Slow start doesn’t hurt as Dawgs roll over Georgia Southern

Aaron Murray had another big day through the air. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Aaron Murray had another big day through the air. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia’s game with Georgia Southern Saturday went about like many people expected.

It took the Dogs defense about a half to really get a handle on the Eagles’ run-oriented triple-option offense, and Georgia’s offense came out suffering the seemingly inevitable letdown after the emotional high of winning the SEC East last week and were their own worst enemy, stalling drives with penalties and a couple of sacks, losing a couple of fumbles and dropping passes.

In the end it wasn’t close, with Georgia winning 45-14. But for most of a half the Dogs let the Eagles think they were really in this thing.

As the first half clock counted down with Georgia clinging to a 10-7 lead, it looked as if Southern might tie it up or even take the lead as they drove toward the Bulldogs’ goal line. But if you live by the cut block, you die by the cut block, which can easily turn into an illegal chop block. A timely flag for just that derailed the GS drive, resulting in a failed field goal attempt.

And then Aaron Murray and the offense finally got on track. Getting the ball back with 1:03 on the clock, Murray passed them downfield and hit Malcolm Mitchell for a touchdown with 4 seconds to spare.

From there, the Dogs never looked back. A more aggressive defense managed to disrupt the Eagle offense during the third quarter while Murray piled it on, scoring on two TD throws to Chris Conley and another to Tavarres King (a beautiful long over-the-shoulder pass).

The fourth quarter saw Georgia putting in the subs, with backup QB Parker Welch tacking on another touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley and the second-string defense giving up another Eagles score.

For the day, Murray was 18 of 28 in the air for 330 yards and four touchdowns. And while Georgia’s running game was relatively quiet, with Todd Gurley the leader at 68 yards on 15 carries, it was enough to put the freshman over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

Conley led Georgia’s receivers with four catches for 76 yards and two TDs but Murray completed passes to eight different receivers, with tight end Artie Lynch pulling in three for 68 yards and TK getting three for 61.

Among the defensive standouts were Alec Ogletree, who had a dozen tackles and a fumble recovery, and Christian Robinson, who had nine tackles, including two for loss.

It’s also notable that placekicker Marshall Morgan had two tackles, one of which came on a special teams meltdown when he missed a long field goal attempt and the Georgia team started to walk off the field, forgetting it was a live ball until they saw an Eagles player returning it downfield.

Otherwise, Morgan had a solid game, making all his PATs and another field goal. And punter Collin Barber only had to kick one away all day, but he boomed it 51 yards.

In the end, the Eagles got their yards, as you figured they would, racking up 302 on the ground (same as they got against Alabama last year) but only 16 passing. But Georgia shut them down in the third quarter and the Dogs’ 474 yards of offense proved, as expected, to be too much for Southern.

And at least Georgia got four quarters of preparation for what they’ll face next week as the Yellowjackets come to town.

That’s my quick take. Feel free to share your own views of the win over Georgia Southern.

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40 comments Add your comment

jrmdvm1

November 17th, 2012
6:55 pm

Just glad to have a good win. One at the time. Keep them coming.

Bill

November 17th, 2012
6:56 pm

Let’s go, haters!!!! Tell everyone what a bad job the players and coaches did! You all suck!

Bill

November 17th, 2012
7:05 pm

Can you imagine how miserable Bill King, Schultz and Suck and Jerk Off of 680 will be if the Dawgs end up 11-1? What a bunch of losers!!!!!

DawgVoiceofReason

November 17th, 2012
7:06 pm

Dawgs took care of business and then some. Bring on the bumbles!

Go Dawgs!!!

JC

November 17th, 2012
7:08 pm

This was an excellent game for practice against GT’s offense. It seemed it took near a half to cover it properly. They have a week to work on some areas o improvment. I think they will come out of the gate next wek shutting down the riple option. Any guess on the line for that game?

