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Georgia defense gets clutch stops, but Auburn run game rolled for 200 yards-plus

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edited October 1 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia defense gets clutch stops, but Auburn run game rolled for 200 yards-plus

AUBURN, Ala. — The Georgia defense came up big with its back to the wall Saturday at Auburn.

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  • DawgSonOfGamecockDawgSonOfGamecock Posts: 148 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Fortunate to win in spite of the defensive concerns, but good fortune will only get us so far. If Auburn had any kind of a consistent passing threat, it’s difficult to imagine us getting the win yesterday. I’ll take it and would love for *this* game to be our Missouri game in 2023, but wasn’t that the South Carolina game? I appreciate the team’s resilience and confidence, but continuing struggles against lesser teams… it’s becoming obvious Georgia isn’t as good as we thought.

    And Davis with help from his big blue wall rushed for 280 yards yesterday? Yikes. I know Georgia can win next week in Athens, but yeah, if our D doesn’t figure out something fast we’ll be in trouble.

  • JimWallaceJimWallace Posts: 5,585 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Billy Napier might be saying the same thing, but Florida is 3-2.

    Kirby consistently says the same thing. We have to get a whole lot better.

    As I see it, there is considerable urgency. We have to get a whole lot better lickidy split if we're going to beat Kentucky.

    (Florida, on the other hand, could lose to everybody else on their schedule, and Billy Napier knows it.)

    Go, Dawgs!

  • truthtellertruthteller Posts: 183 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Something I have been noticing about Beck's play after the ball is snapped to him. He stares down the receiver he intends to throw to. He does not waver, it is a stare down. He doesn't even glance over to the other side of the field just to throw off the defense or see if a better play is developing. It is a hard stare. I am shocked he hasn't thrown more interceptions with that happening. I do think that is the reason the defender intercepted the ball on Marcus Jacksaint. Beck stared down his receiver and the corner jumped the route. This is a scary, scary trait to take into future games, especially in the playoffs against elite competition.

  • CWdawg1979CWdawg1979 Posts: 234 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    If it weren't for the 2 turnovers giving Auburn excellent field position, I don't think the defense would be as criticized. Sure, we don't have the same DL room as the past 2 years, but who does. Without the run stuffers like Devonte, Jordan and Jalen, the linebackers aren't setting the edge or playing with the same sideline to sideline speed we are used too. Those 3 that are off to the NFL(in the 1st round) gave the linebackers more confidence to cheat towards the outside. This year UGA has to accept the reality, like all other college teams, that our offense will have to put more points on the board.

  • UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,023 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    My beef is the Auburn QBs running the Dawgs ragged!!! Play after play on end runs....come on! Now UGA better be real concerned about the KY super back that defected from Vandy. He amassed almost 300 yds rushing against FL. If KY can throw at all, UGA may be in trouble yet again. Beck is getting better....still throwing behind the receiver though. Bowers is the GOAT TE legend of the SEC and nation. Ladd M. showed up and out. Very good for being off so long. Bullard's speed saved a sure Tiger TD. He is very quick. Auburn was not going to be denied this win...but they were...Beck to Bowers!!! Fabulous duo Wide open and into the house. PTL!

  • HenddawgHenddawg Posts: 679 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Like everyone else, the loss of those studs in the middle has shown up for sure this year. I believe a bigger issue is the absence of Nolan Smith and the like. As he was entering the draft, everyone kept dinging him for his low number of sacks, but what he was outstanding at was setting the edge and collapsing the play/plays back inside to be chewed up by the D line and LBs. N. Smith was an unselfish teammate that sacrificed those sack stats to make sure those sweeps or QB runs, etc got turned back in. Losing that is as impactful as many of the other losses.

  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,316 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    THey basically had one play-QB run! That's it! Think about it. THey almost beat us running just one main play. THeir O-line was comprised of 3 transfers and one 6th year player(I believe). THere was talk on an Auburn website that their O-line was setting the tone in their practices. THey were bringing the juice theysaid. I think theywere right. THey **** our D-line over and over again. We knew what they were going to do and we couldn't stop them, until the end, when for timesake they had to pass.

    Maybe we should go to the transfer portal. Theri O-line performed better than ours. If they would have had a good passing QB, they would have won the game. LEt that sink in. Is coach Searls the right man for the job?

    We beat them because we have blue chip players all over the place, and not because we have managed to have great coaching of those great players. IF not for Brock Bowers performing at a super human like level, we lose yesterday. Without Brock Bowers we lose last week at home to SC! LEt that sink in.

