Read all about it: Georgia’s third consecutive victory

A roundup of the AJC’s coverage of Georgia’s 44-31 win over Kentucky:

My game story, which starts with how much difference a few weeks have made for Washaun Ealey:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tailback Washaun Ealey, whose fumbles cost him a spot in Georgia’s starting lineup earlier this season, claimed a spot in the Bulldogs’ record book here Saturday night.

Ealey scored five touchdowns as resurgent Georgia extended its winning streak to three games and evened its record at .500 with a 44-31 victory over Kentucky in Commonwealth Stadium.

Ealey’s touchdowns — all on runs of 3 yards or less — set a UGA single-game record for most rushing touchdowns and tied the school’s single-game record for most overall touchdowns.

… Ealey called the record “a great honor” but gave the credit to the offensive line and fullback Shaun Chapas. “They blocked hard all night and were more physical than Kentucky was,” he said. As for his own performance: “I feel like I played up to my potential, and I have to keep doing it.”

Mark Bradley’s column, which starts with how much difference a few weeks have made for the Georgia team:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — On the morning of Oct. 9, the Georgia Bulldogs were 1-4. We mention this because … well, because it’s Oct. 25 and they sure as heck aren’t 1-4 anymore.

They’re a robust 4-4, having won three SEC games by the aggregate score of 128-45. They’re 4-4 headed to Jacksonville in a better frame of mind than the hated Gators, who’ve lost three in a row. They’re 4-4 and maybe they haven’t beaten the Who’s Who of BCS Bullies, but it wasn’t so long ago Georgia couldn’t beat anybody anywhere.

And now you’re asking: Is this apparent resurgence the real deal or just a red (and black) herring? And the answer is …

Jennifer Smith’s sidebar on the impact of Kentucky’s turnovers and Georgia’s defense:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Justin Houston had a look about him before the game.

Georgia coach Mark Richt noticed it right away.

“You could just see it in his eyes that he was ready, that he was ready to play hard and make some noise,” Richt said of his junior linebacker. “Justin was fired up and ready to play. He knew there was a good chance to get some sacks today.”

… Houston was part of a defense that forced UK into nearly as many fumbles in the first half Saturday night (three) as it’s had all season. In all, the Georgia defense scored 21 points off of four Kentucky miscues.

My notebook, including an item on Brandon Boykin’s big kickoff return:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Georgia’s Brandon Boykin, who twice returned kickoffs 100 yards for touchdowns last season, was up to his old tricks Saturday night.

After a Kentucky field goal cut the Bulldogs’ early lead to 7-3, Boykin fielded the Wildcats’ kickoff at the goal line and returned it the length of the field, mostly down the left sideline, for a touchdown. Blair Walsh’s extra point stretched Georgia’s lead to 14-3, although at that point the Bulldogs had run only four offensive plays.

Mark Richt’s postgame comments, including this:

“We’re very, very excited about winning a game somewhere besides Athens. It’s good to get three victories in a row. It’s good to even up our record in league play and overall. We’ve caught a good little bit of momentum, and I was really proud of how we came out ready to play again.”

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips’ postgame comments about the Dogs, including this:

“It’s the best pass rush team we’ve seen, no question about that. One of our offensive keys to the game was we felt like we had to handle the edge rushers. They’ve given a lot of people problems.”

And a photo gallery from the game, including this shot of Richt and cornerback Sanders Commings celebrating Commings’ first-half fumble recovery:

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71 comments Add your comment

patrick

October 24th, 2010
3:43 am

patrick

October 24th, 2010
3:44 am

I get why we didnt pass more…we didnt need to….but we could have used the game time experience for the Fla game….in essence use Kentucky as a practice dummy for the hated gators

Motown Hound

October 24th, 2010
6:19 am

Patrick, go to sleep and stay there.

