During month without games, Bulldogs try to put SEC title game defeat behind them




By Ryan Black
For the AJC

One month.

By the time Georgia takes the field for the Capital One bowl on Jan. 1, exactly one month will have passed since it lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship. On Friday, the Bulldogs had their last practice in Athens before they head to Orlando to continue their bowl preparations in the Sunshine State. All the while, Christian Robinson knows people are unsure how the Bulldogs will respond to their crushing, 32-28 loss to the Crimson Tide. Doubters’ questions are grounded in Georgia’s bowl results the last two seasons, falling to Central Florida in a humiliating 10-6 loss in the Liberty Bowl in 2010 and a 33-30 triple-overtime defeat to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl last year, a game the Bulldogs led 16-0 at halftime.

Despite that evidence, Robinson assured he and his teammates are motivated to end the season on the right note.

“We all realize we came up a little short and that’s really disappointing,” the senior inside linebacker said of the SEC Championship game loss. “It was kind of sad around here for a little bit, but getting back out there and practicing we realize that we have a lot to show. We can still go down as one of the best teams in Georgia history. Just because you’re not playing for the national championship doesn’t mean you can’t be a special team. We have those types of players here and that type of leadership that hopefully we’ll show up and not give the (bowl) game away like we did last year.”

Robinson acknowledged the gap the Bulldogs have to fill between their last game and the next could derail some teams. However, he was confident the leaders on this year’s edition of the Bulldogs will make sure they give their best effort in Orlando. But if Georgia shows up lethargic and still thinking about its SEC Championship loss, Robinson said it won’t be hard to tell.

Just see how many big plays the Bulldogs give up.

“That’s usually what shows up when you have a long break — hustle plays,” he said. “Plays you normally didn’t have. You might have people loafing a little bit more, but coaches have done a great job conditioning us and honing in on those things more than X’s and O’s, because those are what win (games), especially with the type of talent we have. If we show up and do what we’re supposed to do and play physically, (we’ll) make plays.”

More than any conditioning the game planning or conditioning the month-long gap will allow, the bigger question is whether the time off will help the Bulldogs cope with their loss to the Crimson Tide better than playing the next week might have. Coming up just short against Alabama will always haunt Arthur Lynch. Even so, the junior tight end admitted he’ll have to “get over it sometime.”

All he and the Bulldogs can do now is look forward to playing the Cornhuskers.

“It’s just like anything else,” he said. “If you don’t do as well as you’d like in school, you’ve got to move on and take whatever is given. Right now for us, it’s the Capital One bowl. We’re grateful for the opportunity. Did we reach our goal? No. But are we sitting there dwelling on the fact we didn’t reach our goal? No. We’re going to prep the way we do and we’ll go in there and hopefully execute and come out with a win. That’s all you can ask for. There’s no going back.”

Being an impatient person, though, Lynch would have preferred to have the bowl game played the week after the SEC Championship.

“I don’t like any bye week. I want to get into it and get into the game, because practice can get pretty tedious,” he said. “But bowl practice is a necessity. It’s kind of like spring ball. You get 15 practices, and for the young guys, it helps out a lot. I think that’s a big deal, but I’m ready to play.”

As disheartening as the loss to the Crimson Tide was, senior cornerback Sanders Commings said it was much easier to stomach than the other one the Bulldogs suffered this season, a lopsided 35-7 defeat to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 6. Georgia’s showing against South Carolina was inexcusable in Commings’ eyes.

“You never want to get blown out by anyone, so I think we’re more proud of the way we played in that Alabama game,” he said. “Even though we lost, we were right there. You never want to get beat the way we did against South Carolina.”

Robinson couldn’t have disagreed more with his fellow senior. Losing by four touchdowns and getting thoroughly beaten was something he could easily expunge from his memory bank, the type of “bad game” nearly every team is bound to have once during the course of a long season.

But having everything in front of them — an SEC title and a chance at the national championship — and not finishing the job was too painful for Robinson to be able to forget.

“Just because, if you take any play back anywhere before getting to that, it could have been positive,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons that no one blamed anybody. It’s not like people were pointing (fingers) and saying, ‘It was this guy,’ because literally we were five yards away. If you take any play that would give you that distance before on offense, defense or special teams, it would have won the game. I just think we ran out of time, and the last play, we just weren’t able to make it. If the defense would have helped out sooner, they would have had more time. It’s no one’s fault.”

274 comments Add your comment

Sic em Doody

December 26th, 2012
7:23 am

^^^^^Stupid.

Here's Johnny!

