Saturday, Georgia got its ass whipped. I am perplexed about what happened. The things that Georgia has been typically good at this season were all detriments on Saturday.
Georgia had been good at special teams, and specifically, returning kicks.
Georgia special teams were awful, and as a result had terrible field position while giving the Gators great starting field position all afternoon.
Georgia had been good at stopping the run.
Georgia gave up 418 yards on the ground.
Georgia only had one lost fumble all season, and none by a tail back.
Chubb fumbled at a time when there seemed to be a little hope for the comeback.
Addition: Georgia had not allowed a play of 40+ yards this season.
Georgia allowed three plays of 40+ yards.
The Georgia coaches have done a good job this season.
The Georgia coaches stunk it up Saturday.
In the first quarter, Georgia appeared ready to rout the Gators. Chubb was running good, we had a 7-0 lead, and recovered a fumble at midfield. Marshall Morgan missed a field goal to go up 10-0, and then the Gator offense stalled after driving down the field. The faked the field goal for a touchdown, then scored 24 more unanswered points. When they faked the field goal, I looked up at the score board and noticed that they had managed to run off almost half the 2nd quarter. I knew then it was not going to be good.
It was a complete epic fail by the coaching staff. Every single coach and unit. And it starts with Richt. I’m not going to defend him, but I do want to say that it is intellectually dishonest for people to be praising his work against Missouri and Arkansas for the past three weeks, then be ready to send him out-of-town now. But the blame starts and ends with Coach Richt for Saturday.
What is even more disheartening is not the fact Georgia lost Saturday, or they got their ass kicked. It’s not even that they got upset by their inferior rival. Really, it’s not that they laid a giant turd.
It’s that we see this every year.
These above games, the Bulldogs either came out flat, were way too conservative, messed up on special teams, or all of the above.
The frustrating thing about Saturday isn’t how we lost. It is we’ve all seen it again and again. And by my count, of the 11 games I’ve listed, a quick count without much thought tells me that 7 came against inferior teams.
This team better not feel sorry for themselves long, because Kentucky won’t show them any sympathy. And if Georgia goes into Lexington and thinks they wan can just because of the name on their jersey or because the players have more stars on Rivals, you can add Kentucky next to Florida on the above list.