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

AltamahaDawg

December 26th, 2012
2:41 pm

just kidding, My-Guy. I agree with your assessment, too.

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

Well, yeah, there is a SECCG next year, I meant that we may not get to go because of the type of schedule we have next year, plus with our starters on defense leaving for the NFL, it’s going to be a lot tougher, the way our schedule has been in 2011 & 2012 is similar to how South Carolina & Florida’s will be in 2013. They get the easier schedule & we get the tougher schedule. We’ve been struggling with South Carolina lately whether we are at home or in Columbia, the past two South Carolina teams we’ve beaten (2008 & 2009) were 7-6 South Carolina teams we’ve barely beaten, Spurrier hates Georgia as we know it so he always plays us hard! Florida will be trying to get revenge next year in Jacksonville, so don’t get fooled, Muschamp is getting top recruits and he’s tired of loosing in the Georgia-Florida series. My biggest fear about the 2013 season is that it could be like the 2008 season all over again! However, I’m always a bulldog fan no matter what, and I’m still believing in this bulldog team whether we have ups or downs across the road!

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
2:52 pm

Why is UGA 0-2 in Bowls under the Murray-Richt era?

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

As ESPN, announcers, and almost every non-UGA observer noted, Murray should have spiked the ball at the end of the game, Murray didn’t, and Murray’s record vs. teams that finish top 25, fell to 1 win & 11 losses in Murray’s career.

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

Of course it was not on Murray for us losing. Most logical fans know that… He’s a very good quarterback, so what if he isn’t freaking Peyton Manning or Drew Brees-caliber. But also, with the exception of the penalties I think Richt coached a good game. The fake punt call was brilliant and the passing and running game were established. Even a lot of the Bama fans I’ve talked to were saying Georgia played great and could have beaten them. For those who say ESPN hates UGA, Kirk Herbstreit gave UGA a ton of credit for their game. Instead of blaming the players, give credit to Alabama for once again having one heck of a team. In my opinion what lost the game for us was a lack of depth on the defensive line. With Jones out, Smith moved into the starting lineup and the backups were undersizsed or inexperienced and wore down. Bama has a great offensive line. We lost and it was tough, but I’m happy I have the chance to watch another Georgia game that will hopefully be a win. 12 wins and a win over the #16 team would be a great way to end the season. And I think after watching Nebraska’s performance against the Badgers, we should be fine if the guys are motivated at all. I can imagine they will want to go out on a high note.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

I wonder if Murray’s six (6) turnovers have anything to do with UGA’s 0-2 Bowl game record in the Murray-Richt era?

Jarvis Jones gives Muschamp nightmares

December 26th, 2012
2:58 pm

Some people are literally too stupid to insult. Here’s a good idea, when people get on here and bash our quarterback or coaches, don’t’ write back. It’s funny sometimes to argue and totally outsmart the fools, but it does not stop them from posting. In fact, it encourages them if they think they are riling up the fans. Ignore the Georgia haters.

Tony

December 26th, 2012
2:59 pm

I wonder if DonDog is the same person as Bip? He sure seems to be obsessed with statistics and Aaron Murray. I would say that Bip guy had about a 90 IQ.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

Tony and the other Gamecock fans, feel six (6) turnovers in 2 Bowl games is just SUPER DUPER.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

Steve Spurrier would not be starting a QB who’d turnoved the ball over six (6) times in the last 2 Bowl games.

And like Spurrier said, Murray should have spiked the ball.

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

I don’t care about Aaron Murray’s record against top teams, he proved how he really was on the field against Alabama, and he played well, he did his part, not the defense though, if he returns next year & plays like that for the rest of his career, he could give us another shot at the SEC championship next year! With the way our schedule is next year, Aaron Murray can prove to the nation that he can beat the elite teams, like Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, and eventually, the ultimate challenge, FLORIDA! I don’t see any point for Hutson Mason taking over as a starter with the first month of 2013 being Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU, as a backup but definately not as a starter! A lot of starters struggle their first few games, remember how Aaron Murray did against SC and Mississippi State in 2010, but he eventually improved & got better by experience! Has Hutson Mason had a lot of experience on the field, NO!! So we can’t afford that next year! Let Aaron Murray finish his career in 2013!

WDE

December 26th, 2012
3:06 pm

How many SEC titles has Spurrier won at USC??

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

WDE,

No matter. He beats the dogs every year.

Joey

December 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Doe anybody else not give a rat’s hind-end what SPURRIER says about UGA?

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

Which is worse, Murray’s six (6) turnovers to help UGA go 0-2 in Bowl games, or Murray’s 98th passer ranking against ranked teams, to help UGA go 1-11 vs top 25 teams?

