just can’t put it all together for an entire season. As hard as I have been on Richt the last few years, I would love nothing more than for the guy to win a National Title, I really would. But to do that he needs to change certain aspects of his personality and how he coaches, and he seems ambivalent in regards to doing that.

Wallis the Dog

September 2nd, 2012
9:33 am

Couldn’t believe Russ was nekked! He has an air conditioned doghouse, for Pete’s sake! I’ve never seen any of the UGAs out of uniform during a game. Unbelievable.

Fire Seiler!

ugaclassof2004

September 2nd, 2012
9:33 am

Oh yeah…. and we better blow Florida out of the water come October. They are horrible!! If we lose to them this year, Richt should be fired on the spot, seriously they are THAT bad.

TD

September 2nd, 2012
9:44 am

Florida & South Carolina looked a lot worse than Georgia. LSU wasn’t overly impressive. Arkansas gave up a lot of points to Jack St. Mizzou & Tenn looked pretty good.

Right now I’d ranked SEC:
West:
Bama
LSU

EAST:
Mizzou
UGA
Tenn

Whiznot

September 2nd, 2012
10:31 am

Aaron Murray again demonstrates that he is not a pocket passer. Overthrowing open receivers by ten yards. What a joke!

OrlandoDawg

September 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

Go Dawgs! Gentleman, start your engines! We will be just fine…remember Ogletree and Vasser would have stopped many of those runs and with six of our stars out, that’s half a starting team, we will be ok…take that to the bank! Go Dawgs!

funny...

September 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

to the idiot that posted about UF’s stadium being full. Uhhh, actually there were sections in the upper deck that were empty. Sanford was closer to capacity than Ben Hill Griffith.

Do some research, idiots.

AltamahaDawg

September 2nd, 2012
11:21 am

I’d be more worried about the Defense IF it was really the missing players that were the issue.

It was the very talented veteran front line that came out flat, and when they woke up, (with help from Grantham I would suspect) they shut them out. Bufflao did them a favor by putting up such a fight. Ego deflation is a helpful thing.

I don’t think anybody actually thinks Georgia front 7 is not going to play FAR better than that this season.

Spike 80DF

September 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

Dawgs win, Mizzou is next.

Haters gonna hate…..

Mr. Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm

I like most pepole expected an easy blow out for the Bulldogs. There’s no doubt that you can’t have the number of starters the Bulldog were missing without it having a negative impact. But I still thought they would win by a larger margin. Who knows? Maybe Buffalo isn’t as bad as they usually are. I thought they played pretty well. Either way, if the Bulldogs play Missouri the way they played yesterday they will lose. The players must step up!!

DrDawg

September 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

I thought the whole season boiled down to South Carolina. Now after their lackluster loss to Vandy, I think it all comes down to Tennessee who looks dangerous. We will handily whip Florida. TN looks like the surprise of the SEC. BAMA looks unbeatable.

chazzo

September 2nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Ultimately, despite some disappointments and some negative comments from yours truly: a “W” is a “W” and the only poll that matters comes out in January.

Whip Mizzou!

chazzo

September 2nd, 2012
1:01 pm

UGA is a team that will get better every week. They had better get better quick for next week.

Top Row Dawg

September 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

3 TD’s by “My God a” Freshman RB.

3 TD passes by Murray, only 10 from all time UGA record.

All the KO’s to the end zone.

Looking forward to Rock Bridge State Park visit and late night pitcher at Harpo’s in Columbia.

jrmdvm1

September 2nd, 2012
1:09 pm

I am one who truly hopes that Buffalo is going to be better this year than was expected. But, we didn’t look nearly as good as I expected. My issue is that we always seem to start our seasons slowly. I know that we were “vanilla” for Buffalo, but we were just as sluggish in the Boise St. game last year. Yes, Alabama was playing a better opening opponent than we were this year, but not last year. Alabama looked crisp, and they seemed already used to game speed timing. Is it possible that Murray’s overthrows were because he doesn’t use the same energy in practice as in a game? Or, were the overthrows because our receivers don’t get jammed as effectively in practice as in the games? Why do our “flair passes” to the wide recievers and backs seem to develop slowly, when other teams seem to hit the receiver “in stride”? Alabama through a fade to the tight end that almost completely fooled Michigan. They had been successfully running the ball, and when the ball was snapped on that play, it wasn’t obvious that it was going to be a pass play. Sometimes it seems to me that, even on play-action passes, that whether we are going to run or pass is completely apparent as soon as the ball is snapped. I would just like to see us looking “crisp” from the beginning of the season. It just seems that we take several games to get used to what is game speed. Is that because we use the “THUD” idea in practices? Just wondering. Go DAWGS!

