‘I Run This State,’ tailbacks say

Georgia’s football players –- even its passer -– got a kick out of the way the Bulldogs ran the ball in Saturday night’s victory over Georgia Tech.

“Some guy in the stands behind me yelled, ‘Joe Cox, you [stink]. Your coach won’t even let you throw the ball,’” Georgia’s quarterback said. “I wanted to turn around and say, ‘We don’t need to!’”

Georgia ran the ball on each of its first 13 offensive plays, not throwing a pass until the second quarter, and by game’s end had run for more yards –- 339 –- than in any game in nine seasons under coach Mark Richt. Conversely, Georgia passed for fewer yards (76) than in any game under Richt.

Running the ball was Georgia’s not-so-secret plan all along against the Yellow Jackets. It was even written on tailback Washaun Ealey’s face.

Under one eye were the words “I Run,” and under the other  “This State.”

Fellow tailback Caleb King had written the same message on his arms.

Despite the well-laid plan, the extent of the running game’s success exceeded even the Bulldogs’ expectations.

“I never could have predicted that,” Richt said of the 339 yards rushing. “We knew we wanted to run the ball, control the clock, keep the ball away from Georgia Tech as long as we could. We wanted to at least do a decent job in that area.”

“Hopefully we do a lot more of this in the future,” Ealey said.

Richt said the offensive line, tight ends and receivers all did an exceptional job of blocking. And Ealey and King accelerated their late-season progress.

Both had the first 100-yard games of their collegiate careers, Ealey carrying 20 times for 183 yards and King 18 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns, including a pivotal 75-yard run that immediately answered an early second-half Tech touchdown.

It was the first time since 2004 that Georgia had two 100-yard gainers in the same game.

“They were feeding off each other,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. And they were keeping Tech’s offense off the field. “That’s what you’ve got to do against their offense — try to make them impatient a little bit,” Bobo said.

Ealey, a freshman, and King, a redshirt sophomore, were prized recruits whey signed with Georgia, and their recent play bodes well for the future.

“Caleb is finally starting to run like the guy we saw in all those Rivals clips,” said Cox, referring to videos of King as a high school star on the Rivals.com website.

114 comments Add your comment

red hill

November 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

Well, it was against an ACC school. Pretty much to be expected against a pansy team from a weak conference. Tech Still Sucks!

Where's Saint Simons?

November 29th, 2009
1:42 pm

((((((((((((( 30 to 24 ))))))))))))))) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robbie

November 29th, 2009
1:43 pm

Great game! Good to see! Watching King and Ealey reminded me of watching Auburn’s Brooks and Cribbs in the 70’s. Great 1-2 punch! The offensive line controlled the field and Reenie was all over the field in fine form! Please come back for your Senior year, life is not just about the money! Willie and Mike, you did a great job! Thanks Coach Richt!

DawgFan

November 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

while a nice end to an otherwise terrible season, i doubt we’ll be getting rings made. it must really be depressing to be a tech fan. the curse of reggie ball lives.

dawgs rule

November 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

Where’s Saint Simons? The ACC champ will have been beaten by a middle of the pack SEC team the week prior. How fitting!
HA HA.

dawgdog

November 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

Where is St Simons? I guess he will tell us that about 60 years ago they dominated UGA. Certainly, not that they have lost 8 of the last 9.

If UGA played in the ACC they would be in the Top 5.

UGA Rules

November 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

I swear I just saw Washaun Ealey run by my place carrying a football! How sweet it is!

dawgjammin

November 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

nice to see the attitude and swagger these two young running backs are gaining with each rushing attempt. lets hope this confidince starts to engulf the team in the off season work out and the o-line rises along with these two great young TB’s.

RUSS RULES!!!!!!!!!!!

November 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

KEEP RUSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark C.

November 29th, 2009
2:04 pm

Caleb King just scored again!

bigdawg88

November 29th, 2009
2:09 pm

Shouldn’t the BCS replace the acc with the Mountain West?
Your “best” gets beat by the 4th & 5th place sec teams – in rivalry games!
We won’t even talk about what happen to Fl Sux U….

HOW ‘BOUT THEM DAWGS!!

jack bull

November 29th, 2009
2:11 pm

do we still need to fire all of our coaches??? NOT…

keep everything in tact..coaching lost us one game this year.. stay together thru adversity, and all will work out..

coach richt, don’t panic like everyone else has,,GO DAWGS…

Where are all the Jackettes today?

November 29th, 2009
2:14 pm

St. Simons, Yellow Fuzz, etc. Not a word from you turds today, huh? Bwahahahahaha! Suckers.

