You might as well get used to it.

If what we’ve seen the last two weeks from the defense is the real deal, prepare to be bored with the second half offense on a regular basis as Richt happily shuts things down to control the game.

That being said, I’ll take seven more of those in a row without complaining.

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  1. You damn right, Senator. You damn right.

  2. Reggie Cunningham

    At times frustrating to watch, but I’ll take it every time. Need to clean up those penalties though.

  3. Completely agree. Now on to Tenn. GATA.

  4. Turd Ferguson

    Personally, I’d rather work up bigger leads, get some more reps for guys like Mason, Malcome, etc., and rest the starters whenever possible. But if I have to choose between a win like this and a loss, obviously I’ll take the win.

  5. NRBQ

    Whew! Glad we miss Arkansas this year. 510 yards passing in their huge comeback.

    • adam

      Don’t think TAMU’s pass defense is anywhere close to ours.

      Still, impressive O from a Petrino-coached team may be a given… But damn was that offense impressive.

  6. dawgshack

    Our defense is playing incredible. I think we’re close to being on the level of Bama or LSU. With that kind of defense, we just need to stop throwing interceptions. I was happily bored today.

    • Weird.......

      I ain’t gonna that far yet….but we could have the 3rd best D in the league.

      • Dave

        agreed – bama and lsu don’t have a Boise St. to their name yet (West Virginia may come close). Our D is great except for opening night. Our offense/sp teams gave away SC, which really hurts, but Auburn helped out today. Grantham is proving to be a really good move by our program and Richt. I don’t mind “shut-down” when it is 21-3, but when we are up by 7 or 10, that is a different story. I would rather teach Murray how to take a sack and to not throw pick sixes. Good job today.

        • Dave

          Oh, and our D did collapse late against SC too. Still, they have shown real improvement last year and this year. While not hard to improve on a Willie-coached defense, we have looked pretty good late. If it continues against the Vols, we’ll have momentum going into Jville.

    • Anon

      Bama and LSU have contain on runs that bounce to the outside. We can’t say that yet.

    • Chopdawg

      Last two weeks remind me of the 1982 Herschel/Lastinger team, which (according to Larry Munson) didn’t put anybody away until they got to Jacksonville. That team won ugly a lot, played some boring games, but the defense was strong.

      I’ll take a couple more of the same, on the road, next two weeks.

  7. Irishdawg

    Watching this offense makes me want to punch a basket full of kittens sometimes. There is real firepower there, and we’ll march up and down the field….and then score 24 points. We should have hung 45 on MSU today.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love our defense, but goddammit, can we score some TDs in the second half?

  8. JaxDawg

    Defense = A
    Offense = C
    Murray = D

    We will NOT beat the better teams on our schedule by playing offense like we did in the second half. I have to go back to when Ray Goff was coaching to find an offensive performance that pathetic and inept. Completely and utterly inept.

    Yeah, we won. Should have won, better team in every way. Some of you look at the results and say “I’m satisfied with the win”; others (myself included) watch the game and say “we have so much potential yet continually fail to reach it”.

    • oldschooldawg

      Exactly, what a pitiful accuse for an offence in the second half! We would have been better off if the offence did’nt take the field in quarters three and four. Also, why do we continually take our hot half-back out of the game, is Crowell that out of shape?

    • Careful Brad

      I can’t wait until we get rid of Richt and bring Mullen in. His teams always live up to expectations.

  9. Skeptic Dawg

    Mark Richt is such a puss. Hammer down when you have the opportunity. Why settle for 24 when you can put up 40 ? There is talent on the offense. Why bottle it up? There is simply zero excuse. Want to get back on the national scene? Try laying the wood every chance you get. Yes, they won today with little effort. And the defense was very stout. But my Lord! Keep your foot on the gas.

    • Lawdawg567

      Lay the wood every chance you get is exactly how I would have said it…

      BUT, I see where the other side of the argument is coming from when AM11 throws a pick six that got MSU back into the game.

    • Dawgwalker07

      Yeah, not like richt has ever gotten anywhere nationally by playing conservatively on offense before.

      • He certainly hasn’t gotten to the promised land. And for somebody on the hot seat, it seems like he would want to get a few statement wins while he can. Just a thought.

