Dawgs made win over Vols harder than it should have been

Keith Marshall's 75-yard scoring run was just one of several big plays. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Keith Marshall's 75-yard scoring run was just one of several big plays. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia notched a third consecutive win over Tennessee Saturday in a 51-44 nailbiter that was much closer than it should have been because of:

  • Three Dawgs turnovers that resulted in 20 points for the Volunteers.
  • Poor special teams play, including missed PATs and a miserable return game that twice saw mistakes pin the Dawgs back on their own 1-yard line.
  • A subpar performance by the Georgia defense.

Speaking of the latter, there was little pressure on UT quarterback Tyler Bray until late in the game, in part due to the officiating crew refusing to call holding, no matter how blatant it was, but also because the Dawgs pass rushers seemed to have great difficulty getting off their blocks. Bray had a lot of time in the pocket, but frequently Tennessee receivers were left wide open. And Georgia failed to make Tennessee’s potent offense one-dimensional, with the Vols running for 197 yards, 104 of them by Rajion Neal.

On the positive side, Todd Grantham’s defense, which was finally back at full-strength, notched takeaways on the Vols’ last three possessions of the game.

And when they weren’t turning the ball over (one interception and two fumbles), the Georgia offense turned in another impressive big-play performance, with Keith Marshall scoring on spectacular touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards. He wound up with 164 yards on 10 carries. Todd Gurley had a 51-yard run among his three touchdowns and had 130 yards on 24 carries.

Aaron Murray was 19 of 25 for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but he had a pick-6, and a second-quarter meltdown that saw Georgia go from 17 points up to 3 points down before tying it up on a last-second 50-yard field goal included a Murray fumble on a sack deep in his own territory that was scarily reminiscent of last season’s South Carolina game.

Bottom line: The Dawgs held on and came out of their highest-scoring game ever against the Vols undefeated as they head into the SEC East showdown with the Gamecocks.

It was a good enough effort to beat the Vols, but Georgia is going to need to make some defensive adjustments, clean up special teams, and play on a much higher level overall to come out of Columbia with a win.

What did you think of the way Georgia played against Tennessee?

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SC Dog fan

September 29th, 2012
9:38 pm

That pick-6 looked like the same play that turned into a pcik-6 for Lemay week before last. Maybe that;s not such a good one to call way back in our territory. This game had the same feel to it that the Michigan State loss and near loss to Vandy had last year. Glad they hung on to get the win. Sheesh.

Biggdawg33

September 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

Look…UGA dropped and threw INTs in the USC game last year and lost the game. They did it again today and fought through and won. Let’s chalk this game up as one of the tough ones that teams have to win to have great seasons.

Fff

September 29th, 2012
9:46 pm

The ball was tipped on INT. We probably lose this game last year. UT o-line deserves some credit…..they did a great job our d-line. Gotta win games like this. South Carolina fighting for a win vs.UK right now….SEC not easy. Serious grind.

Scott

September 29th, 2012
9:47 pm

SEC football….watch UGA vs USC next week be a 13-10 game!

flintriverdawg

September 29th, 2012
9:48 pm

very worrisome win guys, D needs to wake up……….we will not be able to get by fla or sc like this. really need to get focused this week……..this is doable…………

Biggdawg33

September 29th, 2012
9:51 pm

But how much was this looking ahead to USC? They came out in the second half and outscore UT in 3rd Quarter. That was good to see.

Macclenny_dawg

September 29th, 2012
9:55 pm

Once again we seem to let foot off gas when we have lead. The defense is struggling because of no pressure. We have to blitz more. It just kills me that we cannot put a game away. But as usual Bobo tries to run out clock when we have a veteran qb. The game turned in the 2nd when we just tried to punch the ball out of our own end zone with 3 straight runs. Had 2 punt and Vols had short field. I lnow all the Bobo supporters say well how can I blame him when we score 40 points and I say because we can’t close a game out when everybody knows u gonna run it 3 straight downs. But anyway we won!!! Go Dawgs!!! GTA!!!

go dawgs

September 29th, 2012
9:56 pm

it all started with letting the punt roll to the 1. we got conservative every time we went ahead.

Rangerdawg96

September 29th, 2012
10:04 pm

They were definitely looking ahead. UT had a very good game plan but we don’t turn the ball over it isn’t that close. We always have one of these games and hopefully this was the wake-up call we needed.

TN Dawg

September 29th, 2012
10:06 pm

Too have this many mistakes and still walk away with a win, a very fortunate day. Mitchell makes too many mistakes. Rather than a 100 yard kick off return, I would settle for someone that make good decisions and fields the ball!!!
Go Dawgs!!

SSIgator

September 29th, 2012
10:07 pm

WOW, how ’bout that defense!! Go Dwags

SSIgator

September 29th, 2012
10:10 pm

“Three Dawgs turnovers that resulted in 20 points for the Volunteers”
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And how many turnovers resulted in scores for UGA by TN?

SOUTHGADAWGG88

September 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

We responded everytime we were challenged.Good win.I would think twice about MM as a punt returner..Our D always looks bad when they don’t get a pass rush…been that way since 06.
I must say that this offense is even more potent than the Stafford/Moreno glory years.

1+2

September 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

Don’t worry SSIgator – just make sure you visit the blog after Jacksonville – Man Up!

Jaj

September 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

Great teams have bad wins, this is a good team, looking for greatness. Square away the special teams and fumbles, we look balanced and hard to stop.

SSIgator

September 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

“the officiating crew refusing to call holding”
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Come now Bill, calls go both ways – that is beneath you to even say it.

1+2

September 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

Stafford/Moreno glory years couldn’t touch this offense. They were great players but they were no where close to the consistency of this squad.

