Another dominating performances by the Georgia offense, a suffocating and opportunistic defense in the first half, and a game-turning kick return results in Georgia’s 3rd straight SEC win and puts us squarely back in the race for Atlanta. The score was 44-31, but the game wasn’t that close. We started fast, caused turnovers and cashed them for touchdowns. Last night was a great win to build on as we now get ready for the Mighty Gators on the banks of the St. Johns River on Saturday afternoon.
Washaun Ealey – He sets the school record for rushing touchdowns in a single game last night with 5. He rushes for over 150 yards on 25+ carries and ran with purpose. Most importantly, he seems to have left his early season fumbling problems behind. His performances over the last two weeks were what we have been looking for all season.
Justin Houston and the Georgia pass rush – After the game, Joker Phillips said Georgia had the best pass rush the Cats had faced all season. Although I only was able to follow the game on ESPN Gamecast, Justin Houston was a beast last night. The SEC’s leading sack man is probably moving himself up on draft boards all over the NFL right now. Please stay another year, Justin!
Sanders Comings and Brandon Boykin – These two guys are getting things done. Comings with a pick in the end zone early in the 2nd half to end a Kentucky threat. No one appears to be throwing at Boykin, who had his 3rd 100-yard kick-off return for a touchdown as well. We’ll get to the rest of the pass defense in a moment.
The 2nd half Georgia pass defense – Maybe we let off the gas. Maybe we’re still struggling with the scheme. Maybe we’re missing Branden Smith at nickel. We still have problems with the deep ball and with 3rd and long. We have to get this fixed for the Cocktail Party and for Auburn. Otherwise, we are going to have to take more chances up front and more risk in the secondary.
Blair Walsh – I can’t believe I’m writing this about a guy who has missed 3 field goals all season and 1 PAT in his college career, but he was not at his best last night. The missed field goal kept us from cashing in one turnover, and the extra point made the game a little more dicey than it should have been.
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#1 goes down for the third straight week with Oklahoma’s loss to Missouri. The BCS standings should be interesting when they come out tomorrow with the new top 2. I think it’s going to be Oregon and Auburn. If Oregon beats USC on Saturday, they probably have their ticket punched to Glendale. On the other hand, Auburn has a minefield of SEC teams including the SEC championship still to navigate.
Auburn absolutely took LSU to the woodshed yesterday afternoon on the Plains. Cam Newton looked like a Heisman candidate, and Auburn’s defense took advantage of LSU’s poor quarterback play to win. I’m not sure that anyone in the SEC (including Alabama) can match up with the Auburn offense at this point. I only hope Georgia catches them looking ahead to the Iron Bowl.
I’m not ready to put up a Cocktail Party preview yet. I would like to see your comments below.