On the heels of running into a Mack Truck or a buzz saw Saturday against South Carolina, UGA’s headman Mark Richt vowed he wouldn’t let this team fall apart.
“I’m definitely not losing confidence in this team at all or in our coaching staff or anything like that,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday. “That’s the worst thing you can do. Teams panic and they tend to fall apart. But Georgia is not going to fall apart.
“A year ago, we’re 0-2 and everybody wants to decide the sky has fallen and it’s over for Georgia. But what did we do? We stayed firm; we believed in each other; we kept banging away; we started to win; and before you know it, we won the Eastern Division. … It’s unfortunate [Saturday’s game] came out the way it did with so much at stake, but there’s still a lot at stake. The sun did come up, and we’re going to get back to work.
“I wouldn’t say it was a flat performance,” he said. “I would just say that South Carolina physically whipped us.”
Whipped you? Try destroyed you. That fits much better.
Georgia was averaging over 48.2 points per game before running into Jadeveon Clowney and company that limited the Dawgs to just seven points. Aaron Murray? Non-factor. “Gurshall”? Non-factor. The nine returning starters on defense? Non-factors.
I bought into the hype of the Bulldogs this season. I thought they were a different team than in the past. Guilty as charged.
Georgia’s only wins over ranked opponents in the past 2.5 seasons came last year against #20 Auburn and #23 Georgia Tech. Georgia’s last win over a top-ten ranked team? You have to travel back to 2009 against #7 ranked Tech.
However, the past four seasons, Georgia has lost to every top ranked opponent they’ve faced.
Georgia still can win the East but only if South Carolina loses two conference games and the Bulldogs win out. The Gamecocks travel to LSU and then to Florida in back-to-back games in the rest of the season. So, it’s certainly still in play.
Marcus Lattimore said it best after Saturday night:
“They were shell-shocked. We hit them in the mouth, and they weren’t ready for it.”
Georgia indeed had no response at any point in the game.
How long before the sleeping giant with tons of five-star talent wakes up?