        • Puffdawg

          Judging by the Tennessee game last season, “statement” games don’t mean shit in the long run. Winning games does, and the winning recipe for CMR in the past has been suffocating defense and adequate offense. That’s what he’s riding right now. I am just baffled by our fanbase’s response to the last couple of games. We just completely dominated our last two SEC opponents with neither game even being in question, despite the score. We have our first smell of momentum, no matter how feint, in a few years, and we’re pissed because we didn’t score one or two more times in games that weren’t even in question.

    • Dawgfan Will

      I understand where you are coming from, but you do realize that we beat them worse than LSU did, don’t you? I’ll take it 9 more times this season.

    • Vincent

      you can thank blair walsh and aaron murray and our secondary’s hands for this not being an epic beat down. Although i’m willing to give a pass on the last group. So refreshing to see althose red shirts around the ball.

      • Normaltown Mike

        I think it was our holder that botched the kick more than Blair, no? Was that Butler?

          • AusDawg85

            Little of both…low/short snap but Butler fielded, then couldn’t get it down in time.

            But the Blair Walsh Project is becoming pretty scary after seeing that wiiiiiiidddddddeeee right. Jeesh!

            • Puffdawg

              He’ll be fine. He will be asked to win a game for us this year and will split the uprights. Do any of you truly doubt this?

    • Nsbdawg

      I get so tired of you whiney little bitches that dont know sh#t about football trying to coach UGA…

      You shut the offense down at 24-3 b because theres a lot of football left to play.

      No sense showing other great coaches in this league the rest of our offense. Close the playbook, take the win and go home.

      You a$$holes can’t even be happy with an utterly dominating win. Will you go join the Florida fair-weather fan base if I buy you the shirts?

      • Normaltown Mike

        Tell us what you really think.

      • JaxDawg

        NSB,
        your little strategy is great against 2nd class programs like MSU. Unfortunately, it does not work against 1st class programs like Florida and the most recent ten top 25 teams we have played and have gone 1-9 against.

        So in terms of everyone other than you that doesn’t know shit about UGA football, I know what the record states and it isn’t worth a damn. Put that in your pipe and smoke it punk.

        JaxDawg

        • gastr1

          Gee, I could have sworn the playbook wasn’t so much the issue on the f-ed up field goal, the dropped pick-6 by Boykin, and the 72-yard int by State. Oh, an on that field goal…You don’t go for it on 4th and half a yard from the 5 yard line when our defense has barely allowed a first down since the first drive? Strikes me as just stupid. Even if you don’t get it they start on their own 5. How is that the playbook?

          The defense was great today. Perhaps soon we get through a whole game without a special teams mistake that costs us points.

          Regardless what happens this year this team has a lot of good players. I really like our chances next year and CTG has really got the defense breathing fire again. Wins are nice!

          • Hackerdog

            We didn’t go for it on 4th down because MSU had just stuffed us on 3rd and short. Also, you had to consider a field goal almost automatic from that close in. Even with the miss, MSU still started inside their 20.

        • Puffdawg

          It worked against first class programs circa 2002-2005. The most recent top 25 teams we played did not face a stout defense.

          • JaxDawg

            I agree, but yesterday’s 2nd half was more than taking our foot off the pedal. We looked listless, asleep, pitiful, etc.

            We cannot be this way and beat FL, AU, TECH, TN.

            • Hackerdog

              It was a combination of both. We didn’t really want to score a ton. But MSU also put 9 in the box and dared Murray to beat them. After throwing 3 picks, we were reluctant to let him air it out, so we just traded punts until time ran out.

            • Puffdawg

              Jax, the point is we CAN be that way and beat those teams. We have before. We were the premier team in the SEC for a few years with that recipe. Hell, the premier team righ now, Alabama, used that formula against your first tier Florida Saturday night. The difference between our final result and Bama’s was they have Richardson and we have a young and out of shape Crowell. While Crowell is good (in spurts), Richardson is Heisman worthy, so they put up a few more 2nd half points. But the formula was the same. And we both got the same stat: one win. I agree with you 100% we took our foot of the gas pedal. The difference is I don’t have a problem with it. you look at it like we didn’t “go for the throat.” I say we did by playing to our obvious strength, which on Saturday was field position and defense. We took the ball out of the offense’s hands and put it into the defense’s.

