Highs (and lows) from a Saturday win Between the Hedges

Damian Swann recovers one of the two fumbles he grabbed Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Damian Swann recovers one of the two fumbles he grabbed Saturday. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A few more thoughts and observations following Georgia’s come-from-behind blowout of Ole Miss. …

What was really impressive about Aaron Murray’s play against the Rebels was the way he maintained his composure in the midst of those five early sacks. I think I only saw him make one really bad pass all day, when he overthrew Chris Conley. And his touchdown passes were all literally “SportsCenter” highlight material, particularly the laser shot that a scrambling Murray zipped to Tavarres King to put Georgia ahead at the end of the first half. …

In addition to the standouts I mentioned Saturday night — Murray, the Ogletree twins and Todd Gurley — several Dogs deserve special mention for their efforts against the Rebels. Cornerback Damian Swann had two fumble recoveries, a sack, broke up a pass and made three tackles. He’s developed quite a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Replacement defensive end Garrison Smith is really coming on strong. He had seven tackles and a sack Saturday. Conley continues to be a good possession receiver, making a couple of first-down catches. I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten the ball more often. And punter Collin Barber also is developing nicely. He averaged 48.2 yards on his kicks Saturday, with his best one being a 60-yard boomer. …

With Georgia sitting on the Ole Miss 8-yard line and facing third-and-2, I thought to myself, “Too bad we never give it to the fullback any more. This would be a great place to do it.” And then Mike Bobo did exactly that and Zander Ogletree got himself a touchdown. I’m hoping that’s a sign the lost fullback page has been returned to Bobo’s playbook. …

While the Rooskie touchdown pass got all the attention, Georgia tried another trick play Saturday, with a quarterback throwback that took too long to develop and didn’t pan out. I wonder if they’ll work on that one and we’ll end up seeing it again. …

I really hate it that the season’s feel-good story — the long-awaited development of senior Marlon Brown as a go-to game-changing receiver — has ended with his ACL injury. Brown had turned into a reliable big man with great hands, and with Michael Bennett already out for the season, that’s going to be a major loss for the Dogs.

Yes, Georgia is pretty well-stocked at wide receiver and still has lethal weapons in King and Malcolm Mitchell, and Murray has been spreading the ball around quite a bit. But when the Dogs need someone to go up high in traffic, they’re probably going to have to rely on tight ends Artie Lynch and Jay Rome. Lynch caught one pass Saturday for 31 yards but has had a few drops this season, so the answer might be Rome, who caught three balls against Ole Miss. …

The officiating Saturday left a lot to be desired. The personal foul call on Shawn Williams was ridiculous since the Ole Miss ball carrier essentially ran into him out of bounds. And, as has been the case in other games this season, there appeared to be no concept among the officials of what constitutes offensive holding. …

It was also a rough day early on for the Georgia offensive line, especially freshman John Theus, but they adjusted nicely in the second half, which I’m sure Murray appreciated. …

Another aspect of Saturday’s game that left something to be desired was the crowd, which never really got all that noisy, even when the Rebels faced a third down. There also were some folks in the stands who were early to boo the Dogs, starting with a failure to convert a third-and-9 in the second quarter and then again in the last minute of the first half when back-to-back sacks were followed by Murray and Bobo mismanaging the clock (right before Murray threw that terrific last-ditch TD pass to King).

On top of the boo birds, the crowd started to trickle away almost as soon as the fourth quarter began, and once Georgia went ahead 37-10 with 8:29 left on the clock, the fans (particularly students) started streaming out of the stadium. I’ll never understand college football fans who don’t want to stick around for the post-game celebration of a big win. That’s one of the sweetest parts of the whole experience!

Georgia’s uninvolved home crowds are a big reason why Sanford Stadium isn’t nearly as intimidating a venue as it should be.

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146 comments Add your comment

Athenzdawg

November 4th, 2012
9:43 pm

zzggyy

November 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

I agree that the postgame celebration is a great part of any win. I’ve never understood why fans will go to all the trouble & expense to attend a football game & then leave before it’s over, particularly after a satisfying victory. I’m also sure that recruits attending a home game take note of the late game half empty stands.

marty watson

November 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

Head coach dont show no fire and enthusiasm, why should the fans?

