The mistakes that directly led to 28 South Carolina points were so hideously, glaringly obvious that they obscured everything else about Saturday’s loss, but it’s worth mentioning that Georgia’s first three sustained drives of the day died at the South Carolina 19-, 21- and 16-yard lines. Had one or two of those punched across the goal line, the Dawgs might have been up by more than two scores instead of the 6-0 lead that got erased on Garcia’s 2nd quarter schoolyard throw to Jeffery.
The Dawgs did get their red zone offense rolling in the second half, scoring three touchdowns.
But the conference stats to this point look a little discouraging. On offense, Georgia so far has managed fewer red zone scores than Vanderbilt. The Dawgs are next to last in the conference in red zone touchdowns. Meanwhile on defense, Georgia’s opponents have scored seven touchdowns in eight red zone appearances. No other SEC school has allowed more.
Two games obviously provide a very limited sample size, particularly given the level of opposition Georgia has faced compared with its SEC peers. But it’s something worth keeping an eye on going forward.