A.J.’s tweet, Spurrier’s dig, Caleb’s absence, and more

(Please click here for the game story on Georgia’s loss to South Carolina.)

COLUMBIA – The suspended A.J. Green shared his feelings about Saturday’s loss via Twitter.

“I’m sick,” he tweeted.

“But we will bounce back,” he added. “[W]hen I get back someone will have a price to pay. [T]rust me!!!!!”

In Green’s absence, seven Georgia players caught passes against South Carolina, led by Kris Durham’s three for 76 yards, including a long of 55.

“You can’t replace A.J.,” Durham said. “I tried to step up. We all tried to step up our game. But you can’t replace that. He’s one of the best players in college football.”

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier appreciated some postgame words from Mark Richt.

“I shook hands with the opposing coach, and he said, ‘Coach, you have a heck of a team,’” Spurrier said. “I don’t think anyone has ever told us that before [at South Carolina].”

In his postgame news conference, Spurrier took just a little dig at Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, a long-time NFL assistant.

“When you have a back like Marcus [Lattimore] and the linemen opened cracks, I’m sure that Georgia defensive coordinator [became frustrated],” Spurrier said. “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.

“I’m sure they knew we’d run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much.”

Lattimore’s 37 carries were the most against Georgia since Auburn’s Kenny Irons had the same number for 179 yards in 2005.

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Tailback Caleb King, who got only one carry in the second half of the season opener because of a twisted ankle, got none Saturday.

“He was hobbling most of the week in practice,” Richt said.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo conceded that King’s absence “hurt us a little bit” but said he thought Washaun Ealey “was fresh and ran hard” throughout.

Ealey, making his season debut after being suspended from the opener, had 75 yards on 19 carries. But he fumbled near the goal line in the third quarter as Georgia seemed poised to score a touchdown. South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore recovered the fumble at the Gamecocks’ 1-yard line and returned it 13 yards to the 14.

“I saw the end zone and was focused on trying to get in there,” Ealey said. “I wasn’t focused on the ball, and that’s what cost us.”

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Outside linebacker Justin Houston had three sacks, the most by a UGA player since Marcus Howard’s three against Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season.

Houston also had a career-high 10 tackles and a forced fumble.

But the fine individual numbers were ruined by the score, he said. “We lost, so I feel like I lost.”

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  • Fullback Shaun Chapas left the game in the first half with a sprained ankle and did not return. Richt said he wasn’t aware of any other injuries in the game.
  • Georgia’s six points were its fewest in a game against South Carolina since 1904, when the Bulldogs lost in Columbia 2-0.
  • The last time Georgia did not score a touchdown in a game? A 16-12 loss to South Carolina in Athens in 2007.
  • Saturday’s loss was Georgia’s first in Columbia under Richt after four victories.
  • The Ogletree twins, freshmen Alec and Zander, became the first brothers to play for Georgia in the same game since 1999 (Dustin and Miles Luckie). Both of the Ogletrees played on special teams.
  • Linebacker Akeem Dent wore No. 31, rather than his regular No. 51. A different UGA player is wearing No. 31 each game this season in honor of safety Quintin Banks, who was forced to forgo his senior season because of recurring knee injuries.

424 comments Add your comment

That man

September 12th, 2010
3:26 am

Same old CWM defense. Can anyone tackle?

Second

September 12th, 2010
3:30 am

TDawg Money

September 12th, 2010
3:38 am

Frustrating…..but CMR has a long history of righting the ship. Still say we beat ARK by 17. Look for a much more, poised and together group on both sides of the ball next week.

Gravy Train

September 12th, 2010
3:51 am

The defense did their jobs today, especially when you consider sacks and take aways. We should be able to score 18 points or more. That was the problem today, too many stalled drives and a few that never even got started. While I didn’t expect Bobo to expose the entire playbook to film, I thought he would’ve allowed Murray more freedom. Murray looked as though he was told not to run around. There were a few times where Murray could’ve tucked the ball and scored. The TE and FB spots were silent in the red zone. I think the young guys learned a tough lesson today. Nothing is over.