CATERDAWG

November 29th, 2009
2:14 pm

GREAT GAME, BUT WHERE ARE ALL THOSE TECH FANS!!! STREAKS DON’T LAST LONG AT GT ONE AND DONE!!! MAYBE BOBBY DODD FIELD SHOULD BE NAMED MARK RICHT FIELD 4 IN ROW AT THE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM!! 30-24 HAHAHAHAHA! GO CLEMSON!!!

shards1967

November 29th, 2009
2:18 pm

To: SImple Simon

Joe Cox once said that “in HS games he never, ever lost. True enough tonight as he defeated Tech HS. HAHAHAHAHA
Hey Simple, did y hear the news? UGA and SC play in the ACC Championship game. HAHAHAHHA

Did you hear the news? Va tech and Florida State also were slughtered by SEC schools. Clemson was slaughtered earlier by TCU. HAHAHAHHA

Paul Johnson knows he made a huge mistake with his late game “Aerial attack” last night. When you can’t run OR pass on UGA, you know that you are lousy.Tech is so lousy and is a complete laughing stock of the nation. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha. Did you hear the news? UGA won for the 44th time in 60 years. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAHAHA

Oxymoron ……..Tech m-e-n. HAHAHAHA

UGA, class of 71 & 73

What the Dawgs Needed

November 29th, 2009
2:18 pm

I agree with jack bull… For every coach but Fabris. That is what we need to do going into next year with a redshirt freshman QB.

shards1967

November 29th, 2009
2:19 pm

Last but certainly not least ………………Dwyer got 33 TTOTAL yds and Waushan Ealey had 125 with 10 minutes left in the second qtr. HAHAHA

UGA, class of 71 & 73

GT IS A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

November 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

NEW ITEM: FINALLY GOOD NEWS FOR GT FANS. BCS SAYS GT BETTER THAN MEDIOCRE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM. BUT ADDED THEY REALLY LIKE GT AND CLEMSON OUT OF ORANGE BOWL SINCE THEY ALWAYS HAVE ATROCIOUS ATTENDANCE AND POOR PERFORMANCE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOREVER

GT IS A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

November 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

NEWS ITEM: GT TRASHED BY STINKING JOE COX. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOREVER

GT IS A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

November 29th, 2009
2:34 pm

JOE COX STINKING TO GT THAT IS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAFOREVER

GT IS A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

November 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

JOE COX IS PERFECT AGAINST HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOREVER

GT Fan

November 29th, 2009
2:46 pm

Good win for UGA(best game I have seen them play all year). Congratulations on your victory, sure would be nice to see some class in winning though. UGA had a great game plan and executed great, but Tech still had the chance to win in the end. Sometimes the breaks don’t go your way. Can’t wait for next year because this is the start of a great rivalry between CPJ and CMR. Go Tech.

Right On Time

November 29th, 2009
3:00 pm

Good win. Let’s not get carried away. Afterall, it was a victory over Yech…not a big deal.

buzzkill

November 29th, 2009
3:03 pm

St. Simons has jumped off a bridge and will never be heard from again. That kinda sucks because I think the entire Bulldawg Nation will miss that extra little motivation from his 45-42 posts.

Some Sense

November 29th, 2009
3:10 pm

As far as “Saint Simons” is concerned, he, among other things, is no longer relevant. Heretofore only relevant for his c/s blather for a year. I’ll tell you where he’s not…the real St. Simons, a UGA stronghold if there ever was one. Can you imagine the welcome he’d receive at Brogens w/all his juvenile carrying on? Good riddance, pal.

murfdawg

November 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

Why did it take Bobo 2 months to figure out Washaun could run the ball? I posted in August he was the only running back that had the “wow” factor when he runs.

Why did it take WM two months to teach somebody how to tackle? We missed a couple but overall the tackling was good and they went low instead of around the shoulders.

Tip of the week for Bobo.NEVER EVER line up Branden Smith at tailback again.

Urban Meyer to NFL?

November 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

CBS Sports says Meyers is headed to the NFL. I’m not so sure, I think he’ll go to Notre Dame like USA Today says.

Hey GT Fan

November 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

Dawg Fans are showing you tech fans the SAME CLASS you showed us the past 364 days leading up to this year’s game. Deal with it!!!

30-24!!!!!!
Washuan Ealy is STILL running
Caleb King just scored again!!!

Saint Simons little sister

November 29th, 2009
3:39 pm

My brother cant come out and play.. He’s taking a year off trying to find out if the slogan printed on his underwear is true or not. It says “may contain nuts” …

((((((((((((( 30 to 24 ))))))))))))))) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

November 29th, 2009
3:39 pm

(((((45 – 42))))) hahahahahahahahaha

Ealey & King

November 29th, 2009
3:48 pm

@ Saint Simons:: I SAID WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!

Ealey & King

November 29th, 2009
3:48 pm

Cartoon Jacket

November 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

Diddy! Wheen is DragonCon cummin’ back??? we had all those GT Players all sweated up-n-junk lookin’ all hot next to all them duded up carz n stuff—like in that movie Tranzfurmerz. Diddy why do I like little boyz instead of girlz???

