Bulldogs need ‘more of same’ to beat Ole Miss and make Florida win stand up

ATHENS — Georgia’s 17-9 win over Florida on Saturday was impressive on multiple levels. The Bulldogs overwhelmed the Gators defensively, got timely plays in the running and passing games against one of the nation’s best defenses and scored an elusive victory over a Top 3 opponent.

But it will all be for naught if Georgia can’t close the deal the next two weeks. Yes, the Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 SEC) are in the driver’s seat in the SEC East. But a loss to Ole Miss this Saturday or to Auburn the next week would make for a gnarly wipeout.

“(The Florida) victory doesn’t mean anything unless we keep winning,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday. “We know we’ve got to win. We know we’ve got to continue to play like we did this last game to give us the best chance.”

All Georgia did Saturday was give itself the tiebreaker over Florida should both teams finish the season with one SEC loss. South Carolina, which beat the Bulldogs 35-7 on Oct. 6, has since lost two games. Simply put, Georgia has to win out.

Enter Ole Miss, a name that might have brought forth a snicker in recent years but shouldn’t now. The Rebels are in the midst of a turnaround under first-year coach Hugh Freeze. After losing 16 consecutive SEC games over the past two seasons, Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2) just won its second in a row, 30-27 over Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Afterward the last-second win, Ole Miss players were talking a lot about “believing” and “winning out,” and they’re excited about testing themselves against a Top 10 team on the road.

“We’re just getting better and better every day,” Ole Miss wide receiver Randall Mackey told reporters. “We’re trying to go to a bowl game and that’s the main thing. But we’re trying to win out.”

Richt spent Sunday afternoon watching video of the Rebels and he can understand their confidence.

“They’ve got every reason to believe they can win out,” richt said. “They’ve got a really good team. They very easily could have won the (Texas) A&M game and it’d be three games (in a row) that they’ve won. That’s what happens when you start tasting success. You get excited and start believing and that’s what’s happening right now. When a team has a lot of momentum, they’re hard to beat.”

If Georgia is to maintain its own momentum, it will need to generate a defensive effort similar to the one it displayed in Jacksonville. The Rebels come into Saturday’s game averaging 32.4 points and 430 yards offense a game and the 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback Bo Wallace has proved masterful at executing Freeze’s fast-tempo, spread attack. Wallace, a junior college transfer, has passed for 1,649 yards and 10 touchdowns and is an elusive runner as well.

Florida’s Jeff Driskel brought similar attributes into this past Saturday’s game and was sacked five times and committed four turnovers. The Bulldogs need more of the same this week.

“We should have been playing like this all year,” said outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who accounted for 13 tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and forced two other fumbles. “We just have to give everything we have in every game.”

This past Saturday’s ferocity may be tough to duplicate. On Sunday Richt called it “one of the most intense games I’ve ever coached from start to finish.” Georgia was penalized 14 times for 132 yards and Florida 10 for 95, many of those of the personal foul variety.

“You want intensity but you want intensity with discipline,” Richt said.

NOTES: Richt did not have an update on starting fullback Merritt Hall, who sprained an ankle on Georgia’s first offensive play against Florida and did not return. “We’re hopeful,” he said of Hall returning this week. But Richt praised Zander Ogletree was a “mistake-free” game filling in for Hall. . . . Richt confirmed reports that the Bulldogs prayed as a team after the Florida game for South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a horrific knee injury on Saturday. . . Richt said he heard but hadn’t seen anything on the pregame skirmish that resulted in Florida strength coach Jeff Dillman shoving a Georgia player. “I’m not really worried about that right now,” he said. . . . CBS picked up Saturday’s game for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. . . . Georgia moved up to No. 6 in the USA today/Coaches  and Harris polls and 7th in The Associated Press rankings.


228 comments Add your comment


October 28th, 2012
8:20 pm

Yep…….Get on board


October 28th, 2012
8:21 pm

Love them dawgs.

Daytona Dawg

October 28th, 2012
8:22 pm

Great game Defense!!


October 28th, 2012
8:22 pm

Get After Their Asses!!
Beat them Rebs.

Daytona Dawg

October 28th, 2012
8:27 pm

Ugly game at times (lots of times) for Murray, but I was loving the Jarvis Jones train wreck on defense!


October 28th, 2012
8:27 pm

Wow! JJ put the team on his back ans SW set the tone early, nearly ripping someones head off and forcing the first down


October 28th, 2012
8:29 pm

4th down, that is..

maybe the SEC should look into that shove

October 28th, 2012
8:33 pm

If a UGA kid was shoved by a Florida coach, then the SEC should investigate. They went Over board with CTG’s throat slice move to the Gator kicker two years ago.

