After the postgame interviews were done following Georgia’s 24-12 loss at Mississippi State Saturday night, I checked my Twitter feed while waiting for the elevator to get back to the press box in Davis Wade Stadium.
There was anger from one follower: “So, where do we send our bill for Boulder? Bobo, Richt?”
And humor from another: “AJ Green just put some more jerseys on ebay so he can get suspended for rest of season.”
Yes, nobody expected 0-3 to start the SEC season. Even after the 4-4 SEC record of last year.
I certainly didn’t envision it. Neither did Mark Richt.
“I never would have predicted it, but that’s where we’re at,” Richt said after his team lost three straight games for the first time in his coaching career.
Georgia, which plays Saturday at Colorado with A.J. Green back from suspension, hadn’t lost to Mississippi State since 1974—six years before UGA’s national championship. The 12 points were the fewest Georgia scored in the series since 1970.
Richt said that the team has to “look within,” for answers.
“We’ve just got to make sure that everything we’re doing is the right thing to do and that we’re doing it well,” Richt said. “I’ve just got to make sure—that’s just part of my job as head coach. I’m responsible for everything that happens. I’ve got to make sure that every part of our football program starts to do the things that we need to do to win.”
Here are the SEC teams Mississippi State has beaten in the past two seasons:
2009: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss.
2008: Vanderbilt, Arkansas
“It’s adversity, it’s tough right now,” outside linebacker Justin Houston said. “I’ve got to be a leader on this team and make sure everybody keeps their heads up.”
Said receiver Kris Durham: “We need to go back in, look ahead and come back Monday ready to practice, ready to get better.”
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