SavannahDawg

November 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

Unfortunately Bill this is what the Bulldawg nation is turning into. While there are a few of us that support these guys through thick or thin , there are a good many fair weather fans that can’t find anything positive to celebrate no matter the outcome. It’s embarrassing how some so called Dawg fans expect greatness but don’t want to show the least little support! Sanford has become a joke!! The last few games I’ve been to I’ve been told to sit down when standing , cheering on my team. Last time i checked these players feed off our excitement. Fans and alumni that boo your team or constantly bad mouth the current coaches don’t seem to realize that this is worse for recruits and current players alike too see than what you’re complaining about in the first place!! Support your team or find a new one.

SavannahDawg

November 4th, 2012
10:16 pm

Hey Marty! Did you just become a UGA fan? CMR has never coached that way! He’s been the same for 12 years. Not all coaches do it that way. You sir are the typical entitled UGA fan that thinks they have to earn your support or that they owe you something. Get over it, they’ll be fine without you.

Bill Condon

November 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Folks, if you aren’t staying to hear the Redcoats’ post-game show, you’re really missing something special–a great, great band playing music that echoes all over the stadium. Some of the music is just plain fun–and some of it’ll truly give you goosebumps. Those students really let it rip.

Pago Pago DAWG

November 4th, 2012
10:38 pm

We agree, you spend all that money, time, traffic etc., and then leave early.
We always stick around to soak up the atmosphere of Sanford.

over1861

November 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

If you want to understand the difference between a home crowd in Athens and a home crowd in Baton Rouge, you could have watched the Ga-Ole Miss game on TV then the Alabama-LSU game. Listen to the two bands. The Georgia band contributes nothing to the game. It is not the quality of the bands but the selection of music. Georgia’s band sounds as if they are playing funeral music!

Fan's Opinion

November 4th, 2012
11:08 pm

The crowd is full of uptight alumni who aren’t emotionally in the game. They would rather just put their headsets on, and sit for the entire game. The only noise you will get out of them is criticism on Richt or Bobo when a play doesn’t work out or when we get a penalty. In the 2007 blackout game vs AU, I constantly had to hear “down in front calls” when our defense was on the field. I mean that was the most exciting game I’ve ever been apart of, and people complain of their view being blocked?? Get in the game and try to help our team win.

Fan's Opinion

November 4th, 2012
11:14 pm

And Marty, why do you need the head coach to act like a nut job to get you fired up? You are the same person who says “Well, they haven’t given us anything to cheer for”. You are looking for something to account for your lack of support.

Lonnie

November 4th, 2012
11:39 pm

Guys we are 8-1

Top Row Dawg

November 5th, 2012
12:10 am

You don’t need to stand to be vocal. Standing or not standing has no bearing on game. Being loud and causing off sides and hindering ability to call audible can be a real factor.

I’ll never understand why people have to be rude and stand in front of elderly people who have politely asked them to sit down so that THEY don’t have to stand the whole game. I get standing on crucial plays (3rd down) but to stand the whole game is just stupid and again has no bearing on game in any way. It cost a lot of money for these seats, folks have spent years watching for a team like this. I feel really sad for my parents and mom whose knees just won’t allow her to stand every play.

Be a true fan and cheer with your mouth, not your feet. DEEEEEFENSE!!!

Hunkerdown

November 5th, 2012
12:28 am

To MB,

Do you remember all the hype when some coach once said “we our going to put a fence around the state” reffering to recruiting. Well that coach came and went much to the chagrin to an SEC team to the north. Thank goodness for grandmother as people of experience seem to know and sniff out what isn’t right for their undoubtablely much loved grandson. And thank goodness that Marlon choose to be a Dawg! I remember the day he announced like it was yesterday. It was a huge coop for UGA and the program. It was a good day then and looking back still a very big day for the Dawg Nation. It is regretable that you got hurt Marlon but know prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and success at the next level which I have no doubt will occur. God Bless and Go Dawgs!

creekwolf

November 5th, 2012
5:17 am

Sanford Stadium crowds display nowhere near the passion and loudness of LSU or Carolina or Florida or Alabama’s crowds. Nowhere close.

bahits.com

November 5th, 2012
6:11 am

We are a well cultured and civilized fan base.

and, I really envy schools that have stadium’s that are basically the 12th man.

c u later

November 5th, 2012
6:37 am

Why do people leave early? Most have drives home of 1-5 hours and with driving to and from the games that equates to 12-14 hour days. Throw in the after game traffic snarls getting onto the bypass and at the intersection of by pass and 316, staying for the end of a game already won or lost is not even considered. Throw in a late start time (even a 3:30 game) and it makes it even worse for getting home at a decent hour.

