Loss keeps Georgia winless in the SEC

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STARKVILLE, Miss. --- The cowbell is tolling on Georgia's season.

Georgia's Kris Durham (left) is tackled by Mississippi State's K.J. Wright. Durham had four catches for 64 yards. The Bulldogs didn't score a TD until late in the fourth quarter Saturday night.  Kerry Smith/AP Photo
Kerry Smith/AP Photo
Georgia's Kris Durham (left) is tackled by Mississippi State's K.J. Wright. Durham had four catches for 64 yards. The Bulldogs didn't score a TD until late in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

A 2010 that already looked desperate went into bleak territory Saturday night when Mississippi State became the latest Southeastern Conference team to dump Georgia, 24-12.

Georgia lost for the first time at Mississippi State since 1951 and fell to 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 1993 on a night when it did not score a touchdown until less than two minutes remained.

Coach Mark Richt's team has lost three consecutive games for the first time in his 10 seasons in Athens.

"Definitely in a position that I've never been in as a coach or as a player that I can remember," Richt said. "Certainly not a good place to be, but we are where we are."

The only thing Georgia (1-3, 0-3) can cling to now as it heads to Colorado next Saturday is that star receiver A.J. Green is returning from a four-game suspension for selling a jersey for $1,000 to someone the NCAA classified as an agent.

"It's one of those things where you're not embarrassed to be a Georgia Bulldog, but you're embarrassed at the way we've been playing," said wide receiver Kris Durham, who had four catches for 64 yards.

Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2) never trailed and clinched the win when Chris Relf hit Arceto Clark on a 33-yard touchdown with 4:22 remaining, beating Branden Smith on the play. After holding Georgia on downs, Mississippi State added another touchdown on Vick Ballard's 1-yard run with 3:15 to play to make it 24-6.

"We've got to stay together and I've seen no signs of change in my mindset that we're a close-knit family," Richt said, "but we've also got to look within starting with me as to the things that have kept us having the success that we want. That's what we're going to do."

Georgia scored its lone touchdown on a 40-yard pass from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King with 1:27 to play. Murray was sacked on the two-point conversion try.

Georgia totaled only 113 yards rushing on 34 carries, getting 36 from Ealey on 10 attempts.

Murray rushed for 32 on seven carries while completing 18 of 31 passes for 274 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

Any chance the Bulldogs had of making noise in the SEC East is all but extinguished while the calendar still says September.

What's left for Georgia to play for now?

"Mess up somebody else's season," outside linebacker Justin Houston said.

Ealey fumbled inside the 5-yard line for the second time this season, this time in the first quarter.

Georgia outgained Mississippi State in yards (221-121), first downs (12-6) and time of possession (19:50-10:10) in the first half, but was held to a pair of Blair Walsh field goal from 25 and 35 yards.

The second field goal capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive that covered 6:57.

The drive included a spectacular 11-yard run by Murray, who cut back and then jumped to complete the run. He hit Durham on a pass across the middle that went for 31 yards, but lost 10 yards on a holding call on receiver Marlon Brown.

"We were undisciplined when we had chances and just let it slip out of our hands," Durham said.

Neither team scored in the second half until Mississippi State went on a 14 play, 54-yard drive that lasted 6:19 and ended with a 44-yard field goal by Sean Brauchle with 13:59 to play.

Brandon Boykin responded with a 39-yard kickoff return, his longest of the season, to get the ball to the Georgia 46.

Georgia drove into Mississippi State territory, but a pass to Durham over the middle inside the 20 came back on a holding penalty against Josh Davis.

Durham ran to the sideline and fell down in pain after stretching a nerve in his neck, but indicated the injury is not serious. He sounded more concerned about the state of his team than his own health.

"It's unfortunate," Durham said. "We're not where we wanted to be, but we could turn the season into a catastrophe if we don't stay together and continue to work hard."

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Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 11:04 pm
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Glad I no longer care.

Glad I no longer care.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 09/25/10 - 11:14 pm
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Richt should have been fired

Richt should have been fired last year...now we will have to suffer the consequences...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/10 - 11:31 pm
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Well, heck, Spurrier went off

Well, heck, Spurrier went off on a QB tangent and just lost the game for Carolina. Garcia was having a great game, but he was hit hard twice and fumbled. Spurrier puts in Connor who had two drives that both ended in interceptions. I am ticked.

lcbobo
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lcbobo 09/25/10 - 11:38 pm
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Riverman, you probably needed

Riverman, you probably needed to write that under the Gamecock thread.

