Big day for Grantham’s defense, Ealey, Uga VIII and, really, all the Dogs

A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s 43-0 win over Vanderbilt:

My game story, which notes that Todd Grantham coveted a shutout even after the win was assured:

ATHENS — A football team that looked hapless and hopeless two weeks ago flexed its muscle here Saturday.

Georgia put up big numbers on offense and the most impressive number of all on defense, beating Vanderbilt 43-0 in a happy homecoming game in Sanford Stadium.

The shutout was Georgia’s first against an SEC opponent since 2006. The margin of victory was Georgia’s largest against an SEC opponent since 2004. And the win was Georgia’s second in a row after four consecutive losses.

“This is the way we feel like we could have played the whole year,” quarterback Aaron Murray said.

Well, that would have spared a lot of anguish.

Andy Johnston’s sidebar on the coronation of Uga VIII:

. . . Before being led to his doghouse by members of the Seiler family, which owns the line of mascots, Uga VIII stopped and seemed to give a goodbye kiss to Russ.

. . . Being his first game, Uga VIII seemed to be unsure of the crowd noise and music. He spent most of the game inside his doghouse.

“This is a great-looking dog,” UGA President Michael Adams said. “I think he’s going to have a great career.”

Jeff Schultz’s column, which notes the team has a pulse that was barely detectable at 1-4:

ATHENS – Since Georgia is way past concerns about where it ranks in the Harris Poll, there’s little in the way of buildup for the unveiling of the first BCS standings Sunday. Certainly, there’s no reason for fans to reflect and wonder: “Will Vanderbilt’s record hurt our strength of schedule?”

But that shouldn’t matter right now. There is a pulse.

Andy Johnston’s sidebar on Washaun Ealey coming through in a time of need:

ATHENS — Washaun Ealey’s focus never wavered.

Ball security remained at the forefront of his mind throughout Georgia’s 43-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday, and with it came Ealey’s best performance of the season.

“I feel like I won [teammates' and coaches'] trust a little bit, but I have to keep working and let them keep trusting me and show them that I can be that back,” Ealey said. “It was a big game for me. I knew I had a lot of people depending on me to have a good game.”

My notebook, including items on Blair Walsh’s record, the sellout streak and Ken Malcome keeping his redshirt:

ATHENS — Georgia freshman tailback Ken Malcome did not make his college debut Saturday after all. And he probably won’t play this season.

Coach Mark Richt had suggested Malcome might shed his redshirt and play against Vanderbilt because of attrition at tailback — specifically, Caleb King’s suspension and Carlton Thomas‘ strained hamstring. But Thomas’ condition improved Wednesday and Thursday, and he played Saturday in relief of starter Washaun Ealey.

And Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery, including this shot of teammates congratulating Carlton Thomas after his third-quarter touchdown:

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171 comments Add your comment

cattle dawg

October 16th, 2010
11:50 pm

Frank Lane

October 16th, 2010
11:51 pm

This team is only three fumbles away from a great season. We keep forgetting that. Suddenly not even the loss to Miss State seems that demeaning.

Mark Richt

October 16th, 2010
11:51 pm

I still have no chance of beating Florida

cattle dawg

October 16th, 2010
11:55 pm

Just glad to get another win. What a crazy day in the sec.

76-DAWG

October 16th, 2010
11:55 pm

Murray gets better every game . It proves my point every game he get more experience , that if CMR have played him last year in the last 4 or 5 games he would have been as ready as he is now, at the first of the season and UGA would be undefeated or with only one lose.
The other person that needs to have some more game experience this year is Walsh. He has missed two easy field goal attempts the last two weeks because he isn’t getting enough practice in a game situation.CMR needs to let him try anything inside of 65 yards.

Dan Mullen

October 17th, 2010
12:06 am

Florida’s offense is sorry, as bad as Georgia’s. I love it. Go State.

Ramblin' Wreck

October 17th, 2010
12:07 am

Even though UGA won today, I loved seeing Florida lose!

Just the way you Zook, tonight

October 17th, 2010
12:10 am

meyer is still at a loss for words after losing tebow. say what you want, but pitching a shutout against most any team is an impressive feat at this level of ball. let the florida nation take this next week to lick their wounds. georgia will prove whether they have risen to the challenge against the cats in lexington this week. love live uga viii, get that pup on p90x to guarantee a successful career!

What??

October 17th, 2010
12:21 am

You are what you are. – Bill Parcells Think about it UGA fans.

Buford T. Pusser

October 17th, 2010
12:23 am

A “Big day” ? Really? Against the worst team in the SEC. That’s now the litmus test for UGA football? What a Homer. You bunch of inbred trailer trash rednecks need to resign yourself to the fact that a losing record and home for the Holiday’s is a certainty. You are about to play big-boy football over the next few weeks. And no, you are not a player on the National scene. Actually, you are a joke. The Sheriff has spoken.

