Jarvis Jones, shorthanded Dawgs make the case for ‘old man football’

Jarvis Jones did everything that could be asked, including causing this fumble by James Franklin. (Shane Keyser / special)

Jarvis Jones did everything that could be asked, including causing this fumble by James Franklin. (Shane Keyser / special)

It was a classic case of misdirection.

Starting several months ago and lasting well into Saturday night, all fans and the media could talk about when the subject of the Georgia-Missouri game came up was how the Dawgs would be taking on the Tigers’ high-powered spread offense without four suspended defensive starters.

What everyone should have focused on instead was that Jarvis Jones would be playing.

Thanks to another remarkable effort by Georgia’s All-American linebacker, Mizzou’s James Franklin never could get any sustained momentum going in the two teams’ SEC opener. Jones spent almost as much time in the Missouri backfield in the first half as Franklin did, stopped running plays, caused fumbles. And then he capped off his evening in the fourth quarter by intercepting a Franklin pass and returning it to what the officials ruled was just short of the goal line, setting up the score that put Georgia up by two touchdowns.

Yes, Georgia started sluggish and sloppy on offense, and didn’t successfully convert a third down until the third quarter, after going 0 for 8 before that.

However, with the exception of a couple of brief lapses when the absence of those suspended veterans in the secondary did indeed make a difference, Todd Grantham’s defense did a superb job in the first half of keeping Mizzou’s fast-tempo offense from getting on track. At halftime, the Tigers’ vaunted running game had only 8 yards on 20 carries!

And in the end, Mark Richt’s team managed to overcome its own mistakes and an inspired three quarters of play by the Tigers defense to score 24 unanswered points and take a major SEC road win.

Georgia fell behind but didn’t panic. They kept fighting back and stayed with what they do best on a night when Mike Bobo generally called a fine game.

A triumph for “old man football,” as Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson infamously branded Georgia’s style of play? Indeed. That’s probably going to sell a lot of T-shirts to Georgia fans for someone.

But what was echoing in my head after Georgia outlasted Missouri and then poured it on in the fourth quarter — despite playing a very imperfect game — wasn’t Richardson’s latterday equivalent of Pat Dye’s “not man enough” as much as another, earlier, ill-considered comment from one of the Tigers.

Back at SEC Media Days in July Mizzou receiver T.J. Moe got a lot of attention by dismissively noting of the conference his team was joining: “It’s not all 12 teams who are dominating everybody. It’s one or two. The rest are kind of … average.”

Welcome to the new “average,” T.J.

I’ll have more on this big win later Sunday, but for now I’ll open it up for your comments …

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166 comments Add your comment

dan1190

September 9th, 2012
1:18 am

Jarvis was an animal! And, despite a handful of drops, our receiving corp is really starting
to look impressive. Now, If we can just cut down on our many pre snap penalties, we’ll be lookin’
good.

Glory Glory

September 9th, 2012
1:21 am

A great, signature win for this team!!

SO, SO many will try and discredit this win as “beating another un-ranked,” but those are the same people who swore we would lose this game.

I cannot wait to see this defense at full strength.

While Bobo was vanilla, again, most of the night, I hope to see more Gurley into the gameplan!!

It’s going to be a special season, folks. BUCKLE UP!!!

Triple Lindy

September 9th, 2012
1:21 am

This ‘average’ Georgia team that couldnt get it together for 2.5 quarters still won by 21 points. Welcome to old man football, boys.

wsewell

September 9th, 2012
1:23 am

Murray still needs to hit. The.

JPW

September 9th, 2012
1:26 am

Great insight, BK. Good win for the Dawgs! Started off looking a bit ugly on the offensive side, but our D held it together. Once the O started clicking, we looked like a great team. Just need to bring the intensity all game, every game, and we’ll be just fine. Thank you Dawgs for bringing home a great win.

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS

September 9th, 2012
1:31 am

It was not pretty in any way shape or form, lots of stuff to work on still.
BUT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!

Chris

September 9th, 2012
1:45 am

Great point wsewell thanks for the insight

Chris

September 9th, 2012
1:47 am

Get all suspended players back…move Mitchell back to the offense…get all the freshman a bit more experience and suddenly we’re looking at a pretty darn good football team here! Only concern is Murray needs to quit being scared for the entire first half of games. Go Dawgs!

Triple shot of JJ

September 9th, 2012
1:54 am

Jarvis Jones – sacks, interception, 8 tackles, dominating All American;
John Jenkins – many tackles for a loss, future 1st round draft pick;
Jordan Jenkins – fumble recovery, 5 star Freshman.
When the Dawgs need Defense, just order a Triple Shot of JJ and some Old Man Football !!!

