Key to beating Tech in overtime: Give it to ‘Big Boy’

When in doubt, put the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley. (Jason Getz / AJC)

When in doubt, put the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley. (Jason Getz / AJC)

A Dawg fan’s confession: During that nightmarish first half of Saturday’s game at Grant Field, in which Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 20-0 lead and it seemed nothing could go right for Georgia, I thought we were looking at a potential blowout. I mean, a Tech team that makes its living running the ball in the triple option was just plain embarrassing the Dogs’ suspect defensive secondary through the air!

But as tough as it was to watch the Jackets having their way with the Dogs early on, I wouldn’t take anything for the way it ended, with Georgia and its rookie substitute quarterback storming back to once again break the Jackets’ hearts, this one in double overtime.

Spotting Tech three scores and still winning — it doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

As Hutson Mason noted after the game, the first 28 minutes weren’t pretty. The worst part definitely was the play of the Georgia secondary, with Jackets QB Vad Lee picking on cornerback Sheldon Dawson (starting for an injured Shaq Wiggins), who repeatedly kept letting Tech receivers behind him for big catches and wasn’t receiving any help from safeties Quincy Mauger and Josh Harvey-Clemons, who were selling out against the run.

The 68-yard Tech completion to a wide open Darren Waller on third-and-8 in the first quarter pretty much summed up most of what’s been wrong with the Georgia defense most of this season: poor pass coverage and they couldn’t get off the field on third down.

Tech’s coaches obviously had watched film of the Georgia-Auburn game, where an opponent known primarily for the run had a lot of early success passing against the Dogs. Unbelievably, in the first half Saturday, Tech had more yardage passing (171) than the Dogs had total offense (152).

Speaking of the Georgia offense, Mason, getting his first career start in place of injured Aaron Murray, started out very shaky and admitted he wasn’t trusting his protection — though I’d say that was with pretty good reason, as his offensive line and backs allowed him to be continuously pressured, resulting in sack after sack. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo wasn’t doing Mason any favors, either, as he had the QB standing back there way too long waiting for receivers to get open. And Tech was keying on Bulldogs tailback Todd Gurley, keeping the Dogs’ running game in check.

But Bobo eventually adjusted, making greater use of the short passing game, and Mason settled down and started looking like the confident quarterback we saw against Kentucky. Finally, the Dogs got back into the game in the last couple of minutes of the opening half, driving 86 yards for a score on which Gurley again did his Superman dive, breaking the plane of the goal line with the ball in one hand.

Hutson Mason got a slow start but finally got rolling for the Dogs. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Hutson Mason got a slow start but finally got rolling for the Dogs. (Jason Getz / AJC)

The Dogs opened the second half with a nice drive that featured a tremendous catch by tight end Artie Lynch for a 31-yard gain but unfortunately saw Georgia have to settle for 3 after a touchdown pass to Gurley was called back on a flag against the Dawgs — ironically for a chop block on a day when the cut-blocking Jackets saw no such penalties.

Georgia’s defense stiffened on a drive that saw Tech miss a field goal try, and then Mason led the Dogs to within 3 points on a scoring throw to Michael Bennett with 2:26 left in the third quarter. But the Jackets went back up by 10 points 4 and a half minutes into the fourth quarter.

On the next UGA drive Richt rolled the dice, converting on fourth-and-6 from the Georgia 39. Another big catch by Bennett set up a Gurley touchdown run and Tech’s lead dwindled to 27-24.

The Jackets finally made a big mistake, with Harvey-Clemons snagging a pick, but a sack of Mason meant the Dogs had to settle for another field goal, tying the game at 27.

With just 4:17 left on the clock and a Tech attack known for gobbling clock, things didn’t look good for Georgia. The Jackets started their next drive well, but bogged down and then pinned the Dogs at their own 2 with a punt with just 46 seconds left in regulation. Georgia ended up running out the clock, playing for overtime.

Oh, what a great decision that was, because, as Richt told Chuck Dowdle after the game, in overtime “we just kind of handed the ball to Big Boy,” meaning Gurley.

Georgia won the toss and decided to start overtime on defense. Tech methodically worked its way into the end zone in the first OT period, only to see Georgia tie it up again 34-34 on three consecutive runs by No. 3. Then, it was the Dogs’ turn to go first, and Gurley ripped off a scoring run on the very first play to take a 41-34 lead, its first of the entire game.

That’s how you play overtime: Gurley, Gurley, Gurley, Gurley.

Getting their second turn in OT, the Jackets again seemed to be working their way to paydirt, but on third-and-2 at the Georgia 3, the Dogs swarmed and buried a pitch. And then, on fourth-and-5 from the 6, Lee tried a slant to Waller but Ramik Wilson tipped the ball up in the air and then Damian Swann batted it out of the end zone. The Bulldog Nation collectively held its breath, with visions of the miracle play at Auburn playing in their heads, but the ball harmlessly hit the dirt and once again Richt’s Bulldogs had wrecked ole Tech.

Gurley definitely was player of the game, running 20 times for 122 yards and catching four passes for another 36 yards as he scored four touchdowns. But Mason solidified his position as Georgia’s starter for next season, making 22 of 36 passes for 122 yards and three scores, with one interception.

In a year of down-to-the-wire close games, Georgia-Georgia Tech stayed true to form. But, in the end, as center David “Boss” Andrews tweeted after the game, “We still run this state.”