CADawg

November 17th, 2012
7:51 pm

Great Win Dawgs!!! Being a dog fan living out of state I get the Dawgs anyway I can. Today I listened to the game with the Georgia Southern announcers. When we took the lead 24-7 the announcers were shocked to see the “fans” leaving the stadium. I grew up on SSI and listened to the Dogs on the radio in the early 70’s when we couldn’t make it to Athens. Left Georgia in !980 but was fortunate to pick up the 4th quarter of the Tennessee game through tons of static glued to the radio hoping for a miracle that did happen. I have only, because of geography, been able to attend a few games in the past few years but when I can my family and I stay to the bitter or sweet end. So to all you “fans” who left the game early I can only say that you must not know how lucky you are to have the privilege to support a great team and be a part of a great tradition.

DawgNation

November 17th, 2012
8:03 pm

CADawg. Your and your family are true DGD’s.

DawgNation

November 17th, 2012
8:04 pm

Ops “you’re”. Sorry

DawgNation

November 17th, 2012
8:08 pm

OK lets try this again CADawg. YOU and your family are DGD’s.

DawgNation

November 17th, 2012
8:10 pm

Bill King. I sure hope CTG realizes that GT will throw more than once in next weeks game.

GB's Hamburgers

November 17th, 2012
8:51 pm

It’s was all good today. Murray’s accuracy continues to improve. Christian Robinson raised his stock considerably. Good adjustments at half time too.

Fridawg

November 17th, 2012
9:05 pm

I’m glad you mentioned Morgsn’s tackles. He saved the game in the first quarter.

Seriously?

November 17th, 2012
9:15 pm

Now we need to take care of business against Tech.

Bill King

November 17th, 2012
10:30 pm

To “Bill”:
Maybe next time you should try reading beyond the second paragraph before you comment.

dave

November 17th, 2012
10:45 pm

Nice to see Justin Scott-Wesley and Conley get involved. We need all receivers to step up.

Fair n Balanced

November 17th, 2012
11:45 pm

Stanford n Baylor won!

Minnesota Dawg

November 17th, 2012
11:52 pm

Who would have thought that we would be in position to go to the National Championship!!! Win dawgs at Tech and then take care of Alabama.

Finally!! Now 7-19 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

November 17th, 2012
11:52 pm

Alright Richt……the gauntlet been thrown down. After sooooooooooo many disappointments over the past 7 years, will you finally have your team show up!!!

Will you beat GT, AL, and then ??? and finally bring the Crystal Trophy home????

Or will you lose to AL and go to a mid tier bowl and lose there and repeat last year all over again?

You can shut me up and make me eat crow if you can……please, please I’m begging you…

DawgVoiceofReason

November 17th, 2012
11:54 pm

Do you realize we’re in this thing?!!! (BCS picture), to quote Larry Munson. Unbelievable! We just have to beat the teams we play.

Uncle Kirk

November 18th, 2012
12:40 am

DawgNation……..Southern threw more than once today….they just completed only one. What’s your point?

Alex

November 18th, 2012
12:55 am

As a Dawg fan in Florida I have enjoyed watching the locally non televised games on espn 3 . Video quality is not always great but today was good. Just ran the hdmi cable from the laptop to the flat screen and enjoyed the game.Some of the comments reminded me of listening to the great Larry Munson call the games and how exciting he made them. It was the only time I remember turning down the volume of the TV to listen to his calls while watching Go Dawgs beat Tech!

Desert Fox

November 18th, 2012
1:39 am

I guess its just a fact of life, something dawg fans have come to expect from this team. They’re going to start slow, make mistakes that kill drives then pull off a small miracle here and there to take the lead and then run w/it. If this is the way its going to be lets just hope it works out w/the same results for the next two games. You’er just going to have to ignore how it may look just as long as it all ends well for this talented but mistake prone bunch. Stay within yourselves dawgs and realize what you might achieve if you play all 4 quarters like you do the last two qtrs. If so, our dawgs just might make it to Miami. Amen.

Tndawg

November 18th, 2012
3:21 am

Bill, you do realize there is a scenario that would put Bama and Georgia in both the SEC Championship and BCS Championship?

MattinAtl

November 18th, 2012
3:59 am

Boy, Bill King, I’ve never read anything you’ve written that would justify the second post from Bill. Scary folks out there!

CHDawg

November 18th, 2012
8:23 am

I counted 8 & 9 Eagles in the box at times early. Much as I like our TBs, and Gurley getting 1000, if a team does that we just have to keep throwing. We finally went to the Air Force. Tech will be sky-high. Let’s come out fast and mistake free!