December 26th, 2012
7:26 am

So Thomas? Did writing that make you feel better? Did you not get anything for Christmas so you are an angry little boy?
Geez buddy! Lighten up a bit! It’s the holiday season!

ttom

December 26th, 2012
7:29 am

TB, you’re an idiot

zbulldawg

December 26th, 2012
7:40 am

Yea haunt them into wanting to kick somebody’s BUTT.!!!!!!!! Come On Man, UGA isn’t that shallow. TB whatever LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
7:41 am

dogs still cryin’ and a humpin’

Hairy Dawg

December 26th, 2012
7:48 am

Of course the players recovered. They had all the Christmas stuff and holiday parties to get mind off Dome. But we fans better not forgotten how refs helped Bammer steal game. I still don’t know how they can cheat shot Murray and not have flags. And then they don’t suspending neither. We lucky Murray recovered from that cheat shot during game to keep playing.

To fix league office helping Saban cheat, Saban got to be stopped from coming in state and others to like Awful Burn and Tenn Orange Pumkins. But one thing to fix that is get rid recruiting restrictions on team from pointy heads like Adams. Hopefully the new Pres goning be more supporting of recruits without all the pointy head rules.

OLD JUNKYARDDAWG

December 26th, 2012
7:52 am

HEY THOMAS BUTTHEAD ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YOU BUNCH OF TEA BAGING,TREE KILLING REDNECKS BETTER THANK THE CLOCK AND THE REF’s! AND I HOPE THE REF’S ENJOYED THERE EXTRA PAY CHECK THEY RECEIVED.

Frankly

December 26th, 2012
7:52 am

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
7:41 am

dogs still cryin’ and a humpin’
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Good luck in your bowl gam……..Oh well, good luck anyway.

Seriously?

December 26th, 2012
7:53 am

Tomás is a Domás.

NC_Dawg

December 26th, 2012
8:08 am

Tomas, your beloved Coach Saban had enough class to pay his respects to Coach Richt and his team after the game. I have a lot of respect for Coach Saban and his program. He’s a class act.

I hope Bama wins the CG and embarasses ND.

You, Tomas, on the other hand, are a total douche bag. Way to represent your fan base. Congratulations.

Rosezeee

December 26th, 2012
8:24 am

All great coaches haveva must win attitude – something Richt has never possessed. Expect UGA to lay another egg.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing Can Stop it

December 26th, 2012
8:29 am

How about just leaving the SEC?

It would be better off without you backing into championships on your schedule while losing to MSU, Boise, and being spanked by SC.

You’re an ACC team. You have talent, but don’t have the discipline.

Go ahead leave, we’ll see you in the National Championship and beat you like the Real SEC teams do.

The Tide is Rolling and Nothing Can Stop it

December 26th, 2012
8:35 am

“We can still go down as one of the best teams in Georgia history.”

And still not as good as Bama on a rebuilding year.

32 years…

Dr. Phill

December 26th, 2012
8:37 am

This bowl game will be closer than many Georgia fans believe. Adams is not going anywhere. The Chancellor is an Adams lackey, and Mike will remain the puppet master, behind his $500,000 desk, as long as he so desires.

bahits.com

December 26th, 2012
8:39 am

Ryan Black and AJC, please filter out the useless and senseless comments, or give us a way to filter them. I don’t want to read comments over and over from idiots who have nothing reasonable to contribute. Maybe give us a system where we can filter out locally the knuckle-draggers. It isn’t hard technology to implement and it would make reading the comments more enjoyable.

thanks,

a Dawg fan

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
8:43 am

frankly,

Enjoy Lady gym dog season. Lady dog softball is right around the corner.

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
8:44 am

frankly,

We’re still undefeated and you continue to lose big games.

Next year, you start 1-4 out of the gate.

Enjoy!

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Hairy Dawg

December 26th, 2012
8:57 am

Adams is leaving this spring and the sooner he better. Don’t let the doorknobs hit him on way outs.

The Bear

December 26th, 2012
8:58 am

Let’s be honest here the game was poorly officiated on both sides of the ball! Why don’t you UGA fans mention the eye gouging by a UGA player? Or poor clock management? Or the missed field goal? Or 351 yards rushing? All you UGA folks hang your hat on is the refs cheated.

Roll Tide

AltamahaDawg

December 26th, 2012
8:59 am

To compare what was going on by the end of 2010 and NOW is utterly silly. Not even remotely the sme situation.

And If we limp into this bowl with no ground game, Nebraska will eventually defend the passing attack and it will be difficult to hold a lead- same as last years bowl. Is that the case NOW?