You gotta know the way this one ended really hurts for Tech fandom. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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124 comments Add your comment

JY DAWGS

November 30th, 2013
9:37 pm

JY DAWGS

November 30th, 2013
9:38 pm

Just glad that the play of the year is not UGA Auburn….. Sorry Tide but that play will be shown for years

Roswell Dawg

November 30th, 2013
9:38 pm

Always great to beat the nerds. Frustrating to think we were two plays away from being 10-2>

zzggyy

November 30th, 2013
9:40 pm

How many times has a player ever scored TDs on 2 successive plays as TG II did in OT today?

UGA Season Ticket Holder since 1986

November 30th, 2013
9:45 pm

I don’t know who had the most fun. 1986 pulling the Dawg players up into the stands after a dramatic double overtime win over arch-rival Tech. Or Flat and dawgfan ranting and raving about how terrible and mediocre we are. If Flat and dawgfan had half the fun that 1986 had, they had a LOT of fun!!
Same old Tech.
hahahahahhahhahahahhahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahah.
Same Old Tech. hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.
We STILL run this State. 12-1.

Hawaii Dog

November 30th, 2013
9:46 pm

Hate to see Murray end his great career with an injury. But it will really benefit the Dawgs next year having Mason play these last couple of games. There will be a lot of new QB’s in the SEC next year. Georgia will have have the advantage in the early games.

Kobie

November 30th, 2013
9:47 pm

Just like you said before Bill, Aaron Murray is the leader of this team but Todd Gurley is the heart of the Bulldogs. They kept feeding him even though he was not gaining yards early and it paid off in the end when he was just punishing the Tech. Georgia is a much different team with Gurley healthy.

Dawg89

November 30th, 2013
9:49 pm

I had given up. I’m sure somewhere, Larry Munson had given up, too. You know that hurt the Teckerds. Where is GTBob? It hurts doesn’t it Bobsky???

GO DAWGS, and to you know where with teck.

Tom B Stone

November 30th, 2013
9:50 pm

Mason actually had 299 yards…pretty decent outing all things considered…GO DAWGS

Dawg89

November 30th, 2013
9:51 pm

And, Roll Tide – right on down the drain. For all you elephant fans out there, now you know how it feels.

UGA Season Ticket Holder since 1986

November 30th, 2013
9:51 pm

It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sweet to haul Andrews (61) into the stands during the post game celebration. You earned it “Boss.” How sweet it is!!!!!!!!

Billy Ryckman

November 30th, 2013
9:53 pm

Johnson makes the same mistake again this year as he did a few years ago when Martinez was fired and Richt took over the defense. He panics and starts passing the ball when UGA could not stop the run. I can’t figure out his coaching. Mason looks good, too bad we have him for only one year.

coachgb

November 30th, 2013
10:00 pm

I think Mason proved we won’t have to live through another “Joe Cox” year but there certainly will be some growing pains. It wasn’t Bobo having him hold the ball too long, it was Mason’s decision making speed. Inexperienced QB’s are going to hold the ball a little longer and are going to leave the pocket a little sooner than guys that have been around a while. We have all been spoiled a little by Murray. He would have delivered alot of balls quicker and we would have seen more big plays in the passing game. Mason did a great job on the timing routes today but was a ittle slow on some of his down field reads. But overall he played well. Great headstart to next season.

LADawg

November 30th, 2013
10:02 pm

What could have been this season if the Dawgs were coached to play four quarters? Lose to Vandy and barely escape with wins against a terrible TN and a very medicore Tech team. Happy for win but sad this is what Dawg fans can expect every year.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:05 pm

What a sweet way to end the regular season. Tremendous comeback by the Dawgs and I love swatting the Jackets. Mason performed with great consistency once he got going and got his legs under him. As Bill pointed out, one mistake in the second half and we would have been done.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:10 pm

Completely agree with Billy R. Paul Johnson seems to choke when he has the game going his way and abandons his precious option game at strange times. Couldn’t happen to a nicer (not) guy.

dawgfan

November 30th, 2013
10:10 pm

I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. The closer the win the more pain for the Techies.

Dawg4life

November 30th, 2013
10:12 pm

We need to start calling Todd Gurley the Governor because he is cut throat and in charge on that team!

Rigger

November 30th, 2013
10:13 pm

Now that’s how you win the games.

Nice to see a UGA Qb in overtime willing to be a game manager instead of a playmaker, and boy, did it work. Gurley, gurley, gurley. Never would have happened under the old UGA QB.

Hutson threw an awful interception in the 1st half, must just be something all UGA Qb’s do, throw a int a game. Worked against GT, won’t work against better teams like Clemson, Auburn, etc. Hated, hated, hated, that play, Really disappointed Mason has thrown 2 int’s in the last 2 games. Might need to open up the QB competition in the Spring to QB’s that can protect the football.

But the defense forced 2 turnovers, and when you win the turnover game, you usually win the ballgame, so at least Hutson only threw 1 int, and thankfully, his defense bailed him out this time.

Defense missed an easy fumble recovery near the goalline, that was sloppy. Got to get those turnovers.

UGA is now 5-0 when we won the turnover battle in 2013.

Rigger

November 30th, 2013
10:16 pm

Hutson’s on track to throw an int every game, so looking at 12-14 int’s in 2014, and losing the turnover battle in 2 of those SEC games as a result, leading to another 8 win season in 2014.

Hutson is NOT the answer to BCS type of Qb play.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:17 pm

Rigger,

You have a mental defect that is beyond description. You REALLY need to go away and never post here again.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:20 pm

JY Dawgs,

Alabama may have gotten us off the hook somewhat but I tend to think that both plays will be shown together, whenever the Auburn miracles are discussed on TV. I don’t think any team has ever had two back to back miracles like that and certainly not in those circumstances. They are the luckiest team of all time.