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/26/10 - 01:44 am
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After the terrible

After the terrible performance by the Gamecocks I don't even feel like picking on the dogs.

GoGators2010
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GoGators2010 09/26/10 - 02:06 am
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It's great to be a Florida

It's great to be a Florida Gator!

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/26/10 - 02:20 am
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That freshman running the

That freshman running the wildcat for FL looked good against Kentucky.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 06:17 am
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i have to think back to 1994.

i have to think back to 1994. robert edwards is by far the best athlete on the field, and embattled coach goff has him playing defensive back. of course, eventually, he made the switch to tailback, and became one of the greatest i've ever seen. i have to believe that brandon boykin is the same kind of player. we've got no running game. the o-line sux! we need some, not one, playmakers. oh, well. somebody call me when the fallout is over, and hopefully kirby smart will be in athens. think i'll pull out my ga, southern clothes.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 09/26/10 - 07:02 am
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Well if you fire Richt then

Well if you fire Richt then you have to pay him 2 million dollars a year through 2013. He got that as his buyout in his last contract extension. That would mean the alumni would have to pony up a lot of money to make this happen to where you would have another 2 million or more a year to go after a great coach for the system. The cheaper route is to fire Mike Bobo and Searles this week and have Richt take over play calling. Then stay on Richt to force him to deliver. Then at the end of the season look for a great offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and give that one more season. If that doesn't work then fire Richt cause you would only have to pay him out 2 years then.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/26/10 - 07:13 am
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In all fairness, you can't

In all fairness, you can't determine how your team will act off the field and this year Georgia has been hurt by that. This is a building year and wins were going to be tough anyway, but when you lose you "spark" player, Green brings more than just a great pair of hands, you lose some intangibles that affects team cohesion. I really think that's what's happening at Georgia the first part of this season.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a total turnaround when Green returns.

Drain Bamage
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Drain Bamage 09/26/10 - 07:16 am
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I have never been so

I have never been so embarrassed in my whole life. Where did they get this new defensive coordinator? Obviously he needs to go back to school of football himself. The defense looks scared to actually tackle anyone. They are playing 2 hand touch instead of sticking the runner and wrapping him up. If I were the coach I would do nothing but either run them until they puked then run them some more or I would have them do nothing but hit the tackling dummy all day until they learned to wrap up and follow through with a tackle. They dont need to learn a new defense scheme they need to learn to tackle. PERIOD.

Winbo
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Winbo 09/26/10 - 07:43 am
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It would not bother me a bit

It would not bother me a bit if Georgia didn't win another game this year. It seems as though the school cares about nothing but winning. UGA could care less about the alumni, fans, students, or the overall integrity of the school. It looks to me that they are only focused on winning and will let everything else go by the wayside. The players act like complete thugs on and off the field. I think it can be controlled. How, you ask? They should know in advance that the school/coaching staff will not tolerate such actions. I would rather have a decent athelete with class and character than a criminal superstar that will let you down when you need him the most.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/26/10 - 08:16 am
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Winbo, great. Let's us know

Winbo, great. Let's us know when you find the school that values all those things over winning...and wins.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 09:49 am
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ya' know, i saw coach throw

ya' know, i saw coach throw his clip board last night when a punt bounced of of bacarri rambo, and msu recovered. i agree with fair tax. i think it's time, TODAY, to relieve bobo and searles of their duties. i would hate to see richt go, but, i have to think back to the disappointing '08 season, the wasted '09 season, with cox at qb, and now this start for 2010. georgia's guys are as big, as strong, as fast, as athletic, as any other schools. i think they just don't believe. they're not committed.

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 09/26/10 - 09:53 am
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Gee, I thought there was no

Gee, I thought there was no "I" in TEAM!!! (cliff)

GO GATORS!!!

Winbo
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Winbo 09/26/10 - 10:14 am
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Justthefacts. There are many

Justthefacts. There are many schools that do so. Check out Troy State. Troy's program is centered on the values I mentioned. It's more about the fans and players than the "coporate" style approach. Troy's atheletic department would not stand for the actions of some of the UGA players. Also, you could take your family there and not have to worry about some drunk jerk cursing like a sailor. As for winning, I invite you to do a little research on their record.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 10:15 am
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well, certainly you're smart

well, certainly you're smart enough to know, quack, that a marquee players absence, such as green, would have an impact on a teams performance. especially with a freshman qb, and a pathetic o-line, and absolutely nothing that resembles a running back. i'm certain, that cliff wasn't insinuating that a.j. green should suit up and play the rest of the games by himself.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 10:21 am
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and, too! your gaytors aren't

and, too! your gaytors aren't exactly the class of the s.e.c, anymore. you'd have to go west to find that these days. not that they ever were classy, what with tebow sobbing all over the sidelines. i still believe that percy harvin probably put some "wacky tobacky" in his brownies that day. or, maybe brandon spikes accidentally "gouged" the wrong set of eyeballs.

