Read all about it: South Carolina 45, Georgia 42

A roundup of the AJC’s extensive coverage of Georgia’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina:

Chip Towers’ game story, which notes the Bulldogs are 0-2 for the first time in 15 years:

. . . Georgia lost to South Carolina 45-42 in a roller-coaster of a game that featured seven lead changes and big plays galore. More often than not it was the 12th-ranked Gamecocks who were executing the spectacular, usually at precisely the right moment.

With the victory, the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) get a leg up in the SEC East. The Bulldogs fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1996.

The Bulldogs’ more inspired play — they were lackluster in a 35-21 loss to Boise State in the opener — is unlikely to get the critics off the back of coach Mark Richt.

Mark Bradley’s column, which notes how much things have changed for the Bulldogs since 70-X-Takeoff:

It was there for Georgia, the second-biggest game of Mark Richt’s stewardship, same as the biggest game this coach has worked had been there that cold day at Auburn nine years ago. His Bulldogs needed one drive to win. On Nov. 16, 2002, the prize had been Georgia’s first SEC East title. On this warm and frenzied Saturday, the prize was ….

A sliver of job security? Yes. A hushing, even if only a temporary one, of a roiled Bulldog Nation? Sure. A leg up on another SEC East title? Absolutely.

One drive to win. At Auburn, it had come down to fourth-and-14, to 70-X-Takeoff, to David Greene throwing and Michael Johnson leaping over Horace Willis. That was the victory that made us believe Richt’s Bulldogs could win any game, degree of difficulty be hanged.

But that was then, and this, sorry to say, is now. And now we can say of the same coach — the same but different — that his team can manage to lose almost any game, the excellence of its effort notwithstanding.

Tim Tucker’s story on Isaiah Crowell’s Sanford Stadium debut:

. . . On his first play between the hedges, the celebrated freshman tailback ran for 15 yards. On his second, he ran for 28 yards, breaking two tackles in the process and substantially raising the decibel level in the stadium.

So that’s what the recruiting analysts were talking about when they ranked Crowell the nation’s No. 1 tailback prospect in the 2011 signing class.

It was the start of an ultra-eventful Sanford Stadium debut for Crowell, who in Georgia’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina on Saturday had 158 yards offense (118 rushing and 40 receiving), his first and second collegiate touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) and his first collegiate fumble (costly).

“I loved it,” Crowell said of playing between the hedges for the first time. “It was a good experience.”

Tucker’s story on four plays that lost the game for Georgia (and what Aaron Murray had to say about them):

Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, but those were not the four plays on his mind in the aftermath of Georgia’s 45-42 loss to South Carolina on Saturday.

“We pretty much gave them 28 points on a fake punt, a fumble, a pick and another fumble,” Murray said. “Those four plays really killed us.”

Towers’ notebook, including items on Georgia’s late-game onside kick strategy, Amarlo Herrera’s start at inside linebacker and this quote from Richt about throwing his head phones and play cards at one point during the game:

“I guess I just wanted to show people I could get mad. I threw them pretty far, too.”

A compilation of post-game reaction, including this from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:

“I’ve never won a game like this that I can remember. Georgia outplayed us. Give them credit, they outplayed us, but somehow or another we won the game. Sometimes it happens like that. Somebody was looking out for us tonight.”

And Brant Sanderlin’s photo gallery, including this postgame meeting between Richt and Spurrier:

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100 comments Add your comment

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:36 pm

1st? BIG DEAL!!!

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:36 pm

2nd? 9-3? Really?

Jim Moron

September 10th, 2011
11:37 pm

This gets old...

September 10th, 2011
11:42 pm

Can coach turn this ship around? You betcha he can.. He’s an extremely bright guy! Lets support the Head coach and give him another shot..Hes won over 70% of his games.. That should count for something? Hang in the COACH!!! The Sun will come out tomorrow…

keith

September 10th, 2011
11:51 pm

Another chance?? This team will be lucky to win 6 or 7 games. Dream Team more like a bad dream

flo-ri-duh

September 11th, 2011
12:02 am

It seems to me that South Carolina has some real problems with their defense. I still don’t understand how Walsh missed that chip shot field goal.After seeing South Carolina luck out two weeks in a row I am voting them down from #12 to #18. Boise is my pick for one of the BCS championship teams. The other being LSU.

