UGA’s best downfield passer? Also Todd Gurley

He runs! He throws! He points after scoring points! (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

He runs! He throws! He points after scoring points! (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

He runs! He throws! He points after scoring points! (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

He runs! He throws! He points after scoring points! (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Athens

These short takes are presented as companion to the Georgia-Vanderbilt game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 44-17, FYI.

1. Todd Gurley’s first pass as a collegian resulted in Georgia’s longest completion of the season, which tells us something. The Bulldogs deployed Gurley at quarterback in the first half — call it the Wild Gurl formation — and let him run off direct snaps. Late in the second quarter, Gurley ran from the WG on first down and then, on second-and-7, stopped short and threw long for tight end Jeb Blazevich. The 50-yard completion — OK, so the ball wobbled — was the Bulldogs’ most expansive of the season. That’s not a resounding endorsement of Hutson Mason’s ability to drive the ball deep.

2. If the game plan was designed to lift Mason’s self-esteem as a passer, it fell short. He nearly had a first-half pass intercepted for what would surely have been a touchdown, and he threw a bad-looking interception to start the third quarter. The Bulldogs actually passed 17 times in the first half against 14 rushing plays. (Granted, one of the passes was Gurley’s.) Yes, Mason completed 11 of 17 passes and did find Chris Conley for a 44-yard touchdown, but those 17 passes yielded only 121 yards. And a first-quarter touchdown drive led by backup Brice Ramsey only heightened the feeling that Mason, after waiting four years for his moment, hasn’t seized it.

3. Georgia actually punted on fourth-and-inches — against Vanderbilt. Yes, the Bulldogs were leading by 17 points and didn’t want to hand Vandy a short field with a botched snap, but still: It was fourth down at the Georgia 38 midway through the third quarter and the team with the nation’s best running back chose to punt on fourth-and-inches. Not only that, but the Bulldogs cost themselves a timeout by asking for a review of the spot on Nick Chubb’s third-down reception. The lack of daring didn’t jeopardize the game — Devin Bowman’s interception return on the subsequent series made it 34-10 — but still. You’re Georgia. They’re Vandy. You have Gurley. Go for it.

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NoAxeToGrind
NoAxeToGrind

Your advice has fallen on deaf ears. Remember 1st and dumb?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Hey rocky flop! I know you are out there reading this....well well well! Your Vols lost to FLA for the 10th year in a row!!!! Hahahahaha! They have lost to UGA 11 out of the 15!!! Lmao! You are 0-15 against your rivals and you think your team is on the rise???? Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Woooooohooooowooohoooooowooooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!

DealMe
DealMe

the dogs were just flat and overconfident against lowly vanderbilt---they could have beat them a lot worse if they were motivated

SinceVince
SinceVince

All of our kool aid drinking fans are wondering on social media boards why the dawgs didn't move up in the polls.... its really simple...Mark Richt.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Isn't it funny that a frequent blogger on here who claims to be a big fan of a team in another conference  disappears when Tech is playing?

OH-IO
OH-IO

Anyone want to bet that the gators are NOT on the "others receiving votes" list?

OH-IO
OH-IO

USAToday Coaches. 


I win! 


Others Receiving Votes

Marshall 98; Utah 80; LSU 75; Louisville 36; Wisconsin 36; Southern California 28; Brigham Young 16; Minnesota 13; Duke 12; Washington 12; Kentucky 11; West Virginia 8; Iowa 6; Arkansas 6; Memphis 5; California 4; Penn State 3; Rutgers 2. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

tampa,


Rutgers and Kentucky got votes. 



TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


And Florida beat Kentucky.  Makes perfect sense to me.  About as much sense as OHIO being ranked #15 when they are 4-1, have beaten no one in the top 25, and lost to an unranked team that Georgia Tech beat, and GT is 5-0 and ranked below OHIO.  Lots of sense those voters make.  Yep.....I think very highly of the votes teams receive in polls.  Not.  And I think far less of what you think about the Gators, who are 3-1.  So, until you are willing to go with the betting proposal I made to you after your prediction about the Gators, why don't you just shut up about the Gators.....you gutless troll wonder. 

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Now that spread teams have equalized paid defenses saran is not looking too smart

TU
TU

Vandy did not look like the same team that played UK and SC close games. They must have really miss Robinette.




SinceVince
SinceVince

@TU right now our dawgs are a one trick pony which will catch up with us again... Its really sad that Boo Boo and Richt didn't have a QB ready to take ovah when Murray departed.

TampGator1
TampGator1

But you have a nice troll day anyway, OH-IO.  Enjoy another day of 15 minutes of fame that you so richly seek but so obviously do not deserve. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Na......you passed......gutless wonder that you are,  OH-IO. You finally make a prediction and pass on standing behind it.   Go figure a gutless troll doing such a thing.   

