3 points about Georgia’s 28-point loss at South Carolina

Connor Shaw ran. He also passed. His team won. (AP photo by Brett Flashnick)

Connor Shaw ran. He also passed. Not coincidentally, his team won. (AP photo by Brett Flashnick)

1. Aaron Murray didn’t exactly grab his star-making moment by the throat. Delivering a tipped interception on Georgia’s third snap was the worst possible start for the quarterback who still hasn’t presided over a victory against a team of substance. (Florida 2011 doesn’t count.) Murray had maybe his worst night as a Bulldog, completing 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards. In his defense, his line couldn’t block South Carolina’s defensive front. As offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said: “When a guy’s getting hit, he has a tendency not to trust his protection.”

2. The “Gurshall” groundswell got, er, grounded. Freshmen tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 76 yards on 15 carries — this after each had 100-yard games against Tennessee. Again, the Gamecocks’ defensive line overpowered Georgia up front, often pushing blockers backwards into the guys for whom they were supposed to be blocking. “We couldn’t handle their ends,” Bobo said, and then this: “I thought we would be able to run the ball a little bit better.”

3. The Georgia defense didn’t trip the light fantastic, either. South Carolina gained 392 yards while throwing only 10 passes. (Six were completed, for a staggering 162 yards.) That’s what happens, said Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, when the running game works and you can throw off play-action at your leisure. The Gamecocks rushed for 230 yards — 109 by Marcus Lattimore, who had his third consecutive big game against Georgia, and 78 more by Shaw. “For us to get where we want to go, we’ve got to improve,” said Grantham, telling no lies.

By Mark Bradley

549 comments Add your comment

K-Baby

October 7th, 2012
10:36 am

You improve by recruiting offensive linemen who are strong enough and quit focusing most of your recruiting efforts on skill position players. Also, a tough minded head coach would help.

K-Baby

October 7th, 2012
10:38 am

Also, it’s obvious our strength and conditioning program is still behind other schools.

Come on

October 7th, 2012
10:41 am

David Granger

October 7th, 2012
10:41 am

Looks like other schools recruit big-framed linemen and get them over 300 pounds by sending them to the weight room. Looks like Georgia recruits big-framed linemen and gets them over 300 pounds sending them to the Old Country Buffet.

CrawforDawg

October 7th, 2012
10:42 am

“and if I swallow anything evil, put your finger down my throat”…what came up was five weeks of kool-aid. I feel considerably better now.

Cosmo

October 7th, 2012
10:48 am

georgia got cold-cocked by cockey. Maybe they can still back into SEC championship game like last year?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

October 7th, 2012
10:50 am

How many UGA coaches get hired by other schools? None…pretty sad.

Cosmo

October 7th, 2012
10:50 am

Maybe the dawgs can back into SEC championship game like last year?

Doug

October 7th, 2012
10:50 am

How much longer do we have to put up with Richt? How many big games do you have to lose in row before your fired.

p

October 7th, 2012
10:51 am

time for a change in athens

DeepDiver

October 7th, 2012
10:51 am

Best one loss team in the world, right fellow dawg fans? Anybody?

Todd grantham

October 7th, 2012
10:53 am

Mark, observation number 4: Georgia was out coached 6 ways to Sunday.

Hirejongruden

October 7th, 2012
10:53 am

Fire Mark Richt. Please end the insanity.
Our program is insane by definition.

Tom Whollahand

October 7th, 2012
10:57 am

The dwags are an embarrassment to the state of GA. The dwags were blown out by an inferior team with less talent (but better coaches). What does it feel like to recruit all those outstanding 4 and 5 star individuals every year only to fall every season?

So all you chest puffin’ dwag fans who were over on the Tech blog after the Tech loss, you can go eat it up now.

Todd grantham

October 7th, 2012
10:57 am

Observation number 5: Thanks to Spurrier Georgia will be spared from a beating by Alabama that would make the USC game look like a family reunion.

IndyGT

October 7th, 2012
10:59 am

I seriously hope UGA does listen to all the blogosphere and fire CMR, because he does own us. It just amazes me that the coach staff can get them ready for all the other games, but the ones that count… They get COMPLETELY overmatched, in all aspects. This had to be the one game that UGA had to have circled in bright red she the season started. All the other games UGA should dominate this year.

Richt isn't cutting it

October 7th, 2012
10:59 am

We have talented athletes!!!

We don’t coach them up!!!!!

As I always write: when was last time tha Richt outcoached another team to get a victory????

We are never gonna win important games again with Richt

Ward Gailey

October 7th, 2012
10:59 am

I wonder if the dogs will be making excuses like Al Gore did for the pres. As a gamecock alum living in GA for some 35 years, I have long gotten tired of the GA this, GA that. Your paper has tunnel vision, rarely giving the cocks any coverage of note, even in winning the baseball college world series for goodness sake. It has been the equivalent to the political bluster….

Todd grantham

October 7th, 2012
11:00 am

And number 6: Mark Richt simply cannot any longer defeat a team of substance. Georgia fans should have been warned last week when the Dogs couldn’t put away Tennessee.