Dawg89

November 30th, 2013
10:26 pm

Yes, Auburn is lucky. Even the most delusional fan can’t possibly think that kind of luck will continue.

Old Dawg

November 30th, 2013
10:27 pm

I knew this was going to be a close game, but I had no idea it would end like this. UGA’s defensive secondary played terribly in the first half, and I honestly thought this was the year GT and Johnson earned a win.

Thank the football gods that Hutson Mason got on track in the second half and the defense made plays when it counted…I really enjoyed watching the Dawgs stop the option pitch, a play that can have explosive results. It didn’t happen today.

One last note: the SEC was 3-1 against the ACC. That should quiet the folks who think the Almost a College Conference is on par with the SEC!

BOB

November 30th, 2013
10:29 pm

With a defense that allows 30+ points a game how can Georgia expect to become champions of the SEC ,let alone the nation?

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:29 pm

Dawg89,

Who said Auburn’s luck will continue?

ShowMeYurTD's

November 30th, 2013
10:30 pm

Thank you Gurley! Hope he stays around another year; don’t know why he would though. I’ve seen some really great coaching today, Gus, Spurrier, A &M Guy, and Mizzou guy. I love my dawgs but sick once again we’re not going to the NC.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:34 pm

So much for the theory that having Saban as your head coach assures that your team won’t make huge mental mistakes and that the coach is so detail oriented that he won’t make poor decisions that cost his team games. Also, his emphasis on “every phase of the game” didn’t prevent his formerly rock solid kicker from having a complete mental collapse as a kicker. Lot’s of myths busted tonight.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:37 pm

ShowMe,

You do realize that Gurley is only a sophomore, don’t you? He is not eligible for the NFL until after 3 years. He will be back, barring injury, etc., for another year as a Dawg.

True Tech fans are aware of reality

November 30th, 2013
10:42 pm

Reality for the usual run of the mill UGA teams that wind up 7-4 or 8-4 or say, 6-6 is that there is just NO RESPECT of any ACC Tech team. That is why this UGA team, one of the WORT UGA TEAMS, in the last 45 years, had NO REPECT of GT. None. 0 .

The early result was 20-0 GT but UGA finally woke up and DOMINATED GT in the last 25 minutes of regulation time.

GT, it is what it is.

The Saban myth is broken

November 30th, 2013
10:46 pm

In Alabama, there IS a new sheriff in town, named Gus Malzahn. . It damned sure ain’t Saban.

U of Alabama was OUTCOACHED and I love it!!!

Jon Heisman

November 30th, 2013
10:49 pm

You got lucky. Tech outplayed the pups most of the day.
And since we beat you in basketball AND baseball, we actually run this state!!

jeeperscrow

November 30th, 2013
10:51 pm

Hutson will never be Joe Cox as long as he has Todd Gurley healthy…Cox never had the advantage of having the best running back in the nation with him on the field. Plus Mason will have a TON of top receivers to go to next year as well.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:55 pm

The reason Coach Richt went for it on 4th and 6 with 9 or so minutes left in the game was because he didn’t have confidence in the defense being able to stop Tech’s offense. He new we needed to score on that drive. He deserves a lot of credit for recognizing the game situation and making the tough decision. There have been some times when he hasn’t done that.

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
10:57 pm

Jon Heisman,

The only thing you Techies run is your mouths.

SatillaDawg

November 30th, 2013
11:03 pm

I was nervous, too, Bill. But the Dawgs really showed some grit and fought their way back into the game.

Great victory for the team, the coaches and the Bulldog Nation.

Mason looks like the real thing. And Gurley is a beast.

Kudos to Bennett, too. Clutch play at a crucial moment.

Go Dawgs! Sic ‘Em! Woof, Woof, Woof!

dawgfan

November 30th, 2013
11:05 pm

Missouri=SEC East Champs.

Oh what could have been…

DawgVoiceofReason

November 30th, 2013
11:12 pm

Spurrier wins the battle over Clemson but loses the War. Yet another year with no championship for USC and the Evil Genius AND they lost to the Dawgs this year!

ShowMeYurTD's

November 30th, 2013
11:32 pm

My bad. Gurley a Junior, thank you God! Go dawgs

ShowMeYurTD's

November 30th, 2013
11:33 pm

Next yr junior…..stay healthy Todd

Flo-Ri-Duh

December 1st, 2013
12:09 am

Hutson Mason has a ways to go to fill Aaron Murray’s shoes.

Mizz-Who? is the best team in the SEC when Franklin plays. The Game Crocks were lucky enough to win with Mizz-Who? having to start a freshman QB. Steve Arrogance comes up short again/

Au-Barn say “I rather be lucky than good.” Mizz-Who? is going to end Au-Barns sting of pure luck.

Dawgs defense was less than impressive but finally made a few plays.

RED DOG 77

December 1st, 2013
12:10 am

Well you never know, but Georgia would appear to have a great chance at winning the SEC in14. Hutson Mason should improve on his decision making process with a bowl, spring, and Summer practice…………and Lord knows our D should improve…………looks like the teams to beat next year are Missouri and Auburn………….We’ll see………….Go Dogs………………RED

Topp Dogg

December 1st, 2013
12:43 am

GT still sucks and will for another year.

Senator

December 1st, 2013
1:03 am

Frankly, if you think honestly about Hutson’s performances, he’s thrown 2 interceptions in his last 50 passes.

At this rate, Hutson will leavwe Joe Cox and Aaron Murray’s 14 int in 1 season records in the dust and finish with @20 int’s.

We’ll lose 4-5 games as a results of losing the turnover battle, since Hutson is also a turnover machine, let’s call him Joe Cox Jr.

