Richt on late fumble: ‘That’s as basic of a play as we’ve got’

BOULDER, Colo. — Comments by Georgia coach Mark Richt after the Bulldogs’ latest loss, 29-27 to Colorado on Saturday night:

On the fumble on Georgia’s final drive: “That’s as basic of a play as we’ve got. You say, ‘What’s our No. 1 running play?’, and that was it. They got penetration, obviously, but you’ve still got to be able to secure that ball for a 4- or 5-yard loss. You’ve got to hold on to it, but we didn’t. They made a play.”

On Caleb King’s night otherwise [100 yards rushing on 12 carries]: “Yeah, Caleb played real good. He broke a lot of tackles. [On the fumble] I think he was trying to make a spin move as he was getting the ball. It was his instinct to try and make somebody miss. But you’ve got to get the ball first, and we just didn’t do that. Caleb gave great effort; he gave great runs. When the ball was secured to him, he wrapped it up real well. Unfortunately on the exchange, he didn’t.”

On the team’s morale: “Am I worried about it? It’s hard. It’s not easy. But I have a lot of faith in our guys. They’ll stay together; they’ll keep working. No one’s going to give in or quit, and nobody’s going to do a negative thing within our ranks. I’m confident that everybody on this football tam is going to keep working. … Losing is not good, but there are a lot of good things that come out of it as far as effort and attitude of the group. There are a lot of things that I can point to that the coaches will be proud of these games for. But the bottom line in football is wins and losses, and right now we haven’t gotten one in a while.”

On A.J. Green’s return: “It’s nice to have A.J. You could see tonight just how talented he is and how dangerous a player he is. He’s a momentum changer, and he did [change momentum]. We reversed the momentum of the game, and … he made our offense spark. He’s definitely a special player and a special kid…. There are plays you can call that go to a guy, but we didn’t go that way because of protection or coverage, so that’s where we started with him.”

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First King

October 3rd, 2010
12:17 am

MtnDawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:20 am

Richt, I like you.

But its time to resign.

$5 Dawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:20 am

At least I might get to afford to go to a UGA game this year

Hunker Down

October 3rd, 2010
12:23 am

Someone pinch me so I can wake up!

JacketFan

October 3rd, 2010
12:23 am

SatillaDawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:24 am

This game proves AJ is a game changer.

Now, if we could just get the rest of the team onboard.

Aaron…great job!

Keep trying Dawgs!

Tyler Durden

October 3rd, 2010
12:24 am

GT

October 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

I tell you what Techs team is Sad right….. now along with Georgia……

Bride of Chucky Knapp

October 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

mark

October 3rd, 2010
12:26 am

Win or lose I am Ga. Go Dawgs.

GT

October 3rd, 2010
12:26 am

Funny thing…Georgia still has a chance to win the east…its still wide open!!!

Bride of Chucky Knapp

October 3rd, 2010
12:27 am

The Dish Network was trying to do us a favor with the blackout. Just an effort to protect their valuable customers from the pain!

GT

October 3rd, 2010
12:28 am

Maybey we could combine teams…Tech offense and Georgia’s Defense…I think after toninght I am goin go quit rootin for Tech….thier defense is down right awfull..

Luke

October 3rd, 2010
12:29 am

you don’t want Georgia’s defense.

Spike

October 3rd, 2010
12:30 am

I’m speechless. Wow.

renegade#1

October 3rd, 2010
12:30 am

well dang first

renegade#1

October 3rd, 2010
12:32 am

well dang sittin here arguing with an idiot 17th

GT

October 3rd, 2010
12:36 am

Luke,
Have you seen our defense play?? Its down right horrible!!! Georgia’ Defense is not Great but atleast its normal…..yeah I’ll take it.. over what we got..

please fire richt

October 3rd, 2010
12:37 am

Like I said 2 years ago. under richt this team is headed for oblivion. It was better under Donnan. In fact the best season richt has had was with Donnan players who would have won a championship but Richt F that up too.

sarfdawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:42 am

Looked like a flea flucker to me.

TazzDawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:50 am

GT, go back to your hovel, I mean cardboard box, errr, sorry I mean stately abandoned home on North Ave. Loser!!!!!

Long-time Dawg

October 3rd, 2010
12:58 am

I wish I knew how to react. Is this just something that happens? I mean, luck is random and when things don’t go well, they can really snowball. But does it only happen to bad coaches? I am trying not to over-react. Richt has averaged 10 wins a year his first 9 seasons. But the last 3 have been progressively disappointing. I don’t want to knee-jerk, but this is inexplicable.

JoeCool23

October 3rd, 2010
12:58 am

Make like a tree and blow.