Sideline Dude

October 7th, 2012
11:02 am

Just the same old middle-of-the-pack UGA team. The dogs will never be a top-of-the-heap team as long as Rich & Boo Boo are in Athens. They’re nice guys but not great coaches. Another also ran season. Maybe they’ll match up better against Auburn.

Denver Dog

October 7th, 2012
11:02 am

Can’t win the big one, sad, always over hyped pre season, easiest schedule ever in conference oh well. Might not beat FL now, only two decent teams they’ll pay all year.

Chris

October 7th, 2012
11:03 am

Notice how we are LOADED at the receiver position. It’s because we are a finesse team, and always have been under Richt. He is more concerned with having a multitude of receivers to throw to in lieu of having a deep, and strong offensive line.

Championship caliber teams are built at the line of scrimmage. Once you’ve got that nailed down, you get your quarterback, some good running backs, full backs, tight ends (which goes with the line), and then you go after you receivers. Richt and Bobo’s way of thinking, coaching, and recruiting does not work. It’s that simple, and until we get a coach that understands that, we will be average at best.

Don’t forget that we one 1 of our 2 SEC championships under Richt with Donnan’s players. At that time, we had big aggressive lineman, and we had depth. We won our 2nd SEC championship on the arm and legs of DJ.

It’s been 7 years of being average since, and I can promise all you blind, homer, cool aid drinkers that it will not change until Richt is fired. I wish it wasn’t true because I love my DAWGS, but I also want what is best for them, and Richt is not it.

Jeff

October 7th, 2012
11:03 am

Prediction-Georgia wins just enough games this year for Richt to keep his job and we go through this same routine next year. It’s like groundhog day. It never ends.

downandoutdawg

October 7th, 2012
11:05 am

We were out coached. A change must come if we ever want to be taken as a serious championship contender. I just want to see UGA win a national championship in my lifetime.

Satan smells

October 7th, 2012
11:06 am

The sun came up this morning and it isn.t the end of the world so we will play again in a couple of weeks. However, if the world as we know comes to and end by the return of Jesus then be prepared to meet your maker. If our world continues to spiral downward to a European socialist country then we can only blame ourselves for putting the same leader back in the White House that is trying to turn us into a socialist country. Back to football. Spurrier cannot take credit for building SC into a winner. Just tell him “You Didn’t Build That –Someone Else Did That*. Without the State of Georgia giving you players you could not have built that team. That’s a joke, son. From the ashes the Dawgs will rise again to conquer the SEC

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 7th, 2012
11:07 am

Im wanting to hear from fans like
Truth?
GT is a 4th rate High School Team,
DawgRx,
aladawg
jp
DawgNation
Brainiac
rhbDAWG1

I especially want to hear from…..

Lobosolo, Truth? and CHRIS

Come on out

LOBOSOLO

Chris you there

How about Truth?

Sid

October 7th, 2012
11:08 am

Jeff….you’re probably right. Giving that fool an extension and a raise after beating a bunch of bad teams last year…..definition of incompetence. Fire Adams and McGarity too.

Todd grantham

October 7th, 2012
11:09 am

Number 7: College football is not only about winning, but also economics. As Georgia’s mediocrity continues, season ticket holders will further tire of paying for a lousy home schedule and watching a team that gets clobbered by good teams. Revenue will fall. Fans will be content seeing Georgia play on SEC TV and ESPN Alt 55 rather than CBS. And be grateful after the game they aren’t fighting to get out of Athens.

Steve Is Superior

October 7th, 2012
11:10 am

You forgot

1) I outcoached you.
2) We out played you.
3) We out recruit you.

Reality

October 7th, 2012
11:10 am

You gotta love the future. Georgia always weasels out of having to play Alabama or LSU in most years. They had this one teed up for a National Championship. Easiest route for any SEC team, yet they spit the bit. Gotta love ‘em. Go dawgs!

Steve Is Superior

October 7th, 2012
11:13 am

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville. Get on ‘em.

Sid

October 7th, 2012
11:15 am

and just wait till Jacksonville….another beatdown. Gators DLine will eat up that bunch of no talent, out of shape Ga O linemen….hope the Golden Boy Murray can run fast.

Kiss the East Goodbye!

October 7th, 2012
11:17 am

Well said MB. But unfortunately nobody at UGA will give a crap. All they worry about is how much they can raise tuition in the coming year and what’s for dinner today.

help

October 7th, 2012
11:18 am

Same stuff over and over. Lose to a ranked team and we need to recuit better, we need to improve strenght and conditioning, etc. We always win non important games because will have talent.
When big games(ranked) come along, to win those you have to have talent( Ga has that) then
you have to coach them( Ga not) and have discipline( Ga does not). Discipline means run the proper route,use the correct blocking technique, fall into correct coverage, etc.
But I believe Ga will get to Atlanta again. Schedule will allow.
When it all settles what we have is a talented group of DOGS!

Satan smells

October 7th, 2012
11:19 am

Last year UGA dominated SC and lost by turnovers and a fake punt but still should have won the game. This year SC dominated UGA and should have won. UGA didn’t back into the SEC East last year because they were the better team that blew a game to an inferior team. This year if UGA wins the East then I might be more inclined to agree about them backing into it unless SC loses two or more games, Just remember my down-hearted friends it is just a football game and doesn’t count toward eternal life. If you are an atheist then these words won’t mean anything to you so go out and buy your fire-proof suit for your eternity in a hot place. God bless you either way.

