Dawgs stumble early but roar back to finish off Rebels with style

Aaron Murray was sacked five times in the first half but came back to have a big day throwing the ball. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray was sacked five times in the first half but came back to have a big day throwing the ball. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

After playing another mostly dismal first half that saw Georgia trailing 10-0 at one point, their quarterback sacked five times, and the two teams committing four turnovers in a five-play sequence, the Dawgs finally got on track and pulled away from Ole Miss for a convincing SEC win.

Successful adjustments by both Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham were a key. In the second half, Ole Miss never again got to quarterback Aaron Murray, allowing the Bulldogs to rack up 533 yards of offense. And after having trouble early on with the Rebs’ short passing game, the Dawgs defense shut down Mississippi in the final 42 minutes of the game.

Once he was able to stay on his feet, Murray went on a tear, completing of 14 of his next 16 passes. For the day, he was 21 of 28 for 384 yards and four touchdowns. One of those scores came on a nearly perfect execution of the old Rooskie play from David Greene’s playbook, with Murray making a great play fake, hiding the ball on his hip, and then throwing a 66-yard TD pass to a wide-open Marlon Brown.

Eleven different Bulldogs caught passes from Murray Saturday, led by Brown, who snagged three for 113 yards.

It also was a big day for the Ogletree brothers, with Alec Ogletree having 11 tackles and scoring a safety and Zander Ogletree catching a couple of passes and scoring on a big 8-yard run in the third quarter.

To top it off, Todd Gurley had another productive day, carrying the ball 18 times for 117 yards.

Considering this one had “trap game” written all over it and Ole Miss came out believing they could play with the Dawgs, Georgia handled its comeback with poise and confidence.

Sure, UGA fans would have loved to have seen their team come out taking care of business from the opening whistle, but having to overcome adversity again hopefully will have taught the Georgia coaches and players something about this team that may pay off down the road.

That said, I wouldn’t mind at all if next week’s trip to Auburn has a lot less drama.

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56 comments Add your comment

West Texas Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
8:58 pm

Go dawgs!!!!

Law Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:00 pm

Go Dawgs! Call me crazy, but I see Miami in our future!!


November 3rd, 2012
9:02 pm

Go ‘dawgs!


November 3rd, 2012
9:06 pm

How bout that punt team.

StratCat Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
9:08 pm

Solid overall performance after a slow start. Our second best game after Vandy


November 3rd, 2012
9:09 pm

We can beat Auburn playing like that but not Bama. We need to fire on all cylinders in Atlanta.

Go Dawgs!


November 3rd, 2012
9:30 pm

Merritt Hall was given his opportunity to start because of his ability to pick up the blitz and block on the inside….l think he was missed today. How many sacks did we give up in the first half? Merritt , get well…we need you back.


November 3rd, 2012
9:33 pm

I disagree with this assessment. I do agree with not making the Auburn game interesting however.

But Ole Miss were no chumps and they threw the house at us. We withstood it, made adjustments, and did what we had to do. It would be nice if the Offense can come out sharp at least one game this year, but the defense held it down until they figured out Ole Miss’ defense. Nothing wrong with that.


November 3rd, 2012
10:14 pm

Little sloppy to start, but Georgia made great adjustments and came back to play a great game. That’s what good teams and (God help me for writing this) good coaching do. Very good job by the UGA coaching staff and players by remaining cool and making the proper adjustments for a solid win.

Mobile Dawg

November 3rd, 2012
10:38 pm

I thought the high point was no missed PAT’s ! ! !

jack bull

November 3rd, 2012
11:27 pm

the good…
-we won.

the bad…

the ugly…
-Field goals, again. He even lines up with the wrong foot!


November 4th, 2012
12:31 am

well we surely had this one the Rebels had their time first half after that it was history
Go Dawgs.


November 4th, 2012
12:33 am

@Law Dawg, you are crazy


November 4th, 2012
12:41 am

I didn’t think we came out and played all that poorly, despite the 10-0 deficit. It looked to me like Ole Miss just executed perfectly for a short time period. We took their best shot, and afterwards they had nothing left. The 37 straight points to close out a decent SEC opponent is impressive.

I agree with jack bull about the field goals. This kid has a case of the hooks; even some of his made PATs were hooking in there. Richt might want to look for another kicker in the offseason.

@Law Dawg, you might be crazy with 4 undefeated teams left this late in the season, but I’ll take Atlanta in our future with no complaints. Just win the SEC, baby.


