Saturday, September 18, 2010

Georgia-Arkansas Review: Razorback's Quick Strike Ability Was Difference

UGA starts 0-2 in the SEC for the first time in the Mark Richt era with a 31-24 loss to Arkansas and the panic button is being pushed in Athens.

Arkansas used two drives before the end of each half that were both under a minute giving them 10 points, including the winning touchdown in just three plays. The Razorbacks averaged 7.7 yards per play to the Bulldogs 5.8

The Razorbacks used the second quarter to gain a lead they would never relinquish. Here's a recap of that stretch:
  • Both teams had the ball twice and score was tied 7-7
  • Arkansas got the ball back after a UGA punt and went 71 yards in 7 plays for a TD
  • UGA punted their next two possessions
  • Arkansas got a FG right before the half to increase their lead to 10 points
  • UGA got the ball first in the second half and threw an interception
  • Arkansas got 10 points in those three possessions and UGA got zero
I think that stretch gave Arkansas' defense confidence they could stop UGA and that defense knew their offense could move the ball for them.

Overall, the stats were not dominating either way. Arkansas outgained Georgia by just 41 yards.

Georgia's rush defense played very well allowing just 53 yards rushing and 2.3 yards per rush.

Aaron Murrary's interception was more of a lost opportunity for Georgia to get back into the game than a gain for Arkansas. The Razorbacks punted the next possession.

Going back to the first half when Arkansas took the lead, UGA was just 2 for 7 on 3rd down while Arkansas was 3 for 6. The Bulldogs did much better on offense and defense in 3rd downs in the second half.

What's next for Georgia?
A road game at Mississippi State which is becoming a more difficult place to play.

The defense will not face near the passing attack that they did this weekend. It will be there first look at an option based offense. The performance against the run this week would have to give you confidence heading into next week.

On offense, the line play has to get much better. This unit was supposed to be on the best in the nation but cannot blow what looks to be an average defense off the line.

Aaron Murray is progressing, but is still very new to SEC Football and Mark Richt and Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo are bring him along slowly.

I think the training wheels need to come off and Murray has to hop on a ten speed in Starkville next week for UGA to win.

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