Cuz

November 5th, 2012
6:45 am

I remember standing all game long in the eighties. We have become a much calmer and quieter fan base. Lewis Grizzard would be appalled. He used to say Tech fans never cheered like us., they just clapped politely.

Booing the team when they are down in the first half is uncalled for and ticks off life long fans such as myself. I understand you paid a lot of money for your tickets. I can’t afford them anymore because of bandwagon fans driving up the cost. But have some class and don’t boo the team while they are in the midst of battle. Go to an internet board and vent your frustration.

The Redcoat Band post game concert is one of the reasons I always stick around. I leave when they quit playing then tell as many of them as I can how much I enjoyed it.

Maybe the people who left early live in South Georgia and did not want to miss Sunday School.

ZinoDawg

November 5th, 2012
7:30 am

Marlon Brown – DGD!

Good luck with a speedy recovery and your shot in the NFL.

Circus World Daily

November 5th, 2012
7:52 am

******* SPECIAL BULLETIN *******

Ringling Brothers has just announced that the circus has hired the entire UGA coaching staff. The assistant coaches will trade in their playbooks and whistles for clown costumes and painted faces. Mark Richt has been appointed as Head Clownmaster and will supervise all Ringling Brothers clowns.

Fred Ringling, owner of Ringling Brothers, gleefully announced that Richt was the most qualified clownmaster, having coached clowns at UGA for more than ten years. He then presented Richt and the assistants with their shiny new clown noses.

Richt acknowledged that the circus has been having difficulty hiring enough clowns in recent years, but his first act was to drop the requirement that clowns be able to read and write, and that it was okay if they had a rap sheet. “After all,” he said, “this policy worked well for me in Athens, where I was used to dealing with bozos.”

Please join with us in wishing Mark Richt well in his new position.

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
7:54 am

Good luck Marlon

Coach Scott

November 5th, 2012
7:56 am

Georgia’s home atmosphere is pathetic. I watched the game on television from out of state, and there’s just not the intensity that is evident at a stadium like Williams-Brice in Columbia, SC. We need some cheap seats – bleacher bums – where the “real fans” – not the “want to go to a game with me” crowd from Atlanta sits. We need a “railroad tracks” section, where you can pay a $10 on a first-come basis.

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
7:56 am

Dawg Fans,
Please cut the booing out……that crap is totally classless!!!

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
8:02 am

@Circus…..
Sounds like you are a Techie……I wonder why you want all the UGa coaches fired?!?!

Shi' thead Williams

November 5th, 2012
8:20 am

Murray did look like he took a muscle relaxer until it finally wore off in the 3rd. Why did UGA keep Jarvis in the game so late in the 4th QTR? What ever happened to Ray Drew? I haven’t been to a game in 2 years because of the pain in the ass factor, old age and high def TV. Plus, to be brutally honest, I can’t get exited about a team that doesn’t play to its potential. I saw this in person during the UT game in 2010, the last game I attended. That was by far the biggest non-event destruction of a hated foe since 1990. I think I hated UT more than UF, but that day it was like it never mattered because UGA was so benign and apathetic. This years team is much the same but with better defense and running game.

How low can that SAT score go?

November 5th, 2012
8:31 am

Georgia Tech has the nation’s highest average SAT score for football players, and also the highest average high school GPA.

UGA, on the other hand, has one of the very lowest SAT averages, as well as a very low GPA average. As a result, 84% of UGA players are “special admits,” when means that they can not meet the minimum educational and intelligence requirements for admission to UGA, even as low as that is.

Yes, it would be great if Tech was more competitive with UGA, but Tech fans are proud of our heritage of having intelligent, responsible athletes who go on to rewarding careers and contribute to society.

Contrast this with the very unintelligent dummies that UGA recruits. The 53 arrests over the last four years is proof enough, not to mention winning the Fulmer Cup. Most of these goons are tossed out after their eligibility is over, and many end up on welfare.

UGA is clearly just a football f-a-c-t-o-r-y dedicated to winning at all costs, and most UGA fans are okay with this, with no concern about the embarrassment this brings to the State of Georgia.

