September 26, 2010

Another game, more offensive issues

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was able to keep his composure during his post-game session with reporters following Saturday's 24-12 loss to Mississippi State.

But ultimately, the frustration he was feeling inside came bubbling up.

As Bobo trudged back up the walk leading toward the Bulldogs' lockerroom, he angrily slammed his bottle of PowerAde to the ground, before picking it up and continuing on his way.

Chalk it up as another disappointing offensive evening for the Bulldogs, who once again struggled to consistently move the ball and when they did, failed to capitalize once inside the red zone of MSU.

Three trips inside the Mississippi State 20-yard line resulted in just a pair of field goals by Blair Walsh and included a first-quarter miscue when Washaun Ealey fumbled into the MSU end zone.

"I didn't do a good job of getting us ready to play, we didn't do a good job on me executing and that falls on me as a coach," Bobo said. "We moved the ball well, but didn't finish and when you don't finish, you can't win in this league."

It wasn't pretty.

Georgia only rushed for 113 yards, and 32 of that came from quarterback Aaron Murray who only missed being the Bulldogs' leading rusher by four years. Ealey led Georgia with 36, which actually outgained MSU in the first half 221-to-121.

"I I don't think they slowed us down at all in the first half and to only get six points was disappointing," Bobo said. "You can't turn the ball over and you can't have penalties. That's coaching. It's our fault."

Murray had another good day passing, completing 18-of-31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

"I thought we were in great rhythm," said Murray, who completed 10-of-16 passes the first half for 151 yards. "We felt great and were hoping we could keep it up the second half, but ultimately could not keep it up in the red zone like we needed to."

Murray had no answers to what's been causing Georgia's red zone woes.

"I wish I could answer that," Murray said. "We could have won the last three games if we knew what our issue in the red zone was. We've moved the ball fine the last three games, but just can't seem to finish drives."

As a result, Georgia is 1-3 and has dropped its first three SEC games for the first time since 1993.

"Yeah, it's bad. We're 1-3 or whatever the ….. we are. You play to win the game, work hard and we're not getting it done," Bobo said. "It's disappointing. The guys are frustrated but we're going to get back to work and we're going to get back to grinding, that's all we can do. Nobody's going to quit, nobody's going to throw in the towel."

Bobo wouldn't comment when asked what he needed to do specifically to turn the offense around.

"I've got to look at the tape," he said. "Obviously, what we're doing now isn't working."

At least he'll have wide receiver A.J. Green back for next week's game at Colorado.

Green has missed the past four contests as ordered by the NCAA for selling his Independence Bowl jersey to a runner, although Bobo doesn't see his return as a cure-all for Georgia's offensive ills.

"He'll give us a boost of confidence but we've got a lot of things to fix," Bobo said. "Not having A.J. isn't why we are 0-3 (in the SEC), we got beat; we got beat on the field. If we want to win, we've got to go out and earn it."

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