Just Sayin

September 29th, 2012
10:14 pm

I love the way Keith and Todd hit a knee after scoring and don’t taunt or hotdog. Thanks guys for being classy and for acting like you have “been there before”!!!

Sam

September 29th, 2012
10:15 pm

BS about looking ahead. Remember the score was 27-10. As noted, some conservatism did not help even when backed up–even then UGA came within 1 yd of converting to a first down. The Pick 6 was a tip. Gonna happen. UGA came right back. Murray has got to get stronger to hold on or be quicker about throwing it away. The Marshall fumble–he never had a chance. Had barely received the handoff when he got hit.

I do not recall a single holding call. Saw a few–and I realize not all are going to be called, but I am sure UGA was holding as well.

As someone else noted, last year or year before UGA loses it after going down 30-27.

For 4:30 UGA looked rattled and bad. Reminded me of the meltdown against LSU last year. Going well, then one thing goes bad and POOF!

SSIgator

September 29th, 2012
10:17 pm

Just Sayin -

September 29th, 2012 – 10:14 pm

I love the way Keith and Todd hit a knee after scoring and don’t taunt or hotdog.
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I will have to admit – that is a nice change from previous years.

Cuz

September 29th, 2012
10:22 pm

The Good.
Gurley and Marshall are the real deal. And we get to keep them for at least two more years.

The Bad.
We still play not to lose in the fourth instead of putting it away. Three and out when our defense is gassed is not a great way to play a game. Mix it up CMR and CMB.

The Ugly.
Special teams just suck bilge water. Somebody get us a ST Coach. As Kevin Butler said, preferably, a former kicker.

SSIgator

September 29th, 2012
10:23 pm

“A sub-par performance by the Georgia defense”
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The most accurate comment in your article Bill.

Ubob

September 29th, 2012
10:25 pm

Wow, what a game….give the Tenn O-line credit….they are big and have played together for three years…..glad we got the win…..Tenn will gain some confidence from the game and with that QB Bray, I think they beat USC who is having problems with UK,,,,,(though they will wear them down in second half)…..D didn’t look that bad today, but the turnovers just killed us and killed momentum as well. Thought it was gutsy to come down the field before the half and score 3…..got some confidence back with that…..we do need to stop the run better, gave up another 100 yard runner…..that’s what kept them in the game. I think we worried about the pass so much we played back alot in coverage….SC will be a war next week….if Game Day isn’t there just shows their bias against UGA….

Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

September 29th, 2012
10:33 pm

So, how was this the offense’s vault?

Morons.

31 years…

Dawg Haus

September 29th, 2012
10:37 pm

The D finished strong, but this was far from their best performance. I hope this game serves as a wake-up call heading to the chicken coop.

Tide is Rolling and Nothing can stop it

September 29th, 2012
10:39 pm

If you guys want to see a real defense, turn to ESPN.

SenoiaDawgs

September 29th, 2012
10:49 pm

UGA loses this game the past three years for certain. Would have never won it.

From that aspect this is a heck of a win.

My observations: UT has an excellent o-line. I haven’t seen a team block us that well in a long time.

CTG why are we constantly sending 4 in every game this year? Bring out the blitz’s next week. Maybe that was a product of UT’s QB and WR’s.

Gurshall is amazing.

Mitchell needs to replace Wooten.

Somebody please tell me why we took the foot off the gas in the 2nd Qtr. and 4th Qtr. Was it Bobo and Richt didn’t want to embarrass a Dooly? When calling the plays that clearly were working I think they could have scored every possession minus the turnovers.

D has to step up. We have given up too many points and yards in all 5 games. Great D’s would have at least limited 1 of those turnovers if not both to FG’s.

Murray just take the sack sometime and hold onto the ball!!!!!!!!!!!! You have had too many of these in your career. Otherwise great game.

GameDay confirmed in Columbia next weekend

Lance Dawg

September 29th, 2012
10:49 pm

I bet Grantham gives them an interesting week of practice this week.

Lance Dawg

September 29th, 2012
10:50 pm

Oh and I laughed at T King calling them Gurschell. I am not laughing now.

Around the Bowl, Down the Hole, Roll Tide Roll

September 29th, 2012
10:58 pm

Defense was better without Rambo and Ogletree. 478 yards, 29 first downs and 44 points. Our D is bad. Very, very bad.

Mayo

September 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

UGA outlasted a pretty good UT team today. Looking ahead a bit too much to S.C? Perhaps. Looks like at a point S.C. was doing the same against Kentucky. Meh, these things happen. UT was a trap game all the way–though Common Knowledge said otherwise. And like I SAID all week, this was a potential let-down for the Dawgs. Glad it was only potential….

Skokie Dog

September 29th, 2012
11:08 pm

I agree with Just Sayin. It’s a nice change to see good sportsmanship from the Dogs. Another thing that impressed me about Gurley today was his staying in bounds on those two late runs wide. Maybe he can tell Lynch about why that matters. If you recall, our TE ran straight upfield after that catch shortly before halftime. If he’d run toward the sideline, we might have had time for a shot or two at the end zone rather than kicking the long FG. Or Murray might have fumbled it again.
Next week, our D will get a steady dose of Lattimore until they can stop him.
UGa has a very talented team this year, but they somehow manage to make final scores much closer than they should be. If they cough up the ball three times next week, USCe will be celebrating.

SOUTHGADAWGG88

September 29th, 2012
11:12 pm

Maybe we force two or three TO’s by SC.It goes both ways

CHDawg

September 29th, 2012
11:13 pm

I don’t know that we have ever had this kind of offensive production to start a season! Amazing. Maybe the defenses haven’t been great, but it is still unprecedented. Tn’s passing offense is top ten…very strong. They will beat some good teams this year if they can play some D. This was a great growth game for both teams, and we didn’t appear to have any major injuries on either side, so both teams should keep improving. I was pretty pleased with our line. They have their biggest challenge next week. My other two keys–turnovers and pressuring Bray, well, we need a lot of work. This sort of game is inevitable. We find out a lot next week. Sic’em boys!

ugaclassof2004

September 29th, 2012
11:18 pm

Well the offense looked great.

