Yes, Georgia was outplayed. But Georgia also blew it

A scene Georgia fans are sick of seeing. (Rainier Erhardt/AP)

A scene Georgia fans are sick of seeing. (Rainier Erhardt/AP)

A scene Georgia fans are sick of seeing. (Rainier Erhardt/AP)

A scene Georgia fans are sick of seeing. (Rainier Erhardt/AP)

Columbia, S.C. — These short takes are presented as a companion to the Georgia-South Carolina game column, which can be found on myajc.com.

1. Georgia botched a better chance than it probably deserved. Having been on the back foot all night, the Bulldogs finally had the game in their hands after Damian Swann flashed in front of Dylan Thompson’s third-down pass and gave the Bulldogs possession at the South Carolina 4 with 5:24 remaining. A touchdown might have won it. The first-down call was a bootleg pass off a play-action fake to Todd Gurley, the nation’s best tailback. If it works, it’s a great call. It didn’t, so it wasn’t. Hutson Mason was pressured and threw the ball away. He was flagged for intentional grounding. On second-and-goal from the 14, a Gurley run gained three yards. (Now they give it to him!) On third-and-goal, Mason’s pass was batted down. On fourth down, Marshall Morgan pushed a 28-yard field goal to tie wide right. Just an awful series at the absolute worst time.

2. The Bulldogs’ secondary isn’t first-rate. Thompson completed 21 of 30 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Two hundred forty of those yards came in the first half, when the Gamecocks scored on four of six possessions to seize a 24-13 lead. With the Bulldogs’ front seven concerned about stopping tailback Mike Davis, South Carolina chose instead to have Thompson throw and keep throwing, and Georgia’s pass defense (such as it was) was laughable. Receivers were allowed to run free over the middle, making it appear the Bulldogs were playing a man or two short. Unlike the Clemson game, when Georgia yielded 21 first-half points and none thereafter, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was unable to halt the assault. The Gamecocks finished with 447 yards and 38 points.

3. As deflating as this loss was, Georgia’s playoff chances aren’t gone — but the margin of error is. If the Bulldogs win the SEC East, they’ll play for the SEC title. If they win the SEC title as a one-loss team, they’ll surely make the four-team College Football Playoff. But they’ll have to win the next 11 games for that to happen. Two losses probably won’t do it, and the Bulldogs will long rue the narrowness of this one. They were outplayed but still had the chance to steal a vital road game against a quality opponent. They banked only three points from two  turnovers deep in South Carolina territory, and Morgan — who’d earlier set an SEC record with his 20th consecutive field goal — missed two makeable ones.

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The team in Red
The team in Red

The defense was just as susceptible to being thrown on against Clemson. The difference was we got pressure on the QB in that game. Against SC it just wasn't there. We blitzed a lot against SC but they picked it up leaving the secondary vulnerable.

SaulK
SaulK

Bobo is getting tired of all this criticism---it it keeps up, he'll leave for a big money job next year!

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

@JaySly HAHAHAHAHA........sure he will.....and UGa will be 15-0 With Gurley winning the Heisman in 2014.

Dawg^2
Dawg^2

Numbers don't lie.  Georgia's recruiting class rank for the past 10 years is number 2 (according to Rivals), average final AP rank since CMR became coach is 15, Georgia has been unranked in 3 of the past 5 final AP polls.  During this time CMR has been paid almost $40 Million!  For what, to take number 2 rated talent (higher than Alabama) and average 15 in the final AP poll?  Fans want high school coaches fired when they don't perform, but for some reason CMR gets a pass for being a "nice guy" despite taking millions of our donated dollars (yes, I am a donor) and performing poorly.  The real problem is, Mark is just not very smart.  Gus Malzahn, now that's a bright guy!

Dawg^2
Dawg^2

A big part of leadership is grace under pressure.  Georgia has not had that under Coach Richt (see SEC Championship game, 1st year against Auburn and last night).  With the game on the line, you make good decisions.  Bobo was a choker as a player and now a play caller, but as the Head Coach it all falls on Coach Richt.  When you have a quarterback you have not trusted to throw all game, why not give the ball to the BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY.  I have a feeling Mr. Gurley would score from 4 yards out given 4 chances!

MikeS777
MikeS777

I honestly can't believe people want to toss this on an offense that scored 35 with an inexperienced QB, 3 new O lineman, and missing two huge weapons in Scott-Wesley and Mitchell.  Get a clue.  You people dumped on Murray all 4 years too.  Then Mason gets in there, and you see just how good Murray was lol.

