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Recapping The Three Keys To A Win

NCAA Football: Arkansas State at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The waiting? That’s all over after Saturday’s convincing win over Arkansas State.

Next? Notre Dame comes to town and bringing along an absolutely insane atmosphere that may very well dwarf the game itself.

Georgia did what it needed to do against the Red Wolves, setting the table for the Fighting Irish.

Here’s a look at how the Dawgs met the three keys to a win.

Sound play and good fundamentals

Saturday’s as close to a dress rehearsal for Notre Dame as it gets. It’ll wrap up a three-game swing leading into, let’s be honest, the second-biggest home game in school history. Georgia needs to go into that week with a burst and play well - more aptly - limit turnovers and mental penalties.

In short, Georgia moved the ball at will and got after Arkansas State’s up-tempo offense shutting it out. Anytime you hold someone scoreless, it’s a great day. There was also the flexing of offensive muscle with five different running backs scoring a touchdown.

Limit Big Plays

Similar to last week against Murray State, a big touchpoint for Georgia’s defense will be to minimize big plays surrendered. If this group does that, it won’t hurt its mindset as it sets up to defend next week against ND.

The Red Wolves came in averaging more than 300 yards per game, and Georgia held hem under that with 200 total offensive yards. The longest running play by ASU was 10 yards with the longest pass play being 45 by backup quarterback Layne Hatcher.

Intermediate Passing

We know Fromm can throw it deep. Before next week gets here, one thing many would like to see is more targeting of the tight ends. With Eli Wolf and Charlie Woerner, there is absolutely talent there. Getting this group a wind at its back leading into next weekend would be huge.

Saturday was not a highlight-reel day as far as pass catching by tight ends go, partially due to lack of targets. Charlie Woerner was in place for a big catch that was undone by an apparent lack of communication between he and Jake Fromm.

There was still a bit of mid-range passing going on, and that was very nice to see when Tyler Simmons exited with a injury and Demetris Robertson missed the game with a minor injury. Besides, the increased targets of passes to George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock was hardly a bad thing, either.

Go Dawgs!