qbaum01
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qbaum01 09/26/10 - 10:39 am
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Dead on Smartie. Richt

Dead on Smartie. Richt should never have played Cox last year. He wasted an entire rebuilding season on a senior QB. I questioned that tactic all of last year and feared this would be the result of not using last year to rebuild the Dawgs. I like coach Richt but he is a bit too nice to his players and make them sit four years.

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msb3075 09/26/10 - 10:48 am
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WONDERFUL TO SEE MARK RICHT

WONDERFUL TO SEE MARK RICHT GETTING NERVOUS ABT HIS JOB .THIS IS THE S.E.C .LOSE ANOTHER FEW GAMES .HE WILL BE LOOKING FOR NEW JOB .GLAD IM A AUBURN FAN .LOL

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/26/10 - 11:14 am
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Winbo, Troy State?? Sorry, I

Winbo, Troy State?? Sorry, I misunderstood. I thought we discussing D1 schools. Nice band.

noils
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noils 09/26/10 - 11:23 am
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Richt is making $3 million

Richt is making $3 million per year. He's doing what's good for his wallet and not UGA. He knows a new AD won't fire a coach with his record in his first byear. Next year if UGA doesn't have the talent and staff to win in the SEC Richt will fire Bobo and whomever else is necessary to buy himself another year and a big paycheck. UGA is looking at 3 more years of Richt and $10 million down the drain.

Riverman - Why put offf the inevitable? Let Shaw get a taste of a hostile SEC crowd. If Garcia doesn't take care of the ball better against Bama in 2 weeks his career as a starter at USC is over.

Cheer up Dawgs. You could be fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Winbo
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Winbo 09/26/10 - 11:25 am
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Justthefacts. Troy has been

Justthefacts. Troy has been 1A for ten years now. There in the Sun Belt conference which is the same as UL Laff.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 11:36 am
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winbo? i suppose you think

winbo? i suppose you think that athens is the only place you'll find some drunk jerk. their's at least a hundred restaurants in augusta that you can find that in. as for your beloved spartans, don't kid yourself into thinking their isn't any drunk obnoxious kids at their games, as well. i've got a stupendous idea for you. if you didn't enjoy the game you went to, then DON"T GO BACK!! i'm certain that drunk jerk would really miss you.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 11:41 am
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and, too! college football is

and, too! college football is an emotional game. that's why, most big time major college football stadiums seat 80, 90, even 100,000 people. that's why espn, cbs, abc and about thirty other networks televise the games. if you and i can celebrate, pump our fists, when one of our favorite players makes a big play, then why shouldn't the one that actually made the play be able to, as well.

smartie
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smartie 09/26/10 - 11:52 am
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as for your post, noils,

as for your post, noils, you're suggesting that richt is deliberately losing, and only interested in his paycheck? you're saying, that he has a scheme, to lose games, banking that mcgarity won't fire him, because he's new? then, next year, he'll fire a few guys, to try and FOOL mcgarity into thinking he's actually trying to win, only to collect 3 million more dollars. ahhh! that's brilliant, noils. you must be related to dick tracy? i've got a better idea. maybe, richt should actually try to WIN these games, and then, he'll maybe make even more money? you and msb3075 should exchange phone numbers.

GAterp
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GAterp 09/26/10 - 12:19 pm
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I hardly ever vote for

I hardly ever vote for anything or any team from Alabama; but I sure will be doing that next week. And it's not hard to figure out why!

55 F-100
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55 F-100 09/26/10 - 12:32 pm
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The only other mistake that

The only other mistake that Richt could make would be to approach Bishop Eddie L. Long as the new team chaplain.

Winbo
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Winbo 09/26/10 - 08:59 pm
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Smartie, Looks like number

Smartie, Looks like number 10. Well, maybe y'all can start a YDC league. Wake up man! McGruff says, "Take a bite out of crime." Better yet, I have a stupendous idea for YOU. Why don't you get a new hobby. There are plenty of 39.5 old community college dropouts working at Lowes that are UGA fanatics. I suggest scrapbooking. Maybe then you can keep a better record of DUIs and arrest charges.

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