I can’t say for sure that the Gamecocks deserved the win, but Georgia sure as hell deserved to lose.
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Four yard ine. Fuck.
We Georgia’ed that one about as well as any in our history.
Dang, got Richt’ed again…
Shit … I can’t even type straight!
They matched up well against us. A playbook made to exploit the holes in zone defense, an o-line good enough to slow down the pass rush, and the home field advantage.
After all that, we had our chances, and still lost. By inches. Road games are tough. But we got a lotta season left. I’m not ready to quit on this team just yet.
I’m not quitting on them because I am an alumni and am getting used to not winning Championships after all I graduated in 1969 so from 1982 until 2002 we couldn’t buy an SEC. This year is no different.
69Dawg, I am in the same situation that you are in.
Maybe we can run the table now. Spurrier always puts all of his eggs in one basket (The Georgia Game).
You are an alumnus. Alumni is plural. You are not an alumni unless you are two or more people .
Or he could just be an alum, if you wanted to be a total a$$hat about it.
69Dawg could be an alumna.
I’m puking Kool-Aid. Glad we got Troy next week maybe we can get a TD instead of a FG. We literally stunk up WB and still came close. Why do our players always seem to F up at the worst times.
Bobo just couldn’t stand not showing the Ole Ball Sack he could throw for a TD on the goal screw the fact we have TG. Do you think Bobo has lost faith in his Offensive line cause I have.
We got beat on both sides of the line of scrimmage tonight and that does not bode well for our future games. Clemson obviously sucks really bad.
It’s not the players 69, it’s the coaches, particularly CMR. Worst end-of-game coach in the business. A complete dope about clock management and winning close games. Reads football books and spouts nonsense from them to explain why he made the decisions that caused his team to lose. Bobo’s no better. He learned from CMR.
Clock management really doesn’t matter much if your defense can’t get the ball back for your offense, which ours couldn’t. Personally, I don’t much care whether the Cocks had to take two knees, or three.
With the extra TO, we would have had time to get the ball back on with a third down stop. So that TO did matter.
Yeap. Coaches told the Oline to hold. Coaches told Mason to not throw it out of the endzone or at a F’in a receiver.
I don’t have much Kool-aid to puke up as I chose not to drink much over the summer. I really didn’t see how this team could get better after losing the best QB to ever wear the silver britches.
But we’ve got a good team. They can accomplish things. It doesn’t matter how we play in September… it matters how we play in November. And maybe, just maybe, in December, then January.
You are out of your mind if you are thinking about playing in December. If the defense doesn’t get light years better there there are two or three teams left on the schedule that are going to be chomping at the bit to play us.
I mention it as a possibility. A lot of teams might beat us. But they haven’t beaten us yet.
I don’t know. We laid a big goose egg in 2012 there and came that close to playing for it all…its a long season.
Amen brother. And I was missin’ him tonight. Guess it’s time to forget about him and move on. What a waste. And, thought we got rid of grantham. Can’t win wo D
Todd Gurley averaged 6.55 YPC, Chubb 8, and Hicks 10. I don’t think our QB ever got sacked and went 16/22 with 2 TDs. I don’t think the O Line did that badly. It’s how Bobo calls plays man. He just kills me.
Agreed. Did we call play action last night? If so, I guess I missed it and and first and goal on their 4 after the pick was a great time to call it, given that the entire Western Hemisphere was focused on our running back, including the SC defense. Cheeze…….seems so obvious.
That was a play action call. Mason had to turn his back to the line, and when he looked up, the outside linebacker was coming free. He panicked.
Huh? Gurley had several carries where he had someone either on him or directly infront of him (unblocked or crappily blocked) and did what makes Gurley the best damn back in country. Hell the 3rd down play to get within 3 was 150% Gurley. There was also a 2nd down play where Gurley had 3 defenders in front of him 2 yards behind scrimmage, but made all 3 of them miss and gained 8 or 9 yards.
I will admit that the line had good blocks, but their play is exactly as the senator calls it, which is sporatic. They will be lights out on one play, then the next look like all are true freshman in their first start.
Morgan sets an SEC record with 21 straight…then proceeds to miss two chip shots.-most GA thing ever
Ain’t that the truth.
44 yards is never a chip shot. 28, though…that was a choke of the highest order.
True dat. Jus like lately owning ur rivals (gt, tenn, fla) but letting sc take control. And then there’s the barn. Beat them 6 outta 8 but the 2 losses they at least play for a natty if not win it. Vury, vury Georgia.
Best part, when we play rivals we hear, lost 3 of 4 or 18 of 20. Go play auburn no one ever mentions that we had 5 in a row on em and now 6 of 8.
As bad as the Georgia D played all game, they still came up with the play to win the game–the INT that gave the O possession of the ball at the opponent’s 4 yard line with 6 minutes to play. What do you do in that situation? Anyone? Beuller? Why, you run the ball with your best back. If he scores you take the lead. If the other team tackles him, clock runs off more time, and you do it again, until you score or run out of downs.
Come on Mayor where’s the degree of difficulty in that. Bobo had to show SOS Hutson could throw that fade or whatever crap they tried. Bad Bobo took control of the game at that point and it was over.
Sorry but I saw a different game. 35 points , 1 called back, & 2 missed FGs. The offense , CMR, & Bobo Did OK, not great, but OK, in my opinion.
ECU held them to 33 & TA&m held them to 21. We gave up an easy 38..
I certainly could not say the same about the Defense,(coaches or players)..They did bot do Okay.
Absolutely. This loss was on the defense.
Pruitt haz a crayon.