Whatever happened to St. Simons

December 1st, 2013
1:07 am

This was Tech’s best chance to beat UGA since 2009…..I do not think Paul Johnson will beat UGA again…..it was a nice experiment, but the Paul Johnson era is over.

Senator

December 1st, 2013
1:18 am

With Huston’s 56 qbr rating vs 83rd pass defense GTech, looks like Lemay, Bauta, or Ramsey will be the 2014 Qb. Can’t imagine Mark Richt wanting another season like 2013 where UGA is at the bottom of turnover margin in the SEC. Enough of the Joe Cox Jr, Huston Mason, let’s find a QB who can move the ball without throwing picks.

HotDawg

December 1st, 2013
1:21 am

Nice comeback win Dawgs. It will be nice to see an entirely healthy team play next season. Or at least a team without a hideously, abnormal amount of injuries. Let’s hope.

HotDawg

December 1st, 2013
1:27 am

Dawgs were again without safeties trey matthews and corey moore today. We haven’t had a healthy secondary all year. This did have much to do with their failures on defense. I believe this unit has the skills and ability to play exceptional when healthy enough to gather that chemistry of playing together as a group weekly.

HotDawg

December 1st, 2013
1:32 am

Senator, glad your not a coach or decision maker.
jeez, one game and your already pleading for a backup.
weren’t you pleading for mason over murray also?
Don’t make stupid troll comments.

UGA Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

December 1st, 2013
2:03 am

Even when the score was 0-20, we were taunting the Tech fans in their own house that Tech would find a way to lose the game and they stood there and AGREED WITH US!. We could not conceive of losing the game (even at 0-20) and Tech could not conceive of winning it. (even at 20-0). They were just waiting for the proper moment to collapse. And they did. As always. Same old Tech. Every true Georgia fan needs to spend one game pulling Georgia players up into the stands at Grant Field after an exciting win over the NATS. What GREAT fun that was!

UGA Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

December 1st, 2013
2:09 am

Grantham stacked the middle and dared Tech to beat us with a 47% completion rate passer. It hurt us on the two third and longs in the first quarter but you just knew that a 47% passer couldn’t keep that up. And he didn’t. In the second half, Grantham doubled down on stopping the run up the middle and dared Tech to beat us with a 47% passer. He couldn’t (even though we spotted them a 20 point lead). What’s the good word? 12-1..

fan

December 1st, 2013
2:30 am

Senator went full retard. You never go full retard.

barrow dog

December 1st, 2013
7:12 am

Gurley is for sure one of the best running backs in the nation… unfortunately for him with the camera always on him, we also get to see how much work he needs as a blocker.
Saban has more coaching ability in his little toe than I do in my whole body, but even I could see the risk outweighed the reward of such a long shot call.
Wonder what vegas would have paid on a Aub/Miz SEC championship in August ?
Go Dogs… study hard and stay out of trouble this off season.

The Reason UGA wins

December 1st, 2013
7:28 am

UGA simply looks at Tech, like a scrimmage in our other home field, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. THAT facility is UGA’s SECOND HOME.

Tech, this edition of GAWGA football is one of the crummiest in 25-40 years but we STILL CAME IN and crushed the Bees. KEEP that in mind. This edition of Bulldog ball is lousy, so given that, it ought to hurt so good.

tell me again

December 1st, 2013
7:48 am

You know ~ alot has been said about this team being lousy and this and that – the fact is – we had a ton of injuries mid season and had to make huge adjustments half way across the lake, so to speak, in order to keep the ship afloat – this year may be one of Richt’s best coaching jobs ever. He kept these kids from panicking and throwing in the towel as they saw team mate after team mate fall. I mean, in a period of a few weeks we lost half of a very talented offense. UGA had a ton of major injuries and ended up 8-4. Florida had the same and ended up 4-8. It wasn’t meant to be our year but if you look at the big picture this team persevered through some extreme adversity and pulled out a respectable year – with a bounce of the ball here and there it might have been a great year EVEN WITH all of the injuries. When you look at the big picture they did pretty darn good. Go Dawgs!

tell me again

December 1st, 2013
7:52 am

As for Tech . Bottom line — 12 out of 13……..ouch. Save up your penneies Techies – the price of gold has gone up and it will cost you much more to get that next gold ring engraved with the victory score.

1969 Graduate

December 1st, 2013
8:08 am

Being behind by 20 points ended up being a lot of fun.

Our run defense wasn’t too shabby, but our pass defense was hard to watch, mostly because there wasn’t anything to watch!

The jury is still out on the new QB. Bad interception. Improvement as the game went on. Etc.

I applaud some of our offensive coaching decisions. Nice going. For a change, Richt and company seemed to have a clue.

We’d be better if we hired a defensive coaching staff.

But, hey, we won. Tech lost big time. Great day to watch football. The end of the Alabama game was amazing. The end of the Vanderbilt game was pretty exciting, too. But, nothing was as much fun as the end of the Tech game. Weren’t they ahead or tied the entire game until the very end? Yes, they were. I hope all the Techies had a great time. Not.

Ain’t it great to not be Georgia Techies.

Oh, aren’t there some NATS nerds who are supposed to come on here and sing our fight song?

Go, Dawgs!

4Dawgs

December 1st, 2013
8:11 am

As I posted earlier this week, this is the game that counts the most! Thank you DAWGS for not giving up, believing in yourselves, and bringing home the state championship.

To the DAWG Fans, great job of coming out and supporting our team. This is not a biased remark, at least 60/40 UGA fans in gt stadium.