AWESOME

October 7th, 2012
11:19 am

EXPOSED…..again!

Kiss the East Goodbye!

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

If I was a 4 or 5 star recruit I would want to play for a head coach like SS over MR hands down. Why would anybody want to go to a middle of the pack program like the one in Athens?

GATA

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

Although Carolina dominated on all fronts, I have to wonder how much of the “little things” really made the difference. Here is a quote from Clowney, which would explain how he was in the backfield so quickly all night:

He said Murray was tapping the center’s leg before snaps to signal for the snap:

“The offensive line gave away when they were going to hike the ball, so I got a good jump on it and our crowd got into it.”

Wouldn’t you think a player or coach would have clued in on this at some point??

LakeDawg

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

Bobo and Grantham remarks fall under the category of “DUH.” Is anybody from the AJC going to ask McGarrity his thoughts on the state of the program?

PaulieOldSchool

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

I’ll tell you what’s behind in this program v. other schools. The COACHING. You can recruit 3-5 star players year after year, and we do, and then this is the result, year after year. Mediocre against teams we should dominate against. Or at least be able to compete against. This broken record will say it again–WAY past time for RIcht to go and take his worn down circus act with him.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 7th, 2012
11:22 am

Enter your comments here

zeke

October 7th, 2012
11:22 am

Don’t know if the HBC took pity on Richt or what, but, the TD was against the backup USC defense, and, IT WAS NOT EASY! Score should have been 35-0!

Answer this

October 7th, 2012
11:22 am

Discipline! This team still has none! Love the shot Spurrier took at the team saying ” I like playing them early because you can count on players beimg suspended”! Whats sad is that our D stars did nothing to show that they were elite players! Clowney make #72 look like Sam Baker from last years Eagle/Falcon game. He did what he wanted to do all night.
Bobo you dont get a pass! How about killing the blitz with a screen pass and not that screen you tried to throw 10 times with each time showing it was not working!
Heres an idea….how about the head Coach finally getting some discipline on this team so when you have all this talent it can be coached!
Just like the year you had so much talent on offense…..you end up laying an egg!
We are tired of the home teams getting drilled in big games!
o yea Aaron Murray how about play big one time during your career in a big game!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 7th, 2012
11:24 am

Mcgarity you think we have enough money left after those contract extensions you gave out to give a drug screen to the coaching staff?

cmac22

October 7th, 2012
11:24 am

The last time UGAly had a game of this magnitude was in 2008 against Alabama. Back then, the Richt led bulldogs looked like they had no game plan, were flat & were obliterated. Hell, they were more concerned about the jersey color they would wear to the game.

Well, last night, jersey color wasn’t an issue. However, UGAly provided the same results in all other categories. They appeared to have no game plan on offense, were flat & totally out-manned (so much for the vaunted strength program!).

Murray is not, & will never be, a big time QB capable of leading his team to a significant win. When you have a porr offensive line, 6 ft quarterbacks can’t take 3 step drops & throw the ball.

The most venom should be leveled at Grantham. He draws a huge salary and has done NOTHING to earn it. No pass rush, no [pass coverage & no run defense. He has duped the always gullible bulldog crazies!!

The good thing for UGAly is that they only play one more ranked team. Because they are now 2-18 against ranked teams since 2008, that means they will finish the season at 10-2. They may even be able to back into another SEC East title!! They can then get THUMPED by Alabama! YIPEE!!! The ever gullible bulldog crazies will be all excited & once again, they will say how great things are in Athens & then they will get the same load of crap next year!

Its to bad UGAly can’t just play unranked teams. They would be National Champs every year! Oh yea, nice brown spots all over UGA IV … thanks alot Seilers!!

bob

October 7th, 2012
11:26 am

Its becoming painfully aware that Richt will never win a big game, he just cant get teams motivated for big games and its time for him to leave, there is not any way to spin this since the team looked lost, the blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of Richt.

Get him out of here, he needs to be coaching at a small time school motivating 2-3 star recruits, he cant handle 5 star recruits.

west ga dawg

October 7th, 2012
11:26 am

Ok everybody as much as I hate to admit it sometimes the other team played better. Last night we were watching greatness that kid clowney is going to be in the nfl hall of fame if he keeps this up outstading athlete totally dominated the game he could do this against any body it just happen against us the season is not over too much football to be played the sec championship game is still not out the question.

BigDaddyGator

October 7th, 2012
11:28 am

Gators are back and SC has surpassed UGA….welcome back to mediocrity.

cmac22

October 7th, 2012
11:28 am

On ESPN GAmeday radio yesterday, Mel Kiper was asked which school, in the NCAA, had the most NFL prospects. He said GEORGIA!! If that’s the case, what could it be that is not creating greatness on the field? ……. COACHING!!!!

AWESOME

October 7th, 2012
11:28 am

We scored a touchdown….Cocks aren’t that good!