              Side note: I probably would have gone for the 4th and short late BECAUSE the defense was playing so well. But then I am not the coach, nor was I even in consideration to be named the coach. I don’t have a problem with Richt taking an almost guaranteed 3 to go up by 3 TD’s (again, considering how well the defense was playing). I may not have agreed with the call, but I didn’t necessarily disagree with it either, if that’s possible.

              I spent my college years watching average offenses led by Greene (or better yet, led by Billy Bennett) supplement above average defenses, an that worked out pretty well for us. I’m happy to go back down that road again.

      • Nsbdawg. I agree with you even more than I did with the Senator, which says a lot.

        • Cojones

          Ditto. Where’s that great play we all are waiting for ? You know, the one to Figgins over the middle all day. I agree with Nsbdawg that those plays are waiting to begin in other games. Like resuming it next week with Tenn? Some of you don’t know a hell of a lot about not tipping your hand to the whole damn world unless it’s necessary.

      • Reggie

        I agree. I mean I don’t think you guys are assholes, I just think the vanilla game tape let’s us keep some plays up our sleave.

      • You say that as if our “playbook” isn’t already something every other coach in the league already knows.

      • This is the most bullshit of all bullshit arguments. It takes someone with no idea about rational discourse to come up with something like this. Georgia runs what Georgia runs. They may have a wrinkle or two to add against opponents, but they run the same power, trap, toss, play-action, screens, etc. every game. That is what they do, and as long as they do it well, they succeed. There aren’t missing pages of the playbook. And, if what you did in the first half is already on tape, then why not continue it in the second half? I may not know anything about football, but you have no idea how to formulate an argument with reason, bitch.

        • MinnesotaDawg

          Of course. This “saving our good plays” for later excuse gets seemingly gets pulled out every year. And every year it’s just as stupid. What we saw on offense yesterday (the plays that worked, the plays that didn’t, the flashes of brilliance, the dumb penalties, the periodic turnovers, and the quarter/half where we seem to shut-it-down) IS Georgia. There is no hiding the ball.

  10. Roy

    Did anyone else see #5 from missy state piss in our hedges during the 3rd qtr? Those of us in sec 105 were Pissed!!!(no pun intended)

  11. tckr83

    We won, that’s all fine and dandy. I’m grateful for the win but unsatisfied, which I hope is how the team feels… But you have to ask yourself… What sense does that offensive logic make? I have a hard time agreeing with that mentality. If they’re trying to score on you, return the favor. Being conservative doesn’t allow for backups to get much needed playing time, votes for the top 25 or maintaining rhythm with your starters. It’s just beyond me…

    • Nsbdawg

      And sir I repeat myself for you…

      I get so tired of you whiney little bitches that dont know sh#t about football trying to coach UGA…
      You shut the offense down at 24-3 b because theres a lot of football left to play.
      No sense showing other great coaches in this league the rest of our offense. Close the playbook, take the win and go home.
      You a$$holes can’t even be happy with an utterly dominating win. Will you go join the Florida fair-weather fan base if I buy you the shirts?

      • Lawdawg567

        That was a damn good win and the defense looked especially awesome. But a two touchdown win is not what most people call utter domination and makes me wonder how much s#it u know about football.

        • Dawgfan Will

          For the second week in a row, the final score might not have looked like a dominating win, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t dominate. Put it another way: has anybody said that LSU didn’t dominate them? And they allowed them three more offensive points and scored five fewer on them.

      • And I repeat for you: every other team already has 10 years of tape on us, and our offense has basically not changed. So that dog don’t hunt.

        You get a bigger lead so you can get your backups some reps and your starters some rest.

        That’s what everyone else does… you know, the people winning national titles.

  12. Scott

    We only had 6 possessions in the first half. 3 TD, 2 INT, 1 punt. The interceptions hurt because we likely would have scored at least one more TD in the first half. I like the fact that we scored TD’s in the red zone. Of course, that changed in the second half.

  13. Senator, this is looking more like 01-05 by playing to the strength of the defense. Late in the game, Grantham was fine with giving up yards in exchange for time off the clock. Then, it was like he said to the defense, “That’s enough.”. Game over. They are definitely getting after people.

  14. NRBQ

    So, if Bama takes care of business, I believe that means 3 East teams will be 2 and 1 in conference.

    And UGA’s remaining row ain’t near as tough to hoe as UF’s and USC’s.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Right on! I think this is the first time we’ve had a winning record since the first game of 2010. I could bitch about the offensive conservatism and pussy 4th down FG call. But it’s better to look forward.