Apopka, FL Dawg

December 1st, 2013
8:11 am

We should expect for Mason to be a little rusty after being on the sideline for four years. I think it’s great he has the last two games of this season to get game experience and confidence for next year. Yes, everyone will come back healthy next year, but the coaches will be the same. We need a new OC and a new DC. We also need a Special Teams Coach.

Apopka, FL Dawg

December 1st, 2013
8:16 am

This was a great win for the Dawgs and I hate to say anything negative about that. But, once again, they only played one half of tough football. All season long they looked great for one half and incompetent for one half. Maybe next year they can be coached to play hard, and smart, for all four quarters.

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
8:37 am

A mediocre team beat another mediocre team. No more. No less.

This one just happened to be against Tech in two OTs. I’m still LMAO at the pain the Techies must still be feeling right now. It couldn’t happen to a classier group of people. I have no idea why they insist on running their fat mouths about us year after year. I thought they were smart? It hasn’t gotten them very far.

Karma is a B.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

swimdawg68

December 1st, 2013
8:43 am

Cornerback Dawson #2 couldn’t cover me on a post pattern and I’m 67 years old. Do we not have any corners that can play up on receivers and play physicial? That TD pass (an 8yd slant into the endzone was too easy). Dawson was playing 6 yds off the receiver at the goal line and ad no way to cover the slant pattern. ( I actually called the play to my son before it happened when I saw Dawson’s coverage). Even Tech db’s were playing physical with our receivers (playing up on the receivers and preventing them from easily running their patterns. For a few times last night, I thought Coach Willy Martinez was back coaching our db’s on how to play “soft zone”. Com’on coaches (Lakatos) teach these guys how to become physical corners.

NoAxeToGrind

December 1st, 2013
8:56 am

The good news: UGA won. The bad news: Grantham will likely be back next year.

Topp Dogg

December 1st, 2013
9:07 am

UGA=Gator Bowl vs Minn GT= Pickle Bowl vs Ga State

Topp Dogg

December 1st, 2013
9:09 am

TG will be here till his contract is up sad but true.

Pago Pago DAWG

December 1st, 2013
9:12 am

On the way home from The Big House, actually M Go Blue gave Ohio all they wanted, heard the last 5 mins of UGA beating GT and Bama giving the game to Auburn…what a day for college football.

Rafe Hollister

December 1st, 2013
9:20 am

Mason had 299 yards passing versus the 122 you gave him credit for. Not bad for a first start 300 yds passing. Gurley is a walking terror for our opponents!

Our Defense is pathetic once again. Worried already about playing Michigan, if we do, their QB will run for 200 yds on our “D”, if you can call what we play “D”.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 1st, 2013
9:22 am

We shoudn’t hear too much from the Bama fans who come here and tell us about how Saban does things perfectly, for at least a while.

Rafe Hollister

December 1st, 2013
9:23 am

Forgot, our Special Teams are almost comical, they are so bad, definitely the worst in the SEC. How can you plan on winning the SEC, when you just write off ST, which are about 1/3 of your team?

Capitain Sparrow

December 1st, 2013
9:30 am

Senator. You need to be assassinated. Hutson is 1-0 and the Mason era is off with a bang. #3GURLEYFORHEISMAN2014

Capitain Sparrow

December 1st, 2013
9:34 am

Special teams Rafe? Well at least they didn’t give up a 109 yard TD with no time on the clock.

Spike

December 1st, 2013
9:40 am

What a game! The Dogs, God bless em, didn’t quit and pulled out a close onGive Mason some credit. He manned up and played well

the second half. Although a couple of his passes were way off the mark, and Murray would have nailed them, he got the W. And what was up with that replay with the Bennet pass?!? Hurts, huh, Tech?

Spike

December 1st, 2013
9:40 am

Hey St. Simons! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAH

Hairy Dawg

December 1st, 2013
10:11 am

Haha! The sorry bugs losts again. When we was down I prayed and that shows pestky bugs what Christian coaching can do. Dawgs own running of state and sorry bugs is nothing but high school team with no talents.

Go Dawgs! Bugs Stinkys!

Frustrated

December 1st, 2013
10:13 am

If Grantham is back next year the offense will have to put up huge points every game to win and that’s just not reasonable. Will probably end up with between 7 and 9 wins and Gurley will then be gone. Another opportunity lost in the Richt era with fantastic players and no national title. We’ve had a QB with the most wins in school history (Greene), the number one draft pick and top running back pick on the same team (Stafford and Moreno), and now the best running back since Walker and just two SEC titles to show for it and those were ages ago. Yes the comeback win yesterday was exciting and last year’s SEC title game was exciting, but can’t Richt produce something better?

P-Man

December 1st, 2013
10:42 am

One thing that has been kind of lost this year is the play (and improvement) of Marshall Morgan this year. After a shaky first half of his freshman season, he has been lights out for the last year and a half. And to think, he did it without a special teams coach! Which really helped Bama, by the way…

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
11:21 am

I agree. I foresee 7 or 8 wins next year tops. There’s a reason Mason was riding the pine behind Murray. He’s not as good. Gurley will be a beast but Bobo being Bobo he won’t properly use him. We’re losing a lot of O-linemen and for reasons that make absolutely no sense whatsoever it appears the consensus is that Grantham will be back. That boggles the mind. You can count on another pizz poor defense next year. It’ll probably be about like we’ve seen this year.

Richt just needs more time…

1969 Graduate

December 1st, 2013
11:21 am

Frustrated,

No, Richt can’t produce something better. Worse, he’s producing exactly what his bosses want – a competitive football team. We want a winning football team, a team which rivals that of Alabama, a team that has a very good shot at the national title year in and year out. They (Richt and his bosses) want to compete for the east. By that standard, Richt is doing great.

