Read all about it: the aftermath of Georgia’s loss to Arkansas (updated)

(Updated 10 p.m. Sunday)

A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s loss to Arkansas:

My game story, which notes the calendar seemed turned back:

ATHENS — It felt a lot like 1993 in Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

For the first time in 17 years, Georgia lost to Arkansas. For the first time in 17 years, the Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 in the SEC.

Georgia tried to avoid this daunting hole by rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game 24-24 with about four minutes to play, but the Dogs’ defense, which twice earlier had allowed easy touchdowns on blown coverages, committed another gaffe at the end as Arkansas clinched a 31-24 victory.

Jeff Schultz’s column, which notes Georgia’s 2-6 record in its past eight SEC games:

ATHENS – It’s not about one player not being here. It’s not about playing a freshman quarterback or having a certain soft spot on the depth chart or the big, bad NCAA being out to get Georgia.

When a program sinks to lows not seen since the Ray Goff administration, it’s not an aberration.

Andy Johnston’s sidebar on what the heck happened on those three Arkansas TD passes:

ATHENS — Ryan Mallett’s three touchdown passes were remarkably similar in Arkansas’ 31-24 victory over Georgia on Saturday. On all three, his receivers were wide open, leaving Bulldogs defenders and coaches searching for answers to the breakdowns.

Andy Johnston’s sidebar on what the heck happened on those six sacks of Aaron Murray:

ATHENS — Mike Bobo didn’t place all the blame for Georgia’s offensive problems on the offensive line.

He said the six sacks in Arkansas’ 31-24 victory Saturday were a combination of poor play from an offensive line that missed injured starting guard Chris Davis and of redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray taking too much time in the pocket.

My notebook from the game, including Michael Adams’ comments on the A.J. Green case and football arrests, plus other items:

ATHENS — University of Georgia president Michael Adams said Saturday the school did everything it could to get star wide receiver A.J. Green’s suspension reduced, but Adams did not quarrel with the NCAA’s rejection of the appeal.

. . . On another topic, Adams said he spoke to “every employee” of the Athletic Association in a recent staff meeting, delivering the message that he wants a stop put to the off-field problems on the football team. Nine players have been arrested this year.

Andy Johnston’s report on Mark Richt’s Sunday conference call:

. . . Arkansas’ six sacks were a combination of the offensive line breaking down, poor protection from the running backs and Aaron Murray hanging onto the ball too long.

“I don’t want to throw out anything that would sound like dirty laundry or anything on these kids,” Richt said. “[The blame] was spread out across the board. It wasn’t just one culprit.”

The AJC’s weekly feature looking back at the past  game and peeking ahead to the next, which is Saturday at Mississippi State:

Mississippi State, like Georgia, is on a two-game SEC losing streak after opening the season with an easy victory. Coach Dan Mullen’s quarterbacks –- starter Chris Relf and backup Tyler Russell -– combined to throw five interceptions in Saturday’s 29-7 loss to LSU. Mississippi State trailed just 12-7 in the third quarter, but the Tigers scored the final 17 points. Mullen said LSU’s average starting field position was Mississippi State’s 48, thanks to the five interceptions. He added that Relf will start against Georgia.

And here’s Brant Sanderlin’s 23-photo gallery from the Georgia-Arkansas game.

This is how the game ended, Arkansas' Tramain Thomas breaking up a last-gasp 70-yard Aaron Murray heave in the end zone in front of Aron White.

This is how the game ended, Arkansas' Tramain Thomas breaking up a last-gasp 70-yard Aaron Murray heave in the end zone in front of Aron White.

372 comments Add your comment

Sug

September 19th, 2010
11:26 am

Good grief, Georgia had the ball with 2 timeouts, and only need to move it 20 yards to kick a game winning field goal. Murray cracked under the pressure, he’s a freshman, freshman do that. That’s the story. Not much else there.

SoCal Dawg

September 19th, 2010
11:26 am

I don’t want 2 be first

Munson's Toupee

September 19th, 2010
11:27 am

What Would Damon Do?

Where'sMyCrackPipe

September 19th, 2010
11:27 am

does richt hate to lose as much he likes winning?

Glenn

September 19th, 2010
11:28 am

Even with the new defense and the mistakes that were made, it is a learning process. I can deal with that. It was the offensive play calling that has cost us both games. Bobo has to go, I have been a supporter at UGA for years but if he is still there next year I will take my time and money else where. It took Mark four years of decline to get rid of Willie, if you keep Bobo another year you will be looking for a job as well.

Boo Boo's boo's from Sanford.

September 19th, 2010
11:28 am

Fire These Clowns Mr Adams !

hosay cosayco

September 19th, 2010
11:30 am

The O Line and Safeties are garbage.