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:18 pm

Considering Aaron Murray’s 1-11 career record vs. teams that finish in the top 25, since UGA plays 4 top 25 ranked teams in 2013, you have a 90% chance UGA goes 8-4 if 98th ranked passer vs. ranked team Aaron Murray returns.

Losses to top 25 teams on the UGA schedule in 2013 would be Clemson, SC, Florida, and LSU. That would put UGA at 8-4.

90% chance that happens if 98th ranked QB Aaron Murray returns for a 5th season.

WDE

December 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

Buckeye wrong winning the SEC is better and you have to start with the East to get a shot Spurrier would trade beating UGA for a SEC title and throw in his soul.

Joey

December 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

AD, 19 of the BCS Top 25 have fewer than 3 losses. Not only that, but I don’t think we have had a “great year.” It will have been a good year if we take care of business in Orlando. I mean, we lost at the Dome, despite the great game. We lost.

12-2 where we stand right now, is a good year, even with the ugliness at SC. But it’s not a great year. Just my opinion.

But again, it’s good enough to set us up for next year.

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

dondog is tom brown reincarnated

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

Aaron Murray has got WORSE with EXPERIENCE

EVERY SINGLE YEAR AT UGA VS. RANKED TEAMS

Aaron Murray is so bad now, Murray ranks:

98th in accuracy

91st in passer rating

And Murray gets WORSE every YEAR he CONTINUES TO START.

EXPERIENCE makes AARON MURRAY WORSE against RANKED TEAMS.

Buckeye

December 26th, 2012
3:28 pm

I an paying dondog to be my Murray being Murray in big games Murray hatchet man!

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

Everybody ignore DonDog, all he cares about is hating on Aaron Murray, that’s all he’s going to keep doing on this blog! HaHahaha!!!

Joey

December 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

DonDog, since you are such a fan of stats, where did Murray’s performance in the SECCG rank him vs Bama’s D this season?

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

Ignore My Guy, he thinks Murray’s records like 1-11 vs. top 25 teams, and 0-2 in Bowl games is ok.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:35 pm

Against SEC ranked teams (LSU/ T A/M), Murray’s performance against Alabama ranked him LAST in accuracy, passer rating, etc.

Against ranked teams in 2012, Murray ranks 98th in accuracy, and 91st in passer rating.

Isn’t that great, let’s let Murray start the Bowl game…

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

Well I said it, DonDog is going to keep hating on Aaron Murray guys! 24/7!

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

Against ranked teams, UGA ranks LAST IN THE SEC IN:
ACCURACY
YARDS
PASSER RATING

Isn’t that terrific, let’s let Murray start the Bowl game for that outstanding year…

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:37 pm

Yep, My Guy will kepp defending Murray, even though Murray is ranked 98th vs ranked teams.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

Wonder why Aaron Murray gets WORSE

EVERY YEAR AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

IN ACCURACY, PASSER RATING

IF MURRAY’S SO GREAT?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 26th, 2012
3:45 pm

WHEN
………………….ARE
………………………………..THE
……………………………………………DWAG
……………………………………………………..FANS
GOING
………………….TO
………………………………..CRYING?
When the Dwag players stop playing DIRTY then you FANS can CRY about how BAMA players were mean to the Dwag players.
The SECCG is over and done with. Let is go.
Refs make mistakes or missed calls on both teams and No Call/Missed Call changed the outcome of the game. The Bad calls left time for both teams to over come them. Now if it was like the SeaHawks vs Packers game then you could cry and I would be complaining right there with you, but UGa had more chances to overcome calls.
Well the ONLY call the Dwags couldn’t overcome was the “Don’t Spike The Ball” call and that came from the UGa coaches.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

Against UNRANKED teams, UGA is #1 in the SEC in passer rating and accuracy.

Aagainst RANKED teams, UGA is LAST in the SEC in passer rating and accuracy.

Murray has a lot of folks BAMBOOZLED.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:48 pm

Guess which team is FIRST in SEC against RANKED TEAMS in passing rating?

ALABAMA

Guess which team is LAST IN SEC against ranked teams in passer rating?

GEORGIA

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 26th, 2012
3:51 pm

“PMS” Murray in the NFL? Can “Pad My Stats” against crappy teams MURRAY really be a NFL QB? I think he can. he might not be a starter or a starter for long but he will get drafted and given a chance to earn the job.