Let us see if they do pursue that shove in context of the film.

UGA owns Florida. Always has, always will. Look at the record. 23 years lately, just does not make a rivalry. Florida, even with the last 23 years, KNOWS WELL that UGA STILL owns them.

Bitter dawgs fan

October 28th, 2012
8:43 pm

This is good news for the rebel fan base—-they have suffere long

—enough———-Dawgs have to stay focused and hurt people this

— week too.——Congrats to the coaching staff

——-congrats to the HARD–HARD—FOOTBALL TEAM


Mike Franklin

October 28th, 2012
8:49 pm

It is B-S… bovine excrement but the truth is that ESPN will NOT allow the Dawgs into the BCS championship game even if they beat Alabama in the SEC champ game.

It is literally, a crime, to have this game controlled by a network and sports writers who never set a foot in the game.

We need a congressional investigation of the BCS and ESPN’s control of the college game.


October 28th, 2012
8:51 pm



October 28th, 2012
8:54 pm

Dawgs D controls dawgs destiny as never know if AM will be on his game. D needs to maintain that D pressure on MS’s spread O. Hopefully Gurshell will show up as well opening the passing lanes for AM and our receivers. Keep on keeping on dawgs!


October 28th, 2012
8:56 pm

Not to be bragging but this is exactly what I predicted on this blog last week. REPTILE DYSFUNCTION – interceptions, fumbles and penalties. That is what pressure on the QB can do for you.

Music City Dawg

October 28th, 2012
8:59 pm

Murray did have a tough game but he pulled it together and got the ball to Mitchell for a big touchdown. The defense was awesome. And the special teams did some really good stuff on kickoffs. Kudos to the whole team for a great game!!!!

Can’t stop now. Gotta beat Ole Miss and Auburn. No matter how down Auburn is this year they will gear up for our game.

We must finish the drill !!! GATA!!!!!


October 28th, 2012
8:59 pm

These players need to continue to hold each other accountable for lack of intensity, mistakes and training throughout the remainder of the season. True, it would be hard to play with the level of intensity that they had yesterday in every game but we all know that they are capable of playing at a higher standard than they have in certain games this year and anything less than utmost capacity shouldn’t be tolerated by the leaders on this team. Typically, it’s the coaches who lay it down but obviously not for this program.

I think (and hope) that the defense took a big step in maturing as a unit yesterday.

The offense needs to get it together this week. The line did a great job of rush and pass blocking and is starting to play as a unit. I don’t guess that Murray will ever check down his progressions when under pressure but it “is what it is”. Man, he makes some dumb decisions sometimes.

I’m watching the BCS standings show and can’t believe that UF only dropped to 7th, I was thinking 9th. UGA at 6th, was hoping 5th.


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October 28th, 2012
9:02 pm

Just got home from THE GAME…Tampa Gator, are you okay?

Bradley G

October 28th, 2012
9:11 pm

Can someone from the UGA offense call out the offense for being soft? Please???

Flat Out Flat

October 28th, 2012
9:14 pm

If Dawgs win out & beat Bama they will play for NC. I have lost confidence in Aaron Murray as far as consistency. He is off target too much to beat Bama.

Gator Hater

October 28th, 2012
9:16 pm

One more year to brag over the road kill reptiles. Sweet !


October 28th, 2012
9:18 pm

Georgia was less sloppy than Florida. Ole miss will win in a close one. Auburn put up 21 to Texas a and m and always plays georgia tough. I like Florida’s chances.


October 28th, 2012
9:20 pm

Bradley G, LOL, great comment!

Ptc Dawg

October 28th, 2012
9:20 pm

Their Coach definitely shoved one of our guys. The dude was out if control. I had a great view from section 148.


October 28th, 2012
9:21 pm

Dillman shoved Gurley and Corey Moore, then got in the fact of a UGA assistant coach. Somebody needs to put that punk in his place.

Jefferson Davis Hogg

October 28th, 2012
9:24 pm

Enter your comments hereEvery few years or so Ole Miss has the capabilities of pulling off a game like this. I remember them beating Fl a few years back at the swamp the year the Gators won it all. Better not take these guys lightly and have the fire we saw against the Gator’s. Otherwise these message boards will be talking the fire CMR talk again. I’m curious to see what kind of coaching job we do this week for I feel like the kid’s fed off themselves moreso than the coaches against Fl.. Go Dawgs!


