UGA win has media gushing

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 8:21 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Unbridled optimism is running rampant following Saturday’s uplifting lid-lifter for the Georgia football team against Clemson.

The No. 12 Bulldogs broke open a close game to dispatch No. 16 Clemson 45-21 for their largest margin of victory over a top 20 team since beating Hawaii 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl to end the 2007 season.

In the aftermath, two ESPN analysts—Kirk Hebrstreit and Mark May—not only have Georgia in their top four after week one but put them at No. 1. Fox Sports 1’s Stewart Mandel also noted the Bulldogs were a team that helped their chances to make the new four-team playoff.

“I don’t know how good we are, quite frankly,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday night. “We had a good performance. We had one good game. Even in that game, there were things that needed to be corrected so I’m not going to get too excited yet. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Georgia scored the final 31 points of the game after trailing 21-14 in the second quarter and pulled away with 21 points in the final 10:26.

“It was a very close game until the fourth quarter there,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. “For some reason Georgia just smashed them, they just ran it down their throats and stopped them on defense completely in the second half. …Some of those runs by (Running back Todd) Gurley, yeah, you wonder how anybody is going to tackle him right now, but we’ll worry about him two weeks from now.

Georgia plays next at South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, but now has its earliest open date in a season since back in 2002 when it also started at home against Clemson and traveled to Columbia, S.C., two weeks later.

The Bulldogs won their first SEC title under Richt and first in 20 years at Georgia that season.

“That’s good for us,” Gurley said of the bye week. “We have a lot more game planning to do just like we did against Clemson.”

Spurrier said South Carolina is glad to get a chance to play again Saturday against East Carolina after getting thumped 52-28 at home to Texas A&M Thursday night.

“They got their tail whipped pretty bad,” Georgia receiver Michael Bennett said. “They’re going to come out guns flaring and really pissed off so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

Gurley was named Sunday as the Walter Camp Foundation national offensive player of the week after setting a school-record with 293 all-purpose yards. Gurley rushed for 198 yards and scored four touchdowns, one on a 100-yard kickoff return.

He’s the first player to rush for at least three touchdowns and return a kick or punt for touchdown in a game against a ranked team since UCLA’s Maurice Jones-Drew in 2005, according to ESPN.

The latest weekly polls will come out after games are completed this Labor Day weekend.

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historylover
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historylover 09/01/14 - 08:07 am
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I truly hate it when Georgia

I truly hate it when Georgia wins, but Gurley did play one heck of a game. The dawgs just have depth that not many ACC schools can match. The Clemson team was worn out by the third quarter. I hated to see them get beat so badly.

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 09/01/14 - 09:00 am
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What did the senile Lou Holtz

What did the senile Lou Holtz have to say by the end of the game?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/01/14 - 10:18 am
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history, you sure spend a lot

history, you sure spend a lot of time hating, don't you? LOL!
Just kidding! Football games and rivalries will do that to you.
I was at the game and it was great....well, the 4th quarter was great, the first half was back and forth, and the 3rd qtr was pretty nothing.
I agree with Richt. Georgia has an idea of what it's team is like, but not so sure. Clemson played great early on, and then the heat and humidity got to them. Georgia kept putting in fresh players. Look, that is NOT what Richt is known to do...he's very hesitant about putting in "2nd teamers". I think Pruitt is influencing him.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/01/14 - 10:51 am
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Of course the media is gushing

It is the SEC, after all.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 09/01/14 - 12:36 pm
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One Game Does Not...

...a season make. Ratings of football teams should not be even taken seriously until November if then especially with no real championship.

Well glad the Bulldogs got something to howl (growl) over because after the first game last year the fans wanted to fire Richt. So as for the rest of the season goes we shall see...

By the way the Yellow Jackets won as well.

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faithson 09/01/14 - 12:58 pm
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dollar to a dime that Richt

dollar to a dime that Richt blows it... He is NOT a championship coach, hope he proves me wrong for my kids and friends sake, but just as Gurley only handled the ball 4 times in the first half, his (and bobo's) decision making leaves a whole lot to be desired.

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Just My Opinion 09/01/14 - 01:43 pm
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faithson, regarding Richt

faithson, regarding Richt being a championship coach...one thing that I'm learning as I get older, head coaches do NOT make the teams champions. However, the head coach IS responsible for hiring great and competent assistant coaches, and I think they are the reasons teams become champions. The assistants not only coach the players, but they recruit the kids...the right kids that will fit in their systems. Of course, it's important to have a seasoned coach who does alittle bit of defense and does alittle bit of offense, but he also needs to know when to let the assistants do their jobs.
For example, look at Vince Dooley. In all his years, he's won only 1 national championship, but he's regarded as 1 of the best coaches to have been in the game. Now, looking at that championship year, if you take away the great defensive mind of Erk Russell and you take away Herschel Walker, then Dooley is just another head coach with not much to show for his time except a few SEC championships. Remember, Dooley thought Walker was too stiff and too slow! He had to be convinced to play him!
This season is waaaaay too young. Let's see how Richt's assistants will do this year. I'm really looking forward to it. We've got that "revenge factor" that's going to help motivate us.

faithson
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faithson 09/01/14 - 03:02 pm
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great point. I always go back to that SEC championship game vs AL when he should have called a time out and set up a play to score, such poor coaching presents. His demeanor on the field is also a concern. I really do wish GA the best this year, looks like a team that can really go places, but I don't have any faith in the coach. Time will tell.

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wildman 09/01/14 - 06:40 pm
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Hold on!

Georgia has a good team, it will be later in the season before we can say Georgia has a very good team. Remember, these are 18 to 21/22 year old kids playing the game. Anything can happen. Georgia has been known to get the big head when the media tells them know good they are and then they do something stupid. I have always pulled for the Dawgs and always will. CMR is as good as they come, if you want a change replace Bobo.

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justthefacts 09/01/14 - 07:09 pm
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faithson

"should have called a time out". I bet he wishes he had one to call.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/01/14 - 07:16 pm
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Replace Bobo??

Why? What did he do other than break school records 3 yrs in a row for points scored per game?? Almost 40 points per game last year.

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DowntownJaguar 09/01/14 - 09:01 pm
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Haha--where is Riverman1--he said Georgia and Clemson...

Riverman1 said Georgia and Clemson would likely switch rankings after this game--well....

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