Ted Striker

October 24th, 2010
6:44 am

Nice compilation, Tim. The fumble recovery by Commings was not the garden variety “ball comes out, fall on it” type recovery. Was a heck of a strip off a very nice effort by a couple of guys who stood the KY player up and took control of the ball.

Gfrost

October 24th, 2010
6:48 am

I am not going to be so fast to jump back on the Bulldog Bandwagon. Just a few weeks ago, many of you same bloggers wanted Mark Richt’s resignation. Now, UGA has blown out three substandard teams, and you are talking about running the table. Even if they beat FL next week, that win will be tainted because FL is in such a tailspin. The best thing that happened for the Dawgs Saturday was that Auburn stayed undefeated. A win against Auburn (if Auburn is still undefeated when the Dawgs play them) will be the only justification that Georgia deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as the words “SEC Elite”

Browndog

October 24th, 2010
7:08 am

i believe Auburn has a real good chance of getting to Atlanta undefeated based on their play against LSU. Newton appears unstoppable!

tommy

October 24th, 2010
7:22 am

Georgia will lose to Florida , Auburn, and Georgia Tech.

Big time?? Not

October 24th, 2010
7:39 am

four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

J Clay

October 24th, 2010
8:07 am

tommy – what are you smoking listing that 3rd team? Florida – probably, Auburn – agree, Tech – wake up they stink worse they UGA and we will continue to own them…Get your popcorn ready

tell me again

October 24th, 2010
8:08 am

As for jumping on or off bandwagons – you’re either on it or not – if you are jumping on and off you need to go to the Tech blog and be a yo yo over there. All Dawg fans know that being a fan is not an off and on thing. As for beating “substandard teams” – Kentucky is anything but substandard, my friend. Hartline is a legit QB and Cobb is Cam Newton “light”. Even Vandy gave SC a hard time last last night. I will agree that beating Auburn will be the missing piece in the puzzle this year. Auburn has Cam Newton who is proving to be a one man team but their defense is very susceptible – you may not be able to totally stop Newton, but you can certainly ring up that defense and we have the players to score on anybody. First things first – beat Florida. I think this team has been tested in the fires of adversity this year and run through them. Florida is on a three game losing streak – we’re on a three game winning streak – I like our chances.

SSIgator

October 24th, 2010
8:11 am

Stop the talk about auburn. The only reason they win is because of a player Florida kick off the team for being a thug. So auburn takes players Florida doesn’t want. I would prefer my Gators lose than to win with thugs like newton.

GO GATORS

Dawg stuck in Bham

October 24th, 2010
8:33 am

Maybe I just see the glass as half empty…but I didn’t feel so hot about last night’s win. They gave it to us in the turnovers. Otherwise, UK may beat us is we played them straight up. They moved the ball pretty well and their D shut down our passing game. Their TD’s weren’t on short plays but on long broken coverages or yet more poor tackling. Yes, I know they couldn’t stop our run game.
Glad to get the win, but it doesn’t make me feel that much better for next week’s UF game. I just didn’t see the O and the D clicking well like they had the past two games…and we’ll need that next week.

Snake Doc

October 24th, 2010
8:40 am

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, however, I still think MR should go. When I went to bed the score was 34-10, final score ends up being 44-31? Not good! All MR has done is buy a little time beating the nobodies of the SEC.

Today is for the kool-aid drinkers and their dreams of a SEC championship.

AltamahaDawg

October 24th, 2010
8:52 am

I forget, what did Cam Newton do? Something about making death threats to a laptop?

Junkyard Dawgs

October 24th, 2010
8:56 am

I’m not dreaming of a SEC championship. I’m dreaming of running the Gators out of Jacksonville next Saturday. Stop saying UK gave the game away, except for the fumble deep in UK territory, Dawgs created those turnovers. Houston is a beast! They had no answer until they started chipping him in the 2nd half (he still got pressure). Ealey ran like a man posessed. UK could not stop us. I only had a problem with the way the end of the 1st half was coached. Either go for it or run out the clock. Bugs should stay on their own side when they get manhandled the way they did Saturday.