Mark Richt is the architect of this situation. As long as he is paid a huge salary, he will continue to recruit the illiterate brain-dead t-h-u-g-s who he thinks will win. Unfortunately for UGA fans, he’s not remotely in the same league with the top coaches in the SEC.

So the bottom line is that Georgia Tech – win or lose – does so with honor and integrity, while the lowlife punks, woman beaters, drug users, and drunks in Athens continue to embarrass us all.

AltamahaDawg

November 5th, 2012
8:33 am

Booing. It’s pretty hard top believe that somebody would actually go to the trouble of going to a Georgia game JUST to prove what a classless Ahole they are. Can’t you just stay home and remind everybody of that for the countless time?

Shi' thead Williams

November 5th, 2012
8:43 am

“How low can that SAT score go? ” Shut up NERD and get back to work !

Concerned

November 5th, 2012
8:47 am

How Low Can SAT Go – When you are losing so much like GaTech is this year, it’s great to fall back on the “we lose with honor and integrity” bit. You are still losing!! By the way – didn’t you have to forfeit your ACC Championship because one of your players was accepting gifts and your coach decided to ignore the NCAA inquiries? And those high SAT scores didn’t help much when your quarterback couldn’t count to four, did they!!! Go back to your blog and rationalize with your own fans.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2012
8:52 am

Im glad to know Tech’s SAT scores are so great but who cares

There are countless stories of people not going to college or dropping out of college that made more of a difference in the world or in business in general than those that went to the North Ave Crime Ridden Dump; Bill Gates comes to mind

Now since Tech is more concerned about academics than fielding a great athletic program could you Tech fans demand that your program drop out of the ACC and go to Div III and allow Georgia ST to take your spot

Lee

November 5th, 2012
9:02 am

@Cuz, re “The Redcoat Band post game concert is one of the reasons I always stick around.”

For four years I had a daughter in the Redcoats. Always a special treat to watch the postgame – especially after a win when they really cut loose…

Fidlin1

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Bill, you have to understand. This was Homecoming and the reason the student population was leaving the game early is the Party. Go Dogs!!

AltamahaDawg

November 5th, 2012
9:26 am

Hopefully, we don’t have as many poster in here this week, mad as fire that Georgia won another game, as there was last week. Or at the least, they spare us having to read them whine about it.

And I’m assuming that the folks (fans??) who opening rooted AGAINST Georgia a couple of weeks, being in contention to go the SECCG are going to do the right thing and stay the hell under the porch, too.

old dog

November 5th, 2012
9:27 am

o-line still leaves alot to be desired. We are good enough, but against ‘Bama (if we are lucky enough to be there) our line will get exposed. Kudos for the win, though……the o-line is the difference between us and a NC right now!

Obama Insider

November 5th, 2012
9:37 am

A vote for me is “revenge”!

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2012
9:38 am

Altamaha Dawg

Dont come on here and claim I was rooting for us to lose against FL

I have been one fan that was tired of losing to FL every year as stated in many of my past posts

oh

And dont claim your stupid post wasnt aimed at me either

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2012
9:43 am

Altamaha Dawg

I wont be staying under the porch either we have only played 2 good teams this year

One team beat us in a blowout

The other team basically gave us the game with 6 turnovers that had no offense what so ever

The only team we will play is bama; get blown out by them like last year and this will be another smoke and mirrors season with wins against only 1 decent team

Bulldogs for Muschamp Lifetime Contract

November 5th, 2012
9:48 am

We all have bashed Bobo. However, credit is deserved for making 2nd half adjustments. He did and we blew them out.

Getting an extra pass protector and passing to set up the run and running the fullback.
Coach Freeze said “First time all year we had our passion taken away”.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2012
9:53 am

“”We all have bashed Bobo”".

Actually Altamaha Dawg Jedi Master Kool-aid Temple priest has never bashed him

When Bobo starts beating good defenses then the criticism will stop until then running up numbers against teams with no defense doesnt make him a Offensive guru; if he was, he would already be a head coach somewhere at a big name school

Funny how his name is never mentioned when big time jobs have opened up

AltamahaDawg

November 5th, 2012
9:59 am

Well then sportmodel, that wasn’t meant for you then was it? It wasn’t. Believe it or not, there ar other folks who post on the AJC blogs.You don’t hold the patents on hypernegative comments about the Georgia Football progrm.