November 4th, 2012
12:53 am

Marlon has a knee injury -can’t afford to lose another starting WR with Michael Bennett already gone. Hopefully it is only a sprain. Dawgs need to turn their attention to Auburn and not take them lightly. Kentucky wasn’t good either and they almost beat Georgia. Our prayers go out to Marlon Brown for a quick recovery.

Mobile Dawg

November 4th, 2012
1:02 am

I think Bradley got a bit sensitive tonight, perhaps he’s an Obama supporter…. I won’t post on his blogs any longer.


November 4th, 2012
1:15 am

Word on Marlon getting better!! We need him bad!! Thought they looked good in all phases today…gotta work on those turn overs. Thats two games in a row..though w both we had less than the opponents. Go Dawgs!!


November 4th, 2012
1:19 am

Big ups to Damien Swann!! that man is a BAAAAALLER!!!!! Grady High School!! What What!!


November 4th, 2012
3:33 am

Ring the chapel bell all night long.


November 4th, 2012
4:16 am

No sympathy for Auburn. RUN IT UP ON THEM!!!!! The Rooskie was awesome! Been wondering for a couple of years when we were gonna run that again…. GO DAWGS!!

Mike Franklin

November 4th, 2012
8:00 am

“Dawgs stumble early but roar back to finish off Rebels with style”

No doubt the win means less than the style offered for media approval. Heck, if there had been a broken leg involved with tendons dangling, I bet there’s be all kinds of praise this morning.

SC Dog fan

November 4th, 2012
8:09 am

Great to see Richard Samuel IV in there! And I sure like the way they’re catching the punts now rather than letting them roll to a stop everytime. As for the talk of Miami, it’s looking like there may be more than two undefeated teams at the end of the season. It’s mostly downhill now for K-State and Notre Dame, and Oregon only needs to get past USC. Hope it’s not another 2002 scenario, though that’s still a hell of a season.


November 4th, 2012
8:56 am

Never cared much for the style points junk that the national media seems to want now days. Just win Georgia win! After the SC game people were wanting to write the Dawgs off. We have rebounded very nicely to put ourselves in a very good position. I am very happy with this season! Like the late Al Davis once said ” JUST WIN BABY WIN” !


November 4th, 2012
9:09 am

Nice win but we still have to clean up the turnovers. The next few weeks we need to run out of the I more to prepare for Bama!!! We have to get more physical on the o-line. We also need to come out and start the game like we are prepared. Overall I was impressed we finally put someone away early in the 4th. We also need to get Murray throwing quick throws to the receivers and backs like Lsu did to Bama where our receivers have a chance to make someone miss. Let’s Go Dawgs Sic Em!!!


November 4th, 2012
9:13 am

Style doesn’t mean anything. Especially at the beginning of the game. The football is shaped funny, and can bounce either way. What is important is the “W”. The fact that Bama’s vaunted “D” gave up 17 to one of the more pedestrian offenses in the SEC, means that they aren’t as big and bad as they think they are. UGA can put up 28 or so on them, which may be enough to clip ‘em.

Salty Dawg

November 4th, 2012
9:16 am

Good game,a slow start but got over it and started playing like a top five team.The Championship game is going to be a slugfest,if we bring our A game we can play with them.Our defense is playing up to their early billing and when AM has time to operate our offense we can score on anybody.Good to see Bobo start using the tight ends more to give those linebackers something else to think about.We need Merritt Hall back for blocking and blitz reads but Zander did well as the game progressed.Our field goal strategy needs some thought put in it,like no attempts outside the 30,it’s painful to watch! good job by the coaches overall a damn good game….Go DAWGS!,

UA Grad

November 4th, 2012
9:27 am

Congratulations Dawgs! My two favorite teams for the title. Beat Lee County, and we will see you in the dome!


November 4th, 2012
9:32 am

Georgia played very well in the second half of the game and it was good to see Zander have such a good game. Man, we are deep at fullback if he is 3rd string. Great block by Zander last week against FL on Gurley’s touchdown run and some great blocking, running, and catching by the diminutive fullback again this week.

I couldn’t believe we lined up in the I formation on the our first offensive play, it was such a pleasant surprise. I was schocked when we ran the ole toss sweep to the outside with Gurley. It gained 17 yards. As always after running a successful toss sweep to the outside, we tucked that play neatly back in our pocket and we didn’t run it again. I just don’t understand why we treat that play like a triple reverse… even if it works, it is a once a game play to keep the other team off balance. The toss sweep isn’t like a timout, you don’t get a limited number of times you get to use it during the game or the season. I’m not suggesting we run 30 toss sweeps to the outside, but it seems like we always get 4-20 yards with it. Why not use it more than once a game?