AltamahaDawg

October 24th, 2010
9:04 am

Thier D shutdown our passing game? No they didn’t. Murray completed 75% of his passes, AJ had close to 90 yrds, and they could have had as many as anybody cared to see IF that was the game plan. Clearly the order of the day was to work on the most needed part of the formula for beating (good) team in the future, the running game.

Now, defending 3rd and long. That certainly remains an issue.

Frank

October 24th, 2010
9:20 am

Big time?? Not 7:39 am – you have just completely described the georgia tick football program.

THWGT!!!!!!

Mike S

October 24th, 2010
9:35 am

That’s great that Ealey held onto the ball, since when do you pat a back on the back for holding onto the ball. He cost UGA a chance at winning two games and possibly a third, I’m neither convinced nor impressed by his yardage against….Kentucky. The only way he redeems himself in a season he and AJ Green sabotaged is by beating Florida and Tech.

Mike T.

October 24th, 2010
9:42 am

Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Folks don’t get to excited, we still haven’t beat a quality team,all we have done is improve against teams we were suppose to beat.Beat Florida and we still haven’t done it, maybe get a monkey off our back yes, but they have three losses,Auburn? that would be a major win.

Mike S

October 24th, 2010
9:42 am

SSlgatotor, don’t worry there’s still thugs a plenty left on your team without newton, plenty of gold teeth and lawlessness. To think you have a cleaner team without newton is a farce. Ok, you’re qb hasn’t been accused of anything yet, that’s one….haha.

Mike T.

October 24th, 2010
9:49 am

They moved the ball pretty well and their D shut down our passing game.

They didn’t shut down our passing game. We just didn’t throw it. It was obvious
the game plan was to run the football.I think it was good to show we have a running attack, and not just Air Murray. We need to be balanced offensively.

Statesborodawg13

October 24th, 2010
9:57 am

Mike S –

“Gold teeth”? Haha, that’s about as snuff-chawing redneck a comment as I’ve seen on these posts. And surely when the neck is red, the ignorance will be shown. Ealey gains 157 yards and 5 td’s against a team that beat top 10 South Carolina … who beat the Dawgs … slashing, running over people, running wild … but he’s a thug that did nothing special.

Here’s an idea for you: step away from your Commodore 64, go back on your porch swang, dip some more Copenhagen, dust off your overalls, and read (?) the paper. More importantly, leave football observations to those intelligent enough to make them.

Mike T.

October 24th, 2010
9:59 am

Now, UGA has blown out three substandard teams, and you are talking about running the table

I guess that makes us about normal,wanting our football team to be successful.
I guess its just a Georgia thang.And for the record,I still think Richt,should
go.A good man,but I still question whether he can get us to A NC.

RMikel58

October 24th, 2010
10:00 am

Yeah kentucky had turnovers but so what, part of the game. Georgia did what they had to do to win so a win is a win. Not our best game yet, gave up too many yards but i’ll take it! Justin Houston what a player on D. Vance Cuff got beat twice and had passing interference too many times i think he needs help on the corner. I thought the offensive line performed well and gave Washaun room to run and had no major penalties. Going into to Jacksonville next week will be the 1st time in years Georgia has a shot of beating Florida. Florida has had time to get ready for Georgia next weekend and Florida hasnt lost 3 in a row in years so which team will show up? You still have a shot of winning the East cause South Carolina hosts Tennessee so theres hope. I believe that we can run on Florida and eat up alot of clock and our front 4 on Defense will have to put alot of pressure on their QB and the LB’s will have to watch out for the dumps to the RB’s and trick plays on reverses and such.
Good time management, hardly no penalties and i hope to see that next week. Jump on Florida early with sacks and turnovers and that’ll cause desperation and miscues. No Penalties Guy’s! Florida isnt used to losing but 1 or less games a year besides 3 and if you put a whooping on them they wont know how to act. The whole key to the game is our Defense and our Offensive line. Protect the QB and give Washaun lanes to run. DE stay put and contain and this will cause Brantley to rush his throws, LB watch the draws and the dumps and give up nothing. CB try and see if you can keep Florida from passing 300 yards this week. It’ll be close early but i think Georgia will win 34-16.