October 28th, 2012
9:26 pm

Great win by the Dawgs. Made my day for sure. Now let’s keep up the intensity and win out. I partially agree with Mike Franklin above. UGA WILL NOT be in the BS championship game regardless of how they finish. I told my dad at the beginning of the year of my night-mare scenario: Dawgs finish 11-1 and beat a #1 ranked LSU in the SECCG. Bama, with 1 loss (to LSU), jumps ahead of UGA into the BSNC. After all, Bama is the “media” darling as usual. We ALL remember 2007 and lawyer Kirk Herbstriets comments (I call him a lawyer because he reminds me of a DA). His logic to exclude UGA in 07 somehow did not apply to Bama in 2011. So, regardless of how the DAWGS finish this year, I do not expect them to make it to Miami for all the marbles. Even if we are fortunate enough to win out, we still have KState, ND, and Oregon ahead of us (LSU & Bama play each other, so one should drop below us). While I despise Kiffin, I suppose I will now temporarily become a USC fan, at least when they play Oregon and ND. But I am sure even if USC wins a close one against the Irish, Herbstreit, Holtz and the boys will find a way to push then into the BSCG ahead of the DAWGS. So let’s just be happy for the 2 game win streak over the Gators and continue to support the DAWGS.

GB's Hamburgers

October 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

OK Florida did help us out but most of those mistakes were created by our defensive play. Several things are mitigating against UGA being an elite team at the moment. Poor quarterback play in big games and lack of discipline. Both are well known perpetual problems. Odds are somewhere along the way they will cost us a winnable game. Apparently nothing Murray does can get him out of a game and all the trash talking and classless taunting is acceptable to the coaches. Holding Mitchell out for one play …. now that’s how you send a message.


October 28th, 2012
9:31 pm

Flat Out Flat:
“If Dawgs win out & beat Bama they will play for NC”

Yes, you are correct.
Does this program, coaches, team and fanbase realize the enormity of that statement? I know that we all understand how difficult it is under ideal conditions to make it to the NC game and this program under Richt’s tenure has come close only to be overlooked but think about, from here on out all this team has to do is win out which is very doable and more than likely meet Bama (they will beat LSU) and beat them in the SEC championship game and they would go to the big dance. The Tide is a machine but they are not invincible.

This team truly holds it’s own destiny and should make all of their teammates aware of that after every rep in practice and during the games.

Feeling a little thirsty, think I’ll go make some berry flavored Kool-aid, I just hope that I don’t throw it up again like I did a couple of weeks ago.


Where's Tampa Gator???

October 28th, 2012
9:45 pm

….to give us his oh so rational treatise on why UF is superior to the Dawgs?

Uncle Kirk

October 28th, 2012
9:50 pm

How many plays you reckon the UF player that got 15 yards for taunting sat out? Don’t be a hater. I bet you are a miserable person.


October 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

I’m glad that Mitchel was in the game to score the game winning TD!

He Hate Gator

October 28th, 2012
10:00 pm

PLEAZE, please do not overlook Ole Miss…….


October 28th, 2012
10:07 pm

Nobody who gets humiliated on national tv 35-7 will EVER play for a national championship. Ever. No matter what they do.

See Oklahoma State.


October 28th, 2012
10:11 pm

Georgia could possibly play for the BCS title IF they win out and IF they beat SEC West champ. There are alot of IF’s there. I still can’t get over the fact that they were blown out by USC. Bama lost to LSU last year 9-6 and were lucky to get another chance. I don’t think the voters can get the 35-7 loss to USC out of their minds. Just Saying.

It really does not matter if UGA wins out and beats Bama...

October 28th, 2012
10:17 pm

…if KState and Oregon or ND win out, too…

Voyager Dawg

October 28th, 2012
10:27 pm

Don’t look past Mississippi. Defense played great against Florida, but their offense hasn’t put up great numbers all year. The intensity was great from the players and coaches. Appeared as though the defensive coaches actually had a game plan for Florida and they read their mail all night. The offense struggled against a great defense, but put up enough points to pull it out. Mark May said that this is a team that has been up and down all year. You never know who is going to show up to play. Time to continue to prove the naysayers wrong. Great the Rebels in Athens with a chip on your shoulder and continue the march to Atlanta. Go Dawgs! GATA!

jack bull

October 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

the good…
-we won the game and moved to 7-1.
-the defense looked great.

the bad…
-A Murray once again had that ‘deer in the headlight’ look and played like he was scared to death he was going to make a mistake, which of course when you make most of your mistakes.

the ugly…
-field goal kicking continues to stink up the joint.