Dawg Drool (GoVols)

September 11th, 2011
12:04 am

how bout them ball lickin pups! GO VOLS!!!!

outkasted

September 11th, 2011
12:08 am

i believe in u richt… i believe in the dawgs no matter what…. and crowell is a ballplayer… murray needs to play better he’s missing guys that are open especially that 1st half

Energizer Batteries!

September 11th, 2011
12:12 am

Coach Richt for President!! We Believe!!! 9-3 run this year!!

RON

September 11th, 2011
12:14 am

FYI….I GREW UP ROOTING FOR THE DAWGS…BEING FROM A STATE WHERE FOOTBALL IS KIND YOU ARE WEANED ON A FOOTBALL…TEXAS..ANYTHING THAT MOVES YOU HIT IT OR TACKLE IT…I WANT YOU TO WATCH YOUR WEENIE HERO…#2..MR BOYKIN..HE IS WORST THAN DEONE SANDERS WHEN IT COMES TO GUTS AND HITTING A BALL CARRIER…AND WHAT A “JAKE” HE IS…I BE HURT I FALL DOWN AND LIMP OFF..OOPS I CAN RUN LIKE THE WIND AFTER I HEAR THE CROWD ROOTING FOR ME..GUTLESS WONDER IS WHAT I CALL HIM…MAYBE HE WILL BE A GUTLESS HALL OF FAMER LIKE DEONE..THAT WILL SUCK…GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE YEAR FROM A BOISE STATE FAN …GO BRONCOS..FORGOT TO TELL YOU BSU IS JUST A WEAK FCS SCHOOL ..RIGHT GEORGETTES?? SEC WHO WHAT WHEN OH …..IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY…

Improvement accepted

September 11th, 2011
12:17 am

This one falls squarely on Murray, no doubt about it. He should know by now to 1) get rid of the ball and not hang out back there like he plays in the ACC, 2) tuck the darn ball and fall down on such a critical play when a 6′6″ giant is running downhill at you and 3) don’t try to do too much….. and always know where Boykin is at on the field if you are going to play him on O (could have had a TD or a least 15-20 yds when he failed to get it over to him…he instead throws it down field for an incomplete pass and only needed 3 yds). The coaches put the players in position to win and a few players made bone head mistakes. This team played hard and made major improvements….and I will say that Bobo and CMR also made improvements to the play calling (not perfect but better). And the D was awesome!

1980 was a long time ago

September 11th, 2011
12:17 am

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

Im so glad yall idiots lost!

1980 was a long time ago

September 11th, 2011
12:19 am

Who are the ugay fans going to blame this loss on? let me guess…….Mike BOBO! Yall are so predictable and Im glad yall are 0-2. Yall deserve every bit of it for having the most douche bag fans in the nation!

Improvement accepted

September 11th, 2011
12:30 am

This just in from 11Alive News team……

(News anchor) “We are outside the Varsity and there seems to be a poor young college student that is down on his luck, sitting on a street corner with a laptop. Let me get a closer look……Excuse me sir, what are you doing?

(homeless student) Oh, Isa b on one of dem dare blogs givin’ my ‘pinion on dem sorry dawgs over in Athens…..my Jackets doin’ reals good and i hate me some dawg fans…cause u know…day b beating our ars every year and makes mes mad!

(News anchor)…. well son, why don’t u just become a dawg fan like the rest of the state or else get a better coach?

(homeless student)…hmmmmmm…..dat not bad idea sir!

(News anchor)….Back to you Bob

dawgster

September 11th, 2011
12:53 am

For the record the botched field goal was a timing issue….the holder didn’t set the ball as normal thus throwing off the timing…not blaming anyone, but Blair did all he could with based on the circumstances….go dawgs

Steve

September 11th, 2011
2:18 am

That was a great game, but much too close. I was hoping that the dawgs would lose by at least three touchdowns, but it didn’t happen. The main positive point is that the rude dawg fans have been put in their place yet again, and will assume a condition which should last at least until next June. Usually it takes a good two games to bring 99% of them to reality. Next week the dawgs take on a more appropriate foe in undefeated Coastal Carolina. It will be a “TUFF” game, but I think that Richt will find a way to win and record the first solid bulldog victory for 2011. Good Luck Coach Richt.

bugsquacher

September 11th, 2011
2:37 am

DRINK THE KOOL AID……DRINK THE KOOL AID……

WHEN DO WE GET FED UP WITH THIS CRAP AND SEND THE CIRCUS DOWN THE ROAD?

