And it was all downhill from there, Eli. Not that your defensive players noticed.
“I think we did a great job of stopping the run today,” said junior linebacker Chad Bailey, who totaled a game-high 10 tackles. “They (Georgia) got some really elusive backs that can get out and make some plays, but I think we did a really good job of containing them.”
Sophomore defensive back Jaylon Carlies agreed with his fellow Tiger defender.
“I honestly feel we held our own out there. We did a great job stopping the run,” said Carlies, who also totaled 10 tackles and intercepted a pass. “We just need to do a better job pass-game wise. But I feel like we came out and held our own.”
My dudes, you gave up 43 points and 505 yards of offense (8.01 ypp)! A week after Bennett posted a 120 or so passer rating against Florida, he put up an effort that scored a 215.9. If that’s what holding your own feels like, I’d hate to hear what qualifies as a bad job for y’all.
Coach has your backs, though.
“We were trying to stop the run. That’s what they do (run the ball),” Drinkwitz said of Georgia. “When you [try to stop the run], you’re susceptible to the pass yards. Credit [Georgia]. They made a couple of really good plays, and a couple of really good catches.”
At this point, I don’t understand why selling out to stop the run remains an attractive option for defending Georgia. Stetson Bennett may not be perfect, but he’s proven that he will absolutely roast a team that sells out on run defense. Todd Monken may not be the most cutting edge offensive coordinator on the planet, but he’s right up there with the best at taking what a defense gives him.
“I was proud of the way our team fought. They came out with the right energy and attitude,” Drinkwitz said.
Well, at least you got that. And you’ll always have that three-point lead.