The Georgia Bulldogs were held to 280 yards of total offense as they fell to the UCF Knights 10-6 in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Georgia finishes the 2010 season 6-7, the first losing record under head coach Mark Richt and first since 1996. The loss also snapped Georgia’s four-game bowl winning streak.
At Georgia’s expense, the UCF Knights of Conference USA won their first bowl game and also won 11 games for the first time in school history. The Knights finished 11-3 overall.
Quarterback Aaron Murray finished the game 21-of-38 for 198 yards but threw two interceptions and no touchdowns passes. A.J. Green was the leading receiver with 77 yards on 8 receptions.
As they have most of the season, the Georgia lines were manhandled. The Bulldogs mustered only 82 yards on the ground led by Washaun Ealey with 60. Against Georgia’s defense, the Knights rushed for 124 yards.
So where do the Bulldogs go from here? Before the game, there was a contingent of Georgia fans already calling for Mark Richt to be fired. The Bulldogs have regressed over the last two years, going 8-5 in 2009 and now 6-7 in 2010. And the Dawgs haven’t played in the SEC Championship Game since 2005.
New UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity issued his support for Richt earlier in the season, but the loss to UCF could change his opinion. How much it will change we don’t know at this point.
What do you think about the future of the Georgia program? Mark Richt will more than likely be the coach in 2011. Do you think he can turn this thing around? If not, what direction should Georgia go in and who do you honestly think can elevate us to the next level? Sound off in the comments below.