December 1, 2012

What's next for Dawgs?

ATLANTA - With Georgia still smarting from its 32-28 loss to Alabama in Saturday's SEC Championship, not many in the Bulldog lockerroom were thinking about their next game.

Still, there is one in the team's future and it's a question that figures to be answered sometimes Sunday afternoon.

According to sources, the Bulldogs (11-2) may actually receive an invite to the Cotton Bowl set for Jan. 4 against the Big 12 runner-up, presumably against Texas.

Texas A&M was initially rumored to be the Cotton Bowl's team of choice, but the Capital One Bowl is expected to go with Texas A&M and possible Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

LSU is 10-2 and would seem like a logical choice for Dallas, but according to published reports, the Tigers appear headed to the Chick-fil-A bowl with South Carolina going to the Outback.

But after the game, many were calling it a shame that the Bulldogs - after Saturday's performance - have to settle for a non-BCS bowl.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was one.

"I'm going to tell you, I think it's a crying shame if Georgia doesn't get to go to a BCS Bowl game. They should go to a BCS Bowl game," Saban said. "I mean, it's ridiculous. I watch teams that are 7-5 that are talking they might go to a BCS game because they won their championship? Something's not right there. I don't think it's fair to Georgia players, coaches and their institution if they don't go to a BCS game."

Bulldog coach Mark Richt didn't argue with that.

"I'm not in charge of that, but do I think we are worth of a BCS Bowl?" Richt said. "Yes, yes I do."

Linebacker Jarvis Jones was a bit more emphatic.

"It's not fair. We compete at the highest level," Jones said. "I don't think it's right."

Neither does quarterback Aaron Murray.

"It's crazy to think we won't get a BCS game and we're representing the East in the SEC Championship game," Murray said. "This game went down to the wire to go to the National Championship game. It stinks if we don't, but we'll be glad for whatever bowl we go to. We've just got to go out and win."

Richt fires back at Atlanta radio reporter

Richt took exception with a question by a media member during Saturday's post-game presser.

In the final question of Richt's session, local sports radio personality Chuck Oliver stated that "there are some people, whether it's fans, media or whomever else that will maybe want to make further conclusions about you or your quarterback, specifically in big games. Would you have a response to those people?"

Richt responded, "I don't know what you are saying. Why don't you say it straight up what you're trying to say?"

Oliver did just that.

"People will say that you and Aaron Murray , specifically, come up short on the biggest stage against the biggest opponents?

Richt: "Is that what you're saying or everybody else - if that's what you're saying? Are you saying that?"

Oliver: "No, I'm saying I hear that every day."

Richt: "Well, that's for you to worry about then. If that's what you say, then I'll answer the question. If you think other people are saying that, I'm not worried about that. I want to say something else. If anybody thinks our guys didn't play their tail off and Aaron Murray didn't play his tail off, they are crazy. That's unbelievable that somebody would even bring that up."

This and that

Todd Gurley rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for his eighth 100-yard rushing game this season and gives him 15 touchdowns on the year (same as Herschel Walker his true freshman season). … Wide receiver Tavarres King hauled five catches for 142 yards. He now has six 100-yard receiving games in his career. He is now 4th in school history with 2,498 career receiving yards. … On the defensive side of the ball, Jones added two sacks to go along with six tackles versus the Tide. He is now tied for fifth in school history with 26 (Freddie Gilbert) and has 12.5 this season. Jones also had a forced fumble and leads the nation with seven this year. He has 22.5 TFL this season, which ranks second in school history behind David Pollack (23.5 in 2002). … Georgia forced two turnovers but did not convert them into any points. Alabama intercepted Murray with 1:15 left in the second quarter and converted a field goal as time expired in the half. For the Bulldogs, Jones forced a fumble against QB AJ McCarron on a sack that linebacker Christian Robinson recovered at the 9:33 mark in the first period. The Bulldogs missed a 50-yard field goal after getting the ball. In the second quarter, Commings had his third interception of his career in the end zone with the Tide on the Bulldog 5-yard line. Georgia failed to convert a first down after getting the ball. For the year, Georgia is now +9 in turnover margin and has scored 65 points off 25 turnovers. Opponents have turned 16 Bulldog miscues into 56 points. … Linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team with 11 tackles including nine solo stops. He has a team-high 98 tackles this year. Jones had two sacks and nose John Jenkins added another, and they both had six tackles apiece. Senior safety Shawn Williams had nine stops.