WHAAAAT?? Haven’t you been reading all the Dawg porn on this blog over the past several months? PRUITT! PRUITT! 2nd Coming of Erk! GATA! GATA! GATA!
Oh, I was tongue in cheek. I think Pruitt is a quality coach. He just doesn’t have the horses. I suppose the people who insisted that kicking 5-star kids off the program in favor of walk-ons who have good attitudes would improve our defense were wrong after all.
Georgia hasn’t had a defense in so long many Georgia fans expect very little of it. That’s why you get so much pissing and moaning about playcalling in 38-35 losses. If we weren’t consistently above average on offense these last ten years we’d have been cellar dwellers. I have hope we’re going to get better on defense. At least we’re breaking in a lot of new players. Pruitt tried a lot of tactics tonight, the problem is he just doesn’t have the Jimmie’s and the Joe’s in the secondary. There is some raw talent but it is going to take some time there.
In every close game there comes a time at or near the end where the coach makes decisions that win or lose the game. Tonight, given everything that happened (bad D, bad calls by the ref, etc) the Georgia D finally came up big with an INT that gave the Dawgs first and goal from the opponent’s 4 yard line near the end of the game. And Bobo/CMR choked. Again. Like they almost always do.
Nice playcalling, Richt, when you have Gurley and Chubb.
Nice wasting a TO on a useless challenge when holding onto it may have given us the ball back with a 3rd down stop on the new set of downs.
After 13 years, Richt isn’t any smarter than when he blew the clock in that 2001 game against Auburn.
Bobo calls the plays. Not much more needs to be said about your post.
Can’t really argue with the time management or does Bobo call timeouts too.
Richt is talking after the game about the mistake he made in calling the plays during that series. To say he has no input considering is a bit naive, Klompus. Not much more needs to be said about your post.
Now, now we know Time Management has never been Mark’s strong point.
The Georgia Way, also known as, “so close, yet so far”
A very UGA game
THE BIG PICTURE:
Here’s the good news…SC is going to lose again in the SEC. At Auburn, home to Mizzou, at Florida. They ain’t winning all of those games. So the tiebreaker won’t matter. And if we win out like we did in ’12 after losing to SC, we’ll play in the SECCG for a chance to play in the playoff. So in the grand scheme of things, this loss isn’t too huge, though it does hurt.
Do you really think the team we saw tonight is going to “win out?” BTW, just so everybody is clear about this. This is the 4th time out of the last 5 South Carolina-Georgia games that South Carolina has won. This loss wasn’t a fluke. It has become the norm.
Wouldn’t you have said the same thing after USC beat us 35-7 two years ago?
Did you think we would in 2012?
South Carolina apparently is the new Florida……
Or Spurrier is the same Spurrier–wherever he is. What is his record against Georgia? Something like 27-6 all time I believe.
And what would make you think we will win out in the SEC??? Our non-existent defensive back field or the Offensive line that can’t block when they have to.
Because we just played the 2 best passing teams we’ll play all season…and that’s our weak link.
I know what you’re saying, but the BIG PICTURE is actually made up of a bunch of individual games that determine the course of a season. And in the big, tight games (today being one) Georgia consistently comes up just a little short. Actually, this is the one area of consistency in Georgia teams–finding new and creative ways to lose.
Yes, we all want to believe that they’ll get it together and, start playing complete games, start stringing them together, pull out some close ones when breaks don’t go their way or even when they’re being outplayed. But after watching Georgia game after game, year after year, that doesn’t seem very likely, does it? A great performance one week (hell, one half), means nothing a week later.
All the analysis leading up to and following games such as today’s can be summed up by simply saying “Same Old Georgia.”
Actually we win our share of close ones. LSU, Tennessee, Florida and Tech were all close wins last year.
Things hurt now but it’s time to brush ourselves off and pay that pain forward to the teams left on our schedule.
I don’t know about “at Florida” actually being a test. They’re going to OT with Kentucky right now.
We’ll prolly give up 40 to FL and KY
UK should have beaten the Gayturds. Bad refs again.That could mean that Kentucky is pretty good as much as FU being bad. Probably some of each. It looked to me like UK has finally found a QB with a good arm. That doesn’t bode well for the vaunted Georgia secondary when we play the Wildcats.
Hard to win when you can’t stretch the field with our noodle-armed QB. SC didn’t respect the mid-deep ball. Mason is more of a liability than anyone cared to admit prior to this game. Plus the D absolutely sucked.
Do the coaches not trust Mason to throw a ball more than 10-15 yards? Hard to beat a team when they put 7…8…9… in the box but yet we can’t make them pay with a throw.
I think you are right JC. The coaches don’t throw deep because they know we don’t have a QB who can throw deep and we don’t have receivers fast enough to stretch the D. By now every team in the SEC has figured that out, too.
Remember when all the Murray haters said he was too short to see over the line, well our 6 foot 3 QB had two batted balls tonight. This Offensive line is some weak sauce.
Yea, but Murray was the worst QB we ever had. My god he sucked so bad he literally willed the D to give up points.
I hope sos kissed CMR. When I get f**ked like that, I expect a nice kiss.
I’ve lived long enough to see a new order in the SEC East. UF and UT suck and SC is in the lead. UGA is still in the mix.
Paging Leonard Floyd. Has anyone seen Mr. Floyd?
They sure handled him last night. MIA.
I agrre with what several have said, Bobo elected to attempt to throw the ball on 1st and goal from the 4 yd. line when he should have handed it to the best back in the country…I’m pretty certain that Gurley could get 4 yds. on 4 carres even if they put 11 in the box each down.
Typical UGA football when the whole country is watching.
My thoughts exactly.