76-DAWG

September 12th, 2010
4:14 am

I hope it bothered the hell out of AJ Green. He would have been the difference we needed to win this game , just like last year.For someone who want even be a Dawg next year I still can’t get over how selfish and stupid Green was. . I played organized sports until I was 21 and always had the teams interest ahead of my own. I still say that CMR should dismiss Green from the team. He doesn’t deserve to graduate from UGA. When I graduated from Georgia in 76 a felt honored to have been a part of it. I would rather lose every game than trade my integrity for wins.

Matt

September 12th, 2010
4:16 am

This was frustrating to watch. Next week against ARK could be ugly and GA looking at 1-2. Having said that, I watched the game from Afghanistan and had a real life reminder of 9/11. In the end, it is just a game and I am more than thankful to have an opportunity to watch it from so far away. Go Dawgs!

Gman 84

September 12th, 2010
4:28 am

stupid is as stupid does

1904? I felt pretty bad before reading that….good God!!

jj

September 12th, 2010
4:32 am

Green is a part time player. Injuries and stupidity have rendered him an afterthought. We proved last year that we suck with or without him.

Who cares? Good luck in the NFL…

Shieldy

September 12th, 2010
4:45 am

Bobo will be next to “go-go”!! Pitiful,hope he’s saved his $$!!

everyone in the stadium

September 12th, 2010
5:06 am

knew #21 was getting the ball… yet UGA could do nothing to stop it. gonna be a long season… UT is going to pound it with Poole for starters

Homer,GA

September 12th, 2010
5:33 am

They keep talking about getting the ball to our playmakers. When is that going to happen? The tight ends have hardly seen the ball in the first two games. We have the talent just not the plan.

BDAWG

September 12th, 2010
5:33 am

Excuses, excuses, excuses and more excuses. It is very apparent that Bobo will continue to make excuses for his lousy coaching and play calling. From the looks of that game, it’s going to be a long season. The offensive line opened no holes for the RB’s and to be as experienced as they are, it’s a joke. Searles has got to be the worst offensive line coach in the SEC and Bobo is the worst definition of an Offensive Coordinator. I see why we can’t sign any of the Five Star RBs and WRs. They all no that we have a joke for offensive coaches. At the playcalling and the blocking performance against SC, we will lose at least 4 or 5 games again unless somebody else takes over the offense and lights some fire under somebody’s butt. You cannot hold back a QB as talented as Murray. He earned the starting position, he learned the playbook, so let him play, but from the previous years the playbook needs a lot of work. Hate to say it but the defense looked awful yesterday. Too much arm tackling and too much standing around. We need to recruit bigger and more physical CBs and LBs. The whole mentality of the team needs to be more physical. I seen High School teams play more physical than UGA. Been a dawg fan for over thirty years and it is not looking good with the coaching we have right now. Top rated players are not knocking down the door to come here and i see why. Hate to say what a lot of people won’t agree with but enough is enough, i want a winner on the field and CMR is not getting it done. Time for a coaching change or revamp the offense now and not at the end of the season. One way or the other, keeping the offensive staff that we have now will not win us games.

BDAWG

September 12th, 2010
5:34 am

Shieldy, i agree. He needs to go now, not later.

BDAWG

September 12th, 2010
5:36 am

Homer Ga, our offense is a joke. The WRs don’t know how to get open and the RBs still can’t hold on to the ball. Need to try Alabama’s RB philospy on how to carry the ball. We also need new RB and WR coach as well.

Hunker Down

September 12th, 2010
5:59 am

I was at my sons game yesterday and listening on the radio and the announcers (of course on a UGA station) claimed Richt was justified in tossing the challenge flag. In fact the announcers stated it was a blatate miscall that SC was obviously short on the play that was awarded a first down. Can anyone who was actualy watching the game eloborarte on the call and was it a third down conversion?