And BTW, what is up with all the classless Bama fans posting on our blogs over the Christmas holidays?

AltamahaDawg

December 26th, 2012
9:02 am

OK, Saban had very poor clock management in that game. There, it’s mentioned.

Armydawg

December 26th, 2012
9:04 am

This Dawg says Roll Irish! After seeing in person how OBama cheats and the SEC considers it so important to keep them #1 and win another NC that the rules dont apply, there is no way I pull for those bast@#ds. And Thomas, too bad the other guy got to the trees at Toomers Corner before you could, maybe next time. ( I still say UGA should have refused the Capital One Bowl, if Adams had any gonads, he would have told the SEC, NO Sugar, No Bowl. Bama cheats to get where they are and loser Florida sits in its butt and advances. And I used to think Scam Newton was the worst the SEC could do.

Champion Dawg

December 26th, 2012
9:08 am

Say it to my face, Tomas Broun, You are just a gutless P. Idiot

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:08 am

The Bear

Eye gouging is considered a fundamental in the SEC! SEC! ( See B. Spikes)

Armydawg

December 26th, 2012
9:09 am

The Bear shows far more class than Thomas. He is right on the missed field goal, we make it and the whole ending is different because we are down by one point at the end. The kicking game has been a disaster for several years and it bit us big time this year. Having said that, it still doesnt take away the awful replacement refs and the SEC refusal to do anything about it.

WDE

December 26th, 2012
9:10 am

Buckeye in this year alone we have beaten more SEC teams than the buckeyes ever will….

The Bear

December 26th, 2012
9:11 am

It’s a shame that a lot of UGA fans don’t have even 5 percent of the class their head coach has. At least he was man enough to say he got beat and didn’t blame everyone else.

Armydawg

December 26th, 2012
9:12 am

Champion, you know Thomas would push his wife in front of him if he did meet any of us face to face. All mouth, no gonads.

WDE

December 26th, 2012
9:14 am

The Bear why don’t Bama fans mention that in the 4th quarter when you could have sealed the victory you couldn’t get a first down, had to turn the ball over and then looked like the Keystone cops as UGA came down the field, fairly certain your remember it just don’t mention it.

Uncle Tom

December 26th, 2012
9:15 am

As I’ve said before, the Dawgs must sure be doing something right lately. The Bammer and now even the Zero State trolls are closely following our stories and commenting on us.

Columbia SC Dawg

December 26th, 2012
9:16 am

Amen on this:

bahits.com

December 26th, 2012
8:39 am

Ryan Black and AJC, please filter out the useless and senseless comments, or give us a way to filter them. I don’t want to read comments over and over from idiots who have nothing reasonable to contribute. Maybe give us a system where we can filter out locally the knuckle-draggers. It isn’t hard technology to implement and it would make reading the comments more enjoyable.

thanks,

a Dawg fan

Woody Hayes

December 26th, 2012
9:25 am

Ohio state. Are you kidding me? Why do you post on here? You have no relevance at all. When you have a year you aren’t caught cheating then you get blown off the field by an sec team. Dissapear like your team does buckeye. Try Viagra , it’s better than posting on here when you are a boy amongst men.

Holy Smoke

December 26th, 2012
9:26 am

Enter your comments here

The Bear

December 26th, 2012
9:29 am

@WDE of course I remember why wouldn’t I mention it? Because it had nothing to add to my comments about folks bemoaning their interpretation of the refs cheating and that was why UGA lost the game. UGA played an excellent game and so did Bama one team had to lose. I hated the call on the interception that got over turned, but it happened and was the right call after 20 replays.

AdMan

December 26th, 2012
9:29 am

Tide is rolling is a complete dick…..he ought to run for President……he’s got the answer for everything…….truth is he’s a latent homosexual who’s never played football in his life
because he’s a mama’s boy……he needs to grow up an realize that nobody on here cares what he thinks…….I’ll bet he doesn’t have many friends….. Who in his right mind would want to hang around anyone who thinks he knows it all!…….how sad he is!

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:30 am

Woody Hayes!

How greatly we adore thee!

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:31 am

Woody,

Once again, it’s the SEC! SEC! vs. a single team.

Are you a dog, Woody? Identify your team you big wuss bag.