Who cares who was watching?
The playoff selection committee.
Fabris is now the 1st and goal play caller.
What did we expect? Sloppy track. Their OL was as strong as we feared. The crowd was hostile. Gurley got some yards, but they kept him relatively in check. Our defense is still transitioning, and our OL lacks truly dominant players. Mason, even with his commendable stat line, reminded us how great Murray was. Spurrier called yet another great game against us. We have work to do to win the East. Is this a shocker to anybody?
So, if we had run Gurley and won what would the difference be? We still have the same team with the same problems.
We would be 2-0 instead of 1-1, that’s what.
Nobody’s pissed @ the spot on the 4th down? Cuz I am. How bout the hold on the TD run? Cuz I am. Or am I late to the party. Georgia doesn’t make any luck, but they damn sure never get any help either.
I predict we loose to fla or the barn & 10-2, outside lookin in, per usual. May also get beat by Mizzou and/or Arky. Tht might spare us some drama for the end of the season.
South Carolina had plenty of horseshit calls go against them.
We were the only offensive line holding during the 60 min contest?
Well, the Gurley thing. He head butted a gamecock player, and the gamecocks got called for unsportsmanlike. Kept the drive alive.
Yes. On the 2nd guy. Watch it over again. The first guy hits him & he let’s it go. The 2nd guy he hits. All the while being surrounded by gamecocks. I actually thought tht was good judgement by the officials – dare I say…
Cool, I’ll look again.
Actually, I’ll just take your word for it, lol.
They were taunting Todd – that was the unspotrtsmanlike call. Looked like a whole barnyard of roosters doing it.
Not really. Name one….
And if we had won the game we would be 2-0 instead of 1-1 and 1-0 in the conference ..with the same problems.
Plus..we would have beaten the Ole’ Ballsack in his own backyard which is priceless and also if we ended up tied in the conference for the SEC East, then we would hold the tiebreaker instead of them.
Hopefully the D can improve but Mason aint no Murray.
If a bullfrog had wings. . .
I’m just sick. Missed opportunity.
Mehe….nobody in the East was going undefeated.Quit whining! Still plenty of football to be played. SOS Still has to play the Barners so relax. Damn!! the Boo Birds will be here all day tomorrow and the trolls too. Blah! I hope Ben shows up and gives the Eeyore Dawgs hell. Two more weeks in this damn cast and I graduate to a walking boot. I wiggled a toe today! Hope I make it to the tech game! Go Dawgs!
That was a bogus spot. Even when they showed the chains on the close up, there was daylight between the nose of the ball and the pole.
Thank u. My fave part was watching the north line judge run in to make the spot – his left foot never crossing the 50, yet somehow the ball is spotted past the 50! Hmmmm..
And if they had their shit together they would have thrown Gurley out in the first half for a head butt and then a slap.
Only thing I could figure was that it was a makeup call for the hold that called back Gurley’s td. How Gurley wasn’t flagged and the UF guy was, was beyond me, the ref was standing right there staring at the whole thing. But again, I didn’t feel bad about it, I chalked it up to being a makeup call.
I disagree. Gurley hits the 2nd guy. Watch it over again. The first guy hits him & he let’s it go. The 2nd guy he hits. All the while being surrounded by gamecocks. I actually thought tht was good judgement by the officials – dare I say…
Gurley headbutted one guy and shoved the 2nd in the facemask. At a minimum the penalties “should” have been offsetting. But again, I just chalked it up to being a makeup call, whether that was the intent or not, so I was good by it. 🙂
Ok. If u say so, maybe but I’ll hafta review…b/c I recall no headbuttby Gurley.
Here is the head butt by Gurley that you did not recall.
We all have a list of disappointments a mile long, but hands down the top of my list is Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd, especially in that first half. At some point you have to step up and beat the man lined up across from you a few times and make some plays. It wasn’t even just that they couldn’t generate pressure, but a lot of times it didn’t even look like they were trying that hard. We all had doubts about the secondary, and we all were a little worried about how we would hold up against a power running team, but the one thing we were all pretty comfortable with was the idea that we could pressure the QB, and that just didn’t happen. And those blitzes we attempted with the nickelback in the first half were an absolute waste, got us no additional pressure at all, just left us with one less defender in pass coverage.
Also, Spurrier was a step ahead of Pruitt all night. Figuring we’d be ready to their running game, Spurrier came out throwing. Then figuring Pruitt would adjust to that at halftime, Spurrier came out and pounded the rock in the 2nd half. And outside of one play (the interception), we didn’t have any answers at all. Guess Pruitt isn’t a miracle worker after all. You still gotta have the Jimmies and Joes too.
I now am wondering if the decision to have every one of our D-linemen lose 35 pounds during the off-season was such a good idea.
Keep telling yourself we lost due to a talent disparity if it helps you feel better.
Was mainly referencing our secondary with the Jimmies and Joes comment. We aren’t very talented there, and it definitely hurt us. When your only option is to play zone because you don’t have the talent to play man, it limits what you can do. Conversely, the opposing playcaller has a much easier time knowing he’s gonna be throwing against a zone pretty much every time. But we certainly have talent in other areas, I’m not saying SC was more talented than us overall.
Your analysis is spot on Rev. We don’t have SEC talent right now at DB. I made the statement during the game that I didn’t understand why SC ever ran the ball with no DB even in the frame of the TV screen until after the receiver caught the ball. Oh, I guess it would be OK to run on 2nd and 1 when the catch didn’t result in a first down–but that’s the only time the Cocks needed to run, though.
WHAAAAAT???? Blasphemy! PRUITT is the 2nd coming of Erk! GATA! GATA! GATA!