Billy O

October 24th, 2010
10:04 am

UF did not kick C. Newton off the team….he left. A football player at UF would have to kill someone in order for CUM to kick them off…..maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.

Top Recruit

October 24th, 2010
10:20 am

Now wny did the Dawgs run the two back, two tight end sets? Yeah the Dawgs could drop three to the Gators, Plainsmen, and Jacktes. The Dawgs are 4-4, but not one football savvy person is going to put down 4-7 at this point in the season. That is why they sell tickets and have stands.

Coach Grantham how did we get back into giving big plays (+6) on 3rd downs. Puzzling how a defense can continue to do that in a game on such a consistent basis.

You throw about a dozen passes in a game with players like Durham, Green, & King. Coach Phillips said in post game they loaded up on the line of scrimmage to stop the run (two back sets and two tight ends). How many plays did UK run against the Defense. Think that is a little too much against a defense going into Jax against a Gator team that has its usual two weeks of prep for us. Could see where you’d want to gain the lead, control the ball, and the clock…great game plan…but the defense miss the meeting.

RMikel58

October 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Georgia could easily have been 7-1 but penalties and turnovers were their demise. A 4-4 team that is now coming into their own on both Defense and Offense. Not so many ppl were calling for Mark Richt’s head as they were Bobo’s. I still think Bobo shouldnt call plays and we need a better a way better OC calling the shots.
Those kids are starting to learn the defensive system and im atleast proud of that but the offense has a ways to go. Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Colorado was susceptible to the run. Miss. St., Arkansas and S. Carolina have very good Defenses. I think Florida is weak against the run as well but has a better D then the latter teams. Georgia is better all around than Florida this year and their very capable of beating Florida. Florida has had 2 weeks to prepare for Georgia and thats a huge advantage but i think Georgia will prevail.
As far as Auburn goes, They play at Ole Miss and host Chattanooga and i think they’ll be 10-0 going into the game against Georgia. They have a great QB that likes to run the ball and is an avg. passer. If Georgia’s Defense shuts down the run and keeps their assignments on D, Auburn will have to throw and this will play right into the hands of Georgia. Again which Georgia team will show up? Auburn by then may be #1 or #2 in the nation. Dont get on the Auburn bandwagon just yet……. Georgia can easily be 6-4 and Auburn may be looking ahead to the showdown with Bama. Auburn whole offense is their QB . If he’s contained then it will be a long day for Auburn. Besides Alabama will knock Auburn out anyways. Auburn plays their after hosting Georgia.

coladawg

October 24th, 2010
10:26 am

SSIgator….

Isn’t Chris Rainey “eligible” to play according to your coach…..better re-think those “thug” comments!

rrich

October 24th, 2010
10:27 am

Mike T your an idiot…… Kentucky just beat South Carolina and if we do not fumble in three games we are 7 and 1. CMR should not get the heat because we have players who let the ball hit the ground anyway who would you say we get if we were to let CMR go. Lane K and end up like Tenn…. fans like you need to wear Ga Tech stuff and stay off bulldog post