But it’s hilarious that you called yourself out on it.

Vance

November 5th, 2012
9:59 am

At the beginning of the television coverage of the Vanderbilt game, the stadium was rocking. The student section was on fire, and the commentators noted the magic atmosphere of Sanford Stadium between the “storied hedges.” I agree that fans help make the tradition. Maybe UGA needs a Wisconsin “bounce” or Gator chop or FSU chant or whatever. Championship programs have championship fans. I would like to see more fire in Athens too. It’s a shame that fans don’t support the team more when the team gives it their all on the field.

UGA student

November 5th, 2012
10:05 am

We leave early because because we’re trying to get a head start to DT so we can get drunkkkk.

AltamahaDawg

November 5th, 2012
10:06 am

And no, I don’t “bash” other grown men who are doing very hard work,and who happen to be be on my same side. I leave bashing for the keyboard wielding tough guys.

But you are a liar to say that I have never found, and posted, any fault with the job that Coach Mike Bobo has done over the years.

Patched Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

November 5th, 2012
10:16 am

Altamah Dawg

Called myself out; LOL I guess you thought everyone on here was going to get a laugh at me somehow biting at a post that we all know is directed towards me and a few others on these blogs that dont drink the Richt and Bobo kool-aid

Give me a break man thats about as elementary as it goes

People who have been on these blogs no full well who you are gearing it towards so dont flatter yourself at being so smart Master Yoda

The Gator

November 5th, 2012
10:20 am

Can’t believe the way you Dawg fans continue to go after each other. You’re 8-1 for cryin’ out loud. The Alabama-LSU game showed that with your 2012 schedule you might actually back into an SEC Championship this year, when Bama’s defense is down just a bit and Florida’s offense is too.

But beware Auburn at home. They have just as much player talent as any team in the SEC and they may have figured a few things out last week. Just know that we Gators will be rooting against you, and laughing our tails off if you blow this rare opportunity.

SSIgator

November 5th, 2012
10:25 am

“There also were some folks in the stands who were early to boo the Dogs”
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Probably most of which were directed towards the elite coaching of St. Markus Rectumus and his over-paid assistants.

Truthiness

November 5th, 2012
10:26 am

I’ve been to games throughout the SEC, and UGA’s crowd has always come across as part Atlanta sophisticated, fashionable, and detached, but without Vandy grads’ credentials and part frat boy/good ole boy partying. Boredom threshold is mighty low. Neither group cares much for the emotional display, except when they think they aren’t getting their money’s worth. It’s not good or bad, it’s just who we are. I wouldn’t expect that to change.

AltamahaDawg

November 5th, 2012
10:32 am

You know the problem with basing your entire argument on you knowing what somebody else thinks or meant?

It takes then 2 seconds for them to completely discount you, and then what are you left with?.

I was referering my earlier comment to very specific people that argued with me on Bill Kings blog about “can you pull for the gators”. Some folks (and I can name them if you really insist) said that they wanted SC to win because Georgia doesn’t deserve to go to Atlanta, and they were scared of playing Alabama. Had nothing to do with hoping we lost to UF. I really have no idea where you were on that, nor do I care. Maybe that was your take as well, in which case, feel free to hide under the porch with them. I am not surprised that you once again inserted yourself into my post. Kind of a theme lately.

So let me be clear: I wasnt talking to you, and am I completely uninterested in anything you have to say about it. Is that “gearing it” straightforward enough?

Bulldogs for Muschamp Lifetime Contract

November 5th, 2012
10:34 am

SSI still shivering in his pool of jacksonville tears

PRICELESS

SSIgator

November 5th, 2012
10:35 am

“I’ll never understand college football fans who don’t want to stick around for the post-game celebration of a big win.”
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They did after the Gator Bowl, but sticking around after beating up on a bunch of unranked, mismatched opponents doesn’t really qualify as a “big win” – or does it?

Fan's Opionion

November 5th, 2012
10:42 am

Top Row Dawg, you’re right about the standing the whole game. I understand that some people just can’t do it. I should have prefaced my comment about the “Down in front calls”. I was getting told that on the 3rd down plays. You don’t have to stand up to be loud, but it does get the energy going in the stands.