Georgia not half bad for a half, from a Dawgs’ eye view

Dawg fans, my thoughts following Saturday’s 42-10 loss to LSU in the SEC championship game:

The defense played great. Murray was asked to do too much with no run game. With Samuel healthy it’s a different game. Young wide receivers will make those dropped passes next two seasons. We left 21 points off the scoreboard. We’re not that far. Coaches had a good gameplan. They deserve credit for that.

And Isaiah Crowell needs to mature both physically and mentally. He’s too gifted to dismiss or run off with your message board negativity and/or stadium boos. He’s our Dawg and we gotta rally to support all of ’em til they run out of our patience. He’s a kid; let’s see what an offseason does to him.

It’s strange to say our defense was good with a 42-10 score but special teams and short fields by special teams and turnovers did the damage. Can’t make mistakes and drop wide open passes against top ranked teams.

We’re too young and banged up and thin in depth to have hung with them. Our best shot was to jump out to a big lead and make ’em alter their game plan. We dialed up the right game plan but just dropped a sure TD, missed a catchable TD pass and an interception that would have gone to the house too. Going ahead 24-0 instead of 10-0 would have done that.

The future’s very bright at Georgia, though and there’s no sense dwelling on one bad night when 10 consecutive wins, a division championship and recruiting momentum should keep the Dawgs in the hunt in the near future. Imagine this: they have the conference’s best quarterback – a sophomore, along with young talented wideouts, a young, stout defense that loses very little to the NFL draft and, if they land Nick Marshall from N.C., arguably the top two most coveted running backs in the nation the last two offseasons.

So where do the Dawgs go? My guess is the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma. South Carolina  doesn’t travel well enough to convince bowl’s officials to pick ’em over Georgia and the matchup gives FOX a game they could only dream of.

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