rrich

October 24th, 2010
10:30 am

RMIKEI58 I agree 100% great post

RMikel58

October 24th, 2010
10:41 am

rrich……… Mike T may already be a Tech Fan. You would have to be a moron to let Mark Richt go somewhere else. We just need to get another OC to call plays. Bobo is a goof and everyone agrees he should go. We may not win a BCS but we still can stir up the pot with Auburn, Florida and Ga. Tech. Auburn is somehow undefeated which is a suprise cause i figured they had 2 yrs or better before they could compete. They have a Michael Vick type QB but every Dawg has his day too. Vick was only good as long as he had room to run but teams contained him on the outside and he was ineffective. Take Auburns QB out of the game and what do you have? Zilch! Oh yeah their good but overrated in my opinion. Their 2-3 yrs ahead of theirselves. Alabama has played 6 teams that had 2 weeks preperations before the game and thats why Alabama doesnt seem to be as good. Alabama will beat Auburn by 10 or more pts. Plus Auburn will get 2 weeks to prep for Alabama as well. Alabama 31-10 over Auburn. Auburn fans this isnt their year but you’ll be better next year.

yamadawg

October 24th, 2010
10:47 am

Great win! It was great to see the O-Line continue to play well, apparently finally realizing some of their potential. I think the O game plan and play calling was fine. No need to get fancy and abandon things that are working. That is what practice is for. The big concern coming out of Saturday was all of the times the D gave up 3rd and long conversions. It looked as if they played way too soft and simply conceded them way too easily after stuffing first and second down. That gave KY far too many chances to hang around and build confidence…

SadDawg

October 24th, 2010
11:06 am

For those who keep drumming the beat that, “UK gave the game to UGA,” okay, how many games has UGA “given” away the past 2.5 seasons by costly turnovers as well as untimely penalties? 7 – 9 games we have given away (depending on your perspective) in less than three seasons.

UGA is playing turnover-free, stupid-penalty-free football right now, and I am very happy with that. If we keep playing that way, and Bobo doesn’t drag us down, we can give everybody else on our schedule (yes even Auburn) a good game.

Common Sense

October 24th, 2010
12:07 pm

SSIgator lives at home, in a singlewide, with his Mom who is on disability.

Thug comment from a Gator thug.

Rainey back into lineup.

Common Sense

October 24th, 2010
12:12 pm

Oh yea, my last comment was “thuggish”.

I love this blog.

A Big Dog

October 24th, 2010
12:17 pm

Common Sense………PLEASE, I have a Condo off Demere…..there aren’t any trailers on the Island…at least try coming up with something original…me, I threaten to cut his tail off at high noon on the Demere Traffic Circle

Chris

October 24th, 2010
12:24 pm

Those screaming for change (including myself) are not jumping on or off the bandwagon. Anyone who says that doesn’t have a clue.

I, along with many others, are strong supporters of Georgia football. We want our team to do well, and when they don’t, there is no one else to question but the coaches. I am glad that we are playing better, but it doesn’t excuse losing 4 straight with the talent we have. I still believe that changes need to be made because of the 4 losses. I also fear that if we keep playing well, it will save Bobo’s job. That shouldn’t happen. I don’t care how well he does the rest of the year. What he did early on is inexcuseable, unforgettable, and should never happen. At the very least, Bobo should be demoted or fired.

We seem to start off slow year after year. The only difference is that in years past we won close games that we should have won easily. This year we haven’t won the close ones. There is no excuse for why we have a tendency to start slow. The problems are still there and need to be corrected.

I will always be a DAWG fan, and have never jumped on or off the bandwagon. I cheer for Georgia each and every week no matter what. I do not however, have to feel obligated to support sub standard coaching. We all want what is best for Georgia, and Bobo along with a few others is not it.

Winning three games against a well below average Tennessee team, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky does not change that.

Common Sense

October 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

Urban looked like he was gonna pass out when Chas missed the FG against Miss St.

Double zoloft and a chaser of Early Times.

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Has anyone EVER met ANYONE called “Chas”?

Dawg Tired

October 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

I’m sure Tommy also said the Dawgs would lose to KY. Get a life man.

Dawg Tired

October 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

I appreciate the sentiment behind SSIGator’s comments about not wanting to win with “thugs.” However, if he really means that he must not be pulling for a Gator win this Saturday when “it’s time to die Bitch” Raney will apparently be playing for the Gators. Now that is a thug (not to mention eye-gouging Spikes).

auis4ever

October 24th, 2010
12:47 pm

You guys are playing VERY WELL now. Where was this team the first of the year?