Macclenny_dawg

October 17th, 2010
12:24 am

Defense beginning to play better but I still think Bobo’s play calling sucks!!! 1st and ten incomplete pass. That is automatically a run on 2nd down always!!! 2nd and 4 or less then we pass it!! 3rd and long play action pass why???? That should be run on 2nd down and 4!! Glad we played a nobody again today!!! Bobo still has 2 go people its still the same play calls they just worked the last 2 weeks because we played sorry teams!!! But every other part of our game seems to be coming together. Still begining to worry about Walsh he hit the crossbar on 1 field goal then missed the next!!! Hope he got his misses out the way before Florida game. Next week Kentucky will give us all we want!!! But keep grinding and go Dawgs!!!

aarh

October 17th, 2010
12:24 am

76 Dawg- Just bc Murray’s having a great yr. now doesn’t mean he should have played last yr. He was hurt last yr., which was one reason he didn’t play last yr. I don’t know what you mean about Walsh. He’s had plenty of game experience. I, for one, wish we would score more TDs, & not have to use him as much on Field Goals. We are getting better though, which is all I can ask for at this point. One more thing, how can anyone say UGA doesn’t have a chance against FL. at this point. UGA’s ggetting better, & FL. doesn’t appear to be. Just hoping anyway, but you never know.

Otis My Man

October 17th, 2010
12:41 am

During the summer the only “feeling” I had is that we would beat the Gators! I was uncomfortable with USC and Arkansas (MSU & Colorado) were BS. Dogs win out (Auburn is iffy) We win the rest

76-DAWG

October 17th, 2010
1:08 am

aarh
Murray hurt his shoulder in August last year and I think he could have played in November, or as I stayed in the last 4 or 5 games. Cox was a bust last year and if CMR had gotten Murray in the last 4 or 5 games UGA probably would have beaten South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Colorado or at least 2 of them. The game experience that Murray could have gotten last year he had to get this year.
I think Murray has done a great job this year. The only thing that was holding him back was Bobo not have confidence in him , because of his inexperience , from the first game.
Also Bobo and maybe CMR still don’t realize that this year the running attach is feeding off of the passing attach. Their play calling has just started to emphasize that fact. It was very clear from the first game that UGA had some of the best receivers in the nation but only very average running backs and an offensive line that wasn’t very good at run blocking.If we had thrown the ball 50 time a game , we would have 2 to 4 more win right now. But CMR and Bobo didn’t have enough confidence in Murray to give him that much responsibility.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

October 17th, 2010
1:09 am

Russ the Dog

October 17th, 2010
1:13 am

Losing to Miss. State ain’t lookin’ so bad about now….

DawgGoneIt

October 17th, 2010
1:20 am

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DawgGoneIt

October 17th, 2010
1:20 am

Georgia’s next head coach currently resides in Starkville and his name is Dan Mullen.

trueUGAfan

October 17th, 2010
1:22 am

haven’t from a gator fan in a few weeks…lol…that just goes to show that any given saturday in the SEC…

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 17th, 2010
2:11 am

Hey Buford T. Moron – If Vandy wins next week, they’re in first place in the SEC East. Know your facts before you open your piehole!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 17th, 2010
2:12 am

Hey 76Dawg, I think you mean ‘attack’ and not ‘attach’.

Reality

October 17th, 2010
2:22 am

Prediction: Georgia loses to Kentucky next week, and comes out to surprise Florida the following week, BOOK IT!!!!

Justin

October 17th, 2010
3:16 am

I am more concerned about Auburn later this season than I am of Florida.

BDAWG

October 17th, 2010
3:58 am

The team seems to be coming together at the right time. Next week will be a big challange and if we overcome that obstacle, then we will be on our way. The safties still look a little out of place an that will have to be corrected before next Saturday because Kentucky will exploit our weakness. We will have to play very physical and smart ball to continue our success. Great win. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Souljaboy

October 17th, 2010
4:49 am

You redneck Jawga fans get a reality check. You are playing one of the easiest schedules in the country and with a 3-4 record still a joke nationally. Beating the weakest team in the SEC is reason for a downtrodden program to cheer but have no misillusions about what is ahead. Teams that are more physical & talented waiting to pounce on your junk.

Think about what might of been when you sit home watching your big brothers in the SEC play big time bowl games. It’s just a foggy pipe dream in Athens.

Brucerugby79

October 17th, 2010
5:51 am

JASON beating fla is the most important thing in the world of Bulldog football

dale murphy

October 17th, 2010
6:31 am

you mutts get a couple of soft wins, and you think you have arrived. This proves mutt fans are in a bulldawg trance. I have never seen so many people in ga. under so much of a trance. they love them dawgs, and it dose not matter the outcome ,they are like a bunch of zombies in a trailer park, roaminfg around barking at the moon, and wondering what might have been.( wow what retards)

dale murphy

October 17th, 2010
6:34 am

losses to kentuck, fla.,alabama, and gt the whole bulldawg nation will be in a comma

DawgnMD

October 17th, 2010
7:10 am

Glad to see us starting to build. Can’t wait to see what Grantham does with his recruits. QB looking really good now. Remember Dawg fans this is a building year. Murphy you need a coffee and a schedule.

