A final couple of notes on the Missouri game

Bill Connelly’s advanced box score summary of the game has a few interesting statistical tidbits.

Georgia ran 96 plays on offense.  If you think that’s a lot, you’re right.  A quick scan of cfbstats.com reveals that’s the most plays Georgia’s run in a game at least since 2008.  The question from here on is whether that’s an outlier, or if the Dawgs really are morphing from a pound and ground approach.  It’s worth noting that Georgia still racked up an impressive 37:18/22:42 advantage in time of possession, despite throwing the ball so much, even as Missouri tried to let the air out of the ball in the second half with its lead.

Georgia was great on third downs early on.  Especially Eason:  “It allowed Jacob Eason to begin the game 6-for-6 on third downs for 72 yards. Only one of the completions stretched more than four yards beyond the first down marker — 10 yards on third-and-10, 11 on third-and-7, five on third-and-4, eight on third-and-6 — but it kept the chains moving, and it allowed UGA to build an early 14-10 lead.”

But not so great as the game progressed.  “After starting 6-for-6, on his last 13 third-down attempts, Eason was just 3-for-12 for 28 yards and a sack.”  You can probably attribute much of that to a breakdown in pass protection.  As Bill notes, in the middle part of the game, Mizzou’s d-line really came to life and pressured the hell out of Eason.  I don’t know how much of that was due to adjustments by the Tigers’ defense and how much was due to Georgia’s o-line wearing down.  It’s not like Georgia’s offense sprung to life after mid-game, either — the Dawgs went more than two full quarters between McKenzie’s two touchdown receptions, although to its credit, the line did a good job on that last scoring drive.  Perhaps it’s fair to say that asking six guys to handle 96 plays might be a bit much.

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17 responses to “A final couple of notes on the Missouri game

  1. SemperFiDawg

    5 turnovers at 4 downs a TO is at least 20 extra plays. I don’t think you can draw any conclusions from that 96 plays. Just my opinion. I reserve the right to be corrected.

  2. Charles

    I think we were forced to run so many plays because Chubb was getting 2.whatever YPC and Eason was best on the short and mid-range passes. We were just getting bits and pieces of yardage.

  3. CaliDawg

    I’m just impressed we were 6 for 6 on 3rd downs at one point. Remember last season when we couldn’t convert 3rd and 1 if our lives depended on it?

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Funny how throwing a yard or two beyond the first down marker is more successful than throwing 2 yards short of it. One of the most infuriating thing I see, and we’ve done a lot of it over the years, is sending receivers 3 yards out when it’s third and 6. We look much better this year in that regard.

  4. Irwin R. Fletcher

    I don’t know how much of that was due to adjustments by the Tigers’ defense and how much was due to Georgia’s o-line wearing down.

    This is what bothers me…Ole Miss’ weakness seems to be depth. FSU and Bama both exploited that in their comeback wins. I’m worried we don’t have the uglies we need to both wear them out and to take advantage of their depth issues as the game wears on.

    • AusDawg85

      Somewhere between being stuffed and forcing Eason into all of those 3rd down attempts and Mizzou getting a better pass rush are gaps on 2nd and long and 3rd and long that Mr. Chubb should be able to exploit?

  5. Biggen

    I’m hopeful #27 gets back into the groove. If he can have a big game (which he is due) we may actually watch an offense who can come alive with Eason and a run game.

  6. W Cobb Dawg

    “…although to its credit, the line did a good job on that last scoring drive. Perhaps it’s fair to say that asking six guys to handle 96 plays might be a bit much.”

    Hate to keep harping on this, but is the OL situation is so dire it prevents us from bringing in a backup to give starters a rest? At least once in a while?! I’m just floored that we don’t have a couple useful guys in the bunch that includes Kindley, Baker, Hardin, Cleveland, Barnes, Allen, Madden, et. al.

  7. Dawgy1

    If the OL don’t step up this Saturday, it’s gonna be a looooong day.

  8. Macallanlover

    Are you suggesting we start the 2nd team and run our starters in late in the game when Old Miss is dragging and surprise attack them with young legs? That’s a fun strategy, would make heroes out of those boys and Pittman after two weeks of being lit up on all UGA sites.

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