Blackout ends up black eye

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Alabama left Georgia black and blue and beaten down at its latest "blackout" Saturday night.

Georgia's color scheme wasn't the problem, but Alabama's 3-4 defensive scheme certainly was. And so was a red-hot Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson.

Just retired legendary Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson, the eternal pessimist, would have wanted to destroy some property if he was in the broadcast booth Saturday night.

This second blackout game at Sanford Stadium turned out to be as entertaining for Georgia fans as The Next Karate Kid . Third-ranked Georgia might want to retire those black jerseys they wore after No. 8 Alabama's 41-30 beatdown.

Georgia's national title hopes might not be dead but they looked close to life support after the Crimson Tide rolled up to a stunning 31-0 halftime lead, scoring on its first five possessions.

Instead of impressing a national TV audience and making a case to move back atop the polls, the Bulldogs went to the locker room with its largest first-half deficit under Mark Richt and its biggest since trailing Auburn in 1999.

Georgia (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) will take a slide down the national polls after the nation's second-longest winning streak ends at 11 games. Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) looked like the most serious national title threat from the SEC in only Nick Saban's second season.

The No. 3 Bulldogs joined the ranks of one-loss teams that include Southern California, Florida, Auburn, Ohio State and Kansas.

Georgia still has a chance to play its way into the SEC title game and the BCS title game with a schedule that still includes LSU, Florida and Auburn.

The Bulldogs, who have an open date next weekend, will have to sit and stew with this loss for two weeks until Tennessee rolls into town. The Volunteers have had Georgia's number the past two seasons, dealing Georgia 35-14 and 51-33 losses.

ESPN's College GameDay was in Athens for the first time in 10 years and Lee Corso put an elephant head on at the end predicted a Crimson Tide win.

Turned out he was right. Georgia lost for the first time in six games against Alabama when both teams were ranked. The Tide knocked off their second top-10 foe this season (then No. 9 Clemson was the other).

In the first game between top 10 teams in Sanford in six years, everything that could go wrong did for Georgia in the first half when it was outgained 231-86 in yards and 17-4 in first downs.

Wilson completed his first seven passes for 101 yards and was 10-of-11 for 139 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass to freshman wideout Julio Jones, who had four catches for 79 yards in the first half.

There were killer penalties and killer turnovers for Georgia.

Akeem Dent was whistled for roughing the passer, negating an Alabama fumble that Georgia recovered deep in its own territory. Two plays later, Mark Ingram scored on a seven-yard touchdown run to start Alabama's scoring. Georgia had four penalties for 51 yards in the first quarter alone.

A Matthew Stafford pass to freshman receiver A.J. Green turned into a fumble when it was knocked out of Green's hands and into the hands of Don'ta Hightower.

That led to a 4-yard Roy Upchurch touchdown run and a 24-0 lead. Stafford's interception streak ended at 120 when he was picked off on his final attempt in the first half.

Reach Marc Weiszer at marc.weiszer@onlineathens.com.

SPECIAL PLAY: Prince Miller's 92-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter kept the Bulldogs' hopes alive.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/28/08 - 06:03 am
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The first half was a

The first half was a nightmare of mistakes for the Bulldogs. Alabama seemed to play mistake free. The season isn't over for the 'Dawgs, but this game was as serious as any learning stomp I've seen. HOW 'BOUT THEM 'COCKS!!!

jaschild
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jaschild 09/28/08 - 06:54 am
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RTR! as many mistakes as the

RTR! as many mistakes as the dawgs made, they still had the strenth to man up and close up the score in the 4th quarter. i don't think they'll lose again this year. as for the Tide, i hope saban can keep the players away from the media and avoid the inevitable head-swelling that seems to happen to good football teams when they are on a winning streak.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/28/08 - 07:22 am
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I love my DAWGS!

I love my DAWGS! But...Alabama was a much better team last night. Yes we made some mistakes, but I think being stunned by the serious [filtered word] kicking by Bama may have had something to do with that. GO DAWGS!

JustaVoice
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JustaVoice 09/28/08 - 08:35 am
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It was my first ever trip to

It was my first ever trip to Athens for a football game. I lost interest in the lopsidedness and began counting all the co-ed blondes with dark roots. I was amazed at this number.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/28/08 - 08:40 am
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had a chance to watch the

had a chance to watch the game again this morning. We got robbed! Looks as though BAMA may have been holding on their first 12 touchdowns. GO DAWGS

goBAMA_09_ROLLTIDE
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goBAMA_09_ROLLTIDE 09/28/08 - 09:01 am
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I will not

I will not GLOAT.............much.

