Sunday, October 14, 2018

Post Game Notes

UGA Sports Communications

Series History: With today’s 36-16 loss to #12 LSU, the Tigers take a 17-13-1 edge in the series history that dates back to 1928. This was the 11th meeting where both teams were ranked in the top 25 and LSU now leads that 6-5.

Points off Turnovers: The Dawgs came in today+6 in Turnover Margin with only three turnovers on the year that resulted in no points by the opponents. LSU forced four turnovers and turned them into 13 points.

No Points At The Half: For the first time since the 2016 Auburn game on Nov. 12, Georgia was shut out in the first half. Auburn led 7-0 at the half that day, and the Dawgs rallied back for a 13-7 victory. The Dawgs came in today averaging 42.8 points a game, and at the half, the Dawgs trailed LSU 16-0 and ended with their first loss of the year.

A Look At The Defense: In the first half, LSU built a 16-0 lead. The Tigers ran 45 plays for 246 yards. After forcing LSU to punt on its first drive, the Tigers scored on their next four possessions, getting one TD and three field goals. For the game, the Tigers tallied 475 yards on 81 plays with three touchdowns and five field goals.

Georgia’s leading tacklers with career-highs were freshman DB Tyson Campbell with 11 and senior DE Jonathan Ledbetter had 10. The Dawgs had three sacks in the first half as D’Andre Walker got his team-leading fifth while Tyler Clark and Keyon Richardson split a sack and freshman OLB Robert Beal, Jr.,registered his first.

A Look At Fromm And The Offense: Sophomore QB Jake Fromm came in ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency but struggled going 5-for-16 for 47 yards in the first half and finished 16-for-34 for 209 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs. In the opening possession of the second half, Fromm went 4-for-5 for 45 yards as the Dawgs managed a field goal. However, the second possession ended with an interception at the UGA 23, and the Tigers turned into a field goal and a 19-3 lead. Georgia answered with its first TD-drive of the contest, going 75 yards on seven plays capped by a 10-yard run by Elijah Holyfield. A two-point try failed so the Dawgs only cut the deficit to 19-9. Junior Riley Ridley (3 rec., 75 yards, 1 TD) caught a 27-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 29-16 with six minutes left in the contest. In the first half, Georgia’s offense was limited to 32 plays for 124 yards and no points and for the game finished with 16 points on 64 plays with 322 yards.

Another Early Deficit: For the second straight contest, Georgia fell behind after never trailing in the first five games of the year. Today, LSU capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a field goal with 9:32 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 edge and led the whole game. Last week, Vanderbilt went up 3-0 in the first quarter and Georgia responded with a one play, 75-yard TD and led the rest of the way. The deficit against the Commodores lasted 15 seconds. Today on its second drive, Georgia drove to the LSU 14 and then attempted a fake field goal. Junior PK Rodrigo Blankenship was stopped for a loss of two yards and fumbled on the play. LSU took over at the Georgia 16 and went 84 yards for a TD and a 10-0 advantage. It was the longest TD drive against Georgia this season. Georgia trailed 13-0 with 11:22 left in the first half after a 36-yard field goal capped a 5-play, 53-yard drive. LSU extended its lead to 16-0 with 5:09 remaining after a 39-yard field goal. The last time Georgia attempted a fake field goal was 2014, and it was successful against Georgia Tech, a 28-yard rush by PK Marshall Morgan.

Running Game: The Dawgs finished with 113 yards on 39 carries. In the first half,Georgia’s rushing attack tallied 77 yards on 16 carries. For the game, sophomore D’Andre Swift tallied 72 yards on 12 carries while junior Elijah Holyfield had 56 yards on seven carries.

Blankenship Provides 1st Points: Junior PK Rodrigo Blankenship went 1-for-1 on field goals. He made a 40-yarder to put Georgia on the board on its first drive of the second half as the Bulldogs then trailed 16-3. He is 10-for-12 in field goals this year including 6-for-7 from a range of 40-49 yards. He had four kickoffs with three touchbacks and squibbed his final one as the Dawgs looked to rally. Also, he was part of an unsuccessful fake field goal attempt.

For Starters On The Line: Senior center Lamont Gaillard started his team-leading 35th straight game while junior DB J.R. Reed leads the defense as he’s made 22nd consecutive starts. Junior Charlie Woerner made his first start of the year and fourth of his career as the Dawgs opened with a two tight end set.

Captains: Today’s captains were seniors Natrez Patrick (ILB), Terry Godwin (WR) and D’Andre Walker (OLB).

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