Well Pruitt can’t cover and tackle for them.
Yep Nate Dawg..I agree, i kind of think that it was a crapshoot as to where to place the ball….unfortunately that 1/4″ might have cost us the game, not considering the negated TD run and two missed filed goals, but that was the nail in the coffin.
Personally, I think he dragged his knee about 6″ short of the ref’s spot.
We don’t have a dominant D – no one is surprised. But they got the stop when we needed it. Gave is the ball on the 4 yard line. I don’t like the call but we needed Mason to make a play and he panicked. He could have dropped the pass over the D to Hicks but he panicked. He made some good throws but didn’t look off a receiver all night. He is not a pressure player. 9-3 at best this year.
9-3? 9-3? Hell, the team I saw tonight will be lucky to get bowl eligible. Just so you know, Arky blew out TT today, Mizzou waxed UCF (not exactly a creme-puff) UT didn’t get blown out by OK and Kentucky is in double OT with FU as I write this–not to mention Auburn. Every team remaining on our schedule except the cupcakes can beat the Georgia team I saw tonight–including Tech.
I don’t think you can blame Bobo for this one. UGA put up 35 points on the road all with a TD called back and 2 missed field goals. You should be able to beat ANYONE if you score that many points.
Sure the strange play from the 4 yard wasn’t the best idea but that didn’t cost UGA the game. No, that reason belongs to the Defense. They were downright dreadful. Pruitt has his hands full correcting the mess Grantham left him with.
Finally, some sense. Of COURSE this is all Grantham’s fault. PRUITT is the 2nd coming of Erk Russell and a distant relative of Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings! GATA!
Insane FG by Kentucky to tie it.
Any fan that complains about the 4-yd line playcalling is an idiot. Did they also hate the Jay Rome TD? How about the Bennett 2-pt conversion?
It was a perfectly fine play call, with a terrible break and a terrible missed call by the refs (batted balls by the DL are NOT grounding).
This game was lost because Spurrier beat Pruitt, full stop.
We’ll get it fixed and play in Atlanta.
Good luck with that.
Spurrier out coached Georgia again. I hate it. But it’s true. It’s also true that we have nobody in the secondary. We are very limited there. The offseason losses were very costly there. Typical.
No, Spurrier out coached Richt. Not saying I want Kevin Sumlin but Spurrier gets out coached himself by other really good coaches. We don’t have one of those, however.
If they don’t blow the phantom holding, then Richt out coached Spurrier? It was a 3 pt loss, no one was out schemed.
Except for last year and the other 4 times richt outcoached spurrier? Gracious. The sec is full of a bunch of good coaches. Sometimes they beat each other when they play. Richt is 3-2 vs miles and 5-5 vs spurrier at USCe. He’s 2-4 vs saban, is 12-1 vs tech, completely turned around the UT series, and is 8-4 vs Auburn. Oh, we’ve beat Florida 3 straight. We’ve got a GREAT coach. We lost a tough road game. Our defense is broke, but we’ve got a fine DC fixing it.
I’d say it all again, but I couldn’t say it better than that.
I’m not in the “Richt is a terrible coach” crowd by any means, but while he is 5-5 vs Spurrier at SC, I’d argue they’ve only been playing with similarly talented rosters for the past 5 years or so, when Spurrier first got there, we consistently had more talent than them. Since they’ve been playing with equal sides, Richt is 1-4. Again, not arguing with the rest of your points, but Spurrier has Richt’s number, it’s hard to argue otherwise. For whatever reason, Spurrier’s teams find a way to win when we play, and we don’t.
The “way” as you term it Rev is decision making at or near the end of the game. Spurrier makes end-of-game decisions that cause his teams to win. Richt makes end-of-game decisions that cause his team to lose. He does a lot of things right with the program but he does a lot of things wrong, too. Clock management is still a problem even after (by his own admission going back years) that is something he needed to improve (remember 2001 Auburn-Georgia)? Bad play selection at the end of close games is also something that has plagued the guy his entire career (just ask FSU fans). Roster management is another issue. Ever wonder why we always are short of bodies in some area–every year it seems? I wish we could just put him in a room somewhere with no phone and let him watch the game on TV, then after the game let him come to the stadium to take credit for the win. The guy is as dumb as a bag of rocks when it comes to game day decision making.
Well said, but the 1st down call was a head scratcher to me. Bobo had a good game plan, and we generally executed well. 35 points should have been enough to win.
Agreed. Anytime the offense scores more than 21 it has done its job. This one is on the defense, they should hold everyone under 21.
How dare you! PRUITT is the Anointed One, so sayeth St. Mark. GATA!
One day, when Mike Bobo looks back on his career, he is going to think about that 1st-and-goal call and know that was maybe the dumbest thing he did in his coaching career. It was a mistake in the long list of mistakes the team made tonight. Still we only lost by 3 … frustrating.
If Bobo keeps making decisions like he did from SCU’s 4 yard line tonight he may be looking back on his career soon.
There’s a reason Bobo still in Athens
Yeah. McGarity is too cheap to get someone better.
That’s complete BS. McGarity has nothing to do with coaching decisions other than the head coach. He opened the checkbook to get Pruitt.
Thank the Lord McGarity spent all that money on PRUITT! He is the 2nd Coming of Erk Russell and can shape-shift into the form of Bear Bryant or Bill Cowher at will!
Pruitt is working with talent in the secondary that is clearly deficient especially at corner. I’m willing to give him this year to get a lot of stuff worked out and recruit his guys. Lakatos left him an absolute dumpster fire in the secondary, and then 3 talented guys leave because they were more ME than TEAM.