I agree that it’s great to beat Tech as compared to losing to the bugs, but it’s really a mediocre team beating another mediocre team.

Ask me how much I wish we weren’t going to a bowl game. I love going to a good bowl game and winning. I hate going to a crappy bowl game, and beating another mediocre team (when what I want is to play in the top BCS bowl, and win). I hate even worse that even a mediocre team has a good shot at beating us in whatever crummy bowl we play in.

It would help to hire a defensive coaching staff, and maybe a special teams coach.

Go, Bulldawgs!

I-DOG

December 1st, 2013
11:41 am

I thought Mason was much better than his stats showed:

First he had no help for most of this game. While Bill King touts Gurley’ yards and touchdowns, lets be realistic and realize that Gurley had 0 touchdowns and was averaging 3 yards a carry through the full first three quarters of the game. He got COMPLETLY shut down and the line was not run blocking or pass blocking for the entire first half.

If not for Hutson’s capable play… Georgia loses this game big. Mason wasn’t perfect but there is a “pitch and catch take what he defense gives you” about him that I like. He also has a “feel” for the pass rush, escaping deep sacks on occasion to make them 2 yard losses or even getting 5-6 yard gains with his feet when the pocket broke down.

He was off target on a couple of throws and made one poor decision. His receivers dropped some passes and the line was unable to pass or run block for the first half.

I agree that Mason will likely throw 12 INT’s next season. What is wrong with that?

I-DOG

December 1st, 2013
12:24 pm

Have to disagree that this was Richt’s best coaching job.

The defense was poor. Not many injuries but young. Didn’t get better and still looked young at season’s end yesterday. Last year, the D had 7 Juniors or Seniors that were drafted, it was mediocre. Gratham’s style of Defense is not capable of stopping mobile QB’s and spread option offenses. Unfortunately, that is 2/3rds of the teams we see. We will have the same trouble stopping teams on 3rd down next season and the D will tire and the offense will sit and we will lose games we shouldn’t.

Special teams were poor. There weren’t a lot of injuries on ST. The D was poor and so were special teams that is 2/3rds of a football team that were unacceptable.

Yes, there were a lot of injuries to skill position players on the offense. The drop off in the Missouri game was understandable given these injuries. We were fortunate to have a pretty healthy OL and QB (until the last game with Murray). We also had the best player in the country in Gurley and a four loss season with a third tier bowl invite to show for it. AJ Greene was unable to win more than half of the conference games during his tenure at UGA and that is with Mathew Stafford throwing him the ball. Will we be saying the same about Gurley next year when he goes pro. What a great player, how did UGA lose so many games with him?

How does the team come out in a coma for Auburn and tech and stay asleep for the first half? How does the team not play for Mason who worked so hard for four years an finally gets a start. They gave him NOTHING for 28 minutes on offense or defense. I can’t figure that out.

If this is Richt and staff’s best coaching job then I am very concerned with what $5,000,000 plus buys and am afraid to see an off year for this staff.

ShowMeYurTD's

December 1st, 2013
12:42 pm

Gus went from a 2 win season last year to ending up winning the sec west, and probably more.. Gotta give it to Auburn’s descision makers, they want to win! Bad mouth Grantham all you want, just like we did Martinez, but the buck stops with Richt. Ladies he(Richt) is the problem! Richt cannot win when it counts, close only counts in the game of horseshoes, and the UGA coaching staff are a bunch of loser jackasses. now I feel better, thanks for listening. SO Frustrated, and feel bad for the players because they have ability out the ears and NO leadership.

BULLDAWG BILL

December 1st, 2013
1:27 pm

I STILL HATE TECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HollyDog

December 1st, 2013
1:31 pm

Hutson Mason is bad.

kid posted a 63 QBR against the #83 pass defense at Ga Tech.

UGA will keep searching for a QB. Lemay? Not sure. Bauta? Don’t know? Ramsey? Maybe, will probably be the starter come September.

That was one of the worst debuts at QB I’ve seen in a while. Hutson was a backup for 4 years, FOR A REASON. Now we know why.

HollyDog

December 1st, 2013
1:35 pm

Thanks to Murray and Mason, we finished #13 of 14 SEC teams. #98 nationally, in turnover margin.

Team that wins turnover margin is 29-2 in Super Bowls.

Congrats to Head Coaches at FSU & Mizzou, both finished in top 5 in turnover margin, and national ranking.

CoffeeBluffDAWG

December 1st, 2013
1:35 pm

I-DOG,

I agree about Mason. He looked in control after some early jitters and a lot of pressure from a good GT pass rush.

He seems to have a good feel for when to throw it away and when to tuck & run. We’ll be good on O with him next yr.

The D is a different story. It has taken them a half before they come together as a unit and play tough. The pass D is still a mess – thought I would see improvement over the season but it hasn’t happened.

HollyDog

December 1st, 2013
1:42 pm

Love4 Hutson throwing 2 int’s and giving up 6 sacks in his first 53 pass attempts.

Can you say: Next Man Up?

Bauta, come on down. Guess he’ll start the Bowl game, no way Richt stays with Huston Mason.

HollyDog

December 1st, 2013
1:43 pm

Huston made the GT defense look like the Steelers in the 1st half. Guy was clueless.

ugaclassof2004

December 1st, 2013
2:07 pm

Mike Bobo almost singlehandedly cost UGA the game. He refuses, absolutely REFUSES, to run the ball unless he digs himself into a hole. Gurley had 4 TD’s, 4!!!! And we only gave him the ball 20 times??? Bobo is incompetent on a level that is astounding.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 1st, 2013
2:21 pm

What Hollydog knows or understands about football would fit inside the space occupied by a quark.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 1st, 2013
2:25 pm

2004,
In case u didn’t notice, Gurley was shut down by Tech for most of the game, until the end. Why not give Bobo credit for using him when and how he did???