Hunker Down

September 12th, 2010
6:00 am

elaborate…that is

Hunker Down

September 12th, 2010
6:08 am

76 dawg

It was a bonehead mistake by AJ and I too feel that he could of made the difference in the game. I agree he put himself ahead of the team and a chance to have had a special season this year not only for himself but more importantly the Dawgs. When I played ball the team was everything and I put it before myself as well. Unfortunately, the mentality is I won’t get caught. Just like the stupid $35 helment theft, underage drinking, leaving the scene of an accident, etc. Last year lack of discipline was both on and off the field. Silly penalties and arrest. Still showing the same character flaws this year of not being able to control one self off the field that translates just the same as the penalties when you are not dressed out due to violations of NCAA or team rules.

oldschoolfootball

September 12th, 2010
6:14 am

I will elaborate,
Score :SC 17 GA 6.
GA 2010 Football Record : ALL 1-1 SEC 0-1.
What else do you want to know?

Tired of Excuses

September 12th, 2010
6:18 am

Guys, stop making excuses. The SC fumble killed their drive just like it did ours…. there is no guarantee of a TD, no matter where you are on the field. The spot didn’t lose the game for us. AJ not playing didn’t lose the game for us, they had some studs out too. Yes we have talent, but so do most other teams we are going to play. We have to face it that we are not as good as we think we are and stop making freaking excuses.

Did U SEE?????

September 12th, 2010
6:21 am

Spurrier’s comment about how Grantham’s NFL scheme did not work and ain’t gonna work against some college schemes. I think he is right and am afraid we are in for another long year on defense. Grantam looked like a large woman on PMS. Spurrier just being Spurrier, has to get his dig in.

Did anyone SEE?

September 12th, 2010
6:22 am

Spurrier’s comment about how Grantham’s NFL scheme did not work and ain’t gonna work against some college schemes. I think he is right and am afraid we are in for another long year on defense. Grantam looked like a large woman on PMS. Spurrier just being Spurrier, I guess….

TennesseeDawg

September 12th, 2010
6:22 am

I was bummed until I saw that Tech lost to a team that lost to North Dakota St. HA! HA!

Hunker Down

September 12th, 2010
6:39 am

Brandon Shell was suppose to be at the game yesterday. Doubt it helped UGA cause with the SC big win as he has been trying to decide between the 2 schools. Gotta figure that helped Spurriers cause with the big man. Sure could use a big nasty OL like Shell to bust open some holes we needed yeasterday. Guess time will tell where he is headed.

tony

September 12th, 2010
6:46 am

They will defend Mr.Richt until he gets himself fired. Mr.Richt has prove time and time again that he is too soft and a VERY poor decision maker so, don’t blame the players for playing the way they do. Here’s a few examples what I mean:

1) Remember in 2002 when Mr.Richt said that his players will get their feelings hurt if the fans boo them? Here’s the link that I keep on file. http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/090602/col_10375439.html
The man wouldn’t last a day in NY. The players are soft because Mr.Richt is soft.

2) I will never forget this one. In 2004 I didn’t understand why the defense played so much different from the previous year. Well, It was until we played WV in the SB when I realized that Brian Van Gorder had left the team. After WV smoke the dawgs defense in the SB I said leave Willie Martinez in the stadium. Just don’t let him come back with the team but Mr.Richt kept the man 5 more seasons. Mr.Richt has to be the worse decision maker in the SEC for keeping him.

3) He redshirted his best runningback(Moreno). Another bad decision by Mr.Richt.

4) Most was complaining about the playcalling. Instead of hiring a experience OC Mr.Richt turn it over to inexperience Mike Bobo. Another bad decision by Mr.Richt.

5) The next 1 takes the cake for me. When we are running the football successfully then all of a sudden Mr.Richt abandon the run. You Got To Be Kidding Me!

