Mythbusters: Georgia Got Too Conservative In The SEC Championship Game

Yesterday, I posed a qustion:  why is Mike Bobo so bad?  I asked readers to comment and use statistics to prove why they have so much scorn towards Mike Bobo. 

One comment complained that Georgia got to conservative in the SEC Championship game vs. LSU once we got up 10-0.   I replied, but thought it was worthy to make its own post.

If you take a look at the drive chart and see play by play, then I don’t see how we started getting conservative:

Georgia’s next possession after getting up 10-0: Murray pass complete on first down. The next first down on that drive, Murray is sacked. On third and 14, Murray throws an incompletion.

Possession #2: Runs by Crowell on 1st and 2nd down, then a sack on 3rd down. Keep in mind, the field position was inside the Georgia 15 and sack put us a the 2, so I think going a little more conservative was acceptable.

Possession #3: Pass on 1st down, Pass on 2nd down, Pass on the next 1st down, Pass on thrid down, punt.

Possession #4: Pass on first down, Pass on Thrid down, Punt.

Possession #5: Team rush to end half.

Possession #6: Runs on first and 2nd down, Murray rushes for first down then fumbles.

Possession #7: Pass on first, 2nd and thrid down. Punt

Possession #8: Rush on 1st and 2nd down, pass complete on thrid down and long for first down, interception on the next first down pass.

Possession #9: Pass on first, second and third down. Pass on next first down. Rush on next second down. Sack on thrid and 9. Punt

Possession #10 (beginning of 4th Quarter, UGA down 28-10): Pass complete on first down, Rush on 2nd down. Pass on first down, Pass on next first down. Pass on 2nd down. Pass on next first down. Pass on next time there is a frist down. Pass on 2nd down, sack. Pass on thrid and long incomplete.

By the time Georgia got the ball back for possession #11, it was 35-10 and the ballgame was out of reach. I could go on, but I think I have made my point.  I counted 14 pass attempts on first down and no sprint draw plays on 3rd and long. How is passing-throwing on 1st down no less-conservative, especially when the running game was ineffective? Murray threw the ball 40 times, so again, in what world is throwing it 40 times conservative? Georgia got conservative on one possession inside their 15.  It became very apparent very early that Georgia couldn’t run against LSU consistently, so then the Tigers were able to tune in on Murray and the passing game. 

If you are going to complain about something, make sure you are complaining about the correct thing. 



14 Responses to “Mythbusters: Georgia Got Too Conservative In The SEC Championship Game”

  1. 1 Tuxedodawg January 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    The problem that game wasn’t playing conservative, it was dropped passes and failure to execute against LSU.

  2. 2 fishookdawg January 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Do you think that Murray is our best option at QB? I don’t.

    • 3 Corbindawg January 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Really? No disrespect, but that is absurd. Hutson Mason, a 3 star QB who has seen action in mop up duty, is better than Aaron Murray, an “Elite 11 QB” who came to UGA VHT and has shattered all passing records in his first two seasons, and if stays healthy, will leave UGA with every single passing record?

      Every team in the SEC would rather have Murray than thier current QB, save Alabama and possibly South Carolina.

  3. 4 fishookdawg January 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Murray should leave UGA with every passing record simply because they throw more these days and he’ll get to throw it reguardless of how well he throws it for 2 more years. But just because he completes 5 yard passes and keeps his completion percentage up, doesn’t equate to wins and championships. How can you go strickly on stats and he’s a elite QB. Maybe if Mason was given a better chance, instead of mop up duty, his stats would equal Murray’s. The defense is what won the east this year and if they win any more the next 2 years, it will be the defense again and not Murray. I doubt if Murray ever gets drafted by the pros.

  4. 6 fishookdawg January 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Ignorant or not, I think that Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU with Mettenburger have better QB’s than us along with the 2 you mentioned earlier. To me, that makes Murray about the 6th best QB in the SEC and that ain’t going to win no championships..

    • 7 Doddworley January 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Again, if UGA could run the ball, it would take some pressure off Murray. I have no problem with the play calling this year

    • 8 Spence January 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      I would love to have people who really know football, like maybe coaches who have developed Heisman winners and #1 overall draft pick QBs have a good look at Murray and Mett head-to-head and tell us who they think is better. But that will probably never happen, so we’ll have to just guess.

      Don’t know why I’m responding to you, you’re probably being sarcastic.

      • 9 Corbindawg January 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm


        Yeah, no one who has coached 2 Heisman winners, at one time the winningest QB in NCAA history and a #1 draft pick has evaluated Aaron Murray. That has not happened AT ALL. They just have a personal vendetta against Mason. That must all it is.

  5. 10 dawgfan17 January 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    If they are all better than Murray how come none of them came close to putting up the TD’s he did? Oh that is right he threw all 35 of them against Coastal Carolina.

  6. 11 Hill Dawg January 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Very well done, Corbindawg!

  7. 12 paul January 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    My complaint about Bobo is his predictability and lack of imagination. I think you have to look at the actual calls and not just whether or not it’s a pass or a run. What kinds of pass plays and what kinds of running plays get called in particular situations? Bobo has stretches of brilliance, especially early in games. Then he often seems to settle into predictable calls, particularly in games where the going is tough. Murray is a hard working, smart kid. An excellent quarterback, he has none the less consistently turned the ball over at the most inopportune times. In two seasons with Murray at the helm we have only beaten the teams we should. Don’t get me wrong, I am very encouraged by our progress. I believe we are well on our way to getting where we want to be as a team. But I think our inability to put even one quality win on the board is what has folks restless with Murray. If we had beaten SC this year and stayed close in the SECCG I don’t think we’re having this discussion. I realize you can’t put all the blame (or credit) on any QB but that’s the nature of the game. Your quarterback is the face of the team. Personally, I am beginning to wonder if Murray will ever stop turning the ball over. I wish they’d let him run more like he did last year. Aaron doesn’t seem to want to throw the ball away. I think their insistence that he not run results in some questionable throws. I apologize, I don’t have statistics to back this up. Just my impressions.

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