Dawgs>Jackets

November 29th, 2009
3:53 pm

Sorry Saint Simons, that doesn’t work anymore. Enjoy the next 364 days. (((((30-24)))) Deal with it.

Greene Hornet

November 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

As a Dawg fan, I appreciate you GT Fan for being classy by acknowledging the Dawgs win, and still supporting your team. You are a good fan and I respect you completely with no ill will. As for Saint Simons, you brought this on yourself. Enjoy the crow you have to eat. That’s all I got to say about that. Go Dawgs!!!! Keep Russ!!!!

UGA Fan in Cali

November 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

Be on the lookout for somebody name St. Simons (45-42) and a impersonator of the coach at GT they were last seen at the high school stadium in downtown Atlanta. Reports are they are armed and dangerous and pissed off. Approach with extreme caution.
Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Mr.Mang

November 29th, 2009
4:06 pm

Turkey neck sucks. Richt owns the option, cause that is your offense. HAHAHAHAHAHA. You suck nerds. You suck nerds. You suck nerds. You suck nerds. Option shut down. I use to not make a big deal about beating the nerds but after last year this is sooooooooooooo sweet!

Aint Simons

November 29th, 2009
4:10 pm

Saint Simons – I’m so sick of hearing from you…go back to your D&D game now and get off the message boards. 8 times in 9 nine years = UGA domination. Tech fans need to just shut up. CPJ will be moving on shortly anyway to coach at a real school in a real conference…maybe a WAC school???

BRP-Class of 85

November 29th, 2009
4:18 pm

Saint Simons has returned to his mother’s basement. I shutter to think what a human does w/his time to be among the first bloggers posted, every day for the last year, to crow about a three point win. I guess he wanted to get his money’s worth since they seldom have something to celebrate and beat the Dawgs once every eight years. Cheer up S.S.,2017 will be here before you know it. Good luck against Clemson. You’ll need it.

goldwreck

November 29th, 2009
4:26 pm

If Jones is not hurt,Georgia is still trying to pass the ball.With him not even dressing out it forced Georgia to try something else.If you go back to the first game of the year against OK State,they successfully ran the ball.They then abandoned the run for the next 10 games.
Every lineman will tell you they would rather block moving forward than backing up.It is amazing how simple the game really is.
I can’t wait to see how Georgia handles their coaching situation now.
It was disappointing that Tech had the bye week and came out looking sluggish and not very crisp in their execution.

30-24 GO DAWGS

November 29th, 2009
4:32 pm

AHAHA 30-24! GO DAWGS! So long # 7 ranking and that ((((((((45-42)))))))) BULLSH*T!

Paybacks a b*tch GnaTs when you celebrate our mascot dying and act like FOOLS for winning ONE game out of 9!

Go Dawgs suckas!

Dawg Tired

November 29th, 2009
4:36 pm

Curb your enthusiasm fellow Dawgs. Last night only proves that a mediocre team can win in a weak conference. In case you have not noticed we don’t play in the Big 11 or the ACC. In the SEC East, mediocre teams win 7 or 8 games max and get humiliated on a regular basis, just in case you have forgotten the first 11 games of this season. Changes are needed if we are to even be competitive against the teams in our own conference. Can you even imagine how bad we would be playing UF without our best player? Both CWM and Fabris must go.

AltamahaDawg

November 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

Curb our enthusiasm? F no we will not! You curb you need to post 100% negative about the dawgs for one damn day , how about that. And you really think the coaching changes are already made? seriously? or just reminding us for the 119th time that you think one is needed?

How bad we would play UF without Green? WTF. You really had to reach out for that one.

goldwreck

November 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

I said Jones on my 4:26 post but I meant to say A.J.Green.If he was playing,Georgia is still trying to pass the ball.
Sorry.

30-24 GO DAWGS

November 29th, 2009
4:44 pm

Hey Dawg Tired… we have a long way to go to get back to the Georgia team I know and love. CWMs misty eyes last night told me he knew he’d just coached his last “Clean” Old Fashioned Hate rivalry game. But in spite of the lengths we still have to reach, do join us in flagrant celebration on this blog. Keep in mind fellow Dawg, the GnaTs openly celebrated Uga dying and wished for the next ones death as well! On top of destroying our hedges last year and a few obnoxious (((45-42))) posters who are STILL doing it.

We ruined Techs spit shiney season and have bragging rights. Here on the AJC, it’s time to brag!

GO DAWGS! TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!

TXDawg

November 29th, 2009
4:49 pm

Meyers would go to the NFL to follow his bridesmaid Tebow.

raymond

November 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

Where is that clown that keeps putting 45-42 on these vents and laughing? I guess he is hiding.

dawgdip

November 29th, 2009
4:58 pm

The streak is over. 30-24 Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

AltamahaDawg

November 29th, 2009
4:59 pm

“havent already been made”, I meant. As in, you are beating a dead horse at this point.

30-24 We're just better than you.

November 29th, 2009
5:04 pm

That’s just the way it is.