As a Dye hard AU fan, this game worries me down the road. Georgia is playing as well as anyone in the SEC right now.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 24th, 2010
1:10 pm

RMikel58,

I think you understate Cam Newton’s abilities, saying he “is an avg. passer”. If you take a look at espn.com or si.com, he is the number 2 rated passer in the nation, not exactly average.

DawgVoiceofReason

October 24th, 2010
1:20 pm

Chris,

I would like to highlight one of your key points which just about invalidates anything else you might have to say about UGA football (or athletics, for that matter):

“I also fear that if we keep playing well, it will save Bobo’s job.” So, you would rather we lose and fire one of our coaches than win against UF, AU and GT? Are you out of your mind??? What a loser mentality! Your hatred of Coach Bobo is clear but it is plain stupid not to acknowledge that if he is succeeding we would WANT him to stay.

By the way, what do you base your opinions about Coach Bobo on? Try reading the “About Them Dawgs” blog comparing Coach Richt and Coach Bobo and educate yourself.

Who Cares

October 24th, 2010
1:31 pm

To be excited about beating KY in football is sad, just like your program. You are 4-4 and excited about a sorry season. UF is next week and even though they suck, they own UGA, so that’s a loss, as well as AUB and GT. Welcome to a season with no bowl game and keep up the arrests, it sets a great example for all the redneck UGA kids.

Concentration

October 24th, 2010
1:32 pm

Don’t overlook Florida for FCS Idaho State. LOL! Joke city!

UF GRAD

October 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

Going for 19 of 21. Man, that’s a sad stat for your team. Just think about it, Georgia has beaten Florida, just 3 times in the past 20 meetings. WE OWN YOU!

Get Real

October 24th, 2010
1:35 pm

RMikel58

Easily be 7-1? Send me some of what your smoking. That statement is like saying you can still win the NC, which all of Dawg Nation believes they can. Now, that’s a laugher.

Get Real

October 24th, 2010
1:37 pm

SadDawg

You are dreaming that’s for sure. Man, beat everybody else on your schedule including Auburn. Man, you are way out there man. You will be lucky to beat IDAHO STATE. Dawgs are pathetic.

ugakev

October 24th, 2010
2:07 pm

UF GRAD, Record wise recently you have dominated but there have been a few games in the past decade you have been very fortunate to win…With that being said I would take the wins and keep my mouth shut because it will turn back our way very soon and when it does our series lead will go right back up to 15 games and the 17 out of 20 will be a distant memory.

76-DAWG

October 24th, 2010
2:09 pm

I understand why UGA went into a prevent defense and conservative offense approach but I just disagree with it. UGA was able to get ahead because of the turn overs and give our offensive line credit for opening the holes for Ealey. What I don’t like is only throwing the ball 12 times when we have the best receivers UGA has ever had. UGA wasted 2 or three series in the second half because everybody in the stadium knew we were going to run the ball on first and second down. When the you don’t have more of a balanced offense a really good team will adjust to what you are trying to do and shut you down , like South Carolina did.
UGA’s offensive strategy is revealed by the second series.They are the most predictable offense I have ever seen. Bobo has very little imagination. Maybe we can get by Florida because they are in such disarray right now. UGA should easily be Florida and I’m afraid because of Bobo we will let Florida stay close the whole game which could help them win in the fourth quarter . That’s why we lost to Mississippi State and especially Colorado. UGA should have beat Colorodo by four touchdowns but Bobo’s conservative , very predictable play calling let the game stay close and because of a mistake that we made at the end , UGA lost.
This philosophy will not work Against Auburn. They will beat our eyes out. Having Green back has helped a lot but UGA needs to use their entire receiving corps better and more often.