    One of two things is happening and you tell me what it is: 1. Our players are vastly over-rated. 2. Our coaching has not been up to par. THey're just not getting the best out of our guys. At what point does our offensive woes early in the game fall on Bobo? He makes me want to beat my head against a wall every time we finally start moving the ball through passing our way down the field only to throw in 2 consecutive runs up the middle for no gain??? Why not just keep doing what got you that far?

    Every week commenters on here keep saying after subpar wins that "boy Kirby's really going to give them H.E.L.L. in practice this week and they'll come out next week with their hair on fire next Saturday!" HAs that happened even once this season?

  • deputydogdeputydog Posts: 123 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I was shocked at the play of the defense. It seems the front 7 is not going to be a strong point this year. You cannot allow the same play to beat you all game. Either the scheme was wrong or the personnel, Kirby needs to decide which one to fix and fast.

  • CHDawg54CHDawg54 Posts: 155 ✭✭✭ Junior

    The defense was supposed to be as good or better than the last two years. It's not. The offense was supposed to not miss a beat from last year. With all the injuries in the RB room we are still struggling to move the ball on the ground and Amarius Mims is sorely missed. The depth doesn't seem to be there this year.

    Hopefully KS and his staff can get it all figured out this week. Go Dawgs.

  • robinsdawgrobinsdawg Posts: 83 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I think my greatest concern about our play yesterday was how successful auburn was with the qb rpo, when we knew how good of a runner both QB’s are. Looking at the stats we dominated the game. Thorne got 80 of his yards on three plays, two of which I noted our outside contain bit on the dive then got hooked. Nearly 50 more of their rushing yards came on three other plays. Beck’s int should have been a PI. Delp’s fumble is concerning, cause I believe it came from a lack of focus; gotta know to secure the ball when coming into traffic. I think Beck had a great game, especially the winning drive, and Bobo for 80% called a good offensive game, especially second half.

  • CWdawg1979CWdawg1979 Posts: 234 ✭✭✭✭ Senior


    Who said this year's defense was going to be better or as good as the last 2 years? Did I miss something? Just look at how many of those defensive players are now in the NFL, including one linebacker who was not even a starter. Those defenses not only gave up few points, but also gave the offense great field position. Unreasonable to think that kind of defensive play would continue every year.

    While I think this year's defense is better than most other teams, the offense is going to have to win more games for us than those past defenses did.

  • thadecthadec Posts: 611 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    Hey guys. Carson Beck is #2 in the SEC in passing yards. And the guy who is #1 is on a team that has lost 2 games already.

    And oh yeah. Nationwide he is in the top 10: https://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/individual/453

    He is the highest rated guy who isn't a returning starter like Penix, Daniels, Williams, Gabriel and Sanders and doesn't play for program like Hawai'i or Georgia Southern. Also, Daniels, Sanders and Gabriel just have to keep passing because it is the only way that their teams are going to have a chance to win. Meaning that of the actual national or conference title contenders at major schools, Beck is #3.

    And guys ... imagine what Beck's numbers would be if he had a healthy Ladd McConkey? And oh yeah, Mike Bobo is the coordinator of the statistical #2 QB in the SEC.

  • Bdw3184Bdw3184 Posts: 12,276 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
  • reddawg1reddawg1 Posts: 3,316 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    We can be really good in the passing game. By-in -large my main complaint with Bobo so far is his forcing the run when it's not there after we have moved the ball down the field with our passing attack. THere's nothing wrong with just keep passing your way into the endzone. No need to get stuffed once or twice on runs up the middle when you have proved you havent been able to do it.

    BEck proved it again in the 4th quarter Saturday, but even over the past two years, when we just go hurry up with the passing attack, good things usually happen!

  • 87Dawg_1187Dawg_11 Posts: 64 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I agree with both of these that the QB runs off the RPO or just running wide really hurt the defense. But, I don't blame that on the DL, I saw an alignment where the DE/OLB was line up over the tackle and they rush inside instead of setting the edge to funnel the run back inside. I've noticed this before with the Dawg's defense, so that's a coaching/technique thing and not an ability or effort thing. The players are coached to move laterally down the line of scrimmage to pinch the inside run and they give up the edge. Once upon a time, many many years ago, I played OLB/DE and I was coached to always contain the edge and force everything back inside. Maybe this has changed but that's the reason they are giving up big runs to the outside. The good news is that it can be fixed with a technique adjustment.

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