A Sunday morning roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s loss to Mississippi State:
My game story, which notes the Bulldogs are on their first three-game losing streak in 20 years:
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Bad turned to worse — much worse — for Georgia’s football team here Saturday night.
The Bulldogs lost their third consecutive game in an already ugly season, failing to score a touchdown until it was too late to matter and falling to Mississippi State 24-12.
The loss was Georgia’s first in Starkville since 1951 and first anywhere to Mississippi State since 1974, and it gave the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-3 SEC) their first three-game losing streak since 1990 and first 0-3 SEC record since 1993.
Jeff Schultz’s column, which notes the Dogs are 2-7 in their past nine SEC games:
… The Bulldogs are 0-3 in the SEC. They stand alone in the conference in that regard. Behind Mississippi State, behind Vanderbilt, behind the schools you used to joke about. They are no longer the team that can beat everybody except Alabama and Florida. They are the team that can lose to every team well below Alabama and Florida.
… This is about more than one assistant coach or one suspended player. Once again, Richt did not have his team ready to play. The Dogs should have played desperate. They didn’t. They certainly didn’t play smart or play well.
Paul Jones’ sidebar on Washaun Ealey’s latest goal-line debacle, which kept the Bulldogs from scoring a first-quarter touchdown:
STARKVILLE, Miss. — This time, Washaun Ealey’s fumble into the opponent’s end zone came in the first quarter. It was the second time that situation arose for Georgia’s sophomore tailback, and as in the South Carolina game, it was a critical play.
My notebook, which covers the return of a number of players from injury, the continued absence of A.J. Green, the cowbells and this nugget:
Georgia has more former players currently serving as captains of NFL teams than any other school.
That’s according to a report by the Dallas Morning News, which counted the colleges of the 124 players who were elected full-season captains by votes of their teammates on 26 NFL teams.
. . . “We have a great coach, a great leader at Georgia [in Mark Richt],” Matthew Stafford, a Detroit Lions captain, told the Dallas paper. “It probably rubs off on us.”
Transcript of Mark Richt’s post-game news conference, including this comment:
“But we’ve also got to look within, starting with me, as to the things that have kept us from having the success that we want. That’s what we’re going to do.”
And a photo gallery from the game, including this shot: