STILLWATER, Ok. - There wasn't a single smile to be found on the faces of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo or his quarterback Joe Cox following Saturday's 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State.
With good reason:
After opening the game with an 80-yard drive to grab a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard pass from Cox to Michael Moore, the Bulldog offense resembled a tractor pull in six feet of mud - a lot of spinning their wheels.
Last year, Oklahoma State surrendered almost 28 points per game, but Saturday new defensive coordinator Bill Young and his squad certainly had Georgia's number, holding the Bulldogs to just 177 yards of offense the rest of the way.
Turnovers didn't help. Georgia turned the ball over three times - two by Cox - but after the game there was only one person Bobo was willing to blame.
"I just didn't do a good job of getting these guys ready to play. We had too many mistakes, turnovers, those kill you and that falls on us (coaches)," Bobo said. "I'll have to review the film but it was a very poor job of me calling plays and getting to our guys. I just don't think I did a good job to help our team. It falls down to execution and that falls on me. I didn't give us a chance to be successful."
The fact Georgia wasn't able to get the ball to its playmakers didn't help either.
Cox completed only two passes longer than 29 yards the entire afternoon; that going to A.J. Green on Georgia's opening drive.
"Again, I just didn't do a good job," Bobo said. "We'd get a big play then we bogged down after that. We probably should have tried to stretch the field more than we did."
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs' running game wasn't clicking, either.
Richard Samuel led all rushers with 20 carries for 87 yards, but take away his 19-yard run on the opening drive and only averaged 3.57.
"I thought we were close several times on several possessions from breaking one, a block here, a block there," Bobo said. "We just didn't have enough big plays and it's hard to go against anybody and just methodically move the ball. We wanted to establish the run."
Cox said he was surprised the Bulldogs did not have more success.
"We thought we could have some success running the ball and we were close to breaking some big plays," Cox said. "We wanted to stay on the ground and keep our defense off the field, and hopefully make their offense antsy thinking they had to score every time they got the ball. We just didn't execute."
Cox, who didn't arrive in Stillwater until late Friday night after coming down with "flu-like symptoms," didn't blame his performance on the illness.
"I just didn't play well. I let a lot of people down," Cox said. "I just wanted to come out and show everyone how hard I had worked, then to come out and play like this
it's not a good feeling."
The fifth-year senior completed just 15 of 30 passes for 162 yards and turned the football over twice in the second half, once with a fumble and once with an interception.
"Some of the stuff was a little new. They would stand up the defensive end and play some three-down stuff. We knew we'd have some adjustments to make," Bobo said. "We just didn't make the plays. I thought our defensive played well, we just didn't play well offensively."
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