I fear that when Bobo looks back on his career his biggest regret will be sticking with Richt abd Georgia for so long when they NEVER hired a competent counterpart for the defense in his time here. That and an administration that has been perfectly fine squandering the resources at its disposal including screwing him on pay.
I still think Pruitt is going to succeed as DC. Were we expecting him to turn us into the ’86 Bears in one offseason?
Your point is taken – The DCs in the Bobo era as OC have not pulled their share of the weight. If Bobo wanted more money, he could have used Va Tech to leverage a raise from McGarity. I don’t think he and his wife want to leave Athens. I think he knows he will be the leading candidate for the job when Richt decides to retire.
PRUITT is already the greatest DC in UGA history, Erk Russell was a quitter, ppl forget that.
Dude, you’ve shown your ass enough. It’s gotten boring.
Boston College beating USC, KY-FL OT, Texas beating UCLA. Guess what, shit happens.
Yep! This is why they play the games.
Incredibly dumb facemask!!!
It was my moments of hilarity every time they put the camera on that sea of rednecks. This was the only pastoral face I saw. Most had jaws agape; staring unbelieving every time Kentucky scored in the last qtr.. I called my wife to enjoy the stupid look on nearly every face – and they had the cameras on them often. Ended up being a jocular evening after the earlier cuss session.
Any true Dawg fan should not be shocked with a loss today. We all knew it was coming. Today had heartbreak written all over it. This is what Richt does. This is Georgia football. Hello 4 losses, my name is Mark Richt. Or Jim Donnan. The two are the same.
Yeah, I remember partying well into the night both times Donnan won those SEC championships — oh, wait…
I’m now convinced you are a troll. You sure ain’t from UGA. Get the hell outta here.
Game brings into focus the concerns going into the season. An inexperienced secondary. First half Spurrier went to his bread and butter passing attack. And his QB had the time to get them…no pressure. How many passes were down the seams. Nearly all of them. Could not penetrate their gaps and too much space on recievers.
Mason. He appears to be very slow on getting the ball out and the speed of his passes. His accuracty hurt a few times. But his play on the first down at the 4 was very bad. But I blame that on his OC.
No doubt Bobo made some very bad calls in this game. 3 kept baling Mason and Bobo out. Thought he would wear out Gurley in the first half. Gurley was virtually every play.
Said first of the week this would be Bobo’s to win or lose. He lost it for us on that series of downs at the 4. That was the ball game there. A 3 down series and Mason pushed it back and lost a down. Trying to figure out what in the freaking hell Bobo was thinking. Four downs and 4 yards. Pound it in with your line and backs. Burn the clock in the process. If not in you tie. but you scored 7 you are up by 4.
Then you have pressure on Thompson to execute a passing attack in the rain.
Just freaking dumb ass play calling by Bobo.
Pissed at how Bobo screws up another damn game,
Suprised that for 2 weeks they never worked up any running plays for Ramsey to come in for. Our offense is purely one dimensional….call it the dumb ass play calling of Bobo.
Bobo sure let PRUITT down…
Play calling lost this game. This game was going to be tight. Play calling at the right time is crucial. Why risk passing the ball on first down on a roll out or play action. Just pound the damn ball with your backs.
For me Bobo does not trust his players to execute at times. He thinks he has to win the game. At the 4 run and burn some clock on the road. Force them to pass the ball, David is banged up. Just had a pick. Had one earlier but there was holding. 2 in a game puts doubt in a QBs mind. Does not get the ball out.
I just wish and I have said this for awhile. Find another OC CMR, Gurley goes down this offense is toast. He was the total show for the Dawgs today on offense. Bobo’s game plan…run Gurley, run him often, wear him out in this game, put your best TB on KOs, just burn him out.
Bobo…find a damn offense and a play book.
Some series just stick with alums. That series at the 4 will live in history.
Coach Pruitt got a does of Spurrier today. Just curious how he feels. Defensive coaches have some work cut out for them now.
Maybe one year we do not have to open with Clemson and Carolina back to back. But let us thank the dumb ass who did that.
Be could to have Auburns, Carolinas, Missouri, and LSU schedules to start a season.
Curious when Dawgs will find some wide-outs to stretch the field vertically and horizonatlly. Waiting to see if Mason has deep ball potential. i do not think he does. For me the passing game is substandard. Too slow. Mason just does not get the ball out quick enough.
Will you and skeptic Ass Shut the fuck
We still have everything to play for and all of our goals are still attainable.
Your joking right? Or drunk? What did you see today that leads you to believe this squad is capable of achieving anything? Yet again we will see top flight talent exit this program with nothin to show for it. It amazes me that so many fans are willing to stick their heads in the sand. We have seen top flight talent leave this program. We have seen DC’s leave this program. We have seen OL coaches leave this program. We have seen a overhaul of the strength and conditioning program. We have seen DL coaches leave this program. We have seen secondary coaches leave this program. And it all stays the same. Richt is the constant. He will not be fired this season after 3-4 losses. I realize that. I also realize that this program will continue to be average until he is gone. That much has been proven true since 2006. I know…we were robed in 2007. We were 5 yards away in 2012. Injuries ruined 2013. There will away a be an excuse.
Amen, brother. I don’t know why McGarity has refused to bring Nick Saban to Georgia. It would be so easy.
It really burns me when people think football is a complicated game with many coaches, players, officials, and luck influencing the outcome of games. It’s not. Everything is always the fault of the head coach. If we haven’t won a MNC, it is Richt’s fault. Easy.
CMR just needs to go back to the high diving board again…or better yet, get his wife to resume serving water to the players during games! That will simplify EVERYTHING!