Conservative Bulldog

October 3rd, 2010
1:01 am

tazzdawg: Did you even read GT’s posts?

You’re a classless idiot Tazzdawg. Get a life.

Knox

October 3rd, 2010
1:01 am

I’m going to leave the coach-bashing for others…plenty of that going around, and perhaps deservedly so.

To say that I’m frustrated would be an understatement of the first order. How many personal fouls does Vance Cuff have to commit before he gets the hook?

Why is it that we don’t have a running back that can hold onto the ball in critical situations? At that point, the ONE thing we couldn’t afford was a turnover.

It seems to me that one of the biggest problems with our defense is not the 3-4 vs. 4-3. Rather, it’s that the other team’s receivers are WIDE open much of the time.

How is it that the most experienced offensive line in the SEC (in terms of career starts) can’t open a hole up the middle (and why do we keep calling runs up the middle when they’re not there)?

The only thing that can salvage this season is beating Tech. At this point, I have no confidence that we will be any teams other than Vandy and Idaho (or is it Idaho State?). But to beat Tech despite the sorry state of the program certainly would be sweet.

bugsquacher

October 3rd, 2010
1:04 am

1- agnes scott called and would like their girls volleyball team back,,, they are complaining that tonights game was a little to rough for them
2- McGarity, you wanted this job, man UP! You know what you have to do….
3- Mark Ricth’s latest book……”How to destroy a top Football program in 10 years or less”

bugsquacher

October 3rd, 2010
1:06 am

4- dont bet the mortgage on beating Idaho State……. suckers bet

Hawaii Army Dawg.... HOOAH!

October 3rd, 2010
1:06 am

We get all the bad luck and LSU gets all the good luck. Its all good though. I’m still a Dawg.

DEP

October 3rd, 2010
1:11 am

A Loss is a Loss…Fire Richt what kinda of Play was that I would rather go for the field goal and then my some miracle they win then no problems….like we did What is with the Georgia Teams this year Chockers…. so much for AJ’s Two Touchdowns!

Monkey Says:

October 3rd, 2010
1:13 am

Morale, you talking about Morale, we need a full time Bail Bondsman, Full time Players Attorney, and a Driver’s License check and Breathalyzer. And you are worried about Morale?
I am more worried about Sunday after church to see how many guys had beer on ice and are sitting in jail.

as quoted off the record by:

Mark Richt.

Because it is fun...

October 3rd, 2010
1:14 am

Well it is up with the White & Gold, down with the Red & Black…

The leghumpers have reached the lowest of lows. You guys excused criminal behavior for many years in exchange for wins was it worth it???????????

UGA owns you tasty bees..

October 3rd, 2010
1:15 am

A. J. Green owes UGA another year of football. Its the least he could do for crippling us without that immediate threat outside reciever for our first three SEC games. Given, if it gets Bobo to step down to QB coach, and let Richt bring in a serious offensive mind who can use Georgia’s fast talent in some good spread formations, with VERY FEW silly gimmick plays, especially not with the game on the line, then as a *true* Dawg Fan, I am all for it. I have no problem with Bobo’s coaching, as he is a terrific QB coach, but his play-calling is borderline absurd. Run up the middle twice and play action pass/screen on 3rd and long more times than i can count. We need a little shake-up. Mark Richts gotta start axing his buddies, as they are not cutting it. The strength coach Van also.. We look weak and disoriented. My tech will look pretty silly when one of our few wins this year will be against them..

still a dawg fan

October 3rd, 2010
1:17 am

YOU CAN STICK A FORK IN US–WE ARE DONE. I always knew we were a doormat in basketball but who would have believed that we would be a doormat in football.There is a first time for everything. Face it men we need better & smarter players. I would hate to see what kind of score our players would get on the WONDERLIC TEST.If our players took the test I think it would explain why we don’t play smart football.

RECRUIT BETTER & WE WILL WIN & THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT

joe cox' Shadow

October 3rd, 2010
1:20 am

If we lose on purpose we can clean house……Thats what we are doing right??

bwell

October 3rd, 2010
1:20 am

If you all are true BULLDAWGS FANS how bout shut the mess up and be supportive, I just got back from the game and from what I saw we are not that far off from being back on top, I’m looking forward to next year, we have to protect better the offensive line looked good but not the entire game. I don’t know if its the 3-4 or not maybe its this upperclassman db’s, some of those calls on Cuff wasn’t called for cause Houston was taken down on 3 straight plays and no calls. The dbs do need help BAD and strength and condition need worked on. GO DAWGS

builder dawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:21 am

Lark Richt,,,,,,,,PLEASE FIRE BLOBO……if you love someone(bobo) please God, set his sorry ass FREE

builder dawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:21 am

Bobo must go

builder dawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:24 am

I didn’t know that the flea flicker was your most basic of plays. I can now see where all that success the past 2 years is coming from. wow! dont I feel dumb LOL

Monkey Says:

October 3rd, 2010
1:25 am

bwell…no disrespect sir, but dang this is the SEC and we just got embarrassed for the 4th straight week and this was a second tier Big 12 Team who is horrible.