I believe every play called in a game makes a difference. Well, Aaron Murray was moving the ball down field effectively then all of a sudden Mr.Richt went to a wildcat formation. OMG! That’s all I could say. Remember when our defense had been on the field forever? After we finally got the ball back Mr.Richt call a 30 yard pass play. OMG! After the defense had been on the field forever you would think he would want to run the ball on 1st and 2nd down just to give the defense enough time to catch their breath. Not Mr.Richt! I can go on and on about Mr.Richt bad dicisions. When the hc make bad decisions like Mr.Richt the players will feel that they are entitle to make bad decisions as well.

IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE FOLKS.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
6:46 am

We have 3 of the best tight ends in the country yet we throw to one 3 times

Marlon Brown was thrown to twice both catches for 40 yards

Ealey looks good running the ball on the outside lanes yet we have him run straight up the middle for no gains so many times I lost count.

I just want to know is BOO BOO head in the game

tim

September 12th, 2010
6:47 am

Hunker down, CMR was justified in challenging the spot. It was obvious, even to the announcers, that the guy didn’t get the first down. it was a terrible spot on the field then replay official blew it in the booth also.

Lance

September 12th, 2010
6:47 am

UGA D could not tackle my 8 year old daughter in the open field. BTW- I would assume Lattimore had 125 of his 170+ after the first hit or broken tackle. If it was Bama’s D he would have ended up with around 50. If you can not tackle – you can not win in football – AT ANY LEVEL.

BDAWG

September 12th, 2010
6:49 am

Hunker Down, with the sorry run blocking that our line did and the lack of a good OL coach, we won’t get Shell or anybody else that’s top rated. Religion is great but, sorry performance on the football field won’t sign any great recruits. Right now we suck and missing one player doesn’t make the team. If so, when he goes pro what are we going to do then. Other programs have new QBs and open up the playbook to win games. We need a change and we need it now. It’s only one game but, it says a lot about the coaching and physical nature of this team. They play like a bunch of girls. If people don’t agree, look at the game and the score.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
6:50 am

By The Way

AJ GREEN I dont care what you tweeted, do us a favor and stay home the rest of the season

Better yet open up a memorabilia store to pass the time so you can make the money you supposedly need until your drafted.

Sit Ealey out the rest of the yr too

We need to move on from these bonehead players

Ron

September 12th, 2010
6:52 am

I’d have to say that the Defense needs to be re-trained on the fundamentals of tackling you know, wrapping your arms around the ball carrier. Really sloppy tackling out there. My question to Todd would be why didnt you make the adjustment at half time to stopping the run and force SC to pass?
They ate the clock up and wore your Defense out.
Though i think the 3-4 Defense is better at putting pressure on the QB, it is subjected to giving up alot of yards with the run. Maybe as much as 4 yrds a play. Seemed like saturday that players were confused on where they were suppose to be on defense. Georgia needs to utilize Branden Smith alittle more on offense and defense as well. He’s a play maker and could help the offense while A.J. is serving his sentence. I see that Florida, may have a rebuilding year as well as Georgia and im happy with how Aaron played on saturday against a very good defense. I just hope that when we play Ga. Tech with their running game, they wont end up with 400 yds in their running game as SC did to us. Houston was clearly the best Defensive player saturday and the CB’s and Safety hit like little girls, was almost as if they were scared to hit that lattimore guy. Would like to see more Ronnie Lotts out there. Linebackers i’d give a B- but they did play hard. Stop the Run and you’ll have fun…Play the Pass and you wont end up Last. Go Dawgs!

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
6:53 am

10 Returning Starters

And you cant score a touchdown

Your paid how much again?

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
6:55 am

Stafford, Moreno, Green, and Maseqoui on the same side of the ball and you cant

score in the first half of the AL game, you cant even keep up with FL, and Tech you lose too

Your paid how much again?

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
6:57 am

10 Returning Starters

And you cant score a touchdown

35 arrests since 2007 9 this yr

Fulmer Cup Champions

Really need I say more

Your paid how much again?

stan

September 12th, 2010
6:59 am

to. tired of excuses . amen to that

Not what I am paying for.