Erk Russell's Dog

December 1st, 2013
2:42 pm

The end of another disappointing UGA football season , Bowl Projection Nashville vs. ACC Boston College. The coaching staff seems incapable of getting 4 quarters of play out of the team.This has been a recurring theme for the entire 2013 season.Falling behind 20-0 to a very flawed Tech team and having to get lucky to pull out a 2 OT win is playing to the level of the competition ,what mediocre programs do. The fans appear to accept this the stands are 99%full at home games ,even against the FCS teams that are scheduled every year, The Administration and Athletic Association are raking in the CA$H and could care less. 9-3 or 8-4 seasons are considered successful to CMR and his staff. So look for more contract extensions and more mediocre seasons to come.

Dawg_Mike

December 1st, 2013
3:24 pm

Dear Auburn,
You’re welcome…

sincerely,

God

DawgVoiceofReason

December 1st, 2013
3:33 pm

Even the Atheists in Auburn now believe…

twelveofthirteen

December 1st, 2013
4:02 pm

Dear Auburn,

I will enjoy taking your soul that you sold me.

Sincerely,

Lucifer

Seth

December 1st, 2013
4:13 pm

What’s up dummies? Even though UGA was 5-0 when they won the turnover battle, and 1-9 since 2012 when losing it, I’m still trying to make you believe it’s all about….

uhhhh..INUJURIES orrr……defense…..yes,, turnovers have NOTHING to do with the story of 2013

Seth

December 1st, 2013
4:16 pm

How did Richt let Nick Marshall go? Should have suspended him for 2 games, then moved him from DB to QB.

Richt the genius picked Murray, who never beat a great team.

Seth

December 1st, 2013
4:17 pm

I would like to see Mark Richt fired. He just doesn’t have the drive. Looked like he was about to die of boredom the whole game.

Seth

December 1st, 2013
4:23 pm

BY THE NUMBERS:

THE STORY OF 2012 & 2013

UGA IS 7-0 WHEN WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE IN SEC GAMES

UGA IS 1-9 WHEN LOSING THE TURNOVER BATTLE

END OF STORY.

NOTHING CORRELATES BETTER.

MaconWriter

December 1st, 2013
5:34 pm

Think Hutson Mason’s 63 qbr rating would lead to a win against these teams in 2014:
Clemson
SC
Miss
Aub

No way. 8-4 at best next year. Need a qb.

UGA Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

December 1st, 2013
5:54 pm

So many Tech trolls posting on the site as dawgfans. Almost comical if their mama didn’t need to clean the basement and they won’t let her in until they finish posting. One comment was the best. “I wouldn’t want to play in a crappy bowl.” (and miss an estra month of practice). That’s like a political challenger saying that they don’t want to raise money during the session. Just an idiotic comment. Then there’s all of the fools who just cut and pasted their anti-Murray rants. If you’re REALLY a dawgfan and you want to trash the team, just write in on the Memo section of your check. Oh, you don’t pay any money into the system? Thought not. Bet you don’t have one of our degrees either. Actually praying that you don’t have one of our degrees and if you do, begging that you don’t tell that to people.
12-1. We STILL run this State!!

short memories

December 1st, 2013
5:54 pm

Great win though against a mediocre tech. Richt will never win the big one. But he hangs on to extend the misery. Does just enough to give people false hope. We all know it will never happen under Richt.

short memories

December 1st, 2013
5:55 pm

Wake Forest played a better game against Vanderbilt yesterday.

DawgVoiceofReason

December 1st, 2013
6:21 pm

Short
That’s very interesting since WF lost their game while we won ours. Not really sure you know what you’re talking about.

pete

December 1st, 2013
6:29 pm

Fire Grantham!!!

JB at home

December 1st, 2013
6:30 pm

Just got home from family Thanksgiving. Boy, what a win. Go Dawgs. Kudo’s to Tech for playing their heart out. Hate to see one of the worst passing teams rip our secondary, but two regulars, although true freshman, were out. Didn’t have a dog in the Iron Bowl fight, But interesting that a coach only 4 or 5 years removed from the High School ranks, out coached Saban. The return was set up by COACHING…..and the lack of Bama’s response was also. And for all who are scared of the ” Fulmer syndrome” for the Dawgs one day, Just look at what a new staff did at Auburn. It’s all coaching down there with the turn around. For Christmas I want a new DC and DB coach. The line coach Wilso did a great job this year. It was the strength of the defense. Go Dawgs.

JB at home

December 1st, 2013
6:52 pm

Two rumors on the DawgVent… One is from a football writer who was told by Richt that the entire staff will be back….The other is really interesting. That Muschamp is gonna throw a mil or 1.2 at Bobo to come to Florida to install Richt’s offense and be OC….THAT will never happen. Bobo is ALL Dawg. Bobo leaves Athens to be a HC somewhere maybe…..and he may get a shot in the ACC soon. Lot’s of coach’s fired every year……And this Franklinn at Vandy… I’m sold. The guy will be gone from Vandy soon.

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
7:52 pm

It’s official. Richt has absolutely no interest whatsoever in taking this program to the next level because “continuity is a good thing.” So is accountability coach.

Richt is a joke. I’m sorry.

DawgZilla

December 1st, 2013
7:59 pm

Rigger…
Stop using words like “we” and “our”. YOU ARE NOT A DAWG and WE don’t won’t you in OUR fan base.
You’re an idiot and should strongly consider removing yourself from society.