I do think Bobo over thinks the play call too much, but then his offense is routinely putting 35+ points on the board.  That used to be more than enough to win even under Richt.

No I don't want to turn into an Auburn hoping to catch a miracle in a shootout. Put a real defense on the field to go with Bobo's offense, and watch this team win the SEC and more.

MikeS777
MikeS777

This loss is not on Bobo or the kicker.  Its on a defense that gave up 38 to a team that couldn't score more than 33 on East Carolina.

It has nothing to do with "today's game" either.  Bama and LSU haven't been getting into shootouts.  LSU in 2011 played Petrino's Arkansas, Oregon, and Big East champ WVU.  Didn't give up 30 to either of them.  Neither LSU or Bama's D gave up 30 to Auburn last year either.  LSU won 35-21, and Bama lost on the Kick Six miracle after the game was tied 28-28.  A&M scored 40 on Bama last year, but only managed 10 against LSU.  LSU held A&M to less than 20 pts both last year and the year before.

Since the start of the 2008 season, Bama has given up 30+ pts 7 times.  Since the start of 2009, LSU has given up 30+ 6 times.

Defense still wins championships, no matter what Auburn's miracle luck want's to play otherwise.

Fix the defense.  Get it back to where 35 is enough to win ball games, and no one is going to complain about Bobo or his play calling.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@MikeS777 Funny, Auburn didn't say wait until they fix the defense to win the SEC last year.  You score as much as you need to win.  Pruitt didn't seem to call a great game yesterday but we knew going into the season that the offense would still need to carry the defense.  If your realistic outlook on 2014 wasn't what we hoped for in 2013 then you're way off. 


I do think the defense will be a lot better by November but it's really these younger players we have to keep our eyes on.  Next year's defense should be one we can start depending on but for now the offense has to be counted on to win.


Look at the flip side.  South Carolina wasn't going to win scoring only 35 either.

Mobile Dawg
Mobile Dawg

This loss was deflating, for a number of reasons.  We had two weeks to prepare, our defense was lost, again.  Bobo was his typical self, sometime brilliant, sometimes unexplainable.  CMR's clock management at the end of the game was abysmal.  Our special teams let us down when we needed them most. We lost yet another big game with a lot at stake.  Our discipline once again cost us several opportunities.  IF, I had to do it over I would have pounded it, we pay you millions to make the right decision the first time, you don't get do overs at this level. 


As much as a stupid call on that first and goal by Bobo, with a potential Heisman winner in the backfield, we lost this game because of special teams, poor defense, and yes, poor play calling when it meant the most.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

"Georgia's playoff chances aren't gone"

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Neither is GT's

FLGators
FLGators

Bring on Troy, the dogs can win those games, though it will still be a game in the 4th quarter

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@FLGators At least it won't go to triple overtime and require the "fix" to be in by the refs after a first overtime for UGA to win.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Facts are hard for you to understand, but this story is about Georgia and SC. You claim to be a bamafan (liar), yet you continue to troll....hmmmmmmm...sure sounds like someone has an axe to grind. Typical trolling. Yeah, you're a techie...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Now who's the sore loser? If I touched a nerve by mentioning your 2 losses to teams in the west, you need to accept it. Kill any oak trees lately?

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

you're just a troll, nothing more, nothing less. Bama is the 3rd best team in their own division...sounds like a dynasty to me (spelled with a little d )"


And you're just a sore loser, nothing more, nothing less. One more time and I'll say it S-L-O-W-L-Y so that even you can understand it. 3 national titles in 5 years means one thing- Dynasty. And calling Bama the third best team in our division is nothing more than the opinion of one disgruntled loser dawg fan. From what I can see the dawgs are dead last in their division with an 0-1 record in SEC play. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Facts are facts and right now you're tied for last place in your division with Kentucky. LOL!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Nasty,

you're just a troll, nothing more, nothing less. Bama is the 3rd best team in their own division...sounds like a dynasty to me (spelled with a little d )

keendaddy
keendaddy

I say so. Why else would you even care? No need to respond, nobody cares...techie...

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"you're just another Techie, hiding behind another program."


If you say so buddy. 


"Bama fans have very little beef with us, we rarely play each other, yet we hold our own."


Actually we do have very little beef with the dawg fans. We rarely play and when we do we generally own the dawgs as the alltime series record of 37-25 proves. And as everyone knows you guys simply aren't in the same elite conversation as us. You never have been in our elite company. And you never will be. You're just a middling regional program that has some good years here and there. One NC in the past 34 years proves it. 


