But it’s a dry heat.

Photo courtesy David Wallace/The Arizona Republic

Photo courtesy David Wallace/The Arizona Republic

The best adjective I can come up with to describe Georgia’s win in the desert last night is workmanlike.  The Dawgs did what a team should do when it’s possessed of superior talent – move the chess pieces around, take advantage of the matchups and grind the other team down.  The end result was a 27-10 win that, as the cliché goes, wasn’t as close as the score might indicate.

Rudy, those “guys in uniforms”?  Their names were Rennie Curran and A. J. Green.

A few thoughts/observations:

  • With as much poo as was being flung in Willie Martinez’ direction after the South Carolina game, let’s not forget that in its last two games, the Dawg defense has given up 22 yards rushing on 35 attempts.  As a team, you’re going to win a lot of games if you play at that level over the course of a season.
  • Four games in, zero interceptions for Matt Stafford.  At the risk of repeating myself, as a team, you’re going to win a lot of games if you play at that level over the course of a season.
  • I loved that play action roll out pass to Tavares King.  Great call and gorgeously executed.
  • Yes, the safety play was much better and the pass rush looked good, particularly in the second half.  But that was against a team the couldn’t run the ball to save its life and had a patchwork offensive line.  Let’s wait and see how they do against ‘Bama.
  • Twelve of the sixteen completions went to Massaquoi and Green and Stafford throws for a career high 285 yards.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.
  • Twelve penalties for 104 yards.  Every week, we keep saying this is stuff that can be fixed, but so far, nothing’s changed.  The most troubling part is watching some of the dumb stuff keep drives alive – penalty yardage accounted for more than half of the total yardage on ASU’s first scoring drive.
  • I watch our kickoff coverage and I watch Brandon James.  I am concerned.


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10 responses to “But it’s a dry heat.

  1. DirkDawggler

    We need our best athletes out there covering kickoffs, every time. Walsh was beginning to get some distance on his kickoffs towards the end, though. Maybe he’s getting it.


  2. Ally

    Other initial thoughts:
    1. some of the worst home-cooking by a set of “refs” I’ve ever seen. My God. I’ll take Penn Wagers any day over those screw-jobs.
    2. Brannan Southerland cannot get back in the game soon enough for me.
    3. I give up on kick coverage. Its not getting better. Same story, different year.
    4. Every opponent we face knows how to exploit Bryan Evans. Geez.
    5. Missed opportunities for TDs in the 2nd half ws more frustrating than watching the SCUm game.


  3. Christian

    Great game last night. Lots of positives to build off of – and lots of stuff for coaches to work on.

    Add to this that the team is playing Bama this weekend – who will be getting all the love of being “the best team at the moment” in the SEC and you’ve got a perfect storm for a W next Saturday.

    To add to a few of the other points:

    1. I miss Rocky Goode and Steve Shaw. That officiating was beyond deplorable.

    2. Bryan Evans isn’t as bad as people are reacting to this morning – he just needs to go to tackling school this week.

    3. We are going to be very happy with AJ Green & Tavares King when they are through in Athens.

    4. The OL did really good but still has times where they seem lost or unable to man up for that 1-2 yard conversion.

    5. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Richard Samuel move over to DEF at some point. I mean seriously, with KM, CK there now and D. Jackson & C. Thomas redshirting and possible 1-2 in our new class…. Wouldn’t he look good as a Thomas Davis like LB….

    There’s much more but it was great to watch the ABC/ESPN love last night.

    Go Dawgs!!


  4. Joe

    Green, MoMass and MiMo should get 90% of our receptions. Durham deserves some time too, but we have three legit studs who can snatch the ball and make people miss in space.

    I thought Ben Jones had a rough day. He missed the blocks that kept us from getting in the end zone from the one. Hope that his feet are wet now, because Mt. Cody is going to be a helluva lot tougher than those Pac-10 kids were.

    Rudy Carpenter is a douche. Even sitting in the stands, I watched his mannerisms and could see that he gets little respect from his team. I suspect that ASU will be much tougher with young Elway next time we see them.


  5. NebraskaDawg

    I didn’t think Evans did too bad considering they threw the ball in his direction nearly every play. Good Lord with that many passes in your direction your bound to give up a few completions. At least he kept the ball in front of him and didn’t allow a big play.


  6. Sanford Baxter

    Nebraska Dawg, you’re right. There’s one bad tackle I remember somewhere in a haze of too much beer, but I do recall a stat somewhere showing some ungodly percentage of balls thrown his way. It happens. All in all, I give them all an “atta boy”.

    Also, how about a thanks to Herbie and Brent? I don’t recall ever getting that much love from announcers.


  7. squarebush

    For better or worse, it’s official:


    FWIW, the Dawgs are 3-7 all time in games from which the show originates. Two of the three wins are against the Tide (02, 07).


  8. Robert


    We controlled the game all night. I can’t ask for much more than that.

    They were one-dimensional from the second quarter on…that will be our strength.

    As long as we can score 17-21 in tough games, the Dawgs will be OK.

    Hats off to the defense. Great game.

    Much love to all of the youngsters getting it done on the field.

    Bring on BAMA!


  9. dean

    Good game for the dawgs overall.

    The frustrating part for me was the goaline offense. We are still getting no push what-so-evah. Twice we’re inside the 5 with a 1st down and come away with only 3 points. We have to improve in that area and capitalize on these opprotunities.

    I thought we might be onto something in the first quarter when the kickoff went out of bounds. Giving them the ball at the 35 is a 10 yard improvement over last week. Seriously though, the kickoffs were better but the coverage stunk.


  10. Leaping and tripping??? WTH?