Bill Connelly’s chart holds few surprises. Georgia lost, despite being the superior offensive team, because of brutal turnovers, Marcus Lattimore and an inability to cash in on a dominant first quarter beyond two field goals. If there’s an unexpected positive to take away from his post, it’s that the offensive line managed to get a decent push in the running game.
And one other note, courtesy of Matt Hinton:
… the offense itself hasn’t suffered at all in Richt’s absence — in fact, scoring, total offense and pass efficiency averages from 2008-10 were slightly better than the averages in the salad days, and are already on a similar pace through the first two games this year. Saturday’s 436-yard, 42-point outburst against South Carolina was UGA’s sixth 40-point effort in its last eight games.
It’s frustrating. You get the sense that in some ways the team is very close to success, but there’s no denying that it continues to suffer from an inability to close the deal.