DonDog

December 26th, 2012
3:57 pm

Alabama in 2012, Auburn in 2010, and Florida the 2 years Meyer won Natl Champ’s, all finished #1 in PASSER EFFIC IN THE SEC AGAINST RANKED TEAMS.

That’s the way you win the SEC.

And UGA ranks LAST in the SEC in passer rating AGAINST RANKED TEAMS.

AltamahaDawg

December 26th, 2012
4:00 pm

Don is the same character pretending to be a dawg fan that was telling how much that LeMay kid really deserved to be starter in the summer. nothing but a troll

AltamahaDawg

December 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

Joey my point is that if 12 wins is merely “good”, then Georgia has had very few good teams in it’s entire history. “great” should not be reserved for only the rarest of football teams.

To me, what you are describing is that we did not have a “championship” caliber season. Your scale seems to go from Good, skip Great, jump to Championship. What would be a great season then?

Bubba Dodd

December 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Nebraska ain’t duddlie-squat! …. If you don’t beat them by 22….then your no better than 9th in the nation…….Ya’ll got nothing to win and but all to loose!

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

LSU vs Clemson will be fun to watch for the Chick-Fa-La Bowl, two death valleys, both have purple tigers, just yellow & orange is the difference, that’s a good match up!

ARdawg

December 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

Dawgs will roll in the Cap1 Bowl. At a minimum 3 TD victory. The biggest ugly thing in that game is going to be the score. Nebraska can’t stop Georgia or score on them. Prepare to turn this one off early

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
4:38 pm

2001-2006-2011 have been improving years for Georgia
2002-2007-2012 have been great years for Georgia, except one or two games we lost that ruined our season
2003-2008-possibly 2013 are years that we either go downhill or just set goals but blew them later in the season!
It’s a FIVE year trend that’s been going on?

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned by Bill King, Chip Towers & only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 26th, 2012
4:38 pm

ARdWag……..I think you said basically the same thing last year about Michigan State.

Joey

December 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

2002 was great to me. 1 Loss (by 7 points), albeit to an undermanned Gator team, and winning the rest, classifies as great.

This season was very good – but the debacle at SC, in my opinion, precluded it from being great.

Gotta go spank the Huskers now.

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

If we would’ve been Florida in 2002 we would’ve gone to the national championship, Florida ruined our season in 2002! 2007, South Carolina or Tennessee, but we had no chance against Tennessee, we’ve struggled in Knoxville lately except for 2011, so basically, South Carolina ruined our season in 2007. This year in 2012, Alabama deserved to win, our coaches messed up in that game, especially Todd Grantham with that run defense issue.

AdMan

December 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

DonDog is Tide is Rolling……he’s really a Tech fan…..he’s a dick! He’s never played football in his life,has never had a girlfriend and lives a sad life as a troll on sports blogs by pretending that he knows more than everybody else including coaches.When Georgia beats Nebraska in the bowl game he’ ll continue to come on this blog but under another name……like I said before he’s a dick…..a loser!…..he’ll go away if everyone just ignores him.

Utah Dawg

December 26th, 2012
5:09 pm

DonDog…typical clueless fan. I think maybe if UGA even slows down the Bama running game, UGA wins. It’s a team sport. Murray drove them down the field and that last ball was tipped…then dumb play by a freshman wideout to catch it. Murray had a great year. The team failed in big games and Murray did contribute at times, but he is still an outstanding QB and an awesome competitor. He guided them to the edge of the national championship game. Well done.

ARdawg

December 26th, 2012
5:52 pm

POOP 5150

Please, support you lame claim

My-Guy

December 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

Thank you Utah Dawg, THANK YOU!!!

ARdawg

December 26th, 2012
5:56 pm

Adman, funny, you are describing Put in time out/POAD/ SMART enough to a tee

Chosky

December 26th, 2012
6:09 pm

Murray had a great year….bah, bah, bah. Sure he did. Finished near the bottom of the SEC in accuracy, passing efficiency, went 1-2 vs. ranked teams, now 2-12 against ranked teams, just doesn’t have the “it” factor.

Mason, Mason…..time for a new quarterback to lead the red and black to a Bowl game victory. Aaron Murray had 2 chances to win a Bowl game, and lost them both. I think Murray even had a trio of turnovers in each Bowl game. Out with the old, in with the new, let’s start a new tradition against ranked teams…WINNING!!!

Chosky

December 26th, 2012
6:12 pm

Lots of clueless fans here. U of GA can’t play much better on defense in a bowl game than they did in 2010, but still lost. The AMurray turnover trio against UCF. The SEC is all about the QB, especially in the games where two ranked teams play each other. And U of GA always comes up short there, pun intended!!!