DawgZilla

December 1st, 2013
8:01 pm

Should read “don’t want YOU”.
Made a typo…get over it, I did.

Bulldawg35

December 1st, 2013
8:21 pm

I’m happy for he win…I love how gurley ripped their hearts out in OT. But I can’t believe we are going too keep Grantham!! What is Mcgarity thinking????

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
8:42 pm

Are you talkin’ to me? Touch a nerve? Richt is a joke football coach. Our defense was the laughing stock of the SEC this year, but what is “the dean of SEC coaches” going to do about it? Absolutely nothing. Continuity is a good thing.

You Kool Aiders are getting what you pay for with this clown. When we pizz away season after season with this hack I don’t want you Kool Aiders acting all surprised and making a bunch of excuses. It’s what you wanted. Don’t go running to mommy when people like me come around to say I told you so. It’s on your hands. Deal with it.

I’m checking out.

JB at home

December 1st, 2013
8:46 pm

Richt keeping Grantham would like a company keeping a Sales Manager who was losing market share every year. I don’t get it. You can bet the private sector doesn’t put up with poor results. Geez.

JB at home

December 1st, 2013
8:49 pm

The guy at Auburn ( Gus Malazan) is going to be a problem for the SEC. Just wait till be loads the boat with top notch talent down there. Imagine Paul Johnson with Athletes. He’ll never have them. Auburn will.

JB at home

December 1st, 2013
8:49 pm

Enter your comments here

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
8:53 pm

I’m sure that sales manager was just “young” and needed more time to “mature.” Never mind that this was his 4th freaking year on the job and he has yet to demonstrate any ability whatsoever to do his job effectively. He should be back because continuity is a good thing. If you get rid of him you’ll have to find somebody else. That requires work and time away from shooting Carpets of Dalton commercials. We don’t want that.

It’s comical.

Macclenny_dawg

December 1st, 2013
9:11 pm

As I watched the 1st half yesterday and I couldn’t help but laugh. Cardiac Dawgs under Richt. Finish the drill. Just as I expected come back and win. Its the Richt way. Play only a half of football. Never make the tough decisions just hope things get better. Grantham should be gone!!! Next year more of the same. A bunch of close games with about 4 losses. No blowouts. Sick of Richt!!!

Asgard

December 1st, 2013
9:38 pm

So once again the Fulmer Cup-winning football factory playing their Special Admits defeats the student scholars from Tech.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2013
10:19 pm

Malzohn may well turn the tide in the state of Alabama, he’s flipped three recruits that were committed to Bama in the last three weeks. He has already made it competitive again. After the Iron Bowl win his momentum should only increase as far as recruiting goes.

What can you say about Mark Richt as a HC and the UGA program. We were in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and had the choice, Grant Field or Jordan Hare. We drove to Auburn to tailgate with friends and were lucky enough to score tickets at a reasonable price and witnessed one heck of a football game, as a bonus UGA scores were provided regularly via the jumbotron.. Been a Dawg for 44 years and I’ve lost interest in Georgia football under Richt. I suspect that I’m among a growing group that will continue to let our voice be heard. Continuity…..I’d honestly rather see results.

dawgfan

December 1st, 2013
10:21 pm

The “student scholars” who couldn’t figure out how to hold on to a 20 point lead. Sorry Techie. No sympathy points this year for you clowns. Try that crap again next year. Maybe you’ll have some luck getting people to feel sorry for you then. That looks like a cut paste job from the past 12 out of 13 years anyway.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

Bulldawg35

December 1st, 2013
10:32 pm

I can’t damn believe that auburn has a first year coach and first year qb and they’re playing for the sec title and maybe more!!!! Why in the world did Richt allow Marshall to go too attend auburn???? It’s damn time Richt starts show much better results!!!! Now Richt is going too keep Grantham! How disgusting is that???

UGA Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

December 2nd, 2013
6:45 am

Bulldawg35 – We LET the kid go to Auburn because he was thrown off the team for stealing from his teammates. Auburn is fine with that. LSU is fine with their sexual offender. We have schizo trolls who on the one hand whine and complain about a Georgia kid who gets a ticket on his scooter and then wonder why we LET criminals leave the program. Madness.

dawgfan

December 2nd, 2013
7:22 am

Nick Marshall isn’t the problem. The problem is that Auburn has hired a coach that is smarter than Richt and undoubtedly works harder than Richt. That describes pretty much every coach in the SEC though so nobody bats an eye at it.

Continuity is a good thing.

UGA Season Ticket Holder Since 1986

December 3rd, 2013
10:43 am

If you have a complaint, write it on your contribution check. Oh, you don’t make contributions. It takes no courage at all to want to spend OTHER PEOPLE’S twenty million dollars buying out contracts and hiring new coaches. I hear that Tennessee is still paying off the debt from contract buyouts from two coaches ago. It would be an interesting story and lesson for the all the trolldawgs if true. Trolldawgs are too busy cutting and pasting their anti-Murray rants into anti-Mason rants. We’ll be in Jacksonville having a GREAT time and you’ll be alone, still in your mother’s basement, living your mediocre life ranting about how you hate mediocrity. Trolldawg = mediocre person living a sad, pathetic, mediocre life that they hate.

Dr C

December 4th, 2013
8:57 pm

Tech trolls posing on here bashing Mason….tell us about the first big time football game you started in college and how you did…no jitters, no interceptions, and threw for 800 yards?….yeah, right. If it wasn’t so funny reading your drivel, I would suggest you try playing football. Mason was so awful in his debut that he beat a team wanting to win more than anything in their lives after being 20 points down…yeah, he was awful!!!