Buzz ME

October 17th, 2010
7:15 am

Wow beating Vandy, I’m impressed. So I guess you mutts think you should be in the bcs poll.

Buzz ME

October 17th, 2010
7:17 am

you go dale murphy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dale murphy

October 17th, 2010
7:29 am

Im sorry mutt, kentuck, fla auburn and gt. Is that better? Go back to your purina.

dale murphy

October 17th, 2010
7:36 am

With the line of talent year after year, how can the mutts say its a rebuilding year? When is the last time they have had a good year and played in a bcs bowl?They are in the top five or six in the country every year and cannot win big…..whats up with that? Maby its the eleven arrests……but they sure can recruit good.

MAR_DAWG

October 17th, 2010
7:37 am

Good to see them starting to do something with some rhythm. LOVED seeing Ohio State lose. REALLY loved seeing the stinking chickens and the GAYtors lose. What a great Saturday!

stan

October 17th, 2010
7:47 am

every one let the games play out on the field.

Spike

October 17th, 2010
7:52 am

Dale Murphy, is “coma” not comma. You boob.

Dan

October 17th, 2010
7:52 am

FWIW Losing to Mississippi State is always bad. There’s no way to make it look not so bad.

Dan

October 17th, 2010
7:54 am

Buzz ME

Wow beating MTSU, I’m impressed. So I guess you bugs think you should be in the bcs poll.

truedawg

October 17th, 2010
8:09 am

how bout them dawgs beat kentucky heck we can still win the east go dawgs still hate bobo

truedawg

October 17th, 2010
8:10 am

truedawg

October 17th, 2010
8:12 am

gator hater go dawgs beat uk fl au gt

BigDawg

October 17th, 2010
8:19 am

We are on a roll two in a row. Tennessee brought their worst team in years to Athens. Then Vandy is Vandy. This will set the tone for the game next week against KY. Georgia will have the big head syndrome and lose to KY. Then we have FL the next week that has been preparing for us for two weeks. CMR will preach all week how we are a team just now coming together. Do you think Urban will allow FL to lose 4 games in a row? To UGA at that. Put away the CMR Kool Aid and look at our program history. When the end of the year gets here maybe everyone will see that the cool as a cucumber approach does not work. Emotion is a major factor in college sports. We pay CMR 3 million a year and for that kind of money we expect positive results. The UGA cash generating racket makes it had for the average family to even attend a game. Pay CMR is 5 million buyout. He would much rather be on a mission trip. You can watch his demeanor and tell he does not want to be a coach at UGA. He needs to follow his heart and follow his passion. Then find someone who cares and wants to lead the Georgia football program.

Urban Myers

October 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Am I on the hot seat?

Beachoholic

October 17th, 2010
8:30 am

Has anyone else noticed that the SEC East is still up for grabs?

Signature wins at Florida and Auburn and welll…I’m just saying…

BigDawg

October 17th, 2010
8:30 am

I would say you need to get in in gear Urban.

tell me again

October 17th, 2010
8:33 am

A lot of good talent goes to Florida – something just happens to it when it gets to Gainesville….

Jborodawg

October 17th, 2010
8:36 am

A good win, not a great win (no such thing as great wins against Vandy).

Bobo called a good game, contrary to what some of you think. Grantham has the D going in the right direction….a shutout against a decent SEC opponent. Murray seems to be learning every game. Kudos again to Chris Durham!

But…we can’t afford to not come out ready to play each half. EG, 3 time outs in the first five mins of the first; a batted down pass to start the second; either situation could lead to better opponents getting points on us. So, not quite ready to “drink the cool aid”. But overall a good showing, just like La-La, except Vandy is a far superior team.

Kentucky showed they can be a very capable opponent. We gotta be ready…for Kentucky. We shouldn’t be talking about Awbun nor Flawduh at this point. Those will be tough games, but Kentucky is next.

Uga VIII looks great and is 1 and 0. Hopefully he’ll come outa his shell soon and not spend the entire game in the dawg house. Thank you Russ for filling in, but you just didn’t quite get the job done.

Hopefully we won’t go into a comma…my dangling participle couldn’t take it.

tell me again

October 17th, 2010
8:37 am

The Dawgs are getting better every week we have won two in a row – the mighty Gators have lost three in a row – two in the swamp…..I guess Urban forgot how to coach this year and needs to fire his entire staff and maybe himself. Isn’t that the advice we get from other fans about Richt? What goes around comes around people – like I said – Tebow is a once in a generation type of player….without him (and Mullen and Strong) the Gators are back in the swamp – literally. Is it just me or does Meyer, when he is on the sidelines, look like he wishes he had STAYED resigned last year?

Munson's Toupee

October 17th, 2010
8:43 am

This win should get UGA back in the Top 25

Dawg_Mike

October 17th, 2010
8:44 am

For the love of pete- one game at a time !
Kentucky is the next one and the way they came back on the chickens…I’m just sayin.