Georgia will receive the second half kickoff staked to a 20-10 lead in a game that felt for a while like it might get way too interesting. After more of the same frustrating red zone shenanigans the Bulldog defense, facing a 7-6 deficit, came up with a third down stop of its own to force an Auburn field goal. The Georgia offense then came to a powerful realization . . . .
Can’t bog down in the red zone if you score from 38 yards out. pic.twitter.com/XNyJRXWIzU— Dawg Sports, but with turkey (@dawgsports) November 11, 2018
A few stats of note from the first half:
- Frommian (adv.)- A quarterback performance consisting of approximately 70% completed passes and 10 to 12 yards per pass attempt, with few or no turnovers. Such as Jake Fromm’s current line of 10 of 13 passing for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions.
- Over half of those yards have gone to Terry Godwin, who’s caught 3 passes for 84 yards and looks like a matchup nightmare for Auburn defensive backs. Look for Jim Chaney to decoy the slant to Godwin then go deep off it.
- Or, look for him to just hand it off to D’Andre Swift. Honestly I’m good either way. Swift currenbtly leads all UGA rushers with 53 yards on 10 carries. However, Elijah Holyfield is right behind him with 50 yards on 8 carries.
- The Red and Black defense has surrendered 149 yards of offense so far, with 117 of them through the air. Jarrett Stidham is playing about as well as he can, but it’s going to be really tough for the Tigers to come back in this one if the Bulldog defense can pin its ears back without fear of the rushing game and harass him for the entire second half. Because . . .
- As the ESPN graphic noted in the second quarter, Georgia played something like 21 different defenders in the first half. That should mean a lot of fresh legs in the fourth quarter, a necessity with Auburn wanting to play up tempo in this one.
We’re moments away from the second half kickoff. Here’s hoping the ‘Dawgs run the dang ball and grind this one out, forcing the Plainsmen to leave Athens winless as they have approximately every other November since 2007.