September 12th, 2010
7:10 am

I have donated large amounts of money for tickets etc. to U.G.A. What I get in return is this:
Player’s that can’t behave in the off-season and sometimes during the season.
Five star recruits turned into one star recruits on the field.
Defensive player’s taking plays off.
I mean the list could go on for days.

But he most outrages thing: When CMR has this attitude after losing ‘Well S.C. has a good team. I THINK we have a good team. It’s not like they wiped us out on the field.”

Someone show me were Meyer,Saban,Stoops,or any coach at any level would make such a statement.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
7:10 am

I just cant stop saying this sorry:

10 Returners on offense and you cannot score a touchdown come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ron

September 12th, 2010
7:17 am

Coach Richt i know you have loyalty toward some of your coaches but i agree with alot of people that Mike Bobo is very green as an Offensive Coordinator its as if he has read all the books and learned the “theory” of plays. But it goes beyond just theory, its having instinct and making asdjustments during the week and then at the game. It looks like Bobo has a play book from A-Z and he checks off each box during a game. It’s like his head is not in the game but he’s gonna run that play no matter what the situation is. I mean bone head plays that dont make sense. Can Georgia not find a true Offensive Coordinator out there somewhere? What about Philip Fulmer X-Tennessee coach? It will take Bobo 15 years to really be good at call playing and Georgia fans are growing tired of inexperience play calling. Coach Richt needs to put a tighter leash on his players for their off the field antics and quit being like Florida State “Criminoles” and get alittle tougher. This is serious business when we see that players run from a scene of an accident, DUI, Assault, selling jerseys. If you would start taking a stand with these players and put a “Zero Tolerance” on breaking the rules you might slow down these acts and you’d gain more respect from your players. Right now it seems like your more their friend than coach and seems like these players are just like florida state and you brought that with you when you came to Georgia.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

September 12th, 2010
7:18 am

Im told UGA fans will be required to make even more additional donations next yr to go towards:

Paying the bond for Player Arrest: Evidently they have run out of money

Motivational Uniforms

Trip to Nick Sabans clinic on:

“Teaching your team basic Football Fundamentals”,

“How To Call Offensive Plays”

“Utilizing the talent you have” and

“Motivating your Team to Victory”

needums

September 12th, 2010
7:22 am

Going into the game there were alot of questions that needed to be answered, how will the defense play? how will Murry play against an SEC team at their stadium?how will the line block against SC’s defense? and how will our running game play? After the game all of the questions were answered and we have to just build on that. Our defensive scheme was there but we lacked the tackling fundamentals(same old story) Murry I thought did ok and showed alot of poise but he is still a redshirt freshman, the line so far can not make any holes running up the middle but gave Murry alot of time in the pocket . The running game is probably the weakest part of our game right now and that has alot to do with our blocking. Now that those main questions were answered for me I’m sure it also answered some questions for the coaches. Lets see what they do to fix it.

tc

September 12th, 2010
7:26 am

Richt needs to go, period. Why is it that we NEVER can have a consistant running game. Good programs have a game plan that works and they run it against every team they play. They do not decide how they will play depending on who they play. CMR does this every game. I have heard for mthe last two years that we should have a solid Oline. Why can’t we ever run the football and control the game. Our defense is not improved from last year. Tackling was horrible. Murray did fine. The play calling was inconsistant like it has been ever since CMR has been in Athens. I realize SC is a strong team. But uga should be also. That was a game we should have won. Hopefully, McGarity took notice. uga will never win the sec again as long as Richt is there. He is a second tier coach.

Red Panties

September 12th, 2010
7:29 am

The best offensive line in the country blocks for 61 yards rushing. WOW
The great Grantham 3-4 gives up 189 yards rushing——Whoaaaaaa

I think our expectations were a little too, shall we say we were all
experiencing a little irrational exuberance.

Red Panties

September 12th, 2010
7:33 am

Spurrier get a great freshman running back and PLAYS him. Richt get a great
freshman QB and let’s him SIT. So the great coach Richt has the 2nd season in a row with a QB who has never started a game. If Murray proves to be the player we think he will be, he will play 2 years and go the way of Moreno—-history repeats itself, yet again.