I-DOG

November 18th, 2012
8:38 am

Quite a night of college football last night. These next three games set up to be the biggest of Richt’s career. Win against tech and it is a “play in” game for the national title in the SECCG. Beat Bama and the Dawgs get to play for the national title. It is basically a three game playoff with this weekends tilt against tech like playing against the wild card team.

I-DOG

November 18th, 2012
8:44 am

how much does playing GSU’s option help the Dawgs in preparation for tech’s? It has to be helpful to have had that extra week of practice against a similar system and the film from the GSU game to help correct mistakes.

tech fans would like NOTHING more than to upset UGA and ruin the dream. They can’t imagine the horror if UGA gets by them and the Dawgs win the next game. Worst nightmare for a tech fan.

AltamahaDawg

November 18th, 2012
8:59 am

Coach Bobo just rushed for over 1000 yards, and passed for a school record in TDs. Great Job.

The Gator

November 18th, 2012
9:07 am

Pigs will fly before (1) UGA beats Bama, or (2) Bama and UGA both end up in the NC game. Don’t take much hope from Texas A&M; Manziel is a once-in-decades scrambling quarterback that presented unique challenges to Bama. UGA possesses no such unique capability. Bama will match up a first-round NFL draft pick at each tackle against Jarvis Jones. Game over.

AltamahaDawg

November 18th, 2012
9:22 am

Whatever adjustment Grantham made at halftime, that was lights out. Some of that was GSU running out of steam, but still, he had a man on the spot nearly every play.

GT will pose a different type of threat. They can and will pass the ball, so its not a matter of just figuring out the adjustment to what the other team is willing to telegraph over and over.

AltamahaDawg

November 18th, 2012
9:30 am

Did Alabama just realize that they had a first-round NFL draft pick tackle? They have given up 20 sacks already. More than we have given up with a couple of newbies out there.

AltamahaDawg

November 18th, 2012
9:35 am

uh, I guess our freshman gave up a couple, this week.. Ok 1 less. Still, if they could just stop the Javis Jones-types of the conference, game over……seems like they would have before now.

Neutral

November 18th, 2012
9:48 am

ONE GAME AT A TIME!!!! GT will be ready and they would love to destroy our season. That would be very hard to live with for 365 days!
ONE GAME AT A TIME!!!! Go Dawgps!!!!!

Jborodawg

November 18th, 2012
9:51 am

CADawg; I’m with you. Why do 20,000-30,000 ‘fans’ go to the game if they’re gonna leave before the 4th quarter starts? Yes, it’s their privilege. I just don’t understand.

A good tune-up for GT’s offense. I won’t take the first half for the D to adjust. We should be fairly ready for em. Four or five other teams were ready; the Bulldogs will be too.

Jborodawg

November 18th, 2012
9:53 am

“…It won’t take the first half for the D to adjust…”

I-DOG

November 18th, 2012
10:56 am

Saw on Schultz’ blog where Dawg fans are rooting for USC to beat Notre Dame (this was after #1 and #2 lost). I would think we really want Notre Dame to win and get into the title game as they seemed to be the best matchup for UGA out of the possible other candidates. Notre Dame has a good team, but I think OR is more dangerous as would be having to play AL a 2nd time (ASSUMING we beat tech and Bama which is a big assumption).

I’m just saying, ND winning against USC would be a good thing for the winner of the SEC title game as I think both UGA and Bama match up well with them.

Dirty Dawg

November 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Derek…look on the bright side…you’ve got a ton of money in the bank and you won’t have to wear those damned orange pants anymore – and neither will Momma. Besides, sooner or later Tennessee fans fall out of love with even their home-grown guys – Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer to name a couple. Better that you got outta there while you were still young.

Dawg Tired

November 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Obviously the “Bill” in the comments section needs serious counseling.

Pago Pago DAWG

November 18th, 2012
7:23 pm

Let’s take care of gt and Bama first, then get ready for the show down.
Chatted with D. Dooley for a few seconds over at SMU one afternoon, I knew ahead of time so I wore an UGA cap. Good guy.

LawDawg

November 19th, 2012
10:40 am

There is no chance of a UGA-Bama rematch in the title game. I actually saw this twice on here. Can you people not count? A 2-loss team is not making the NC game. That is just a ludicrously stupid thing to post.