It was another rainy afternoon in the Classic City, but this time Georgia found a way to defeat the Texas A&M Aggies 19-13. It wasn’t a flashy day for the Bulldogs offense, but then again, it hasn’t been since the Florida game. Once again, it felt like this team played not to lose instead of playing to win.
Georgia’s offense collected only 97 yards on the ground and 163 through the air.
With the weather like it was, it took Jake Fromm a little while to warm up and hit his marks, but I’m tired of giving that excuse for him.
Since Jay Johnson left, his development has seemed to plateau and not get any better.
Georgia’s defense continues to be dominant, but if they want to continue being dominant, that offense is going to have to put together long drives.
And while that defense did their job on the ground, it still struggled to get critical stops through the air. Texas A&M threw for 275 yards, and if Georgia wants to beat a team like LSU, that number is going to have to go way down to win.
After yet another sloppy victory, here are this week’s dawg bone winners for their performances against the Aggies.
This week’s offensive dawg bone was easy. D’Andre Swift earns it yet again for his performance on the field.
Against the Aggies, he toted the rock 19 times for 103 yards with a long one of 23.
He also had four catches for 29 yards. After his yardage on Saturday, he improved to 2,797 yards, moving him to seventh on Georgia’s all-time rushing list.
Swift is the first running back since Nick Chubb to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons. This feat has also landed him as a Maxwell Award Semifinalist.
He was one of the only guys who could get much done on Saturday, and he rushed for over 100-yards for the fifth time this season and back-to-back games.
Swift continues to prove how valuable he is to the team and just how talented he is.
I have to give credit to that entire defense after the Aggies game, but the secondary gave up too many yards to get credit. Regardless if Richard LeCounte and Tyson Campbell were the top two tacklers on the team, it’s that wall of a front seven that deserves most if not all of the credit.
That defensive line got called elite by CBS’s Gary Danielson during the broadcast on Saturday, and it’s been a long time since this group has gotten called elite much less good.
Georgia’s struggled in recent years on the defensive line finding the right people to play there. Well, I must say that this substitution rotation they’re using right now is incredible.
There’s a speed package with the young guys Travon Walker and Nolan Smith in there. Then there is the beef package, which includes Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt.
Georgia’s defense collected three sacks, five tackles for loss and 22 quarterback hurries.
So yet again, this entire front seven gets the dawg bone this week.
Wyatt had five quarterback hurries alone and two solo tackles. Azeez Ojulari had three quarterback hurries, Walker had two hurries, and Tyler Clark had two hurries, a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Davis recorded a sack as well, and Jermaine Johnson tallied one on the stat sheet as well.
This defense is scary good, but the offense is going to have to help out if they want to beat Georgia Tech and LSU.
The senior that stepped up the biggest on Saturday was Rodrigo Blankenship. Not only did he get to lead the guys out of the tunnel and big G for the first time, but he also scored 13 of the 19 points Georgia had.
Blankenship made four field goals on Saturday and kicked the point after the one touchdown. He made field goals of 41, 49, 37, and 31 throughout the game.
His efforts earned him his sixth SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors and a finalist spot for the Lou Groza Award. After Saturday’s efforts, he is now No. 9 nationally in scoring and No. 2 in the SEC. Blankenship also became Georgia’s all-time leading scorer giving him 418 career points.
He will likely go down as the best kicker ever at Georgia, yes surpassing Kevin Butler and the rest of them.
This week the coach that earned the dawg bone is Dan Lanning. He called a heck of a game on the defensive side of the ball and continues to prove why Kirby Smart chose him as his coordinator.
I like the blitz formations Georgia used, and boy did it pay off. He’s putting enough creativity in there so the guys can get to the quarterback.
Teams are only converting 29 percent of third downs on Georgia’s defense right now, and after the few short-yardage stops we got against the Aggies, I continue to be impressed.
The Bulldogs are strong, and Lanning’s getting the recognition as he got named one of the semifinalists for the Broyles Award.
If he keeps this up, then he might slip up and win it.
Georgia heads to Atlanta to take on in-state rival Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are going through a rebuilding phase from an option to a spread team. Georgia cannot overlook Tech before heading back to Atlanta to take on the Bayou Bengals in the SEC Championship.
The Bulldogs cannot overlook the Yellow Jackets and play sound disciplined football. Georgia’s offensive line needs to stand up tall and open up those holes for Swift and company because that’s how the Bulldogs will beat Tech.