Georgia gets win number 10 with a workman-like 31-17 victory over the Yellow Jackets. My thoughts on the game:
- Tech got their yardage on the ground but never really got their triple option going. Garrison Smith stepped up big time when the Dawgs lost D’angelo Tyson early. Smith will be a starter next year so it was good to see him step up and not miss a beat.
- Shawn Williams’ interception of
Reggie Ball Tevin Washington was a thing of beauty.
- The only negative I saw on the defensive side of the ball was some poor tackling. Other than that another solid day for the Dawg D.
- Special Teams were huge and Georgia made plays; Two great punts by Butler pinning Tech deep, Boykin’s kickoff return to open the second half and Blair Walsh making The Fish Fry Genius pay for icing him late in the first half.
- Aaron Murray was sharp again, his only pick came on a play where he got leveled. The O-line protected him well and he found the Tight Ends all day long. I love Al Groh’s let the Tight End run free defense.
- Give Bobo credit. On a day where Georgia was thin at running back again he got creative and found ways to move the ball on the ground. He got Mitchell involved on a reverse, Murray was a part of the running game and Branden Smith played exclusively on the offensive side of the ball.
- Michael Bennett; All he does is catch Touchdown passes. (He also threw a great block on the reverse run by Mitchell).
- Murray’s 2nd qtr touchdown pass to Chris Conley was a thing of beauty. Play fake, pump fake, wide open in the corner.
- I hate to pick on announcing crews but Ed Cunningham is horrible. He makes me long for Bob Davie.
- I also usually don’t get in to schadenfreude, but when Tech is involved it is too good to pass up.
- More so than in previous years against Tech there was a very obvious gap in talent level between the Dogs and Jackets. Tech just doesn’t have the horses, particularly on defense.
- On to the Dome to play LSU, who is pretty good. Go Dawgs
Clean Old Fashioned Hate. Here is all you need to know about the 2011 version:
The Senator questions those big ‘ol brains Tech folks are always bragging about.
Tyler at the Georgia Sports Blog airs a few grievances and sets some things straight for out friends on North Ave.
We check back in with Dawg Sports who serves up some secrets to beating the Jackets.
Tech will honor Larry Munson in a pre-game ceremony. A little class looks good on you Tech.
And then there’s Paul Johnson who sometimes forgets to stay classy.
Tech Blog From The Rumble Seat gives us graphs!
My thoughts on the game:
- Stop the “belly” run up the middle. If Tech is able to get some traction up the middle it opens up everything in their triple option attack. The belly play is what makes the triple option tick. Georgia has been stout against the run all year and of course Tech’s #2 rushing offense will give the Dawgs a stiff test. Georgia also has to stay disciplined as Tech will throw lots of mis-direction at you. Geathers, Jenkins, Tyson, and Jones will need to have a whale of a game.
- The Dawg defenders have to keep their cool. Tech will cut block, they will, it’s what they do. Georgia can’t afford to get frustrated and retaliate and get penalties or even ejections. Vandy cut blocked all night and we all remember what that led to. True cut blocking is legal, but defenders hate it when it happens.
- Tech special teams have been as bad as Georgia at times so that hidden yardage on special teams could factor in if either team can benefit from a big play. Georgia has cleaned up special teams since the Florida game and solid special teams play will be needed on The Flats.
- Hopefully the offense got the turnovers out of their system against Kentucky last week.
- Who will play running back? I think we will see both Crowell and Thomas. As we saw in 2009 it can be a sound strategy to run, run, run, and run some more to keep the triple option on the bench. Georgia had to throw to run against Kentucky. That probably won’t work against Tech as Al Groh will throw all sorts of pressure at Aaron Murray.
- I haven’t mentioned Orson Charles in a while so I will mention him now. Tech has had some trouble matching up against athletic Tight Ends this season. Orson had a big games last year against the Jackets so he will be a key to watch for in the passing game.