WE ARE NOW PLEASED WITH “GOOD EFFORT”? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO WINNING?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BEATING TOP 30 TEAMS?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BEING ONE OF THE BEST IN THE SEC?

MARK RICHT HAPPENED! THAT EXPLAINS IT! TIME FOR HIM TO TAKE BOZO AND THE REST OF THE CIRCUS DOWN THE ROAD……

MCGARITY GET OFF YOUR DUFF AND DO YOUR JOB……

Rob

September 11th, 2011
4:42 am

It was a real telling image on national television watching the Georgia fans flee the stands early. A true example of poor sportsmanship and lack of respect for your own boys. Why come to the game? Just sit at your tailgate until you know a game is won and then come in to the stadium. Oh… then you would have missed the first two games this year.

middlegadawg

September 11th, 2011
5:04 am

I’m so sick of hearing our fans complain about every little thing. I’m proud of our dawgs. They played their hearts out. They made some mental errors yes, but they left everything they had on that field. Don’t ya’ll think you complaining so much is not exactly helping the players? They’ve all been saying how they won’t get on twitter because so called “UGA fans’ are on there attacking them!! THESE ARE KIDS!!!! I think this season will be a great one, I’m proud of us. We proved to be a lot better than the country gave us credit. We lost to the SEC east champion by a very small margin. And substantionally improved. GO DAWGS!!! GATA!!!!

What Happened ?

September 11th, 2011
5:53 am

Y yall b leave n early ? Y did all yall start leaving b4 da game wuz over. Ah shucks I have been knowing all my life UGA fans are only loyal when UGA has a 10 game (or better) win season. Fair weather fans, thats what yall are !!! Oh and if you want to argue please go back and watch the end of the 2011 South Carolina/UGA game. Thanks

Dawgbacker

September 11th, 2011
6:47 am

Dawgster….disagree. I have replayed the play several times. Walsh just plain missed it. Snap was perfect…Hold has excellent. I have noticed several misses in practices….almost all miss left (just like Boise). He had an up and down Frosh yr, and nice soph and jr yrs. However he is 2 for 4 to start this yr. Both misses badly to left. No one needs to defend that the Boise miss was from 54 yds…it was left as soon as it left his foot and would have missed at XP range. As additional info, watch his XP’s this yr…he has had several slicing left. Thought he missed 2 that barely stayed in. They would have been missed FG attempts from 25+ yds
I am not down on him, but we need to see that he is simply not kicking like he has. Not timing, not the hold. He is just leaving the ball left. Hurt us last night. Unless he understands it is his mechanics, and fixes, I think it might hurt us again.

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN GO

September 11th, 2011
6:52 am

READ THESE BLOGS,AND SEE THAT THE HICKS HERE IN GEORGIA ARE GLAD THAT EFFORT IS REPLACED WITH WINNING!
ALABAMA,LSU,FLORIDA AND AUBURN FIRES THEIR COACHES WHEN THEY DONT WIN,SO PLEASE KEEP MARK RICHT YOU LOSERS!

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN GO

September 11th, 2011
6:55 am

YOU REDNECK HICKS DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU ARE GETTING,THANK YOU BOISE ST AND SOUTH CAROLINA FOR BEATING THE MUTTS

rosezeee

September 11th, 2011
7:01 am

USC coaches see – UGA coaches dont – run a fake from their own 30. Sad.

Lattimore gashes the defense AGAIN. Sadder.

Turnovers and penalties.

Great at hype – lousy at football. Week two and the season is toast.

LOSING

Gatormeat

September 11th, 2011
7:17 am

It is interesting that the dogs view just staying close to an opponent as a victory. This may explain the complete collapse of their football program. Here at Florida the coaches know that only winning is acceptable, excuses and moral victories are for losers, as the dogs know so well

Gatormeat

September 11th, 2011
7:18 am

The georgia mantra, talk a bunch of bold smack before a game, make a bunch of excuses after the game

Gatormeat

September 11th, 2011
7:19 am

Keep Mark Richt! Keep Mark Richt! Please

collegeballfan

September 11th, 2011
7:38 am

Look, Georgia lost two games they were expected to lose. All they need to do is win the games they are supposed to win. They looked pretty good on offense and defense.

