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How Georgia Met The Three Keys To A Win

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Mulligan season’s over, folks.

In recent games, Georgia has been less than perfect in some areas, but fortunate to be playing opponents not able to take advantage of those shortcomings, some self-inflicted.

That ends now with four games in a row against ranked opponents up next.

Still, Saturday was a convincing win and gave the Dawgs their second year in a row with a 6-0 start for the first time in school history.

Here is how Georgia met the three keys to a win.

Just make plays

Look back to a week ago. A caught pass here or there, an executed block...and the game’s a blowout by halftime. This offense can make plays..it has the ability. This group just has not shown it the past few games at a high rate of doing so. The way that Georgia starts offensively will dictate the mood of the game, and the mentality going ahead to next week. It can be argued that the offensive start this week could be a turning point, good or bad, for the rest of the year.

After a few early misfirings, Georgia got going pretty good in this area. It can be argued that Georgia’s offensive answer via the long pass to Terry Godwin was an early turning point. And as expected, big runs by Holyfield, Swift and Cook (even if it got called back) made their way to the surface. Sure, the offense started slow to this coaching staff’s chagrin, but it got going and executed eventually. At times, there were signs, especially on the hurry-up mode to end the first half of what this offense could be.

Force The Pass

If Georgia’s front four has a big day on defense, it’ll mean that Vandy’s run game is neutralized, forcing the Commodores into what they would prefer to avoid - passing the ball a lot. Plus - while we are talking momentum - this team’s interior on defense could use a jolt of it, as well.

In comes down to making plays. At times, Georgia did not do a good job protecting the flat. At other times, Georgia’s front seven did what it needed to - produce QB pressures to force incompletions.

Cut down on penalties

There’s an ethos that the little stuff becomes big in football. That’s been true for Georgia lately. Think of the UT drive sparked by a bad unsportsmanlike penalty last week. It is one thing to have a penalty because you are playing aggressive. Mental mistakes? That’s anther issue, and one that has to be avoided. If they rear their ugly head, it’ll kill the night game atmosphere, slowing the pace of the game down and taking away an edge Georgia should have.

There’s no bones about it. This is a serious issue that if not cleaned up, will cost Georgia one if not more wins. At some point, not committing dumb penalties is a ‘want to do it’ type deal. Whatever Georgia’s coaching staff is doing to encourage a cutdown on penalties, it sure is not working.

Go Dawgs!