Now the Con’s: We CAN NOT turn the ball over 3 times( especially within the 20 yard line) and expect to win. We had the Vols on the ropes and ready to quit in the 1st quarter and those turnovers by Murray and Marshall completely gave them new life. Football is a game of momentum. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and not allow your opponents to get back into the game. It’s that mentality right there that cost us in the SEC title game vs. LSU. We are not a good enough football team to make mistakes like that.There are also clear soft spots in our defense, most notably our inside LB’s and CB’s.

All that being said, there are always going to be those games where as a team you get hit in the mouth, and how you respond to that lets you know what kind of team you have. 2-3 years ago we would have mentally folded and lost this game.But the Dawgs found a way to pull this one out. You don’t want to make a living doing that, but it’s the SEC and sometimes you just have to gut out a game or two . We did that, and that’s a good thing. Hopefully this will be a wake up call for Richt & Co. going into next week.

Dawg Haus

September 29th, 2012
11:19 pm

Agreed, CHDawg. A lot of people are selling UT short. They have a very effective offense, even though they did score a fair amount of points off turnovers wrapped up with red and black bows. Solid D and ball control will win the game next weekend. Go Dawgs!

Fridawg

September 29th, 2012
11:48 pm

Dawgs did well to put up the points necessary to win. The D only gave up 24pts without the turnovers. That’s about what everyone was predicting. Tree and Rambo got the rust dusted off and we should be ready to roll next week.

You’ve GOT TO LOVE the Bama fans on here DURING their game. Hmmm…

ARdawg

September 29th, 2012
11:50 pm

Bring on Bama! We want you. Ole p!ss just scored again on you btw

ARdawg

September 29th, 2012
11:52 pm

The D was a let down late. Grantham has some work to do. The offense showed up to play. The defense, not so much

monty

September 30th, 2012
12:08 am

I agree with the poster who said it had the feel of the Michigan State game. Another few minutes of game and no doubt we get beat. The only thing that saved our bacon was the clock caused them to abandon their run game, we couldn’t stop. Not so sure about our vaunted defense. Runs up the gut kept netting 4,5,6 yards every time. We had no answer. Good thing they dropped passes and Bray missed wide open receivers.

Bobby

September 30th, 2012
12:23 am

When are the Dawgs getting a special teams coach?

Hunkerdown

September 30th, 2012
12:48 am

You do not see teams in contention for a NC giving up 44 points in a game. UGA is a good team…but after today I would not say great.

Joe

September 30th, 2012
1:10 am

Thanks for pointing out the horrifying officiating, Bill. How about that egregious block in the back on Patterson’s run, the same illegal block that the CBS broadcast crew pointed out, for which the flag was picked up?

Numerous times Jenkins and Geathers broke up the middle only to be tackled by Ufk linemen. Not sure why the SEC refs were trying to give Ufk the game today, but they were clearly doing all that they could.

I had no doubt that the Dawgs would be looking ahead today, and playing a team with nothing to lose and the sort of offensive firepower Ufk has is a recipe for disaster. Kudos to the Dawgs for overcoming all of that. Got to get the defense ready for next week.

Scu is not very good, but Spurrier will be very clever in his scheme and play calling. If Dawgs can get to 28 points, they should win with ease. Going to be a big one in the wasteland called Columbia, SC.

Whiznot

September 30th, 2012
1:14 am

Please don’t let Malcolm Mitchell field any kicks ever!

Ed

September 30th, 2012
1:48 am

Offense – amazing
Defense and special teams – embarrasing

SauteeDawg

September 30th, 2012
3:06 am

I second that motion. Don’t let Mitchell anywhere near kickoffs or punt returns.
Make him sit on the bench next to Branden Smith.
Just my opinion but Conley is a much more reliable reciever than Mitchell, Miktchell needs to stay on defense.
need to replace Morgan on PAT’s too. thats 4 this season in 5 games he’s missed or had blocked.
It’s like the NFL said about Walsh, just needs someone to teach him what he’s doing wrong and correct it, but UGA has noone that can do that. Now Walsh hasn’t missed a kick in the NFL, and has set 2 records in 3 games in the NFL.
Long night in Columbia next week.

Bill

September 30th, 2012
3:18 am

Fire Grantham!

Strat Cat Dawg

September 30th, 2012
3:50 am

The difference in our offense this year is Gurshall. The Tree-Swann INT was a thing of beauty.

Bama Fan#2

September 30th, 2012
6:00 am

A victory over UT any day is AWESOME!! If the dawgs can
clean up the defense and special teams mistakes Georgia
will win the SEC east. My team played like crap against
Mississippi and needs to get ready for a touch stretch
of the SEC!! RTR

Northern Sympathizer

September 30th, 2012
6:01 am

Agree with Bill King’s assessment. Huge win for the dawgs and an exciting game. I don’t like the matchup of our defense (which was gashed against the run) going against Marcus Lattimore. Dawgs definately need to play better and more sound on defense next week.

Lonnie

September 30th, 2012
6:39 am

5-0. By the way give our o- line credit. Huge holes for Marshall and Gurley! Left side strong side!!!!!

bubba4dawgs

September 30th, 2012
7:10 am

Don’t you just love these Bama hick rednecks getting on the UGA blog and badmouthing! They’re real sports, aren’t they!! Why don’t you guys wash your overalls and sleeveless t-shirts, bring your spit cans and meet us at the dome in Atlanta if your pickup truck will make it! GO DAWGS!!