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TampGator1


gators still REALLY suck

TampGator1
TampGator1

Not taking me up on the wager, OH-IO????????

UGADawgs
UGADawgs

I wonder if the Ohio kid tickles himself while playing on uga blogs?

Dawggie
Dawggie

@UGADawgs  No, but he tickles his full-sized Urban Myer blow up doll for hours every day.

In case you missed this post of his a year ago -

URBAN MYER!!  URBAN MYER!!  URBAN MYER!!

MooreBulldog
MooreBulldog

Yes Gurley is all that and the best offensive play on the team and perhaps in the nation these next several weeks we are going to find out is Georgia more than they have demonstrated so far.  It seems like every game the get two or three touchdowns. Then it appears they let up like they have won the game.  Do they think they can continue to play like this?


SinceVince
SinceVince

@MooreBulldog plus Richt shows he has no faith in his offensive line on 4th and short against ..ahem Vandy

PigIron
PigIron

@SinceVince

I can't fault CMR for not running the score up on Vandy. In the first place, it would have had no value, since Vandy is about as bad as a football team can be. In the second place, there was no sense in risking an injury to put redundant points on the board.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@PigIron @SinceVince Its a conference  game and now with the voters yo must go out and impress.... see Miss State, Auburn ... Cant worry about injuries... Thats playing scared no matter who you play. Gurley can get hurt in practice just as easily playing in a game... thats is just an excuse...

PigIron
PigIron

@SinceVince

Nobody would be impressed by a beatdown of Vandy. Winning was adequate.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@PigIron @SinceVince Oh but losing to Vandy last year was the excuse that they are an improved football program... Vandys coach ran his mouth that they could stop Gurley,,, Our fans said Gurley would get 200 yards easily... Guess what... didn't happen  on both fronts....

SinceVince
SinceVince

@PigIron @SinceVince Plus it wasn't running up the score..it was about getting  conversion on our side of the field and keeping our defense off the field. Look at the stats and look at the eye opening of time of possession .

Honky4Herman
Honky4Herman

@SinceVince @MooreBulldog Fourth and inches from the Vandy 38?  No problem.  Go for it.  From your own 38?  Only an idiot would try that. And only if behind. Don't care what the o-line can and can't do.  Punt the ball.

UGADawgs
UGADawgs

Breaking news!!! Ohio beat mighty Arkansas!

OH-IO
OH-IO

After all the Top 25 carnage yesterday, the dogs will not rise in the polls. 


Book it. 


ARdawg
ARdawg

@OH-IO Yet they will still be ahead of the Bucks

UGADawgs
UGADawgs

How pathetic is this Ohio kid? Guess he's just bitter that Ohio can't beat an sec team.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO


Did you also watch the "Beating of the Team of the Century" in 2006 with your two, little trolling eyes? 

OH-IO
OH-IO

Perhaps The Pony, when done for the day in Q4,  can go up to the booth and give Bobo a breather. 


Then,  film a Built Ford Tough commercial before he hits the Athens Bars at 2AM! 

OH-IO
OH-IO

tampa,


The gators next win will not happen until November 22. The date for all the SEC! SEC ! OOC Classics. 


And, even that is in doubt. 

UGADawgs
UGADawgs

What's it like to be you? No life, friends, woman, etc. pretty sad that uga blogs is all you have.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@UGADawgs



And, I cannot give Chuck Todd 100% of my attention

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


At least you had the guts to make a prediction I can hold you to.  Miracles do happen....even with trolls like you.  And exactly what was the score the last time Florida played the "Team of the Century" in a National Title Classic? 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


We would be a lot happier if you gave your pet rock 100% or your attention.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Do you want to make the bet someone made on here about backing up their prediction by not coming back on the AJC for a year if the prediction does not come true.....based on your prediction that the Gators will not win again until November 22.  Let me say, if you will, I will....gutless wonder. 


If Florida loses all their games until Nov 22, I will leave the AJC for one year if you agree to do the same if Florida wins a game before Nov. 22.


What about it, gutless wonder?  But, like when you were banned.....you would just change your name and come back as another gutless wonder.   No doubt.  Because that is who you are.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@OH-IO  Surprise, surprise, gutless coward, classless scumbag, deranged internet troll.  What a waste of flesh you are.  You can't walk away because this is all you have.  Disgraceful, Oh hoho coward.  Spineless.  

Grant1296
Grant1296

@DawginCO @OH-IO


Rocky Topp is the only Troll with any guts...


Techeye couldn't carry his jock strap...