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 09/28/08 - 09:08 am
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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt were much more entertaining than the funeral all the local dawg fans were attending. Typical dawgs, not as much the players but the fans. I understand that they have nothing else in life to live for, but come on, wearing black to ones own funeral. Just think dawg do fans, my commodore are #1 in the SEC EAST, and their commodes (as you locals so foundly call them) are ready for your xcrement.

apex24
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apex24 09/28/08 - 09:28 am
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I wonder if any Alabama cars

I wonder if any Alabama cars were "keyed" or the wonderful Ga. fans started fights in Athens. That's the great fans of the Bulldogs.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 09/28/08 - 09:56 am
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HAHAHAHAHAHA! GA Thugs get

HAHAHAHAHAHA! GA Thugs get beat with their own penalties. HAHAHAHAH! WTG Tide.

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 09/28/08 - 10:23 am
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Funny, not many dawg gloats

Funny, not many dawg gloats on here today

TheChairman
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TheChairman 09/28/08 - 10:55 am
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wow.. typical mutt "we got

wow.. typical mutt "we got robbed" yeah, right, you got robbed, beat, punched in the mouth, and then were able to stuble home. embarrased on national TV.... anybody want a black t-shirt? Cheap? see a mutt fan... hahahahahahahahahahahaha

55 F-100
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55 F-100 09/28/08 - 11:10 am
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Once again, Mark Richt showed

Once again, Mark Richt showed that when he goes up against a great coach and motivator, he was, is and always will be number 2. Richt can not keep his house in order and under control, and the motivation of possibly playing for a national championship should have been enough for the players to maintain their focus, but it was not. I am a UGA graduate and fan, but DAWG fans, if you think that Richt can lead UGA to a national championship, you are sadly mistaken. He does not have the fire in the belly and grit that it takes to mold a champion. On the other hand, Saban has returned Alabama to their level of greatness in two years, and hang on, that level of greatness and superiority will continue as long as Saban is in command

jaschild
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jaschild 09/28/08 - 11:30 am
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no, 55, the problem is

no, 55, the problem is leadership: for whatever reason, UGA just doesn't have a "field general" this year. antoine caldwell (bama center) is the guiding force for Bama's hunger & ferocity. matt stafford? not so much. knowshon moreno? yes, he shows determination & grit, but doesn't actively lead on the field. richt is a great coach and excellent motivator; the players have to come up with a way to pick themselves up when they get down like that in the first half. did you notice how much better the dawgs played in the 2nd half? that's cause richt convinced them they could play with the tide. stop bashing the best thing that's happened to UGA football since herschel. RTR!!!!

iabeewalkingtamemphis
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iabeewalkingtamemphis 09/28/08 - 12:12 pm
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooWUFF, WUFF, my booty hurt, it hurt REAL baaaaaaaaaaaaaad!

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 09/28/08 - 12:29 pm
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That game was appropriately

That game was appropriately the funeral for the stupid "blackout" theme. I had a feeling this was coming.

ugadawgbite
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ugadawgbite 09/28/08 - 02:41 pm
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Bama out played UGA last

Bama out played UGA last night, it's amazing how many of you internet tough-guys either don't have a team, or if you do you can't name more than three players on the roster. Easy for you crusty metal boy, last few weeks you've been a Gcock now your a vandy fan=AMAZING=.

BamaFanNGa
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BamaFanNGa 09/28/08 - 03:41 pm
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Hey Georgia, Hey Georgia, We

Hey Georgia, Hey Georgia, We just beat the Hell out of You!!!! Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Give em Hell Alabama!!!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buster
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buster 09/28/08 - 04:29 pm
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Dawgs can't do nothing but

Dawgs can't do nothing but take this one and learn from it with STILL a shot at playing for all the marbles. Can't say that for patriciathomas and Spurrier over on the Cocks sideline. Dawgs WILL be in the hunt with the Cluck-A-Doodle Dont's being a passive (and beaten) spectator!!!!!!

KSL
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KSL 09/28/08 - 05:18 pm
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It takes the sorriest of a

It takes the sorriest of a bad loser to make an attack like that one ugawoose. So the Gamecocks don't have a great team. So what. Their fans are entitled to pull for them none-the-less. It's typical of the worst of Georgia fans to make comments like that. You must still be smarting a little due to the fact that a not so hot team gave Georgia a handful in Columbia. I've been in Athens a time or two after Georgia suffered unexpected losses. It's not a pretty picture. It's always like somebody near and dear has just passed away. Well, heck, at least the fans were dressed appropriately yesterday.

KSL
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KSL 09/28/08 - 05:24 pm
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I have some very obnoxious

I have some very obnoxious family members who pull for Georgia. By far most of them are not sore losers or obnoxious winners, but my brother-in-law is the worst. Ny oldest nephew is next. I'm enjoying the thought that one of his 2 sisters and his brother both go to Alabama.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 09/28/08 - 08:43 pm
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GO Bama and GO Obama!

GO Bama and GO Obama!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/29/08 - 12:57 am
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Just proves my point that the

Just proves my point that the SEC is the toughest division in college football. They are also their own worst enemies. If the Big 10 and Pac 10 conferences had to play the level of competition the SEC has to play week in and week out they wouldn't ever be ranked in the top 25.

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