DawgVoiceofReason

September 9th, 2012
2:35 am

Jarvis Jones was a one-man wrecking crew! What a performance! Now, our offense on the other hand, wasn’t exactly a well-oiled machine, but enough plays were eventually made to win. Marlon Brown in particular and our young field-goal kicker stand out. Aaron Murray played well, but made some mistakes and was hampered by some key drops. Our young backs played well-enough but not spectacular, save for Gurley’s near midfield length run and Ken Malcome’s great effort on one play to get a first down. Let’s also give credit to the Missouri defense; they played SEC caliber ball for most of the game. But, I’m sure they’ve had enough of “old man football”.

Go Dawgs!!!

DawgVoiceofReason

September 9th, 2012
2:38 am

Let’s hope that both John Jenkins and Kwame Gaethers are OK. Anyone heard?

Trandall19705

September 9th, 2012
2:42 am

It’s been a long time since UGA took care of business like they did tonight. Yes, Yes! I’m thinking Yes! and wondering, WHY NOT? seriously, this was the game. We are 4-o and healthy going into the SC game. They are injured moreso than us. If not this year, WHEN?

Trandall19705

September 9th, 2012
2:45 am

Glory Glory–Signature is the word. “This was indeed a “Signature” win.

CritterDawg

September 9th, 2012
5:32 am

Great heart by the Dawgs tonight! It proves that we CAN run with anyone in the country when we play with heart and focus. I wonder if anyone interview Richardson after the game?

Pazian

September 9th, 2012
6:12 am

JARVIS JONES = GMF = DGD + GATA

GMF is a new one… Grown Man Football. Seriously, if Jarvis puts a few more games like this together I think he should be invited to the Heisman Banquet and perhaps become the first defensive player since 1997 to take the trophy (2nd ever). I’m tired of of seeing QB’s get the award every year.

FSIKES

September 9th, 2012
7:30 am

I guess i’ll take this sloppy win.
Thank goodness for Jarvis!!!

Dagny

September 9th, 2012
7:30 am

The 15 worst scandals in college sports:

http://www.wftv.com/gallery/sports/college/worst-scandals-college-sports-history/gq3b/#2097400

Just guess which school is on the list TWICE.

Remember, there’s a reason why UGA is known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.

wiseoldawg

September 9th, 2012
7:33 am

“Old man football” just keeps on rollin’ along !!!

GATA

September 9th, 2012
7:34 am

“Old man football”, “average” ??

41-20

Don’t disrespect the G.

FSIKES

September 9th, 2012
7:36 am

Always wondered – What does GATA stand for??

sonny

September 9th, 2012
7:42 am

Thanks Dawgs for making us old men fans feel good and viable!! We really appreciate it!! I am really looking forward to a lot more of your “Old Man” football!!!

FSIKES

September 9th, 2012
7:51 am

GATA?

Anyone?

Just Sayin

September 9th, 2012
7:52 am

FSIKES
I think the sloppiness was related to the pressure and intensity early on. Even the announcers alluded to the fact that this was a “stressful” game. We looked better about half way through the 2nd quarter when we settled down and when the Missouri players slowed down a little……thank goodness because they were wild early on.

Frank Lane

September 9th, 2012
7:53 am

Congratulations to Marlon Brown who finally showed us why he was Player of the Year in Tennessee.

Just Sayin

September 9th, 2012
7:53 am

Good question. What does GATA stand for?

WmDawgs

September 9th, 2012
8:03 am

GATA = Get After Their A#%!

Dedoh

September 9th, 2012
8:04 am

GATA! Get After Their Azz!

WmDawgs

September 9th, 2012
8:09 am

GATA I believe was created and made famous by Erk Russell!

BigDawg

September 9th, 2012
8:13 am

First it was a great win, not pretty but still great. Next the defensive line all of them played like all Americans as they whipped Missouri’s O-Line most of the night and nothing really needs to be said about JJ’s performance. As to the O-line you could see that Theus is going to be a great player but his ankle was bothering him and he was making both mental and then physical mistakes because of the ankle. Overall a pretty good win, I thought Marlon Brown had one of his best games as a Dawg and we are starting to see the 5 Star caliber player now. This team because of the defense has a chance to be a GREAT team. The kind we will be talking about for a long time but it still depends on them getting healthy and jelling especially on the O-line.