It is hard to complain about games going as predicted.

The Original Auburn Man

September 11th, 2011
7:46 am

Richt may or may not be a problem for the program time will tell on that. But I can say as a casual observer that my bothers as well as many other UGA fans I know, seem to have a common thread of unrealistic expectations when a new year begins. Every September I hear the rumblings of what UGA has to do to get to the SEC CG. In their opinion to win the SEC is to without fail go to the NC game all they have to do is beat Fla, South Carolina, Tennessee and Auburn. Now I’m not sure how long it’s been since they have actually accomplished that in the same year but,suffice as to say, it’s been a long time. Too long in fact to consider it so obtainable that it comes up EVERY year. One game at a time, that’s what Georgia fans should watch and pay attention to and then maybe you’ll be less disappointed. It was a great game. Exciting, suspenseful and will be talked about for years in both Georgia and South Carolina. Those are the kind of games that make the SEC as great as it is.

War Eagle!

Go Dogs, till November 12th…

We know it You

September 11th, 2011
7:50 am

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We know it You

September 11th, 2011
7:51 am

When you type all words in upper case and write from the same warped mind frame we’re not fooled just because you changed your handle.

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN GO

September 11th, 2011
7:51 am

GEORGIA IS 1-9 VERSES RANKED TEAMS,ONLY BEATING GEORGIA TECH IN 09!
YALL HICKS DESERVE TO KEEP LOSER MARK RICHT!
IT’S BEEN 31 YEARS SINCE THE MUTTS WON A NATIONAL TITLE!
THANK GOD YOU HILLBILLIES WILL KEEP RICHT AND BOZO!
AND O’YEAH HOW IS 0-2?

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN GO

September 11th, 2011
7:55 am

YOU HICKS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BLACK PLAYERS HAVING DREADS AND DANCING ON THE SIDELINE AT UGA!
IM GLAD THE TOP TALENT FROM ATLANTA GOES TO LSU,AUBURN(CAM NEWTON),FLORIDA AND TENN!
PLEASE TENN AND FLORIDA BLOW THE MUTTS OUT WHEN YALL PLAY THEM,THEY ONLY PLAY FOR MORAL VICTORIES,INSTEAD OF TRYING TO WIN!

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN KEEP HIS JOB

September 11th, 2011
7:56 am

MARK RICHT AND MIKE BOBO NEEDS A RAISE!
GREAT COACHING FOR THE MUTTS!

BEAT UGA SOUTH CAROLINA SO RICHT CAN KEEP HIS JOB

September 11th, 2011
7:58 am

SEE HERE GEORGIA REDNECKS,IF LSU,FLORIDA,ALABAMA,TENN AND AUBURN STARTED 0-2,THEY WOULD FIRE THEIR COACHES AT THE END OF THE YEAR,BUT AT UGAY THEY GET RAISES!

Fair and Balanced

September 11th, 2011
8:21 am

I’ve said for a while that Ga will be doing well to go 8-4. Not so sure now. Tired of talk about potential. Find a way to get ‘W’s’. Dang! Tired of this losing so much and always thinking that we are getting better. If we aren’t winning we aren’t getting better! !!!

BobDog

September 11th, 2011
8:38 am

There were a lot of things to be encouraged by. The mistakes totally changed the game to a loss from what could have been a solid win. Georgia will be an impressive team by the end of the year.

Regarding the missed field goal, I didn’t see anything wrong with the hold. He just yanked it left. That’s okay, he will get other chances.

tc

September 11th, 2011
8:39 am

Same as the UCF game CMR loves kicking or trying to kick field goals. The three we kicked should have been touch downs all of those we drives stopped by pass plays when runs had been working during the drives. We got 6 points of three field goal attempts. Had we gone for it don’y you think we would have scored 7 at least once! I do. Spurrier would have gone for it everytime. If Spurrier was our coach he would have won the game. YESSSS WE were outcoached again!!!

tc

September 11th, 2011
8:45 am

This won does not fall squarely on Murray. When our running game is working why force Murray to do it all? Had we been more aggressive early and not been so willing to kick field goals we would have never been in the situation late in the game where Murray is supposed to pass on every play, take the entire team on his back and win it. That is not neccessay but that is the way Bobo and Richt like it. All we had to do during the game was run it on 1st and 2nd done then usually run it on 3rd and an “ocational pass” on 3rd down when the D is not expecting it. That would have controlled the game and won it, but Richt and Bobo have their pre determined run pass ratio that they follow no matter what.