Xenophon

September 30th, 2012
7:48 am

Does anyone see the Richt Curse returning? Eerie.

KeepDreaming

September 30th, 2012
7:55 am

Bill, good call on the holding penalties. It was astounding to see so many, and NOT ONE SINGLE HOLDING CALL all night!!

Nix

September 30th, 2012
7:55 am

My complaint is the same one as always. UGA was obviously the far better team, both on paper and the eyeball test, but Coach Richt STILL refuses to put teams away early when they are down and allowed UT to build confidence and momentum. When you have 2 and a half quarters left after you have been scoring at will you CONTINUE to score at will until you have a 40+ lead. Richt, as predicted, obviously wanted the O to just sit on the ball for the rest of the game and that allowed UT to get back into it. Until Richt gets over his “nice guy, don’t want embarrass the other team” mindset UGA will never get over that final hump.

chase

September 30th, 2012
7:59 am

After seeing GEORGIA’s mistakes against UT and SCAR’s mistakes against UK – I would say both teams already had their heads in Columbia for next week’s game – I really think that explains some of the “sloppiness” by both teams

chase

September 30th, 2012
8:03 am

The NON-HOLDING calls were terrible – I hate to ever mention officiating but seeing sooooooo many DAWG defenders getting blatantly tackled – not just “held” was maddening

And how can they pick up that block in the back on Patterson’s TD run????? They threw it, TV showed it on the reply, and yet they picked it up?!?!?!?! HOW DO YOU PICK THAT UP!

Piney Woods Pete

September 30th, 2012
8:24 am

A few comments about UGA:

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last six BCS championships.

2. UGA was NOT one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not even win an SEC championship.

4. Red panties and Damon Evans.

5. 84% of UGA football recruits would not be admitted to UGA based only on grades and SAT scores. These dummies are called “Special Admits.”

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA still paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year?

Riff Raff

September 30th, 2012
8:28 am

It just looked like Georgia was looking past the Vols to the Carolina game… and of course the conservative playcalling when we built a small lead was stupid!

chazzo

September 30th, 2012
8:36 am

It seems to me that nearly every pick-6 has been on that same pass out to the flat. The ball got tipped so I am not whining about Murray. That was a weird series of events in the second quarter. With the exception of Gurley’s botching of an awkward kickoff, there weren’t any atrocious mistakes other than 8 run calls in a row that got stuffed.

Guys are trying to do too much. Murray tends to try to make things happen a little too much when things get heated. It also seems like every guys fielding a punt or kickoff is thinking TD every time. Mitchell needs to settle down in general. Maybe we should just adopt a fun and gun attitude. If you hang 70 on another team, it is just because you have a high speed offense.

This is a great team, and when they are in rhythm, playing their assignments and fundamentals, big plays open up, and they look unstoppable. When they start playing with preconceived ideas and when the coaches try slow them down things get awkward.

Finally, the biggest improvement on D is that Cummings got to move back to corner. I am concerned at the D’s inability to stop the run. UT has superior O-line.

chazzo

September 30th, 2012
8:46 am

The Dawgs thought they had it won in the second quarter and acted like it. UT has a good team. Can’t make the same mistakes against SoCa…

Piney: The only thing that is irrelevant is your arguments about red panties, what other teams did, and what happened in the past. Who cares? It is the 2012-13 season. The Dawgs are 5-0. They have a big test next week then a bye after that. That’s all that matters now.

chazzo

September 30th, 2012
8:52 am

Nix, I agree with you and have made a similar complaint about slowing down too early. I don’t think we can say that Richt allowed the other team to come back. UT picked up two turnovers in the redzone and UGA started out of their own endzone three straight times. UT also ran the ball well, and Bray is agood QB. We need to credit UT with the comeback, although Chase is absolutely tight about the officiating. That big end had Jarvis by the shoulder pads every play in addition to some out right tackling of UGA defenders.

JUNKYARD DAWG

September 30th, 2012
8:53 am

Every game can not be a big bowl of peaches and cream! The Dawg’s need a gut check and they got one from The Hill Topper’s, That will help get the DAWG’s mind’s right for the rest of the season.So they can HUNKER DOWN and get SooooooEM!

mike addington

September 30th, 2012
8:54 am

Vols ran consistently up the middle and that’s the most concerning part of the game to me. thought our defense was better than that

2_dawgs

September 30th, 2012
8:57 am

Note to Offensive Coordinator: When a championship team is up by 10, it goes for the kill !!!!!

dogdawg

September 30th, 2012
8:58 am

i’m impressed with thunder and lightning!!!! BUT the Defense stunk up the place. Spurriers gonna run Lattimore up our gut next week for sure.Got a lot of work to do this week,just hope we got enough juice in the tank after this track meet to play solid D.

Jborodawg

September 30th, 2012
9:00 am

Coach Richt/Grantham need to wake up? Like they’re oblivious to the way the team played? lol

Dawgs looking past the Vols? No way Jose. That’s absurd.

Never let Mitchell field kickoffs/punts? Gurley fielded one at the one foot line, with his foot going outa bounds.

Play conservative after getting the lead? I dunno. Handing the ball to Gurley/Marshall worked before. Seems like most of that ‘conservative’ play-calling was when we were pinned at the one. That’s usually what you do when the QB is operating out of the end zone. And, you call 51 points conservative?

I will say I’m very concerned about playing SC. Based on our total 282 yards rushing, take away the 75 yd, 51 yd, and 72 yd TD runs and we only had 84 yards on the ground. On the other hand, those runs did happen and you can’t take em away. Just sayin’.

I’m concerned about our D giving up 44 points; and not pressuring Bray. Afraid Shaw and Lattimore and those DEs will chew us up if we don’t improve.

But, we beat the Vowels and it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog on Sunday morning!