PRUITT got the dose of Spurrier so that he can form defensive antibodies that will confer future immunity to Georgia’s defense.
That loss falls on the shoulders of Bobo. 1st and goal from the 6 and the paly call is hand off to Gurley 4 times, not some bs pass call that results in intentional grounding! We gave that game away. Morgan should have never benn on the field. Shame on us. Shame on more boneheaded Bobo play calling. Why Mike Bobo is still calling plays is beyond me. He is not an offensive coordinator at ths level. That was quite possibly the worst loss in the last 30 years.
I agree. The fact that Bobo called for Mason to intentionally ground the ball was just stupid. Personally, I would have called for the play where Gurley runs right up the middle behind our dominant offensive line and gets stopped for no gain, like he did twice on the prior possession. But, I’m a genius and Bobo’s an idiot.
The defense gives up 38 points and it’s the offensive coordinators fault? That doesn’t seem right.
You can’t blame PRUITT, he is the 2nd coming of Erk Russell! GATA
It’s the trolls, Dawgwalker. They are not Georgia people. Just laugh at the stupid assholes.
A 3-point loss, on the road, in the rain, against a desperate opponent who hates us much worse than we hate them. We lost by inches.
And you call that the worst loss in 30 years. Friend, take a step back and find some perspective.
Step away from the ledge, but worst loss in 30 years – let me give you a little history lesson:
1994 – Vandy beats us like a rented mule on Homecoming when the team laid down
1995 – Embarrassment between the hedges when UF comes in, stomps us, and Spurrier scores 50 because he could
1990 – We go 4-7 and get our pants pulled down by Tech on the way to their 1/2 national championship
1990’s – Pretty much every game in Jacksonville
2002 – Loss to Florida that cost us a shot at the national championship
I could keep going …
What about that Auburn game in 1999? The beginning of the end for Jim Donnan…
Yep – another disaster
Dear Skeptic Dawg,
You are exactly right. Except for the whole 5 SECCG appearances & 2 wins, to Donnan’s 0 appearances…you are spot on. Good post.
This is such a classic Georgia loss in every sense. In almost every area, we played both well and terrible at different times, which makes it impossible for a clear consensus on the problem and everyone arguing thinks they are 100% right.
Whether you hate Bobo or love Bobo, you have evidence for your case.
If you think our D sucks or has potential, you have evidence for your case.
If you think our team is grossly underperforming again, or still has “all our goals ahead of us”, you have evidence for your case.
The result of this will be fans here and elsewhere slamming their heads together and feeling quite deeply that everyone else is ignoring the facts and just being blind.
Very few people are able to understand a nuanced opinion, which is a shame, because most situations are complicated and a nuanced opinion is most appropriate.
Here is my attempt at a nuanced opinion:
Bobo is 80% of an excellent OC. He is brilliant in many ways. He coaches people well during the week. They clearly learn a lot in their 3-4 years at Georgia, because they enter the pros and do great. He puts up points. He generates yards. We even keep landing good recruits.
But that last 20% seems to really elude him. It eludes him for a variety of reasons. 2 of the big ones imho:
He seems to feel like he needs to always outsmart the other coach or always trick them into playing pass when he calls a run or playing run when he calls a pass. If a situation obviously calls for a certain type of play, he seems to absolutely refuse to do that because he thinks he MUST trick the other guy. Sometimes the obvious play is obvious because it is literally the BEST PLAY in that situation.
1st and goal on the 4 with the best RB in the nation is a time you give your superstar the rock and win or lose on that.
A trick can fail for a million reasons. Superstars seem to have a way to make things happen. But they can’t do that if you don’t give them the ball.
You want to know what one of my favorite drives is in all UGA history? This one:
Georgia at 6:28 GA TENN
1st and 10 at UGA 27 Thomas Brown rush for 4 yards to the UGA 31. 20 7
2nd and 6 at UGA 31 Thomas Brown rush for 10 yards to the UGA 41 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at UGA 41 Thomas Brown rush for 5 yards to the UGA 46.
2nd and 5 at UGA 46 Thomas Brown rush for 6 yards to the Tenn 48 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at TENN 48 Thomas Brown rush for 7 yards to the Tenn 41.
2nd and 3 at TENN 41 Thomas Brown rush for 7 yards to the Tenn 34 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at TENN 34 Thomas Brown rush for 16 yards to the Tenn 18 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at TENN 18 Thomas Brown rush for no gain to the Tenn 18.
2nd and 10 at TENN 18 Timeout TENNESSEE, clock 01:52.
Thomas Brown rush for 18 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 26 7
We broke their back with that drive. TENN began that year ranked #3 in the nation.
After that humiliating, back breaking drive, TENN went on to lose 4 of their next 5 games, lost to Vandy for the first time in 23 years, and failed to be bowl eligible for the first time since 1988, and it was Fulmer’s worst season ever.
There was no trickery. Sometimes trickery isn’t needed.
I am not saying 3 runs by TG score a TD and win the game. But I am saying it seems like Bobo thinks he always has to outsmart/trick the other guy, and avoids the “obvious” play even when it is by far the best play.
That’s why he is both an excellent and a miserable OC at the same time.
Thomas Brown was a lot of fun to watch. I miss that kid. Little dude who could move the pile. Huge heart and a great teammate.
In his senior year, Moreno emerged and stole his spotlight. No one was happier for Moreno than Thomas Brown. When Moreno would score, #20 was the first one he’d find in the sideline.
Thomas Brown is a damn good Dawg.
Agreed. I will always be a huge fan of “Pound for Pound” Thomas Brown.
