KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Although Mike Bobo continues to draw heat as Georgia's offensive coordinator, head coach Mark Richt continues to stand by his man.
"I think he's doing a fine job. That's why I named him offensive coordinator," Richt said in Saturday's post-game press conference. "I take it you don't."
For the second straight week, Georgia's offense muddled and fuddled its through a game, this time failing to score an offensive touchdown for the first time in the Richt era since a 16-12 loss to South Carolina in 2007.
This one was particularly difficult to watch.
The Bulldogs failed to score an offensive touchdown since a 16-12 loss to South Carolina to years ago as Georgia failed to rush for 100 yards for the third straight time. Meanwhile, quarterback Joe Cox completed 19 of 34 passes for just 146 yards with two interceptions.
"This wasn't acceptable. We got whipped today, pretty much every facet," Bobo said. "They played better, made more plays, they did a great job."
Bobo conceded that the Volunteers did little that caught him by surprise.
Tennessee's defense did show more Cover-2 than the Bulldogs thought, but other than that defensive coordinator Monty Kiffin routinely put eight men in the box, just like Bobo anticipated he would.
"They like to get eight in a box and their m.o. is to stack two-Tampa, but he's going to get eight in there to stop the run and maybe some quick game," he said. "We were able to execute that pretty early. But when you're completing those short passes, they're not giving up those big plays, you've got to execute as an offense and we didn't do that."
So what next?
The Bulldogs return to the practice field Sunday afternoon and Bobo said every aspect of the Bulldog offense will be placed under the microscope.
"We've got to evaluate everything," he said. "We've lost two games in a row, so we're going to evaluate everything we're doing and who we need to get the ball to. We've got to try and figure out a way to get first downs."
Bobo was also asked about the security of starting quarterback, who now has eight interceptions on the year.
"I'll havehave to look at the film before I can make any comment about that," said Bobo, who finally gave backup Logan Gray an opportunity to do something more than run off tackle when he inserted him into the game with 6:20 to play.
What about freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger?
"It would be a little tough with Aaron missing three weeks and just getting back to practice last week," Bobo said. "But at this point, I'm not ruling anybody out considering where we are as a team offensive. We need to try and find someone who can give us a spark. I'm not ruling out anything."
But Bobo cautioned that Georgia's offensive troubles go much deeper than just quarterback.
"We've got to figure out something to do offensive, because today was not good," Bobo said. "They made more plays, they were more physical than us. We've got to figure out what we're made of, but we can't quit now."
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