Great 2nd half of football in all three phases by the Dawgs. We didn’t get any help from the other teams we need to lose, but Pitt really came close to beating ND.


November 4th, 2012
9:48 am

Great call by Bobo. That changed the momentum of the game there. Way too adjust instead of waiting for half time they played agressively with their offense. That last play before the half took the sails out of Ole Miss.
The Defense kept playing hard waiting on the offense to catch up. Kudos to Bobo for taking immediate action b4 the half.
Good hard running by all the backs and a great call there at the goal line where no one expected Murray to give the ball to the full back.
I do believe we can beat Alabama folks. Alabama is an awesome team but they play as a Unit.
Very disciplined team with great fundamentals.
You have to play a complete game to beat Alabama. Both sides of the ball. You have to work on all cylinders just as they do.
Its not that their greatly more talented …….its that they get focused to win. They are the best team in America and to dethrone them you have to play like them.
LSU almost did it last nite and yes Alabama has weak spots in their offense/defense but you have to expose them and not look for the knockout punch but chip away with body blows to bring them down.
What makes Bama so good is that they all play as a TEAM.
There is no “I” or “Me” in those players because thats how Saban molds it.
Alabama is all business, and they believe that fundamentals and playing together as a Unit beats talent anyday.
Watch them play and you’ll see that when they tackle, they clinch onto that runner “form tackling” if you will.
Im content with CMR but Saban is a character and a great coach. Theres things Saban could use from CMR as well as CMR from Saban.
I like it that if we do get to the SEC Championship it should be looked at as a National Championship for Georgia.
What a way it would be to go out beating the best team in college football when you know they would be looking past Georgia and thinking about who theyll be playing for the BCS.
I tell you this……………to me forget about a Bowl Game…………..heres your BCS National Championship…………what an honor it would be to play a great team in Alabama and that goes for the DC and OC too because pitting your skills against their coaches is a delight.
Alabama is the king of college football and you have to bring your A Game to make them respect you or otherwise youre gonna get embarrased because Saban will be as nice as CMR is when he gets way ahead.
He embarrasses you so that recruits wont even think about your school and its way beyond winning with Saban.
Saban is all business but CMR is about honor and he doesnt like to run the score up on lesser teams.
You gotta admire both coaches because they both have built good programs. But character wise i like CMR.
The SEC Championship is Georgias BCS, lose that game and you may drop out of the top 10. Pollsters have never been friendly with Georgia.


November 4th, 2012
9:49 am

Totally agree with you IDOG. Especially with Marshall’s speed run more toss sweeps. Proud of the Dawgs overcoming the slow start. One more win. GATA!!!!

joe jenkins

November 4th, 2012
10:13 am

I’m defintley happy about the win….i just hope down in auburn….we come out of the gates quicker and we don’t have any turnovers…..auburn is worse than kentucky…but we made them look better…i hope we dont do the same with the war turkeys!!! Dang i hope brown and chris are not injured and can play next sat….We need to bring our A game to win this one….another concern is our o-line needs to get more consistent in a hurry


November 4th, 2012
10:17 am

Assuming we beat Auburn next week then lets build on that win and finish the season out with 11 wins.
This is a must to stay in the Top 10. Ball control is a big factor and we should start focusing on that immediately because if we play Alabama then ball control will keep us in the game and make it a tighter game.
Our Defense will have to play lights out football against Bama. TG will have to come up with rushing more than 4 players to put pressure on Bamas QB.
Alabama can only beat themselves but there are very few flaws in their team. Its up2 Georgia to expose it.
Remember this though…………..once Bama is exposed and bleeds alittle bit, their coaches immediately seals up the wound and adjust.
Murray will have to check off and i think in that game he will have to really focus on where his recievers are down the field because he does not want to throw an interception against Bama.
No turnovers at all ………no penalties…………………..and the offense has got to move the ball and that means that the OL will have to play their best game and keep pressure off Murray.
If Georgia wants a signature Season beating Alabama would be it.
Not only beating the No.#1 TEAM but also the best team and knocking them out of the BCS would kill Saban because he has aspirations of putting another knotch on his wall with making Georgia the poster child of fluke teams.
Beat Bama and it might be possible that you may get to go to the BCS but certakinly if you lose it may cost you a Top 10 place.

Outer Banks Dawg

November 4th, 2012
10:21 am

I was happy to see how many times we lined up in the I Formation. I LOVED the play to the FB Zander on the dive for a touchdown. That was a sweet play. Also, very happy with the use of the tight ends, and we hit the backs out of the backfield too. The swing pass to Gurley was a nice read by Murray. They were blitzing and we got Gurley out in space with a head of steam. That is an important play, to slow down the rush. Bama ran that on 3rd and 7 last night and picked it up.