Granthams The Man!

October 28th, 2012
10:39 pm

”Florida strength coach Jeff Dillman shoving a Georgia player”

I haven’t seen the replay, but from where I was sitting it looked like he shoved a couple of Ga players.

Muschamp needs to set him straight.

castle pines canine

October 28th, 2012
11:07 pm

The only game UGA needs to worry about is Ole Miss. These guys have to be in a one game at a time mindset, or they will lose one of the games. A side note. I have to believe that they defense that Fla put up is the best which we have seen so far. IF the offense clicks, If the defense sticks, we will win this weekend. Time for the D to keep performing up to the standards which they have again set.


October 28th, 2012
11:14 pm

I’m always in the best mood on Sundays when the dogs play great defense. I can even take losses better when hard hitting defense is played. When Jarvis Jones is at full speed, no defensive player in America does what he does; not Clowney, Manti Teo, Texas A&M sack man etc…
On offense, I think Ken Malcome could have helped a little bit with some power running. I would have liked to see him for a few plays in the red zone.
QB Murray means well and tries hard; He had receivers open on his picks – he just panicked and missed them.

Outer Banks Dawg

October 28th, 2012
11:57 pm

Don’t start with all the Kool-Aid…

1). Haven’t win the SEC East yet

2). Haven’t beat Ole Miss Yet

3). Haven’t beat Auburn on the Road yet

4). Haven’t made the nerds pay yet

5). Don’t even want to think about Bama yet.

6). Season is shaping up like ‘07

7). Dawgs could beat Bama. Maybe(if Bama wins west, if Georgia wins east, if Georgia plays lights out, etc… If… too many if’s to talk about today… that game is a long way off yet.)

8). Likely scenarios could exclude Georgia from BCS title game, even IF all above scenarios pan out well for Dawgs. Notre Dame plays nobody else except SC. KState… Not sure anyone on their schedule can beat them. Maybe they choke the Big 12 championship? Oregon.. See Notre Dame. Only chance for a loss is SC. Don’t see it happening.

9). So… DAWG FANS- focus on 1 goal at a time. Beat Miss, Beat Auburn. Win SEC east. Win state championship against southern and tech. See what happens.. Take care of business and be proud the boys have things to play for, starting Saturday at home vs. Ole Miss


October 29th, 2012
12:19 am

Like Erk Russell used to say: Play with “CONTROLLED FURY”!

Glory between the hedges

October 29th, 2012
1:16 am

For those that can’t get the 35-7 game out of their head against South Carolina. Look no further to the 2003 big12 conference championship game. K-State 35 Oklahoma 7
Oklahoma still goes on to play in the national title game and loses a close 21-14 game against LSU.


October 29th, 2012
1:30 am

relax—ga beats ole miss by 20+ and wins the East. They will not be able to deal with Jarvis and the angry dog D. Dogs v. Alabama for the title–an upset is possible!!!!


October 29th, 2012
2:17 am

Ole Miss will have the best offense you have faced all year. Get ready to lose the east.


October 29th, 2012
4:39 am

Let’s not talk about Alabama , we got Ole Miss is next and they are a very GOOD TEAM.



October 29th, 2012
4:52 am

Here’s video of the fight: http://www.sbnation.com/2012/10/27/3563896/florida-georgia-fight-video#ooid=85NzRlNjpw-3nq9pdWwhBixPDPNQQFyW

UF’s S&C definitely should be suspended. He was trying to keep UGA players away from UF players, but a coach should NEVER lay his hands on a player, period.


October 29th, 2012
5:46 am

GB, as a coach the one play holdout and calming effect is very effective! In addition, Murray recovered and looking @ second half he was fine for us! But the main thing is some games you win ugly. Let’s go Dawgs!!!!!! Remember FL was penalized as well for similar incidents!!!!


October 29th, 2012
6:56 am

The Dogs will beat ole miss like a rented mule—no way they match up with the Dog D. Jarvis will have another field day—Dogs roll 40-20!


October 29th, 2012
7:12 am

Blackouts, Whiteouts, player call outs…..what’s it gonna be this week. How bout a good week of practice, focus,and a solid game plan…..you know, ole fashion stuff………..And motivation is a chance at Bama….If they really want it…….we’ll need Pat Dye on Q about 4 days before THAT game……..” Georgia ain’t man enough to beat Alabama”………………He might be right this time.