UGA Blows Out Charleston Southern

Mark Richt planned to do some multitasking Saturday evening and night after he wrapped up his postgame news conference from Georgia’s 55-9 drilling of Charleston Southern before 4 p.m.

“There’s still a lot of day left today,” the Georgia coach said. “I’ve got a computer ready to watch some tape at the house tonight.”

That’s tape of No. 17 Georgia Tech, which plays at Georgia next Saturday.

What will also get Richt’s attention is Missouri-Tennessee on Saturday night. A Tigers loss against the Vols or Arkansas next week sends Georgia to the SEC title game. (Update: Missouri beat Tennessee so Bulldogs need Razorbacks to beat Mizzou Friday).

“It will be a commercial break here or there,” Richt said. “I don’t know if I’ll watch the whole thing. I don’t want to live and die with it. It would be more productive for me to be getting ready to watch Georgia Tech film then try to affect something I have no control over.”

Some quick thoughts and notes in the aftermath of a beatdown:

–Jonathon Rumph teased again about all that potential that flashes occasionally. He had 5 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. The senior wideout made a nifty diving 22-yard catch. He’s had big games against Kentucky and Charleston Southern. Let’s see what he can do against Georgia Tech.

–Mike Bobo, in the coaches’ box, was vocal even when the game was already out of hand.

The offensive coordinator didn’t like (perhaps) the blocking on a Nick Chubb short run in the first half and an incomplete deep ball from Brice Ramsey to Isaiah McKeznie early in the third quarter.

He had to like what he saw again from Hutson Mason, who was 10 of 12 for 187 yards and three touchdowns. The guy hasn’t thrown an interception in the last six games.

“I’m not trying to go for the big stats or anything,” Mason said. “As long as we get it done then it feels good.”

–You can read plenty about Justin Scott-Wesley making some noise in the passing game on the website later. About another receiver. McKenzie had another drop. He’s a work in progress as a pass catcher. Remember he was signed mostly for his return abilities.

–My Charleston Southern MVP was punter Truett Burns. His low punts got crazy bounces that made returning them difficult. Georgia had three returns for nine yards.

On the flip side, Georgia didn’t punt again for the second time in three games.

–Nick Chubb is not a guy tacklers want to deal with. Was that a violent stiff arm or shoulder he delivered on one run near the sideline?

–Defensive back Aaron Davis could have had a pick six about 25 yards from end zone but couldn’t hold onto the ball.

–Quayvon Hicks bounced off five (I think) players for a 33-yard touchdown run to make it 55-3 near the end of the third quarter.

–Brice Ramsey completed 8 of his first 11 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown before his first interception as a Bulldog in the fourth quarter.

“The timing just wasn’t there,” Richt said. “You get guys that don’t work a whole lot with each other and I think the route could have been a little more crisp and the throw, obviously, could have been in a better spot. It’s a shame we had an interception. We haven’t thrown one in a long time.”

— Freshman starting defensive back Dominick Sanders exited the game midway through the first quarter with what Richt said was a bruise to his left shin.

“He got leg whipped in the shin,” Richt said. “I think he’ll be fine. There’s no issues as far as the X-rays.”

–Richt was pretty much a happy camper after this one.

“I was very pleased with our team today,” he said. “I thought they came with a good focus, I think they came with a good energy, good execution. A lot of times if there’s enough buzz around a game, guys can start believing some of the things they hear and read. I thought we did a very good job of respecting our opponent today and playing very well.”

He added: “You don’t want to have a sloppy performance. Even after the score got out of hand in the first half, the second half could have got bad. They did score in the second half. They scored a touchdown in the second half, but I think guys were playing hard and fighting. We played a lot of different guys in the second half and kept executing for the most part. I just think we came out there with a really good edge, with the right mindset and good execution, very few penalties or turnovers until the very end.”

 

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