Boy, when’s the last time anyone at Georgia so dramatically changed the perception of their standing as both Lambert and Schottenheimer did in a mere four hours last night?
As astoundingly impressive as Lambert’s showing was (he’s vaulted into fifth nationally in passer rating), I’m even more taken by what Georgia’s offensive coordinator pulled off. First, he’s Lambert’s position coach. Some of the credit for the improvement in Lambert’s game has to go to Schottenheimer.
But what was really great was letting everyone know from the get go that the answer to the question of why Georgia’s game planning in its first two games was so conservative was that, yes, he was holding something back. And when I say from the get go, I mean from the get go, as the Dawgs came out in their very first series throwing the ball.
And that’s why, of all the numbers Seth Emerson mentions in this piece, this number is my favorite:
Times that Georgia threw it on first down Saturday. The first two games of the season Georgia only threw it a combined nine times on first down.
No doubt this is one of the worst defenses I’ve seen South Carolina deploy under Spurrier. But Schottenheimer made them look bad by going away from the tendencies he’d established. All in all, just a brilliant night. No wonder Spurrier made an effort after shaking hands with Richt last night to find Schottenheimer in the crowd on the field and congratulate him. The master knew what his pupil had accomplished.