Go Dawgs

Man Boobs

September 9th, 2012
8:17 am

15 Worst…… Neither of the Dogs scandals caused us to return a championship trophy like the bees. Way to lose to a fine team like Va Tech. Just think, it’s only two more months until the annual beat down. 10 of the last 11…. Now, let me get back to trolling theTech boards……..

bilbo799

September 9th, 2012
8:23 am

I’m not sure I agree BOBO called a fine game. It was obvious the shotgun draw wasn’t working, but BOBO went to it again and again, which is why Jarvis and the D had to bail us out again. Remember, those last 17 points were all D.

RealDawg

September 9th, 2012
8:23 am

Starting freshmen and secondary (minus starters) could have lost that for us. Theus got killed most of the night giving up critical sacks and a couple penalties. Marshall doesn’t look ready to pass block and tends to not be able to make holes without falling. You just can’t miss extra points but his fgs made up for that. in the end, Jarvis was THE difference.

bilbo799

September 9th, 2012
8:24 am

Plus the long field goal was all D. The offense literally did nothing to get us those points. The D was directly responsible for at least 20 of our points last night. BOBO owes Jarvis and Grantham his job.

Northern Sympathizer

September 9th, 2012
8:30 am

Great win for the dogs. Great how they came together in the 4th. I hope this game is a lesson for some that an offense doesn’t have to be fancy to score points. It is about technique. Old Man football works. Just ask Alabama.

Northern Sympathizer

September 9th, 2012
8:32 am

Bilbo, the offense has scored 40 + points two weeks running. How many points do we need? 70?

bubba4dawgs

September 9th, 2012
8:43 am

Hey Dagny, get your candy a** off this blog!!

HOP

September 9th, 2012
8:46 am

one of the greatest wins in dawg history! murray played very well the last half of the game and yes the defense was awesome especially MR. JONES!

THIS MIGHT BE A DAWG YEAR especially with the addition of the guys back from probation.

FLORIDA again showed thay are not the same team as a few years ago,.

Texas a&m average as grits!

Virginia dog

September 9th, 2012
8:46 am

Guys … stop hating. We crushed a pretty good team on the road in a stadium that was as fired up as it gets. My only beef … play Todd Gurley more.

Fred-D

September 9th, 2012
8:46 am

The biggest play of the game was a draw play on a long yardage situation in the second half that actually worked; not because it was a good call, but because of the extra effort of Boo. By the way I sure hope those two big nose tackles are okay.

Joe

September 9th, 2012
8:47 am

We need an offense that does not have to depend on the defense to set it up inside the ten yard line in order for it to score. Our balance on offense has always been questionable. We have had several games where we pound the ball on the ground and it is sucessful. Thank goodness our defense is in shape because the offense really puts pressure on them by not having any long time consuming drives to give the defense a break. We need a running game at certain times in the game especially when we are backed up in our territory. Mistakes while backed up are how you get beat on offense.

Augustadawg

September 9th, 2012
8:47 am

Jenkins was fine according to richt. Was walking on his own in the locker room. Murry takes to long to warm up. Need to shore up those penalties. I don’t think Bobo called a fine game

Sloppy Joe Dawg

September 9th, 2012
8:50 am

Murray still stinks, Offensive line is a joke. WR’’s cant catchand Bobo is still a clown. LSU and Bama would still clean our clocks. Same ole man football.

Northern Sympathizer

September 9th, 2012
9:01 am

Agree with Virginia dog. I wish the Bobo-bashers would show some class and admit that the offense is doing ok. Even Bill King did. I think that if Murray had been on target early on, we could have scored 50. Some people just won’t change their verdict.

Sloppy Joe Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:06 am

theus stinks too and so doe dallas lee

ATLNative

September 9th, 2012
9:23 am

This fourth quarter was an example of a leader living the phrase “this team, no regrets”. JJones may have inspired the younger Dawgs to a another 10 wins in a row run! and maybe more. Look out TN, we are coming.

reality check

September 9th, 2012
9:29 am

I thought it was going to be really hard for Ga to win with 4 defensive starters out. A 21 point win exceeded my expectations. The offense was really bad up until the last minute of the first half but ended up doing well enough.

This is a team that will really improve as the year goes on as young players gain experience and we get starters with NFL fututes back from suspension.

reality check

September 9th, 2012
9:30 am

icedawg

September 9th, 2012
9:35 am

The “old man football” should sell a lot of t-shirts. Great moniker. The lad should have patented the jingo.

Bigboy

September 9th, 2012
9:42 am

Great win….Missouri is going to loss a lot of SEC games this year though.They really are a Vandy/Kentucky level team,I seriously doubt they beat both of those teams.

Bigboy

September 9th, 2012
9:43 am