TopDawg

September 30th, 2012
9:08 am

First, a very scary win, but I will take it. Offense looked great for the most part. Defense looked pretty good until the end, and I am not sure if they were just gassed or UT’s O-LINE is just that good.

Some thoughts and observations:

Malcolm Mitchell is a very talented athlete, but he scares the heck out of me. Too busy trying to showboat his talents rather than playing fundamental football and letting his skill do the rest. Everytime he touches the football, I’m not thinking touchdown or big play, but rather, oh my god he is going to fumble. Put him on defense, put him at receiver, but get him out of the return game!!

After Mitchell’s punt snafu left us at the 1 yard line, we put Keith Marshall in at tailback?????? Obviously, he is an unbelievable runner, but you got to have some bulk back there to run the ball out. I know they are rotating backs, but put Gurley or Boo back there to punch it out a few yards!!!

Branden Smith reminds me of Bryan Evans on defense. If I was an Offensive Co-ordinator, I would go at him 75% of the time, until he proved he could stop the play!

When we are in a third and 6 or 7 situation, why do we not fake the beloved delayed draw or whatever it is out of the shotgun formation, and roll Murray out the other way giving him a run or pass option? He is quick enough to pick up some yards, can throw on the run, and we have the receivers that can find an open spot and sit down in it.

I am with everyone else on the holding penalties, and while I am sure Georgia did their share, the refs should have been making that call in the extreme situations that the cameras were catching!

Finally, did anyone else get the feeling that Danielson and Verne were pulling for Tennessee?? Everytime they would score you would think they were announcing for the UT radio station. TOUCHDOWN!!!! TENNESSSEE!!!! UGA would score and they would say, wow, what a run. When they were down, Gary would give his opinions of how they could get back in the game. Finally, we have Verne referring to Keith Marshall as Keith Mitchell (4 times in the same 2 minute recap of some of Georgia’s scores). Then he topped it off by saying Marshall and Mitchell?????????????

Anyway, like I said, I will take it. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

son's who?

September 30th, 2012
9:14 am

In all my years as a Dawg fan, I can’t recall the most continuously exciting part of ANY game ever being the PAT attempt.

Dont sweat it

September 30th, 2012
9:14 am

The reason they were able to run so well is b/c we were defending the pass – did not load the box and kept guys back – TN is a passing team so that is what we must defend –
Next week we will plan to stuff the run and make SC beat us passing -

Just Sayin

September 30th, 2012
9:17 am

Or fielding a punt!!!

son's who?

September 30th, 2012
9:21 am

I agree with every point you made TopDawg, and yeah, Ol’ Verne is beginning to remind me of Pat Summerall at the end of his career. After the third time, I was screaming, “MARSHALL, THE KID’S NAME IS MARSHALL!”

Wallis the Dog

September 30th, 2012
9:22 am

Bill, thanks for calling out the “officiating” crew on all the holding that was never flagged. I completely understand and support the notion that coaches shouldn’t complain about these things, but that leaves it up to the media and public to let these clowns know that yes, we noticed your incompetence and/or bias. Also, they were entirely clueless on the roughing the kicker call late in the game.

clowney

September 30th, 2012
9:25 am

I’m just awaitin’ for murray to fill his pants!!

va dog

September 30th, 2012
9:31 am

I’ll state the obvious that Georgia is a good team. Should the offense and defense show up for a complete game they can be a great team. On the national scene they are still a little under the radar. Should they win the SEC east and get to Atlanta, SEC champions go to title games. Georgia hasn’t had a resilient team for awhile. These guys are resilent and loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. I’m looking forward to seeing how the remainder of the season unfolds.

Just Sayin

September 30th, 2012
9:31 am

@piney woods
Your blog is one of the most out-of-touch bunch of malarky in history. Example: very, very few football players at GT could get in based on their SAT and GPA scores. This is also true for whatever school you support. Your comments are irrelevant and border on insane!!!! P.S. You are trying way too hard to make UGa look bad……please go back to the GT blogs where there is incredible happiness and content today!!!!

Mike Lewis

September 30th, 2012
9:31 am

I didn’t pay alot of attention to all of the plays, but on the run by Tenn where we were held, and then that flag was picked up, there was another penalty,a block in the back, ON THE SAME PLAY, after the runner turned back inside and across the field, that was so obvious and missed somehow. I think CBS actually caught it on the replay as well. So, TWICE on one play, we were “assaulted” yet no call on one and the other is ignored/recalled? That was an obvious bias and can’t understand why Richt didn’t blow a gasket. I would have!

The “D” wasn’t too bad considering we allowed TN to get back in the game with 2nd Qtr turnovers. Of course, that allows momentum to join TN’s side as well. Turnovers and momentum are two opponents you don’t want. As stated earlier, we had to protect the pass and that opened the run up. We do need to protect the pass coverage better. We can stuff runs if that is all a team has.

Good luck in Columbia UGA and get, after, that, a-s-s-s-s!

Just Sayin

September 30th, 2012
9:34 am

@clowny
Please focus on Murray because Gurshall will run right by you!!! You ain’t fast enough dude to catch those guys.

LDawg

September 30th, 2012
9:34 am

TopDawg – I just muted the game after awhile. Those two commentators drive me insane!!!!

son's who?

September 30th, 2012
9:34 am

“Third and long. There’s the snap, hand off to Carlton Thomas up the middle … no gain”. At least we don’t have to hear THAT anymore. lol

beanster

September 30th, 2012
9:39 am

The officiating was pretty bad yesterday. I thought I was in Knoxville on more than one occasion. How they called running into the kicker I have no idea. They missed the block and plowed through Barber. That’s roughing. Period. 15 yard penalty, 1st down dogs, no need for another interception.

