What happened in the second half against Arkansas, in one comment

This is the sound of relaxation.

”We felt very in control,” Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd said. ”We felt they (were) ready to tuck their tails and run.”

Yes, it was foolish to think so.  But this is a team that is just starting to figure out how good it might be.  Until the last two weeks, it’s struggled in almost every game against a conference opponent (and against Clemson, too).  So, while we’d like to see a little more killer instinct out of Floyd and his compadres, perhaps we should cut them a little slack.  Because you know the coaches won’t.

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33 responses to “What happened in the second half against Arkansas, in one comment

  1. David K

    I’ll raise my hand sheepishly and admit I predicted 4-5 losses for this team. I thought we’d drop one of these road games, lose to Auburn and likely drop one to either UT/UF/UK. I’ll admit now I was wrong. We’ve looked damn good the past two weeks. Richt will have this team ready to drill everyone left on our schedule with Auburn appearing to be the toughest challenge left. Here’s to running the table, going to Atlanta and taking down whoever makes it from the West. Go Dawgs!

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    • Mayor

      Er…David…The season’s not over yet. If we lose to Auburn but still win the East, go to the SECCG and lose, then lose the bowl game–that’s 4 losses. Save the platitudes for now. Just win one game at a time.

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  2. I truly believe that converting on that 4th and 5 on the first drive of the 2nd half would’ve finished off the Razorbacks.

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    I actually think it is better that Arkansas didn’t quit and made the team pay for relaxing. It will keep them from spending two weeks thinking and hearing about how awesome they are.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Agree. This team still has some of that pre-2014 culture running through their veins.

      A clean off-the-field bye week would be a good start to getting rid of what remains.

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  4. Russ

    While I would have loved a 52-13 “statement” score, I don’t thinkthe second half hurts too much. It should certainly keep the team from getting overconfident and give them plenty to work on in the off week.

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  5. Normaltown Mike

    While the second half wasn’t a rollicking good time to watch, the game was never in doubt.

    Annoyingly, ESPN’s summary had “It was over when… Arkansas, which found itself in a big early hole, narrowed the gap to 13 in the fourth quarter, but time ran out on its comeback”

    Are you fucking kidding me? The game was over when Georgia made the PAT in the first quarter. The piggies were never closer.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Pre-broadcast meeting at ESPN…”Let’s see, what can we say to get the Georgia fans whining…who gives a shit if it is true, or even accurate.

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  6. CaptainVideo

    I’m still concerned about the, “football is a game of momentum”, statement by CMR. I just don’t understand I suppose. To me, momentum is all in one’s head. It’s ups and downs. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions created out of thin air in your mind. It almost admits there will be down times…why?…how does momentum change?…what causes the change?…when does it happen?…who controls it?

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    • tludlam

      Yes, momentum is in your head. Yes, it is tied to emotions. But it still a real thing. Football is an emotional game. I don’t want to sound like an “in the arena” guy, but if you played HS football and don’t understand momentum as a true, powerful factor in the outcome of games, I don’t think we can be friends. Success is contagious, and so is failure. When a tackle on one side of the ball opens up a huge hole, it can inspire the tackle on the other side to do the same on the next play. By the same token, if one DB goes for an INT, is a split second late, and gives up a big play, the other guys in the secondary may pucker and lose some aggression. Either way, it snowballs. The second half of Clemson was a great example. As was the entire game against South Carolina in 2012.

      Momentum can change on a lucky bounce or a fluke penalty. It can also change when a guy stands up to that barreling train, and makes a great play that stops it in its tracks. Picture that seen from Hancock (did anybody else see Hancock?).

      The Ark running game built up considerable momentum on its first drive. Then came Mason’s outstanding first pass to Conley. The rest of that first half was a clinic on momentum. When Allen put together a drive that might swing the mo’ back the Hawgs’ way late in the first half, Swann’s INT totally deflated them going into the locker room.

      As a unit, our secondary gained a lot of confidence at Mizzou (at least partly due to lucky tip-drills that fell right into their hands). Now, after Arkansas, they have…what’s that?…MOMENTUM. I just hope the bye week doesn’t slow that train down.

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Let’s don’t lose sight that, especially in the secondary, this is a thin football team. The defense spent the first half banging against the largest offensive line since the Nazis invaded Poland. I thought, especially the second level of the defense, looked a little tired mid third quarter on. I suspect some, if not all, the defensive penalties may be explained by being tired, which causes sloppy.

    Yes, we shut Arkansas down pretty good in the first half, but that does not mean there was no contact.

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    • gatorhater27

      I thought we should have done more subbing in the second half. Starters on offense and defense were in the game with less than 10 minutes left and a 20 point lead. Get the second string some experience, imo.

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  8. PTC DAWG

    I knew at the half it was over, you did too.

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  9. GossDawg

    Floyd got ear holed on arkys first drive and he played pissed of after that!

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    Arky had a time-of-possession advantage of almost 10 minutes. I’d give a little of the blame to the O not controlling the clock more effectively. But its a big win for us, particularly when you consider how close arky played bama. So no complaints from me.