Dan

September 12th, 2010
7:33 am

I’ve been a Dawg fan since I was, oh maybe eight years old. 36 years later, reading a lot of the post here, I see that Tech fans might just be right in saying most Dawg fans are morons

Top Dawg

September 12th, 2010
7:34 am

Someone tell BACARRI RAMBO (#18) that he is going to have to buy a ticket to the game if wants to be a spectator.

tc

September 12th, 2010
7:35 am

One more thing on the running game. Even with Moreno we have never had a season under CMR where we successfully ran the football and controlled the game throughout the season. Our running games under CMR has always been in spirts and very inconsistant. Reason, CMR is a passing ACC guy that does not fully appreciate or no how to have a consistant running game. The way he mixes up pass/run on the plays confuses the players. And puts more pressure on the players. Then he blames them like saying “no one steps up” If the oline creates a hole any one can pick up postitive yards running the ball. SC did. UGA did not. Same story.

destin dawg

September 12th, 2010
7:36 am

Richt COACH the offense.. have a killer attitude… I’m tired of defending you to my WIFE !!!!

Ron

September 12th, 2010
7:36 am

Mike Bobo knows himself that he is at best a sub-par Offensive Coordinator, im not really sure how he got the job maybe he’s related to Coach Richt, dating his neice, or has something on somebody and these are the politics of football. I like Coach Richt for what he has done for Georgia, a good christian man, family man and hes been good for Georgia. But i also liked Jim Donnan and thought he deserved more time but he was booted out. Coach Richt does whats best for his family but why cant he do whats best for Georgia? Theres no shame in getting a Great Offensive Coordinator for Georgia, when one of your players under performs you bench him and put another player in that plays alittle better and this is good for the team. Why can you not listen to the cries of the Georgia Nation telling you that Mike Bobo stinks and make this change? Their so much talent that isnt being utilized the right way its as if Bobo is cutting their legs and arms off. Mike Bobo if you had any love for Georgia and its program and it wasnt about the “money” you’d voluntarily step down and allow Georgia to grow again and be a more productive offense. Yeah we’ll beat the avg teams but we will never get to a national championship with the mindset of a person like Mike Bobo…..so man up Bobo, step down!

Bulldawg '72

September 12th, 2010
7:36 am

I’m in agreement with so many of the comments made here. We’ve all been patient with CMR, but folks it’s time we admitted the fact that we have a mediocre coach and football program. Bobo might be a good guy, but he is not an OC. We looked absolutely pathetic against USC, and I am as embarrassed as I’ve ever been for a UGA football team.

I’ve always thought we had great talent in our program, but it did not look that way yesterday. Our offensive line was crushed all day by USC’s D. With the money this program makes, we have the ability to hire the very best college football has to offer. It’s time we made that decision and send CMR and Bobo on to their next jobs.

I won’t be watching too many UGA games for the rest of the year; I just can’t stand what we’ve become. Let’s make a change in head coaches and get the right talent and leadership for our program to make us a competitor in the SEC!

BTW: As to AJ’s tweet. Son, you let this team down big time. As a fan, I don’t want to hear what your plans are. Time to shut your mouth, get back on the field and let your playmaking do your talking.

Red Panties

September 12th, 2010
7:38 am

Top Dawg

You got that right, Rambo “lite”, is the sorriest safty in the SEC.

Florida Dawg

September 12th, 2010
7:38 am

The TV announcers were talking at half time about UGA players just standing around…they actually pointed out Rambo on one of the plays.
It looked to me that they were not or didn’t want to mix it up with Lattimore.
Our offense was inept. Where is this “one of the best and most experienced lines” in the nation? Something is not right.
A team who does not have the recruiting base that we have…really not even close, beating us. That shouldn’t happen, at least not often but you know what, it does and it will continue I’m afraid. And to think I thought we might have a chance against Florida.