Give us the changes you would make?

whostolemyoreo

October 3rd, 2010
1:27 am

a flee flicker is not a BASIC PLAY run the ball up the middle and kick the football…. come on coach if you wanted to pass the ball no trickery was needed this by far the worst season i have ever seen by Georgia…. one person should not make the team…. and trick plays should not be called when the game on the line.

Monkey Says:

October 3rd, 2010
1:27 am

Southwest just bought out AIR TRAN…..there are a few more cities that CMR would be welcome in and on a very cheap airfare to get him there……

Heater

October 3rd, 2010
1:28 am

Bring back Munson! That is when our problems began.

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Wreckmaniac

October 3rd, 2010
1:35 am

No one’s going to televise Tech-UGA this season. If you ever wanted to see this game cheap this is your chance.

bwell

October 3rd, 2010
1:36 am

Sir, I first thought about getting rid of Coach Bobo, but seeing him ripped into the offensive line and telling them to “suck it up” and play hard for four qtrs it was good to see that, I thought about getting rid of the offensive line coach, but seeing him lay into the line and going off on them WOW. Now I would get rid of Strenght and condition coach, to many times the players would play one or two plays and asking to come out, Gamble was beat so many times tonight he was tired and out of place, I looked at the players and some of them looked like wow they were not serious enough for me, THE PLAYERS NEED TO ADOPT AN MEAN KICK BUTT ATTITUDE, Something has to be done with the dbs being beat and not looking up for the ball, its sad MS, I think ga coaches need to convert the fastest guy(s) and put them at the corner positions.

Wreckmaniac

October 3rd, 2010
1:40 am

I would have expected 1,156 comments by now.

SentientDawg

October 3rd, 2010
1:42 am

Basic play my A&&. I was at the game … that was a trick play that sadly went awry. And it should have never been called. We had the ball already within Walsh’s range — and we go for a “flea-flicker” tricker-ation play? It’s a long year already — come on 2011.
I was also amazed that CU students rushed the field after beating a 1-4 team … some of the drunk ones were just as obnoxious as some of our drunk fans … and there were some that had some class.

Foster Brooks

October 3rd, 2010
1:42 am

Screw the fumble play. We pay a DC 3 quarters of a million, and the defense absolutely sucks. God folks this was Colorado, you know that football beast of a power, not. The defense is terrible, and the offense is pitifal. We have had top 10 recruiting classes 4 of the past 5 years and the other was rated 16. Problem is we recruit all 4 and 5 “star” atheletes who have very little character. Cuff, 3 personal fouls in one game…sit his sorry ass on the bench for 3 or 4 games and when you do play him again tell him, another performance like that and he will never see the field again. Ben Jones and his cheap shot last week, God if the had happened to one of my Dawgs I would have been outraged, but come to think of it I am outraged that I am pulling for kids that take cheap shots and play like bush leaguers, and thugs. Fumbles, have you had enough in big situations? Selfish and selling jerseys? Again, character. We need to start really doing some intense homework on these kids we recruit. I would rather have a bunch of high character 2 and 3 star kids that are thankful for the privilage to wear the UGA uniform, that are coachable and will play with a passion that I am still waiting to see from all our 4 and 5 star recruits. The kind of kids that made up the true junkyard dawgs, that would “bring it” week in and week out and would run through a brick wall for coach Erk. Instead we have a bunch of undisciplined gansta’s and thugs just using us as a syop off for the NFL. I do not give a damn about the NFL, I do care about UGA. So Richt, if you are to turn this around, quit recruiting from Newbergs list and find some real character kids that are coachable and will play with passion. Also, as much as I hate to say it, I think the DC is not what we expected and certainly not what we needed to this point.

PMC

October 3rd, 2010
1:46 am

Losing has gradations. Losing to a team much better than you like Florida or Alabama or even South Carolina this year people understand.

Beating yourself. Losing when you were as talented or better drives people nuts.

Dog fan

October 3rd, 2010
1:47 am

This will be a long season, but next year will be worth it… Alot has changed in the last year. The dogs will be the dogs again. Just enjoy UGA football while we have it. The season will be over soon.