" want these arrests stopped" said Adams

September 19th, 2010
11:35 am

Um, ah, does Dr. Adams mean that he wants the kids to go with impunity???

go Dogs.

Pecan

September 19th, 2010
11:36 am

Been saying for years, with the money the athletic association has, is Mike Bobo the best OC we can get? 95% of the time after an incomplete pass on 1st down we run the ball. Been doing it ever since Richt got here. Do we scout ourselves to see what other teams see about our tendencies?

Hobnailbooty

September 19th, 2010
11:39 am

10 and 8 in the last 18 games …….nuff said

Frank Lane

September 19th, 2010
11:41 am

Donnan was a better coach than Richt, just not good with the alumni. At least Richt should resume calling plays and see if we can get more unpredictable.

T-Dawg

September 19th, 2010
11:42 am

Third and 4, no outlet for Murray, Ealey boofs his blocking assignment… and Murray is lucky to be alive. God bless the poor young man, I hope he can weather this storm of incompetence by Bloblo.

Frank Lane

September 19th, 2010
11:43 am

I am going to give my TV away. My mother was Miss Pandora in the 40’s. I went to my first game in 1944 when I was six months old. I graduated there as did both of my kids. I already hated Adams. Now I am sick of everything bulldogs.

Thought it would never happen.

chilidawg

September 19th, 2010
11:44 am

Okay, O-line. Time for some of that jelling s!ht.

GoDawgs

September 19th, 2010
11:44 am

Great, We are becoming FSU. FIRE THE WHOLE OFFENSIVE STAFF!!!!

GoDawgs

September 19th, 2010
11:47 am

You can tell a good coach from a bad one. A good coach other schools are trying to hire away from you. A bad coach (BOBO) no one is calling about!!! How many times have we heard that there is a possibility that some of our coordinators are going to be taking a diff job???

SoCal Dawg

September 19th, 2010
11:50 am

Is it basketball season yet?

GoDawgs

September 19th, 2010
11:52 am

It is time to either hire Chris Peterson or Kirby Smart. Chirs Peterson would be great because he can get the unathletic to be very productive. He can motivate. Kirby Smart would be good because he has been with Saban for so long that he would not put up with the crap like Saint Richt.

WonderDawg

September 19th, 2010
11:56 am

Aaron Murray taking too much time in the pocket? Bobo, you freaking moron, he was running for his life in 90% of UGA’s plays yesterday! Did your sore nose block your vision?

We are not idiots! We know the only time UGA mustered up some offense is when we were two touchdowns behind in the 4th quarter. You know, against a prevent defense.

UGA will not challenge for another SEC crown until McGarity forces Richt to demote Bobo and briing in some new blood at OC.

GoDawgs

September 19th, 2010
11:56 am

Richt has had ten years to win and he has struggled. Saban-three years National Title
Meyer-one to three years National Titles
LSU – National Title.
It is time for a change.

Dawg_Mike

September 19th, 2010
11:59 am

The defense certainly didnt help, leaving thise receivers open the way they did, but with 2 timeouts, 3rd and 4, where was a roll out and a short pass attempt to one of our tight ends?
or a toss sweep?
No, Bobo calls a pass play for over 20 yards leaving no safety valve, Ealey goes against a D lineman and whiffs miserably and we are lucky Murray’s season didn’t end right there.

Great play calling Bobo.And on top of that he throws Murray under the bus.
Do us a favor and resign.

hal neely

September 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

ok Bobo. Where was the short outlet receivers when all others are down field? On 3rd and short, 2nd and short? They whole game long?? Even announcers were noticing that? Is that Murrays call/fault also? I have supported Bobo in past, but time for Reicht to call plays again. Or he will take the blame/fall.

WonderDawg

September 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

Sug, you mean, Murray got cracked (smacked, nearly decapitated) under pressure. Son, learn some football!

3rd and 5. Bobo sends 4 receivers deep, with no dumpoff receivers. On 3rd and 5?

Who are you, Mike Bobo’s daddy?

Dufus.

hartdawg

September 19th, 2010
12:01 pm

This season is already over. Another dissapionting season only this one ends a little earlier. We have no killer instinct and no defense. I am sick of CMR and his Mr. Cool personality. If he values his job he better start showing some emotion on the sidelines. Does he not realize his players feed off his emotions. UGA has become just an average team in the SEC.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 19th, 2010
12:05 pm

superDawg

September 19th, 2010
12:05 pm

The DAWGS are mad now.Coach Richt please take over play calling!

chilidawg

September 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

GoDawgs, I agree. Maybe the reason Smart turned down the DC job was because he knew we would be calling him this year with a HC offer. Smart or Peterson would be good choices. I have always been a Richt supporter, but I am tired of the see-saw intensity that this team has. Up for one game, down the next. Only motivated to the level where the coaches think we can barely get the win.

#7 DOG

September 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

I’m glad to see I’m not alone in my assesment of our offensive coordinator. There is absolutely no imagination what so ever in Bobo’ play calling. It’s a shame when these kids play their hearts out and don’t get rewarded because we get outsmarted by the opposing coaches. And to wake up this morning and read an article where Bobo is blaming Aaron for not getting rid of the ball early enough makes me sick. We will be fine if we keep playing aggressive, yet smarter.

Georgia is hurting!

September 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

Hey UGA: Game is on again at 1pm in case you want to see the game again. LMFAO! Your team is a joke. Get ready for an awedul season and thank you for the laughs on game day. By the way, did Murray play in the midget league in HS or what? The guy is a shrimp. You don’t win with that dude. GO GATORS! CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP. Can’t wait for our annual meeting in Florida. Man, by then, you might be winless in the conference.

SEC FAN

September 19th, 2010
12:08 pm

Your embarrassing our conference Georgia. Get it together or play in the FCS.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 19th, 2010
12:09 pm

Rubber Mallet

September 19th, 2010
12:10 pm

I told ya I would torch your team for 400 yards and get the W. However, you refused to listen. 17 years since your team has gone 0-2 in conference. That’s impressive, but with all that jailyard talent, one would think you could win. Thanks for helping my heisman stats.

Next Year

September 19th, 2010
12:12 pm

Just wait until next year and see how good we are. It’s a rebuilding year this year with a new D Coordinator and 1/2 the team in disaray. Just wait, we win it all in 2012. Oh yeah, we will be loaded again and win it all, just like every year.

SECfan

September 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

There are many problems facing this team. #1 Play calling. Bobo goes in with the gameplan to run the ball and setup the passing game with play action which has always worked. The problem is he abandons this plan with fancy plays such as bubble screens and the wild dog formation which defenses have stopped. Go with what works and stick with it.
#2 New Defensive scheme and new players. Georgia has 2 new safeties and a linebacking core that consists of guys who have been moved from outside to inside and end to OLB. The scheme is good but the players are not doing there jobs which results in big plays for opposing offense.
#3 Poor offensive line play and a freshman quarterback. At the beginning of the season you would have thought a veteran line would protect the QB but they have done so poorly. Yesterday, there were too many times that blitzing linebackers came right up the middle and sack Murray. Also, running back have done a poor job as well. Ealey blew his block on a LB and he came in through the backside to bring him down.

Georgia has potential to be a good team but poor play calling and poor performance has caused them to become a mediocre team. I am a die hard fan and always will be. But something has to change. The assistants need to get their player more disciplined and focused and their needs to be better play calling. Stick with your game plan and dump the screems and wild dog formation that have been proven to not work.

Boboz

September 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

man, I looked like chitman. I got head butted in practice. Maybe, I need a helmet. I am wearing the red panties, but maybe the helmet will help. I will try it for next game.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

September 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

1 THING THEY DID DO IS ATLEAST PUT POINTS ON THE BOARD…… SOMETHING WE DID NOT DO VS SOCAR

2 WE WANTED THEM TO OPEN IT UP FOR AM AND HE WAS RUNNIN FOR HIS LIFE GETTING SACKED AND THREW ONE AWFUL PICK UNDER NO PRESSURE…

3 AM GETTING IT ALL THE WAY TO THE ENDZONE ON THE LAST PLAY WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE SINCE IT NORM SEEMS LIKE HIS ARM STREGTH IS LACKING

4 D IS DOING FINE IF THEY CAN JUST FIND A WAY TO KEEP 1 RECEIVER FROM BEING WIDE OPEN….

I SUPPORT CMR AND THINK WE WILL IMPROVE THOUGHOUT THE SEASONS…
COME ON DAWGS!!!!!!

tt44

September 19th, 2010
12:17 pm

CMR, START CALLING THE OFFENSE!!!!! PLEASE, OR AT LEAST FORM A CONSORTIUM AND HELP BOBO! PLEASE!

smyrnadog-face reality

September 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

Adams is not going to be able to get rid of Rict this year due to the financail restraints that would place on the athltic department budget. He can’t affored to buy out Rict’s contract, and have money to go hire someone else. Plain and simple.

As for demoting BoBo and bringing in a new OC, would would come in to this mess to save Rict’s job??

collegeballfan

September 19th, 2010
12:31 pm

“Jeff Schultz’s column, which notes Georgia’s 2-6 record in its past eight SEC games:”

Damn! I did not know that. Is this correct?
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Folks it is not the play calling. It is the execution of the play that has been called. It is the execution of the defense that has been called.

