After my last post, I realized that Corbin had basically said the same thing, just more eloquently. The Dawgs lost and lost bad, but the sky isn’t falling. Seems like there are at least some reasonable individuals in Bulldog Nation, so I’m feeling a little better about this. I’m still largely disappointed in our fan base though. For those of you who aren’t jerks, please forgive me for generalizing. We’re going to be painted in that light for some time to come though, so get used to it. It stinks for the loyal Dawgs, and for that I am sorry. I did want to put some thoughts on paper about the actual football game, if for no other reason than to help me put it in the rearview mirror.
The single issue that UGA could not figure out on Saturday was how to block SC stud Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney more or less terrorized Aaron Murray all night long. It wasn’t Murray’s finest hour, but it wasn’t entirely his fault either. Kenarious Gates didn’t have a chance 1-0n-1 against Clowney. The double team that we finally moved to didn’t really help much either. Finally, and it was my wife who pointed this out, we triple teamed him, and that seemed to slow him down just a step. Basically, Clowney didn’t give UGA a chance to develop anything.
Folks have said Gurley nor Marshall played well. In their defense, they were tackled in the backfield most of the time. We essentially saw one line dominate another line, and that was the primary difference on the field Saturday. SC changed the line of scrimmage on almost every play. If I’m the SC DC this moring, I’m feeling pretty cocky (pun intended.) I mentioned Clowney specifically; he had help. Their entire front 7 played a very good ballgame.
I’ll also say this: From the first play, you could tell SC was there to win. They made a statement early, hit us in the mouth, and did exactly what they needed to do. This game was essentially over with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. SC was playing hard. They played with an intensity I haven’t seen from any team in quite some time. That intensity will get them far.
We didn’t make the necessary adjustments in time for it to really matter. We sold out to stop Lattimore, and we did that fairly well early on. However, Shaw took that offense on his shoulders and beat us himself. We looked fairly lost on both sides of the ball, but credit Shaw/Spurrier for effectively taking all fight out of us pretty quickly. It seemed like the offensive gameplan was forced to change early, but we didn’t really know what or how to change. There was the sideline pass play that we kept going to that didn’t work time and time again, couldn’t keep their defense out of our backfield to get a running game going, and really didn’t have time to develop a passing game. I will say this: we missed Michael Bennett more than I thought we would. There were a few targets to Wooten that would ordinarily gone to Bennet that could have been momentum changers. However, they say if’s and but’s are like candy and nuts….
I kept hoping early on that we’d stop them and get some kind of spark. I even held on to the brief hope that we could come out after halftime, post a quick score, hold them and score again, then have an exciting 2nd half. Obviously, that didn’t happen. The nail was in the coffin after that first drive of the 2nd half.
Cocky did what they needed to do Saturday night. It’s a tough, tough loss for Georgia. Our fans have generally been a disgrace since the end of the game, and that’s shameful. But we’ve been there, so no need in kicking a dead horse. I wanted to talk about the game a little bit, though there’s not much to talk about. SC whipped us. It was a poor performance from UGA to say the least. Time to strap it up and beat Kentucky badly, then get ready for what will still be a huge game in Jax. It sounds like folks have already called that game a loss, but I personally can’t wait to deliver a crushing blow to the swamp lizzards at the end of the month.