When you watch the replay, there’s a graphic that comes up early in the fourth quarter, showing yardage by quarters, that neatly summarizes what the game came down to.
Third quarter: UGA 158 UM 21
When Georgia is focused and turns it on, it’s as good as any team in the country. That was the story of the third quarter, which in turn made it the story of the game.
On defense, the secondary made adjustments to take away the deep pass that had burned them repeatedly in the first half and the defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Much of the game, the pass rush was lacking, but that was not the case in the third quarter; although Lock wasn’t sacked, he definitely felt the pressure.
On offense, as Jordan Rodgers (who did a pretty good job as the color guy all night) noted, Georgia did an excellent job of exploiting the structural weaknesses of the Mizzou defense, in this case, poor pass coverage and a complete inability to defend the run on the boundaries.
All told, it was brutally efficient. But for a procedure penalty on Brian Herrien, it would have been even worse.
Other than that, a few other notes:
- I saw a few comments elsewhere that J’Mon Moore got in his coaches’ doghouse with his early unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and that was the reason he finished with only one catch for eight yards. Nah uh. He was a non-factor because Deandre Baker shut his ass down. Baker’s stop at about the 7:15 mark in the third quarter is as well as any defensive back can play the quick slant on a third-and-two.
- Javon Wims had a great game, not just catching the ball, but also blocking.
- To those of you who insisted in the comments yesterday that the interception was just a lucky snag, I don’t know what you were watching. The Missouri linebacker made the play watching Fromm’s eyes. It wasn’t a good throw.
- That being said, Fromm is really growing into the starting role. He’s got great pre-snap command of where his backs and receivers need to line up. One good thing about Missouri’s soft coverage and lack of pressure was that it gave him enough time on a few plays to find and throw to a second option. With more experience, the game will slow down for him and he’ll be able to do that against better defenses.
- The relaxed body language of Georgia’s running backs when the cameras cut to them on the sidelines in the second half is fun to watch.
- D’Andre Swift’s parents were a hoot.
- I mentioned in my Observations post yesterday that I really liked the play call that led to Missouri’s first score. After watching the replay, the last score came off a call that was just as impressive. Josh Heupel dialed up a perfect play to take advantage of the adjustments Mel Tucker made in the second half to take away the deep ball. If Missouri’s staff gets blown up in the offseason, somebody’s gonna hire Heupel and do quite well by him.
- I see it every week, but Missouri’s offensive line holds a lot. They’re good at it, too. Again, if the refs aren’t gonna call it, keep on doing it.
- This was not one of Solomon Kindley’s better days. As I mentioned yesterday, Chubb saved his ass by driving out of the end zone to prevent a safety when a Mizzou d-lineman shot past Kindley.
- You think Jim Chaney likes the run-pass option? I think Jim Chaney likes the run-pass option.
- Man, next time Georgia gains 700 yards on the nose, maybe come up with something other than victory formation on the last play of the game. (I keed, I keed.)