Also, who was in charge of the clock? 1:10 or so left in the game and Gurley almost ran out of bounds but didn’t and the clock stopped for a good 10 seconds. Not sure what was going on.

LDawg

September 30th, 2012
9:41 am

I agree with them all trying to make the big play instead of focusing on the fundamentals – Mitchell and Rambo especially. Wrap up, block passes, make good decisions, hold onto the ball, and for God’s sake, knock down the QB. GO DAWGS!!!!

Just Sayin

September 30th, 2012
9:50 am

SC did not look good last night against a rookie QB playing in his first game. We will do fine against SC as long as our special teams quit making mistakes…..like we did last year vs. SC.

old time dog

September 30th, 2012
10:24 am

Bill you are a whinner. Do you think the refs were paid off or just incompetent? Did they only not call holding against the vols but called differently for the dogs? Time to man up an admit the pass rush didn’t get it done. The dogs have not played anybody yet the real test are still ahead.

badlands dawg

September 30th, 2012
10:45 am

somebody pls tell me who #11 was play for just befour half also the 4th qt…….SC is going to give us a beating…#11 is going to be looking at the sky alot and runing for his life…..#2qt better get it together fast…. #11 I don,t trust him when the going get rought in the big games…Its always been that way with #11 The old ball coach knows this better then anybody ….Gog bless you #11 you gona need it!!!!!

PowerDawg

September 30th, 2012
10:50 am

SSIgator-

After your 37-20 win over the Vols, you seem to believe your team has suddenly blossomed into an SEC contender.

Really?

You figure Driscoll is the second-coming of Tebow, eh?

You just worry about the beatdown we’re going to give your so-called stout defense this Halloween, ok?

Your offense ain’t much better than Mizzou’s, dude. Driscoll and Gillislee? Not near enough firepower and Tebow was a better passer if that means anything:)

badlands dawg

September 30th, 2012
10:53 am

last year mitchell was the man….don’t know what happen over the year but this year he is SH?%….pick up the ball and run young man!!!!!

Texas Dawg

September 30th, 2012
11:00 am

If the D plays this way next week and against Fla we loose those two games…….seemed gassed to me?

Pitbull

September 30th, 2012
11:05 am

I do not think the D was subpar. UT has an offense that is gtting better by the week.

I d think that Special teams are subpar and will cost UGA at least two games if the coaching staff does not get serious about coaching these players on when to catch the ball and when to run away from it. Stepping out of bounds at the one half yard line should never happen. Run the S right and there are 14 points that UT never scores.

The interception for the pick six and the QB fumble were caused by poor blocking. Block and those are 14 points that UT never scores.

Coach Richt, coach the S and work on O line blocking.

The UGA – UT score could have been 51- 16.

beanster

September 30th, 2012
11:17 am

@ Texas Dawg — The D was gassed. It was obvious. Up until their last 3 series, their offense basically did what they wanted in the 2nd half. That’s what made our conservative play calling so frustrating. Our D was running on fumes yet for some odd reason the offense was given a set of calls that had a 15% chance of success.

I bet the ol’ Ball Coach is watching our film right now saying the same thing…

Dawg89

September 30th, 2012
12:19 pm

Anybody know how to stop that dadgum ford commercial from playing every time you open the UGA page?

Dawg89

September 30th, 2012
12:20 pm

Badlands, I thought Boykin handled the punts last year, not Mitchell.

Dawg89

September 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

It is frustrating when Bobo needs a first down to ice the game and he calls two runs for negative yards and one risky outside run that nearly went out of bounds. That wasn’t very creative play calling.

joe jenkins

September 30th, 2012
1:06 pm

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joe jenkins

September 30th, 2012
1:10 pm

I hate to say it…but it looked like willie was on the sidelines. i hate the chickens worse than the gators. i hate them so bad…i wont even watch them on tv…because their uniforms make me want to vomit….why hasnt richt hired a special teams coach…wth………maybe we should get kevin butler to kick our extra points

hornblowermg

September 30th, 2012
1:44 pm

why was “blocking in the back” not called on the Tn. touchdown run(s)? Tn. has always gotten away with holding against us ever since Fulmer.
Mitchell is not smart enough to field kicks; and Hutson Mason is still a better qb than murray.

SOUTHGADAWGG88

September 30th, 2012
1:46 pm

The way I see it…teams are going to play THEIR best game to beat UGA this year.We can win without being at our best…this is the scary part about this team.

jack bull

September 30th, 2012
1:47 pm

The good..
-a win is a win is a win! 5-0, period. They’re not all going to be easy.

The bad..
-A Murray with another pick 6 in his career. yes it was tipped, but he threw it. Also with another fumble DEEP down on our end of the field. I’ve lost count as to how many times this has happened.
-Run defense is suspect. This is, and has always been the main issue with the 3-4.

The ugly..
-PAT’s. ugh! I know Richt’s trying to be patient with the frosh, but it’s beyond scary.
-Punt return team. Although I think this will be remedied from here on out with Rhett McGown just being moved up to number 1 on the depth chart in returning punts.

Dawg Tired

September 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

Humble suggestion – Hire a special teams coach. Just a thought. At least hire someone who can teach a kid who never has missed a field goal of over 50 yards to kick an extra point – it’s actually easier than a 52 or 53 yard field goal. Also, how difficult can it be to have kick returners who can field a punt or a kick-off. As to punts, where’s Logan Gray when you need him. He always caught the thing and never did anything stupid back there.

6-18 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

September 30th, 2012
2:06 pm

Geez Bill, what a homer you are. Ever crossed your mind that they didn’t call holding against our O-line as well?