Dawg Reality Check

September 11th, 2011
8:45 am

Chip — You believe we kept Marcus Lattimore “in check?” What game were you watching? 176 yards rushing. Time and time again they gave him the ball and he delivered. Garcia was not having a good game and everyone in the stadium knew he was getting the ball and we still couldn’t stop him. No fumbles, no mistakes. A lot of big plays, but in the end he was the difference.

tc

September 11th, 2011
8:48 am

another thing. ever notice how CMR treats the first 2 or three games of the season as NFL preseason where he figures out how to improve while starting in an uneccessary huge whole that ruins our ranking and championship hopes. this has happened fairly often. We screw our season and then run the table and everyone says wait til next year and we start the same way

Big D

September 11th, 2011
8:51 am

Take heart, just as soon as the schedule gets easier the DAWGS will be okay. Soon Dawg fans will be able to claim things have been turned around. The excuses are already being put forward. The same guys that three weeks ago were going to win the SEC East are now too young but will get better. Blah, blah, we have heard it all before.

tc

September 11th, 2011
8:54 am

The game was an improvement form the first game but not good enough. I am not looking for slight improvement from week to week. Why should slight improvement be sufficient? CMR had 8 months and a dream team with “game changing” recruits joining the team. Anyone else sick of waiting till next year? This is next year!

tc

September 11th, 2011
8:58 am

We had the players to beat Boise and SC, just not the coaching staff. When have we won a game like SC just did since 70 x takeoff? WE have not. Teams like Auburn and SC do it all the time against teams coached by coaches like CMR.If the game is close we will lose it. coaching!!!

Stinger

September 11th, 2011
9:06 am

FOURTY-FIVE POINTS????? Ahhhhhhhhhhh-hhhaaaaaaaaaa-hhhaaaaaaaa. Blaaaaaa-haaaaaaa-haaaaa. That is so funny it’s killing me. Get rid of Boo Boo and keep Fat Boy. Where is Willie when you need him?

Eastof A1A

September 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Why do Georgia fans always get up and leave when the team gets behind late in a game? when the team needs fan support most? I have never seen another team whose fans have that mentality. And then they sometimes have to rush back in when Georgia makes a quick score to make it interesting. Is parking at all the stadiums Georgia plays in really that bad? Perhaps Georgia’s team just takes on the character of its fans, that of a Quitter.

AnyDog

September 11th, 2011
9:51 am

UGA lost the game in the first quarter due to bad third down calls by Bobo. Third and nine he calls a run play. What percentage of runs get nine yards? Then another drive on third and three he calls a pass play. Wouldn’t the odds be much better with Crowell running? Both drives fail because of lack of basic play calling intelligence. In these close games it’s the little things that make the difference and Bobo costs us another one.

Bobby Bulldog

September 11th, 2011
9:54 am

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arpiem

September 11th, 2011
9:58 am

A lot of fans think Mark Richt is intelligent, but I think he’s a moron who doesn’t understand how to manage a game. Almost all of UGA’s losses during the past couple of years can be attributed to poor game management by the head coach, as well as soft zone defenses by both Grantham and Martinez before him. At least they played tighter defense against SC, but really, a 68-yard fake punt? Whether or not Richt is, or thinks he is, a good Christian might make him a nice guy, but has no bearing on whether or not he’s a good coach. The top-tier SEC schools, LSU, Auburn, Florida, would have canned him long ago. Richt’s more on a par with Houson Nutt.

angry mangy mutt

September 11th, 2011
10:10 am

Yesterday’s effort may have won the game or at least have let Boise know they were in a game last week. I appreciate the effort and the much improved play selection, which of course is due to Oline play. The D at times looked like a 34 D. Nonetheless still a loss, and losing should be unacceptable. To not subscribe to that way of thinking is to be receptive to mediocrity.