Monday, January 2, 2012

How UGA Lost The Outback Bowl

Fans on Twitter are blaming Blair Walsh and his two overtime misses for the Bulldogs to Michigan State, but Georgia ultimately lost this game on the line of scrimmage.

Some stats to ponder:
  • UGA's 51 yards rushing was its lowest out put of the season; the season average was 173 yards per game coming into today
  • The Bulldogs offensive line allowed four sacks, tied for 2nd most on the season
  • Michigan State had 17 tackles for loss; UGA opponents were getting just six per game on the season
  • On the flip side, UGA got just six tackles for loss, less than their season average
  • The UGA defense had 34 sacks heading into today on 379 opponent pass attempts or a sack every 11 pass attempts; Michigan State passed 51 times in the Outback Bowl and was sacked just once
The lack of push or protection by UGA's offensive line and the lack of pressure from the UGA defense is where the Outback Bowl was lost. 

This domination by an opponent in the most important area of the field will again bring calls for changes to the Strength and Conditioning program in the off season. 

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