Defense just plain sucks. Even if we make it to Atlanta(and that’s a big if)….we won’t be able to score 15 points on Bama, much less 51…

Dawg Tired

September 30th, 2012
2:07 pm

Defense yesterday was the worst of both worlds: (1) no pressure on passer (is it necessary to say no coverage either?); and (2) basically no resistance to runs, especially runs up the gut. If you can’t stop EITHER the passing game or the running game, you are in very deep dodo. But as Gary Danielson says, ” Georgia now has as good of personnel, athletically speaking, on defense as Alabama and LSU. I can’t tell how comforting it is to know that we have great athletes playing defense. Otherwise, I would be scared to death.

magnolia, tx dawg

September 30th, 2012
2:21 pm

The defense sucked. Earn your money, Grantham.

daslicksta

September 30th, 2012
2:27 pm

Sloppy, but it was a win and we have to do some serious re-thinking before going to Columbia and meeting with Steve Superior’s boyz…

6-18 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

September 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

Our vaunted D-line got shoved around like a bunch of fat girls…

joe jenkins

September 30th, 2012
2:39 pm

the only way we win in crack town

1. if the o-line can block well enough for gurley and marshall can run the tackles
2. the defense can make connor throw to beat us
3. no missed extra points

beanster

September 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

Where has Cornelius Washington been this year? Does he even play? I know I’ve seen a #83 out there but am beginning to wonder if someone else is wearing his number.’

The irony of the season: Our O-Line has played lights out (for the most part) while our D-Line has yet to have a truly dominating performance. (IMO, Vandy held their own against the D-line even though the score said otherwise).

Anyways, maybe Will Friend is the one who deserves a raise.

beanster

September 30th, 2012
2:48 pm

joe jenkins -

New # 1. Protect the football

Even Spurrier said that UGA outplayed SC last year. Their offense is nowhere near as good as it was last year. Our offense is way better than last year. While our D has been far from stellar, we should be able to stop them more than they stop us.

But if we turn it over again, forget about it.

Vance

September 30th, 2012
3:50 pm

My single biggest concern was not getting one first down on our last three possessions, which would have finished the game–three possessions!

chazzo

September 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Not to beat a dead horse, but it did seem odd to run and get stuffed 8 straight times with the smaller and more finesse-style back. What about running Ken Malcom or Samuel IV out of the endzone? I’m not complaining about the wonder twins, but I’ve seen the other two pound some short yardage runs and protect the ball.

JPE28

September 30th, 2012
5:37 pm

If you’re an objective UGA fan, you have to be somewhat disappointed in our lack of execution. We have high expectations for the dawgs this year in Athens, but what separates from teams like Alabama is the lack of execution. Georgia almost did everything right in the first quarter, minus the Aaron Murray pick 6 which is debatable whose fault that was, the Tennessee linemen made a great play and deflected that pass to a wide open Todd Gurley. With a 27-10 lead, right when I thought I was going to leave the game early, Georgia started to fall apart. Murray again loses a ball because he tried to make a play, instead of tucking it away and just taking the sack. Then after a Tennessee score, Keith Marshall coughs one up again deep in Tennessee territory. A good quarterback like Tyler Bray is going to cash in on those turnovers. The defense in my opinion played exceptionally well in the first half, unfortunately they were called upon twice to defend less than 20 yards against a high powered passing attack, not so easy.
However, the second half I thought was really disappointing. The offense played great as in overall unit in the second half, no turnovers, and three touchdowns. But, there were obvious holes in the defense. Grantham brought pressure the whole game, we just couldn’t get to Tyler Bray, which lead to him zinging beer bottles, whoops I mean footballs to wide open receivers. They found big holes in the secondary and took advantage. Tyler Bray luckily missed some wide open targets, and we were also fortunate that their receivers dropped some big balls.
Regardless, the mistakes have to be corrected. Three turnovers like this next weekend in Columbia, and we may not be able to get out of there with a W. There will have to be some big time adjustments for next week’s game. Georgia has to play turnover free football, and now that our entire defensive unit is back with one game under their belt it is time for them to rise up. Go Dawgs!

JPE28

September 30th, 2012
5:38 pm

If you’re an objective UGA fan, you have to be somewhat disappointed in our lack of execution. We have high expectations for the dawgs this year in Athens, but what separates from teams like Alabama is the lack of execution. Georgia almost did everything right in the first quarter, minus the Aaron Murray pick 6 which is debatable whose fault that was, the Tennessee linemen made a great play and deflected that pass to a wide open Todd Gurley. With a 27-10 lead, right when I thought I was going to leave the game early, Georgia started to fall apart. Murray again loses a ball because he tried to make a play, instead of tucking it away and just taking the sack. Then after a Tennessee score, Keith Marshall coughs one up again deep in Tennessee territory. A good quarterback like Tyler Bray is going to cash in on those turnovers. The defense in my opinion played exceptionally well in the first half, unfortunately they were called upon twice to defend less than 20 yards against a high powered passing attack, not so easy.
However, the second half I thought was really disappointing. The offense played great as in overall unit in the second half, no turnovers, and three touchdowns. But, there were obvious holes in the defense. Grantham brought pressure the whole game, we just couldn’t get to Tyler Bray, which lead to him zinging beer bottles, whoops I mean footballs to wide open receivers. They found big holes in the secondary and took advantage. Tyler Bray luckily missed some wide open targets, and we were also fortunate that their receivers dropped some big balls.
Regardless, the mistakes have to be corrected. Three turnovers like this next weekend in Columbia, and we may not be able to get out of there with a W. There will have to be some big time adjustments for next week’s game. Georgia has to play turnover free football, and now that our entire defensive unit is back with one game under their belt it is time for them to rise up. Go Dawgs!