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    • BMan

      I think you have to dig a little deeper on the time of possession angle. Look at the first half. Dawgs get a turnover inside Arky’s 10 yard line and punch it in with a quickness – ball back to the Hogs. Dawgs pick up a fumble and return it for a TD – ball back to the Hogs. Arky scores on a long drive to open the game, Dawgs answer in five plays, three of which were inside Arky’s 10. Admittedly, the Dawgs could have controlled the clock a little more in the 2nd half, but I will NEVER fault the offense for scoring too quickly or the defense for taking one to the house.

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  11. Brian

    I went to the AJC…. don’t worry I didn’t read the articles! Just wanted to gauge the reaction to the second half from the whiny fans. Sure enough they despise Bobo and Richt again.

    All I can say to that is we can always go back to “keep the pedal to the metal” Donnan. I know a lot of the replies are from folks too young to remember his “I am better than you attitude.” I remember being in the stadium the last time that GA Tech broke a long losing streak… We had a 4th quarter lead of two tds and Donnan kept throwing the ball. Tech kicked a last second field goal to win. Under Richt… Tech never would have had time to come back. The infamous Jasper Sanks fumble was also Donnan’s fault…. why were we running the ball with only seconds on the clock when a field goal wins? He wanted to kill them… not just win. Yep that worked well.

    When Richt/Bobo’s strategy of being conservative with a lead costs us a game I will admit to being wrong. But as long as we keep winning these games with a lead I;m happy.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Most of the “UGA commenters” on the AJC site are sock puppet trolls.

      Never use that site if you want a true read of the Georgia fans.

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  12. One: that sounds too similar to the comments Herrera (I think) made Mizzou week about how the ’13 team felt going into the Mizzou game.

    Two: I grew up a Houston Oilers fan. I can tell you that game was not over at half time from personal experience.

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  13. Will Trane

    Disappointment in Bobo’s 3rd quarter calls on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd downs. Chubb took the ball to the edges when inside gaps were closed. Why not put more power blocking to the edge and let Chubb take it out.
    The margin of victory lies totally with the defense in this game. Gave up some points in 2nd, but they set the table in first half. All the offense had to do was show up in the 3rd quarter. Once the Hawgs pulled within striking distance did it occur to Bobo to get his lazy ass in gear and move the ball, the chains, and the clock.
    A committee of 13 is going to look at the work of an entire season. How many no loss teams will there be at the end. There are only 3 at present…2 in SEC West and they face each other toward end of season.
    Have to be careful wanting to coast out a game in hand. Could get your ass bitten in the short term and long term.
    In today’s game 38-0 half time lead means nothing. Let’s not tempt fate agains.

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    • Mayor

      Will–a 38-0 halftime lead means nothing? In the entire history of CFB how many time has a team led a game at the half by 38 points and lost? I’m betting nada-zip-none.

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    • Hackerdog

      The selection committee has announced that they won’t consider margin of victory. So I suppose you’re complaining about Bobo leading the #1 scoring offense in the SEC just to troll.

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      • David K

        I know they say that but there’s no way they can’t let that creep in. What Alabama did to Texas A&M this past weekend will no doubt sit in the committee’s mind. Same goes with our drubbing of Missouri. I think the committee says they aren’t taking it into consideration so teams aren’t out running up the score for beauty points. But they have to still think about it.

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  14. tludlam

    I agree we shouldn’t tempt fate. If we win out, the committee doesn’t have to look at our margins of victory. A 12-1 SEC champ is in. Period. If we lose another regular season game, but then still make and win the SECCG (e.g., if we lose to Auburn, and Mizzou loses at least 1 of their 5 remaining SEC games vs. VU, UK, @A&M, @UT, Ark), that is when style points will count. If Condi is as smart as she says she is, and if she watches as much football as she says she does, she shouldn’t overlook that we kneeled in victory formation sniffing the endzone instead of hanging 50 on two quality opponents (Arkansas and Clemson). The UT win is ugly, but if we lose close to Auburn and beat an undefeated Magnolia State team, IMO, we get in as 11-2 SEC champs.

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  15. ”That first half, we weren’t ourselves,” Bielema said. ”And the only person responsible for that is me. I guarantee 100 percent; I told them that’s on me. I don’t know what we did a little bit different.”

    Well, they looked like themselves for the first 7 1/2 minutes. Pretty clear to me that Georgia was the reason they weren’t themselves the rest of the half.

    Also pretty clear that Georgia was the reason they were themselves in the second half.
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  16. **this is a team that is just starting to figure out how good it might be … ”We felt very in control,” Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd said. ”We felt they (were) ready to tuck their tails and run.”

    Yeah, that’s the old mindset raising its ugly head. Getting ahead of ourselves, failure to give opponents due respect, being too full of ourselves when we shouldn’t be .. all that stuff, and more, was part and parcel of the old culture.

    Pruitt is changing it, and it’s already much better. But it just takes time.

    So, while we’d like to see a little more killer instinct out of Floyd and his compadres, perhaps we should cut them a little slack. Because **you know the coaches won’t.

    That’s the good news.
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