Stay for the eventual realization that the LSU game should have been much closer than it turned out.
When you look at the box score for the Georgia game, it perfectly encapsulates how you can upset a team that’s better than you. Big plays and turnovers.
Georgia’s overall success rate was 41 percent to our 35 on offense. The national average is 41% so we were way below that. Georgia was more efficient than us. Efficiency is the No. 1 factor in winning football games. Usually, you’re going to lose when you are less efficient. Where LSU really struggled in this category was passing downs. They came away with a dreadful 19% success rate on those downs with Burrow only throwing for 46 yards on 10 attempts while also being sacked 3 times.
LSU hit just enough creases, caught just enough deep balls on early downs that they were able to make their way into Georgia territory often enough. By the end of the game, LSU had 8 drives end up past the Georgia 40 while Georgia only had five. Both teams scored points every time they got down there, (NOTE: of course, I am stupid and forgot about the fake field goal which I diagrammed below) LSU was just there more because they had more possessions by taking the ball away.
It’s not so much that the Tigers dominated. It’s that Richard LeCounte’s observation, the current Quote of the Day, marks the perfect epitaph of the game.
“They just did the right things at the right times…”
And the Dawgs didn’t.
Georgia didn’t get out-talented. It got out-executed, at least when it counted, by a more focused, better motivated opponent.
There still isn’t a better team from a talent standpoint left on Georgia’s regular season schedule. The question is whether this Georgia team shows up mentally ready to play.