Johnnyvet

September 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Leave the players alone. They don,t need or want your help. I want them to play football and have FUN. If they play as hard as they can play, an can look in the mirror the next and say to themselves that they had FUN and played hard., then let them alone. Play Bulldog football an listen to yourself. After football real life bagans. JUST HAVE FUN

dawg4life

September 2nd, 2012
1:40 pm

TG3 has been unleashed!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Tired

September 2nd, 2012
1:49 pm

@Just Sayin at 7:29AM – Thanks for seeing that Bennett is very good. Because he is very good, this coaching staff will not start him once Marlon Brown is healthy. It is irrelevant to this bunch that Bennett is better than Brown. One word” Crazy!

Dawg Tired

September 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

@Wallis the Dog – We don’t “fire” people. We “suspend” them.

Suzanne Hall

September 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

I agree with all of you who said the half empty stadium is an embarrassment! I don’t know the politics about the ticket pricing and such, but where is your loyalty? I graduated in 2000, the Herschel Walker era of Georgia football, and it has rarely been as exciting, but I have remained a loyal fan in good times and bad, and it seems like that’s what the team deserves. Yes it was a hot day, imagine how hot the players were down on that field, and I don’t think we show our best to them or to the audience at home when we desert the stadium and leave all those seats empty! I live in Florida now and cannot afford to go to the games, but if I had been there I can guarantee you my kids and I would have been in our seats to the end cheering on one of the most storied teams in college football! Go Dawgs!

THE REAL PHIL

September 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Did anyone else notice that LeMay had to be told what play to run? They couldn’t signal them into him?

chazzo

September 2nd, 2012
2:43 pm

One thing I will say for all the backs is that they hit the holes. There wasn’t any hesitation or stuttering. Whether the holes will be there against a stouter D-line remains to be seen, but if they just keep on plunging in there, they’ll get something. I’d be happy with a consistent 4 ypc.

GB's Hamburgers

September 2nd, 2012
2:52 pm

The use of the spread causes these games to be closer than expected. Spread offenses are sort of an equalizer … it allows average teams compete. Skilled players remain important but the need for superior linemen is reduced. When a team with superior big men use the spread that advantage becomes irrelevant. So we have trouble with Buffalo while Alabama uses their superior athletes to pound Michigan.

GB's Hamburgers

September 2nd, 2012
2:53 pm

First game for Georgia. First game for Alabama. Notice the difference?

jack bull

September 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

wow Bill, I’m actually glad to see you calling out the QB in your 4th paragraph instead of saying the usual, “it’s all Coach Bobo’s fault”…finally seeing what most of us see with him, huh?? I know he’d never say it, but Murray was throwing to Wooten on that one throw that just so happened to end up in Bennett’s arms.. I’m telling you, he’s simply too inconsistant

The 3-4 D struggling to stop the run is always concerning, but I’ve got faith in CTG to get it straightened out.

The kicking game(FG) scares the heck out of me..

Overall, wish we would’ve ran the ball more, but we’ll take it..

I saw a 9-3 team out there today.

virginia dog

September 2nd, 2012
3:12 pm

The hope scholarship killed the student section. The kids of all my UGA alum friends are going to Ga Southern, Ole Miss and Auburn. Especially the boys … nearly 60% of the last few classes are girls most are from two counties in metro Atlanta and most are transplants. No love for the dogs. No legacy support for the dogs… Just there because it was the best deal for there parents from Ohio.

Sam

September 2nd, 2012
4:05 pm

I live 2,000 miles from Athens now and haven’t attended a game in several years, but you people that gripe about fans leaving early need to get over yourselves. It’s Buffalo, folks. And it wasn’t in doubt once we pulled away in the 3rd quarter. You people act like it was the SEC Championship game. Don’t worry, I’m sure our fans will show quite a bit more enthusiasm for conference matchups and the Tech game.

Joe

September 2nd, 2012
7:02 pm

Until they have a running attack to set up the passing they will never win big. Their biggest probem is they are holding their breath in hopes that no offensive lineman gets hurt this year. Recruit Offensive Linemen. Richt has always been short on offensive linemen.

ty

September 2nd, 2012
7:09 pm

People never seem to take into account the time of possession effect on the offense and defense. Well Buffalo had this long drive. Gurley ran the KO back for a TD. Guess what the defense is back out on the field without much of a breather. One other way that effects the performance of the defense is for our offense to score quickly. Well the defense is back on the field quickly. When we win with less time with the ball than the opposition it is an unbalanced amount of time for the defense to be on the field. So something should be changed about the offense an their play calling.

pop

September 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

what was wrong with the defense they couldnt stop the run them def. tackles were not impressive at all they have got to get in that backfield and make things happen are they that weak the whole defense needs to play fired up mean and nasty instead of chicken defense lets go defensive cordinator lets play some hard hitting defense i hope u read this

obama SIN LADEN

September 4th, 2012
4:44 pm

whats wrong with the WIN ?