    • Cojones

      And we have some control on hoeing that row. Picked up an easy $10 today. Gave the FU shithead 7 points to boot. There are at least 3 more teams who can beat FU and we are one of them. Depending on their QB questions, there could be more.

  15. Jim

    Not the cleanest game but we won and that’s what counts!

  16. DawgPhan

    I could do without the picks, but wins is wins.

    With USC falling to AU we are right back in this thing..

    Happily cheered on the tigers/eagles/plainsmen/cheaters tonight.

    Go Dawgs!!

  17. Chadwick

    I’ll take it without the spotty qb play. That’s lost games for us last year and this year and unfortunately, I don’t see that changing. Murray likely cost the team the SC game, heck, he did, and he’s a schizophrenic out there today. QB play is becoming a concern for me.

    • Dawgfan Will

      We expect him to struggle last year, and he surprises most of us. We expect him to dominate this year, and he’s struggling. I’m pretty sure if you look up “irony” in the dictionary, it says “see Murray, Aaron.” Still love the kid, though, and I hope he works through it.

      • Chadwick

        Yeah, and I jumped the gun on the 50/50 thing, but he’s got to fix the turnovers.

        • Vincent

          the irony is this offense aaron included obviously, will move the ball up and down the field easily, but not score and/or turn it over. Maddening.

          • Lawdawg567

            Is it me or does the offense, coaches included, have a nice tall glass of dumbassery somewhere around the 35 going in? Resulting in ” Walsh in to try it from 50″

      • gastr1

        I didn’t expect so many picks, but I really did not expect him to match last year’s performance, and that’s simply because #8 was like a 50-mph wind assisting your shot off the tee.

        You really cannot underestimate the impact of a guy who forces double-coverage downfield on every play…not to mention his size and hands managing to help AM’s completion percentage a fair bit.

  18. cousin eddie

    Yeah I would love to blow them out 100-0 but if you get up, why show all your cards for other teams to game plan against. Hopefully Richt and Bobo have something else in the playbook they haven’t shown yet.

  19. The Original Cynical in Athens

    That Amarlo Herrera is a fucking beast. Jarvis Jones is clearly the best player on the defense, but if John Jenkins and Herrera keep improving this much from week to week, the sky is the limit.

    First test since Scu on Saturday in Knoxville. Was there 2 years ago, and it was the most embarrassed I have ever been as a UGA fan, and that is including the 2000 Gtu debacle. Let’s see how they play against a team with a pulse.

    • Dawgfan Will

      So since we beat Miss St, they don’t qualify as a team with a pulse now? Will Tennessee still count if we beat them, or do they automatically get downgraded to another valueless win?

      • Charles

        Word/exactly.

      • The Original Cynical in Athens

        Mississippi State sucks, plain and simple. It’s a nice win. 3 INT’s, trick plays and punt returns for TD’s will lose the game this Saturday. I hope that all the dumbassness is out of their system and they flog the Vols, but I will believe it when I see it.

      • Turd Ferguson

        Mississippi State is now 0-3 in conference play, and struggled last week against Louisiana Tech. Are they Coastal Carolina? Certainly not. But it’s pretty clear now that they’re HARDLY the team everyone thought they were going into the season.

        And the problem with Tennessee is that they’ve only played a single respectable opponent. And that game — a loss — wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates. The Vols rushed for -9 yards against Florida. I’ll be happy if our defense can shut Bray down, but you certainly won’t hear me shouting “We’re back, baby!” if we happen to win in Knoxville. Our next opportunity for a respectable win, in my opinion, is Jacksonville.

        • Dawgfan Will

          I agree with you on all points. My response was to Cynical, but it was pointed more at the posters here and elsewhere who have been pointing all week to MSU as a respectable opponent, but now are back in “wait till we play a *real* respectable team,” seemingly only because we beat them. I don’t think we’re back yet, but I’m willing to give credit for two wins in which our SEC opponents were never really even in the game.

    • Chadwick

      It’s becoming clear to me that the defensive staff really knows what they’re doing. This D is playing without it’s best player, the LB’s are generally inexperienced, and they’re killin’ it. The better offensives are coming down the road, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with a unit that was a huge question mark coming into the season.

      I wish Richt hadn’t waited so long to sweep Willie and the Poorboys out.