Da Truth

December 26th, 2012
9:34 am

Congratulations dogs on a very good season. Please allow me to apologize for Dumas Tomas above and all other “supposed” Bama fans who seem to take the wrong angle on things. Hoping for an undefeated SEC Bowl season!

off the mark ricth

December 26th, 2012
9:35 am

It is the little thlings that make a champion, and that is why uga will have a hard time getting to the top,your coach allows all that junk to go on, he is just like the man who taught him good ol bobby bowden, recruit those questionable kids, and let them run wild, and suspend them for the soft teams on the schedule, bowden did luck out and win one, and alas uga might luck out and get one as well.Look at all the times FSU was right there but could not close the deal, do you really think you can beat saban, he molds his guys to have the control to preform in big games, while you all try to front load a season to make sure all your year in and year out big guns get back from their time outs to be cleared to play the big games, the game against alabama has to rip your heart out, because you know that you may never get this close again,, just remember how many times FSU had the better team, and the most talent but could not close the deal, to be champions takes a lot more than getting the best players with suspect character….. enjoy your lot in life, the old saying is if you lay down with dogs, expect to get up with flees, Springsteensaid it best you have to learn to live with what you cannot rise above…….. this is from thebiggest FSU fan you will ever meet happy new year

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:35 am

I hate not having a life : ( At least for Christmas I get a new My Buddy doll so I have someone to play with!

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:48 am

Predictably, an impostor hits the blog at 9:35

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
9:50 am

Today’s Poll:

I’m in Columbus. 4-6″ of snow. Should I stay or drive back to ATL?

Vesaversa

December 26th, 2012
9:54 am

“crushing, 32-28 loss to the Crimson Tide” -Oh come on anyone of those teams could have won that game. Alabama did not dominate the Dawgs threw on their secondary at will and if there wasn’t so much confusion in the last 5 second of that game by the QB Ga would be playing for the championship .Alabama haven’t really convince me that they are the best team in the SEC they were lucky . And if ND can throw against Bama secondary like Ga did they will be in for a very long day in the Champioship game . Dawg nation

WDE

December 26th, 2012
9:56 am

Buckeye you might want to stay its getting colder here as the day progresses and I’m sure it will be below freezing by dark here in the ATL to our north there could be a good deal of icing. Be safe.

Dawg4Life

December 26th, 2012
9:57 am

Hey Buckeye, what is the mighty bucs record against the SEC? I think Herbie still resents the Dawgs all these years after that slobber knocker he took from Randall Godfrey. Even with the great Robert Smith at tail you still couldn’t beat the Dawgs. Face it, if you were in the SEC the bucs would be middle tier. Tough swallowing that isn’t it?

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
10:00 am

WDE,

Thanks. Staying put today. Hope to head south tomorrow.

Reality Check

December 26th, 2012
10:00 am

Bammer….it’s rolling baby, it’s rollling and I can’t stop it….

Diciplined like Mike Price, or Mike Dubose, or Mike Shula, or Logan Young, or the Krystal Teabagger, or Harvey Updyke?

The sooner some of you knuckledraggers realize that your current success has far more to do with Nick Saban than Alabama, the better off you’ll be.

Diciplined like 7-6 in 2007, 6-7 in 2006, 6-6 in 2004, 4-9 in 2003, 7-5 in 2001, 3-8 in 2000, 7-5 in 1998, 4-7 in 1997? But but but but Alabama doesn’t rebuild, they reload.

Diciplined like the 20+ games Bammer has vacated the last 10 years for rampant cheating, the three seasons of bowl ineligability…..cheating to the point of almost recieving the death penalty?

Alabama would sell there soul to win in football, and they have for nearly 70 years.

It’s a shame too, because there are some tremendous individuals that have been associated with Alabama. Great men that have done great things. But there are just so many idiots in that state that have nothing better to do than champion ole state U.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
10:00 am

I expected Murray to execute better on the last drive. To have it end the way it did, with Murray, AGAIN, imploding in a big game, I don’t know, it just gets old. We’ve seen it so many times. All he had to do was spike it, and throw up a jumpball with a nice arch on it so it doesn’t get tipped to 6′6” Lynch for the win. And you would have had 2-3 chances to win a jumpball. Instead, Murray opts to not spike it, and throws a ball 5 yards short of the end zone, as time expires. If he throws the ball away, you get another chance. If Murray puts an arch on the pass, you give Mitchell a chance to make a play. We’ve seen Murray crumble SO many times in big games, still, you never get used to it, you always think he’ll snap out of it someday, but he never does. We’ll always wonder what might have happened if Hutson Mason had started that day, which given Murray’s propsensity for choking in big games, would have been a smart move.

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
10:02 am

Buddy doll Buckeye,

ID yourself and your allegiance or cease and desist (look it up)