I thought Bobo did a nice job of mixing it up and he did not abandon the I formation. He kept getting back to it.

Grantham made some great adjustments! Once we started covering out in the flat and down the sideline, they were cooked. Our guys did a great job of tackling and breaking up passes.

Great job Dawgs. Lets get the tigers by tail early. Auburn is going to be fired up


November 4th, 2012
10:36 am

Very disappointed in the haters!!!! Come on, point out what a close game it was at half. Bring up the fumbles, sacks… You can do it!!!! Be critical of the play calling. Point out the missed tackles.

Way to go, DAWGS!!!!!! Do not listen! You made the win happen!!!!!!


November 4th, 2012
10:39 am

The only team we need to concern ourselves with is Auburn. One at a time please…………


November 4th, 2012
10:44 am

Bama scored 28 on Ole Miss in the 1st half, but only 5 points in the 2nd half.

UGA scored 14 in the first half, and 23 in the 2nd half, unlike Bama, UGA won both halfs against Ole Miss.


November 4th, 2012
10:46 am

LSU gave Bama all they could handle
Florida beat LSU
UGA beat Florida.
So UGA will beat Alabama.

joe jenkins

November 4th, 2012
11:01 am

Yep! only want to talk about beating auburn…..I wont talk about bama jusy yet! come on dawgs one game at a time

UA Grad

November 4th, 2012
11:27 am

Good points RMikel58. Both Saban and Richt demand that their players have high morals and develop into good men. UA has the second highest graduation rate behind Stanford. Coach Saban demands academic, athletic and civic excellence. And your right about it being a TEAM. At Alabama we don’t retire jersey numbers because it is about the team. Anyone can earn any number.

keep it real

November 4th, 2012
12:15 pm

Call down, Beat Auburn, Beat GA southern, Don’t forget the North Ave trade school. Winning against Auburn and losing to Tech would be an unsuccessful season. It would take the fun out of winning the east.


November 4th, 2012
12:42 pm

Watching the Bama game last night, they mentioned that Georgia Southern was the only other team to put up so many yards against Bama. That got me worrying about the GSU matchup the Dawg’s have coming up.


November 4th, 2012
12:43 pm

Outer Banks Dawg:

I agree with you. I-DOG loves the I formation like Blue Horshoe loved Endicott Steel in Wall Street.

We seem to protect the ball better, run the ball better, and pass block and throw the ball better from the I. I think part of it is the advantage that not many teams use it any more and that makes it harder to prepare for.

Not that the shotgun formation can’t be used, but if we line up in the I at least a 3rd of the time, we seem to have a better chance to win.


November 4th, 2012
12:55 pm

Would it kill us to come out focused? Seriously we are soooo hard to watch sometimes. The first half we looked lost. Our OL looked unbelievably bad. Great win for Doggies but we are no where near as good as AL.


November 4th, 2012
1:09 pm

One game at a time ya’ll, one game at a time.


November 4th, 2012
1:15 pm

Somebody better put Spurrier on suicide watch if the Dawgs win the SEC East. This offseason he will be arguing that teams should have to beat SC to win the East.

Skokie Dog

November 4th, 2012
1:33 pm

Bill, I’m confused by your use of the term “trap game” for the U.Ga.-Ole Miss game. I thought that term was used to describe games against less talented teams just before facing a more capable rival. So, the U.Ga.-U.K. game would satisfy that definition. Surely, you don’t want us to believe that Auburn is a team that rivals U.Ga.’s talent level this season. If U.Ga. wins the next two games, then the game against Georgia Tech could be a “trap game.” Or did I miss something here?


November 4th, 2012
3:35 pm

UGA wins SEC championship. Unfortunately K State and Oregon play for the title and we play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl

45 ACP

November 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

Murray had a great day once he had time to throw. Beautiful passes, right on target. Nice to see that old David Greene play dusted off. Production from the receiving corps was outstanding also. Defense settled down and pitched a shutout after giving up 10. All in all, a great victory.

Pericles of Athens

November 4th, 2012
4:46 pm

Excuse my off-topic remark, but I must congratulate our Volunteer friends for their illustrious conquest of Troy. As you’ll recall, a team of our Greek forebears made the Hall of Fame for the same feat. Of course, the Greeks did do it on the road.


November 4th, 2012
5:10 pm

Bill King aka. Captain Obvious.