"You are no longer a Dynasty, but they keep boasting as if they were, lol."


Sorry buddy. Facts are facts. 3 national titles in the last 5 years says one thing- Dynasty. It is what it is. Deal with it loser. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"They couldn't see it any better than the cameras could.  Their angle was at eye level and I guarntee you they just guessed."


Only a dawg fan could be so incredibly stupid as to think the refs standing within inches of the chain and football don't have a better view than a camera 50 or more yards away. You can't make this crap up. This guy actually said that. It is difficult to put in words just how dang dumb these dawg fans are to think they have just as good a view on tv as the refs standing right there. Unbelievable. 



"Here is it is for you in black and white, just in case you can't figure it out.  Take away 3 points ( that makes it 32 points for Georgia ).  Add 7 points.  That in case you are still fiddling with your toes, is 39 points for Georgia.  That equals victory.  Nothing else needs to be said."


If, if, if...


This dawg fan sure is good with that Georgia shouda, woulda, coulda had won IF, IF, IF....

keendaddy
keendaddy

Nasty,

you're just another Techie, hiding behind another program. Bama fans have very little beef with us, we rarely play each other, yet we hold our own. You are no longer a Dynasty, but they keep boasting as if they were, lol.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Correction. "There", not their, is no bigger crybaby fan base in college football. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Typical dawg fans. All they can do is whine some nonsense that the refs cheated them. Their is no bigger crybaby fan base in all of college football. 


keendaddy, 


I'm not a Carolina fan by any means. I simply recognize the fact that they outplayed and beat the dawgs fair and square. My handle ought to give you a clue as to who my team is. And if you still can't figure it out here's another clue- 3 of the last 5 national championships were won by my team. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Losers. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Nasty,

enjoy the close win. You will blow it like you do every year and we may still play for the SEC CG. SC played a fine game, but just like every year, they will fail miserably. See you at our house next year. We'll bring the mashed potatoes and gravy, y'all bring the chickin!

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

 "I guess you didn't see the calls the national guys were pointing out, eh?"


Sure did. I saw them pointing out Gurley head butting the Carolina player and the Carolina player ended up getting penalized. 


" The phantom holding on Kublanow,"


Didn't look phantom at all to me. 


"the Bogus spot that gave you the 1st down when the Dawgs stuffed that 4th and inches."


Aaaah. Yet another dawg fan whose mind has convinced itself that he had a better view of the spot then the refs who were standing right there by the chains. Talk about making an idiot of yourself. 


"There was another hold that was legitimate earlier in the game but the commentators were thinking the hold on the TD run was ricky ticky."


The commentators thought the 2 phantom blocking below the waist calls that went against Carolina were far more ticky tack. 


" Maybe you need to just keep your comments to yourself instead of making an idiot of yourself."


Maybe you dawg fans need to man up and face the fact that you lost. Again. They had far more first downs and more total yardage and put together about 4 75 yard drives. They even gave you 2 gift turnovers and still beat you down. One would think that having gone a pitiful 10-7 the last 17 games that you guys would be used to losing by now. What a loser fan base you guys are. Pathetic. 

Ersatz
Ersatz

Dumb áss dawg fans. When will they learn?

DawginCO
DawginCO

Out.  The trolls and faux fans are still making it not entertaining to be here.  I don't need aggravation.  Have fun.  

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"The spot that was overturned by another ref, was criminal, just likeyour thug fans trashing your trashy sstadium!"


So your view through a rain soaked camera located 50 yards or more away is going to be more accurate than the refs who are literally inches from the ball and the yardstick. That is simply beyond stupid. 


"Yeah, it was a great called game, that's why the Chickin's tried to destroy the coop you call a stadium, lol!"


Nah. They were understandbly upset over several phantom calls going against their team. And as the commentators noted the bogus unsportsmanlike penalty where Gurley should have been the one called ended up costing the Gamecocks 3 points. Deriding their stadium doesn't change the fact that they outplayed and beat the dawgs. It just makes you look like a sore loser is all. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Dynasty They couldn't see it any better than the cameras could.  Their angle was at eye level and I guarntee you they just guessed.  But you have a few rocks loose and always have. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Dynasty 3 points vs 7 at the very least.  Nah.  That doesn't come out even in anyone's book but a crazed fool's.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Dynasty Here is it is for you in black and white, just in case you can't figure it out.  Take away 3 points ( that makes it 32 points for Georgia ).  Add 7 points.  That in case you are still fiddling with your toes, is 39 points for Georgia.  That equals victory.  Nothing else needs to be said.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Bubber,

the worst stink, is your post, condeming, criticizing, making fun of, and just being a typical troll. You have nothing to offer these post, except snarky comments, after which you claim to live UGA. If it's so bad, do us all a favor and stay away or please take your brand of loyalty, somewhere else. I always know what to expect from your posts TROLL...