  20. Ausdawg85

    It is very clear we are who we are. Probably the #4 or #5 team in the SEC right now, which is some improvement.

  21. NRBQ

    I’m a big Bama fan about now. So shoot me.

  22. I don’t think CMR shut it down as much as MSU made adjustments at the half to stop us and we didn’t adjust to that. And just what are we hiding from opponents that we haven’t already shown.

    • LB

      You are correct. MSU made adjustments at the half. If MSU had more athletes in key positions, they would have possibly came back to make it close due to our inept coaches. UGA came out flat at the start of the 2nd half. You could see it in their eyes and the way our players would take themselves out.

      This all about coaching, motivation, and our coaching staff does not have killer instinct. I was listening on the radio to MR before the game. He said he was hoping to get a win, get back home before dark, and spend quality time with him family on Saturday evening. WTH?

      Our defense has made big improvements however they have not shown they can stop a good running back when it counts and the game is on the line. Time will tell.

      Did anyone notice Alabama showing the wildcat in the fourth quarter? This was for LSU to see and worry about. Keep them guessing and wondering. Take advantage in each situation with presented.

      Again, the best coaching staffs make the necessary changes at half and also get the best out of each player. Alabama also had starters playing special teams. Some coaches know how to win, get better each week, and other coaches do just enough to keep their job.

      UGA has the talent to play with anyone in the country, they just need to be properly coached…

      • Puffdawg

        The nerve of the fucking guy to want to spend some time with his family on Saturday night! Fire him! No killer instinct! No adjustments! Too many Ford commercials! Missionary! Kiante Tripp! Watergirl! Blackout! Overload!

        Arggggggggdlwekjb09847y319yt154tfh3r149!@?#@$@*$)@#$*@#$ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Normaltown Mike

    Any ideas on why we are so vulnerable to bubble screens? Based on its execution against us (for numerous years) it’s wildly successful. Though I don’t recall us ever running it.

    I’m not sure why MSU didn’t run it more as we were preventing the dive pretty well all day.

    • WFdawg

      The MSU fans are probably saying now what we say about Bobo: they went away from what was working on O.

  24. Nate Dawg

    Didn’t like Samuel in on the 3rd & short…AM kinda looks like Stafford as a freshman w the picks..but the D looked damn good & that’s an SEC win that was never really in doubt..I wish Walsh could get ‘it’ back..if u can get a win on the road in Knoxville, chalk that up as a quality win most anytime IMHO, espcially w our recent history there.

  25. I agree with all of you about some of the struggles on offense but here is the thing, while Murray is on pace for 12 int’s he is also on pace for 36 td’s which would be the UGA record by 8. Those are both regular season projections. This year he just seems to be much more feast or famine. The good news is that last year if Murray played the way he did the last two weeks we lose those games for sure. This year we won them both in comfortable fashion. As for UT as good as their offense has looked at times I think we put Boykin/Sanders on Da’Rick with Rambo over the top, man up their other receivers and then commit everyone else to stopping the run and beating up on Bray. I think UT gears up to stop the run and Murray has his break out game of this season.

  26. AthensHomerDawg

    Hope Boykin bounces back. Da’Rick put up some impressive numbers Sat. 180 receiving. UT O line is gonna have its hands full!.

  27. Will Trane

    Aaron Murray you play like Garcia. Your INTs are right their wiht his numbers. You keep up throwing the ball away and your defense is going to take your little prissy butt to the woodshed. You need to mature and start playing like a SEC quarterback. You need to be concerned about your interceptions and lack of focus during games. It is becoming apparent you can not stay focused and lead this team an entire game. But you have a lot of help from your OC.

    Frankly, you guys need to get on the bus at half time and go take a nap because know one knows what you guys do anymore after half time except stop playing. Down the road somebody is going to put a hob nail boot up your butt.

  28. JaxDawg

    “Great teams don’t have letdowns,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. ”They go for the throat, go for the jugular, and we haven’t done that the last couple of weeks.”

    Read more: http://www.macon.com/2011/10/02/1726935/bulldogs-still-arent-clicking.html#ixzz1ZdU3yHTE

    Bobo is so full of shit. If you sincerely feel this way the stop talking and show me. The 2nd half offense was the worst I have seen from a UGA team in 20 years. Absolutely no excuse to play that poorly.