For those who don’t click the espn link, I pasted the entire drive.
That’s right. We ran Thomas Brown every single play. Tenn knew what was coming every time. They just couldn’t stop it. We never even faced a 3rd down.
Bobo became OC the following season. We’ve never quite been the same since. That’s not all Bobo’s fault of course. Our defense has been a tumultuous disaster since we lost BVG. But on the offensive side, we’ve definitely had huge problems at the biggest, most critical times. That’s something Bobo has had trouble growing beyond.
This will be a long one, so bear with me.
I won’t say you’re all wrong, but I can’t agree with your conclusion. You’re right that Bobo’s biggest flaw is a maddening need to outsmart the opposition. When this doesn’t work, we say he’s being cute, and we understandably get a bit frustrated.
But there’s a flip side to that coin, and that flip side is moments of absolute brilliance. Go back and watch our first TD against Clemson. Todd Gurley goes in untouched from 12 yards out, because we loaded up on blockers on the left side and drew away all the secondary to the right with the way we lined up. That was a beautiful playcall. Sure it was a handoff to Gurley, but any of our tailbacks could have run that one in. It was easy.
I remember another big moment, back in the 2011 game against LSU. Malcom Mitchell drops a walk-in touchdown. We didn’t get the score because of that drop, but there was our best receiver, running wide open with nobody to stop him getting the points but himself. Our BEST RECEIVER. And that was a damn good secondary on LSU. How did he get so open? I guarantee you that John Chavis was just as confused.
And I remember what things were like before Bobo got promoted. Points were hard to come by in those days. That 2005 Tennessee team was ranked #3 preseason but it wasn’t Mark Richt’s playcalling that broke their backs. Tennessee lost those games because they just weren’t all that good. Their QB competition was between Erik Ainge, whom we now know was popping pills, and Rick Clausen, who was by far the least talented of a questionably talented family of QBs. Mason did not look good last night, but that’s how Rick Clausen looked every game, even the ones he won.
So no, Bobo’s not perfect. And he’ll make mistakes, and we’ll get frustrated, and we’ll wonder what might have happened if the playcall was different. He’s not the absolute best there is at OC and there will probably always be somebody better out there on any given Saturday. However, and I really believe this, you can count those better OCs on one hand, and they won’t be the same guys every week.
Bobo is a very good one. He loves this team and his is so loyal that he’s stayed even though OC salaries have skyrocketed in the last few years and he could get a huge raise just by taking his inconsistency somewhere else. That’s worth points in my book.
Anybody who made it this far has my thanks for reading.
+1 – good stuff here – Bobo is a good game planner, excellent QB coach, and outstanding recruiter. Sometimes he can be inconsistent as a play-caller.
35 should have been good enough to win last night. I guarantee that Pruitt didn’t sleep much if at all last night. We have a talent deficiency in the back end of the defense that isn’t going to be fixed this year. We can only hope to find enough to minimize it.
Bobo has never finished in the top 3 in the SEC in rushing, which every SEC Champ has, so he’s not a strategist for sure.
You do realize that we rushed for well over 200 yards last night. The offense did not cause the loss. Bobo made one poor play call that absolutely blew up in his face. It happens.
Some of you are nuts. You put more time and passion into the comments section of a uga blog than the coaches themselves seemingly did for the game.
Ha ha I suppose I must be one of those guilty as charged.
As to time, I had more than usual this weekend with the ladies in my family out of the house.
As to passion, I apply that to everything I do. I like to think of myself as ‘intense’ but I’ve also been described as ‘high-strung.’ If I were a horse, they’d say I was ‘hot-blooded’ or ‘spirited.’
But you’re wrong about our coaches. They are more upset about this loss than anybody.
Usually I love reading this blog and the posts of the readers but I have to say I don’t get all the venom directed at the coaches for this loss, especially Richt and Bobo. You go into a hostile environment against an all time great coach and battle the entire game on offense. You score 35, have a TD run called back on a bogus holding call and two missed field goals by the league record holding kicker. Your offense did enough to win the game. Would running Gurley on first and goal have been better? In hindsight we are all brilliant. What would the response have been if SC stuffed Gurley three times in a row? How much howling would there be about Bobo “refusing to throw the damn ball when SC stacked the box”? Trust me, I’ve read those exact complaints on this blog.
Given that our D gave up 38, never covered the middle of the field, and never figured out that Spurrier was running the ball left every running play I think the offense is not to blame for this one, even with the goal line situation. And I don’t blame Pruitt entirely either. These young guys have a lot to learn about playing SEC defense. If this weren’t the second game of the season maybe they play better, but we all knew we would get everything SC had to offer and we still nearly won.
As for the future, I still think we have as good a shot as anyone, but we better watch out for EVERY SEC team on the schedule. With the exception of Vandy every game is lose able. But every game is also winnable.
Don’t you DARE blame PRUITT for this loss! This is all Grantham’s fault…or CMR’s…or Bobo’s…
“Hindsight” is not the applicable word in this situation. “Foresight” works much better. By-the-book, statistically-relevant playcalling dictated “Gurley, Gurley, and more Gurley”. Even granma knew this, and she resents being considered a Sunday-morning-quarterback when she was calling Gurley’s #3 from the outset. After all, the man averages 9.4 yards per carry. She woulda have bet granpa’s pension that #3 would have averaged 1.33333 yards over the next three opportunities.
It’s going to be very hard to pick up the pieces after that kind of loss.
Now all the sudden, Mizzou, Auburn, Arkansas, looks like 3 more losses.
Might lose to Florida, Kentucky, and GT.
Might not make a Bowl.