Look, how many stars by your name on the recruiting lists is nothing compared with HOW you play the game, how you execute. And most times that is beyond coaching.

lost dawg in bama

September 19th, 2010
12:31 pm

We can still turn this thing around; think about not having AJ, Caleb King, Brandon Smith, and Chapas and we still should of won. If we ever get the team whole we may just be really good. Last two games; could of won and should of won. Bobo is the real weak link and now he is blaming players; what a coward. Man up Bobo; this loss is on you!

Aaron Murray for Heisman

September 19th, 2010
12:32 pm

I think Murrays Heisman hopes took a hit yesterday but he’ll be back. He can still get back into the hunt with another good game next week, this isn’t over. Murray for Heisman and we still have the best kicking game in the SEC, whoooooooooooo!

"silver-lining guy"

September 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

Let’s just tank the season and go for the number one draft pick.
Oh…wait…sorry!

Reality Dawg

September 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

Time we face facts my fellow Dawg fans… we are a lower tier football program in the SEC. Our record in the last 8 games in the SEC is among the league’s worst. We need to deal with the fact that even though we can get non-qualifiers in school, our competition (LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, So Carolina) can get more non-qualifiers admitted. Our academic standards are higher than theirs and it is hurting us in recruiting. We just can’t get the players we need. We have never been the same since Jan Kemp forced us to bring in STUDENT-athletes. What a sham… this is big time college football. We are only hurting ourselves by keeping up this academic facade, which basically only exists in our own minds. We ain’t the Harvard of the South, even though we like to tell ourselves that. I am depressed. Adams wants to cut down on arrests… heck… I think we need more guys that act like animals. What bothers me most is that our guys are getting arrested for whimpy things like drunk driving… I would love to see some guys get arrested for bar fighting or something similar. An aggravated assault charge would be nice. This half-hearted stuff ain’t cutting it. Where are the Junkyard Dawgs of old?

common sense

September 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

I agree with lizboy turned dinosaur.

dawgster

September 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

Bobo is correct in his acceesment that Murray does need to get rid of the ball quicker on many occasions but with that being said it does come off as if he is blaming Murray who is a Rs freshman and will make those kind mistakes…I think Coach Bobo needs to take a hard look at his sometimes pathetic play calling and realize when something is working as the run was on that last series before Ark scored, stick with it…we were 3rd and four..you would think that in two plays we could have picked up a first down…Of course if had thrown a touchdown pass on the play we would all be calling it a great call…I think my biggest concern with Coach Bobo is not that one series or that a RB didn’t pick up a block, but we seem to be very predictable..my young son is amazed at how many times i predict what Bobo will run before the ball is snapped…he thinks i am very smart…i tell him no, i just know football and watch for tendencies of the teams…Coach Bobo is very easy to read…do you think the other teams coaching are as smart as i seem to be…I’m still behind the dawgs and although there are some concerning breakdowns in our defense and we are still not making plays…I believe the gators have 10 interceptions this year…surely that is helping their stuggling offense,…we could use some of the same…I still believe the defense will be good at some point, but i don’t see any indication that the offense is any better than it has been in recent years…

lizboy turned baby lizard

September 19th, 2010
12:46 pm

We have a ACC coach in a conference of coaches who are the best in the country. Is anybody awake? Hello, Earth to Athens!!!!! Whats up for next season?

playing time

September 19th, 2010
12:54 pm

The reason Kirby turned down the offer from Georgia is he saw the depths of the program.
As Bill Elliot says ” It’s just a bad situation”.

simplythetruth

September 19th, 2010
1:00 pm

Brian is gone, Willie is gone, now some want Bobo gone. When is the Dawg Nation going to realize that Richt is the main problem. So what if he calls the offensive plays? He’s old news just like his mentor(Bowden). The resemblences are bad penalties, mental lapses, and a few selfish players screwing up the team’s chance at any true cohesion. This crap of wait until A.J. gets back speaks poorly of the coaching staff, Richt included. If Green not being in the game is the main reason for yesterday’s loss, then Richt should be fired for being incompetent as a HC. One player does not make a team. Georgia lost to a superior team which was better coached and the results speak loudly and clearly.

gcs

September 19th, 2010
1:06 pm

30 arrests and another disappointing season. Why do Dawg fans put up with Richt?

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RomeDawg

September 19th, 2010
1:09 pm

S Slgator- noun – A loser who hangs out on blogs written for OUR team. Does NO one care enough for your team to have it’s own blog?

Get a life. We have lost to two teams who will each be ranked in our around the top 10 in the country. We have a new defense and a new QB. We will be fine.