mikefromlawrenceville
mikefromlawrenceville

Gus, took over a team that was a disaster and we were 13 seconds from a NC.  Thats what a good coach can do.. He spent the past 2 years getting d-linemen so he can play his up tempo football.  He has a plan,  I'm not knocking you guys but what is his CMR  plan. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@mikefromlawrenceville Yeah and you needed a miracle to beat Georgia and another to beat Bama.  Sorry but his plan was ride the luck as far as it will take us.  Just wait until you're dreams are dashed in Athens. 

SinceVince
SinceVince

I bet Howdy Doody McGarity is squirming now.....

SinceVince
SinceVince

Our Dawg nation is now deeply divided just like our country.  The Sport blogs and twitter pages are on fire....

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SinceVince There is no  our troll.  You aren't fooling anyone.  You are an instigator and love getting fair weather supposed fans to agree with you.  Shame on them.  You?  You're a joke.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@DawginCO isnt it time for you to go and smoke your Colorado Rocky Mountain High?

keendaddy
keendaddy

D-nasty,

yeah, The Chickin fans are the dumbest, rednecks in the South. Refs should have penalized SC, for their stupid actions, lol. I saw lots of holding, worse than that, that weren't called on both sides. The spot that was overturned by another ref, was criminal, just likeyour thug fans trashing your trashy sstadium! Yeah, it was a great called game, that's why the Chickin's tried to destroy the coop you call a stadium, lol!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Dawg Fans may be disappointed but the drive down I-75 to Tampa or Orlando the last week of December will be easier , the Ga DOT has completed all the road work. go dogs

keendaddy
keendaddy

The time to fire Coaches is at the end of the year! Only a moron would think differently. Who you going to replace our Coaching staff with? Coaches don't quit the schools they are at, until the end of the year (except for Petrino). Ride this season out and demandMcGarrity's job if he doesn't act! Why didn't you demand this last year? Remember that this will totally screw up our recruiting too! If McGarrity wanted to, he could fix Bobo and light a fire under Richt.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@keendaddy Bobo is like every OC that has ever lived.  They call plays and if they are executed, you are a genius.  If you make the same call and it isn't executed, you're an idiot.  The call on first and goal after the interception is pure genius if it works.  You know it and I know it.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"A few questionable calls from the refs...."


He must be referencing the Carolina player getting flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty after it was Gurley who initiated things with a headbutt. The commentators certainly had something to say about the bogus call which ended up giving the dawgs 3 points. I know he can't be referencing the holding call on Gurley's td run. The replay clearly showed the Georgia guard hooking and then tackling the Carolina defensive tackle who had whipped him on the play. Or perhaps he was referencing the 2 bogus "blocking below the waist" calls that went against Carolina in the 2nd half. You know, the ones that were so ridiculous that it upset the Carolina fans and had them tossing trash on the field. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Dynasty I guess you didn't see the calls the national guys were pointing out, eh?  The phantom holding on Kublanow, the horrific grounding call, and the Bogus spot that gave you the 1st down when the Dawgs stuffed that 4th and inches.  There was another hold that was legitimate earlier in the game but the commentators were thinking the hold on the TD run was ricky ticky.  Maybe you need to just keep your comments to yourself instead of making an idiot of yourself.

BobLeeSwagger
BobLeeSwagger

@DawginCO the grounding called turned out to be bad but not reviewable. At full speed it looked like he just threw it in the ground(Which he did) but there was a receiver in the area.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@BobLeeSwagger @DawginCO It hit the defender and even a blind mule could see that from a few feet away.  It wasn't a bang bang play.  It was a ref supposing that Mason grounded the ball. 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Blubbertavious,

are you having fun pretending to be a Georgia fan? You really are asick individual. Not even the slowest Georgia fan considers you a Dawg fan. You keep on trolling if it helps you to get your jollies.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@keendaddy It stinks doesnt keen?  We all buy into the Hype year after year only to be crushed by inept coaching.  Im Fine because I have seen this movie Ova and Ova....

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