Three stats from last weekend’s games that might matter:
2 TDs were scored by Mississippi State nose guard Jeffery Simmons in the Bulldogs’ 57-21 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. In the first quarter, Simmons blocked a punt from the Louisiana Tech 24-yard line and recovered the ball in the end zone. In the third quarter, with Louisiana Tech on Mississippi State’s 2-yard line, the 301-pound Simmons picked up a fumble and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.
Simmons is a beast who’s getting some serious All-SEC attention in the early season. If the Notre Dame game left you concerned about the middle of Georgia’s offensive line, that’s probably not a good thing.
2 Consecutive South Carolina games have featured a TD kickoff return by South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel. In the Gamecocks’ season-opening game, Samuel returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a TD in a 35-28 victory over North Carolina State on Sept. 2. On Saturday, Samuel had another 97-yard kickoff return for a TD in South Carolina’s 31-13 victory over Missouri. On the first snap after the kickoff return, the Gamecocks intercepted a pass, and, on the next play, Samuel ran 25 yards for a TD, scoring 15 seconds after his previous TD as South Carolina took a 14-10 lead. Samuel’s three TD kickoff returns are a school career record, and they’ve come in his past five games.
Against South Carolina, if Blankenship isn’t told to boot every kickoff into the end zone, that’s coaching malpractice.
5 Of Georgia’s 10 wins since Kirby Smart became the Bulldogs’ coach last season have featured fourth-quarter comebacks, including Saturday’s 20-19 victory over Notre Dame. Georgia trailed the Fighting Irish 19-17 until Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:34 to play. Last season, the Bulldogs beat North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and TCU after trailing in the fourth quarter. Georgia also beat Auburn in a game that was tied in the fourth quarter. Georgia lost games in 2016 to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech after the Bulldogs led in the fourth quarter.
It’s not a good idea to leave a Georgia game early.
4 responses to “Numbers, numbers, numbers”
That last statistic is the most obvious on-field example of Kirby’s changes to the program. It doesn’t seem like we had that many come from behind wins before he got here, at least not in a while.
Miss State worries me. But then, so does Sackerlina and Vandy.
I’m glued to LSU vs. MSU at 6 on Saturday. They were actually trailing La Tech by 9 until their defense and special teams picked them up.
Come from behind wins used to be a staple…I think in 2002 we had three big ones (Clemson, Bama, and Auburn). Agree that had seemingly been missing in recent years.
We used to score points, early and often. Criticism was our “letting of the gas” with big leads.
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I’ve been a little bit concerned about that Carolina game. I know they don’t have the talent level that UGA has, but Muschamp may have learned a lot between his first and second gigs, and he may not end up being the joke we’ve made him out to be.
I know we’re only two weeks in, but if things keep going the way they’re going, the end of the season could be quite interesting.