We had our chances despite some horrible calls. Our secondary is still a work in progress and our pass rush needs to do a better job of getting pressure. The new concern that emerged for me is Mason’s arm. All of his passes seemed to float a little too long. It seemed to me that he was trying to compensate for a lack of zip by leading the receivers more which led to several dropped balls on good reads and several misses. When the ball was caught, due to the time it took for the pass to get there, there was generally no separation from the defender and no chance for the receiver to escape. Mason fits the game-manager mold whose primary concerns are not turning the ball over and completing the short to mid-range pass in necessary passing situations. We should not expect more. It’s not a bad combination given our RB stable and I think Mason did a good job, but has a clear ceiling. That being said the offense scoring 35 puts this squarely on the defense. If we are going to win out, the defense has to improve, not the offense.
No matter how many receivers we get back, we won’t have the option of throwing the ball downfield. It’s just not in HM’s arsenal.
sure, AM did SO well last year without his wr’s vs Vandy?
All well reasoned arguments but the fact remains, we lost. We lost to the one coach in the SEC that literally owns us. He is now tied with Vince with 201 wins. I say we pull for his ass to win the SEC so he will retire. (sarcasm).
I never doubted that this would be a close game. I never doubted that one phase of our game would breakdown since that always seems to happen. I will even give Morgan a pass on the 44 yard attempt but to choke like Linda Lovelace on a 28 yard kick is just crazy bad.
Enjoy Gurley boys because he’s going to be gone as soon as he can. We are wasting the 2nd best running back in the history of the program and he knows it.
We do things the Georgia Way not the right way or the wrong way but the Georgia Way. Who ever said “to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result is insanity” obviously was not a Georgia fan.
The only thing I’m happy about today is that I didn’t renew my season tickets after 25 years.
“The only thing I’m happy about today is that I didn’t renew my season tickets after 25 years.”
You lived through the slow crumbling of the end of the Dooley era, the ineptitude of the Goff era and the false bravado of the Donnan era and give up your tickets now. That appears to be cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Too old and live too far away to make the trips any more. That’s why I gave up my tickets, but games like this don’t make me regret it.
“If you never slow down… you never grow old.”
I understand that, but your response makes it sound like you’ve given up on the program.
One good thing I think we can reliably count on is that Herbie will have jumped ship.
“Shoot yourself in the foot till you run out of bullets” maybe the Senator’s most cogent football analysis ever.
It is overcast here…did the sun come up?
Oh…one more note: Clemson ain’t very good.
And ECU is.
And ECU is
the dream is over.
The dawgs are at their worst when the press like them and there is something to play for. This was Bama 2008 with marginally more pride. Will we ever see that “special season?” Nope…that’s for other teams. Maybe there is a “Walker Curse” or some shit.
I’m beginning to wonder if Richt can ever change to the right identiy that wins the SEC, run the ball first.
Georgia outta won that one.
Grounding was the correct call. All he had to do was throw it out of bounds, into the stands if he had to. You can’t throw it at a rushing dl. Hard to believe that Mason didn’t know that. Shouldn’t we be thinking about getting some snaps for next year’s QB corps pretty soon? I hate to go through this all over again.
I think Richt will stay with Mason unitl Georgia is eliminated from the SEC Championship.
You mean after 2 more conference games?
Maosn threw it right at the back, a low pass, but the DL kicked it 5 yards laterally. It was a bad call.
Last year, without his wr’s, AM did these number vs Vandy:
57% accuracy, 114 yards, 4 yards per attempt, 0 td’s, 1 int, 84 pass rating
Hutson Mason vs SC in Columbia:
72% accu, 191 yards, 8.7 yards per attempt, 2 td’s, 0 int’s, 176 pass rating
Mason didn’t lose the game. Anybody who says so is FOS.
As bad as the defense looked all game, they put Ga in a position to win the game. With all the rule changes in favor of the offense, that has what the game has evolved into. You have to capitalize on your opportunities when they are presented. Unfortunately, Richt’s teams stumble more often than not, when opportunity presents itself. Does anyone remember the 2012 SEC championship?
Given up on this staff
Well, the good news is that there’s room on the Bama bandwagon. A lot of those guys jumped ship for Auburn.
Thanks for the memories!
I think Mason is a great kid, works hard and does his absolute best. But surely you can’t think he’s better than Murray at QB. Still, I’m wishing the best for HM.
Mason sure played better against South Carolina in Columbia than AM ever did. AM never handled that pressure well, never even threw a td in Columbia. Mason handled it well.
I think AM went 0-9 in his 1st 9 games vs ranked teams, hard to imagine Mason doing worse than that.
Take heart sports fans and know this: that there are over 100 football players and coaches with much more invested in Georgia football than we have ever been asked to pony up. I’m sure they are hurting a lot more than we are. Hope the team gets rested and that we didn’t sustain any injuries. Tomorrow is a new day. We got Tennessee coming to our house in two weeks.
** Post game a teary eyed Todd Gurley:** You get tired of losing. It’s the same stuff over and over again-just getting let down.
SC players and coaches deserve the credit for their win. We gave them a lot, but Dylan was at his best last night.
Congratulation, SC. You come to our house next year. And you had better be on top of your game for the rest of your SEC schedule because we can take your place by the end of the season.
No offense Ballsy but that’s a load of horse-hockey. Our defensive backfield makes every team that plays us’ QB look like the Heisman Trophy winner. Dylan Thomas ain’t shit. Watch a replay of the Texas A&M- South Carolina game and you’ll see exactly how good he is.
"I don't know if we were awake to start. You know, it was a noon kick.” -- Stetson Bennett, Dawgs247, 9/25/22
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