Wayne

September 30th, 2012
5:59 pm

Well I knew a loss was coming and we almost made it, but we hung on as I knew would happen. Certainly we will get our first loss next week. As the quality of the teams we play improve we really find out about the bulldogs, which is they are NOT what everyone thought they were. Think giving up almost 200 yards rushing was bad – wait until Lattimore gets a hold of us. Hope everybody enjoyed the easy offensive show because it ends next week. I hate being right, I have called every Bulldog game in the last ten years and was correct on all but one. And not just win or lose, but I could actually call the game before it was even played. That’s how predictable this team is (or should I say this coaching staff). The team is never ready to play, is never inspired or motivated, and when the game is on the line is when they play the poorest. The saddest part of this team is that it is the greatest waste of talent ever coached by anyone. The NC run ends next week, and it will not be pretty, as SC is home and on national TV, and Game Day is on hand. Talk about a party about to break out in Columbia!! As I keep saying and have been since 2000, we will never win a NC with Richt as coach, and unfortunately it seems everyone is thrilled with his work and he will probably coach here until his seventies. What a mess we have made. Until next year!!

J SIMMONS

September 30th, 2012
6:26 pm

COME ON KING …GIVE THE VOLS CREDIT!!!!!!

GATA= Get After That @ss

September 30th, 2012
6:47 pm

All these experts on here…the analysis is amazing

Return to Glory

September 30th, 2012
7:36 pm

Our defense is NOT elite, I do not want to hear another word about how loaded and great they are. They are subpar and the weak link in this team for now. Step up shut up and make plays and I will gladly change my stance, but for now the stats and pile of points given up do not lie.

Toccoa

September 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

To not have any holding calls on the Tenn off line was crazy. Good thing it didn’t cost us the game. Hope we don’t have the same officials against SC

Gater Hater

September 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

I keep harping on this, but our defense needs to quit all the arm tackling, dive at their legs, give them a shoulder bump bullcrap. Hit the guy with the ball, wrap him up, drive your legs and take him to the ground. TG needs to quit getting fancy and get real. It’s not that hard and should be second nature to a D1 ball player……If we meet Bumma in th SEC champ game, and keep tackling like this we’re gonna get torched. Sorry but TN RB and running game sucks comparitively. They should never have ran on us like that. Thank goodnes that O is playing to it’s potential finally…OK im done

GB's Hamburgers

September 30th, 2012
8:48 pm

Good game analysis Bill. The special teams deal is apparently the problen than cannot be fixed — ever. It cost us games every year and instead of someone being held accountable … they all get raises.
Several times Bobo whent super conservative and it helped to let them back in the game. D line got whipped. Murray looked good and the horrible … but this time he regrouped. It’s easy to see that if Georgia hadn’t help them so much it could have been a blowout. But the Dogs hung tough … a good sign.

WestOfAthens

September 30th, 2012
8:57 pm

Personally, had the feeling all week that this game was going to be tough, something was going to happen. And i am proud to say that i did not kick one thing throughout the game. lol (and to any true fan, that is difficult to say).

Bottom line, the Offense is a surprise. The Defense needs to follow suit. After all, they were expected to pick up where left off. I am patiently waiting….

HBTD

FLA DAWG

September 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

“subpar” is putting it nicely referring to the performance of our D.
The ONLY decent game they’ve had this season was against lowly Vanderbilt.

Good God…………..to give up 234 points in five games against unranked teams!!!!!! ??????

Ironic how the D kept us in many games over the past few years and now that our O has arrived (along with their errors), our D can’t stop Buffalo or FAU.
Considering the talent we have on the D side of the ball it’s a mystery to me.

Bill

September 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

Fire Grantham now!

Avery

September 30th, 2012
9:30 pm

UGA looks a lot like the Auburn team Cam Newton ran.

Got a great offense that’s scoring a lot and running the ball best in SEC, and a defense that’s pretty bad, but comes up with good plays in the 4th quarter.

I don’t see SC stopping this offense. If UGA put up 42 points LAST YEAR, just imagine how many points UGA will lay on SC in 2012 with Gurshel, is 60 points out of the question?

Ark also put up over 40 points per game on SC by passing for 300 yards in 2010 & 2011 vs. SC, so look for the UGA WR’s & TE’s to have a BIG DAY.

Murray goes for 300 yards, Gurshall goes for 200 yards, Dawgs win 60-42.

G-Dawg

October 1st, 2012
1:21 pm

I’m one not to put much blame on refs in games…but they blew many calls. Especially stopping the clock at about 1:02 in the 4th..when gurley was tackled in bounds…even the ref made the signal to keep the clock running. Should have ran off about 10-15 seconds. Roughed the kicker, threw the flag, and still gave the ball to Tenn. And picking up the clipping flag on Rambo during Patterson’s TD run…tv replays showed it. ALthough Tenn oline played well….there were obvious holding calls, right in front of the ref’s that werent called on big 3rd down conversions. I’d swear the NFL replacement refs were officiating this game.

G-Dawg

October 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

Remember its easier to make adjustments after a win, than a loss!! These boys will be ready to play this weekend!!

FLA DAWG

October 1st, 2012
2:14 pm

Dawg Nation,

Think what the score would have been if UT Receivers had NOT dropped so many passes that hit them right in the numbers…………….we’re fortunate to have pulled out a win. (Never thought I’d say that when my Dawgs scored 51 points!)

Now, onto Columbia, SC and The SEC East Quest…

GO DAWGS !!

LawDawg

October 2nd, 2012
10:20 am

The reason I am not overly concerned about the D: Our first game, the defense was mediocre; the second game with the same group, we were much better against a decent Mizzou offense.

Third game, we get back two starters, the defense looks mediocre; the next game with the same group, we hold Vandy to 3.

Fifth game, we get back two starters the defense looks…well…terrible; if trends continue, having the same group together for the next game should show marked improvement.

FLA DAWG

October 2nd, 2012
11:52 am

Hope you’re right LawDawg.