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UGA's Offense Can't Get Going Against LSU

December 7, 2019

SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia Postgame Notes vs. #2 LSU, Dec. 7, 2019


*Another SEC Championship Game Appearance: Georgia dropped to 3-5 all-time in SEC Championship Games after falling 37-10 to undefeated LSU. The Bulldogs (11-2) are now 1-3 versus LSU when the teams have met with a league title on the line. LSU (13-0) leads the all-time series over Georgia 18-13-1. Georgia was making its third straight appearance in the SEC Championship Game under Kirby Smart.


*A Look At The Defense:Before today, the Bulldogs and Clemson were the only two teams in the FBS not to allow more than 20 points. LSU registered a 37-10 win as the Tigers came in ranked second nationally in Scoring Offense (48.7 ppg). Georgia was rankedsecond nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing just 10.4 ppg. LSU claimed a 17-3 edge at the half with 255 yards of total offense (51-rush, 204-passing). The Tigers finished with 481 total yards (132-rushing, 349-passing).

Georgia’s leading tacklers today were graduate J.R. Reed, junior Richard LeCounte, freshman Lewis Cine, all with six apiece. Sophomore Jordan Davis registered a sack of minus seven yards in the second half with LSU in the Red Zone that forced a field goal. DeVonte Wyatt also collected his first sack of the year. A Georgia interception gave LSU the ball at the 13, and it led to a TD and a 34-3 lead.


*A Look At The Offense: The Bulldogs tallied a season-low 10 points on 286 yards (61-rushing, 225-passing). Georgia trailed 17-3 at the half, posting 138 yards of offense (21-rush, 117-passing). Junior QB Jake Fromm(20-for-42, 225 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) finished the first half 10-for-20 for 117 yards. He was injured on a sack with 7:23 left in the 2ndquarter. At that point, Georgia trailed 14-3, and he was 8-for-15 for 82 yards. Redshirt sophomore Stetson Bennettinherited a 3rd-and-17 and his pass attempt was incomplete. Fromm returned on the next possession and finished the half and the remainder of the game.

Georgia faced its largest deficit of the year today. The Bulldogs had not trailed in their past six games since an overtime loss to South Carolina. Sophomore wideout/punt returner Dominick Blaylockwent down with a knee injury late in the first quarter following an 11-yard catch for a first down. He did not return. Also, Kearis Jacksonwas limited in the first half due to an ankle injury. 

The Bulldogs did convert three fourth down attempts. On a 4th-and-8 at LSU 35, freshman George Pickenscaught an 18-yard pass. Brian Herriencaught a 3-yard pass on a 4th-and-three for a first down. Also, Pickens had a 15-yarder on 4th-and-10. Coming in today, the Bulldogs were just 2-for-6 on the year on 4thdown.


*Blankenship Supplies A Field Goal And PAT: Graduate PK Rodrigo Blankenship had four points (FG, PAT) to give him 432 for his career. He already owns the school record for career points and ranks second in SEC history. Today, he finished1-for-3 (missed 52; made 39, missed 37) in field goals. He is now 25-for-31 on the season in field goals. He has tied the SEC record for consecutive PATs as he now has 198 (also Daniel Carlson, Auburn 2014-17).


*Reviewing The Receivers:At the half,senior Tyler Simmons led the Bulldogs with three catches for 40 yards while junior tailback D’Ande Swifthad three catches for 18 yards. In the first half, Georgia lost wideout Dominick Blaylock(knee) and Kearis Jackson was limited with an ankle injury. The Bulldogs were already without leading receivers Lawrence Cager(ankle) and freshman George Pickens who missed the first half due to suspension for fighting in the Ga. Tech game. Pickens returned in the 2nd half and had a team-best four catches for 54 yards and one TD. He leads the team with seven TD receptions.


*Big First Half For Camarda: Sophomore punterJake Camarda (4 for 48.4 average)punted three times for a 54.0 average in the first half and only punted once in the second half  (a pooch for 33 downed at the LSU 12) as Georgia went 3-for-3 on 4thdown.He boomed a 65- and a career-tying 66-yarder, today which gives him nine punts of 60+ yards in his career and the longest ever by a Bulldog in an SEC Championship Game. Earlier this year, he also had 66-yardersat Auburn and versus South Carolina.


*Rushing Summary: Senior Brian Herrien had a team-best 24 yards on eight attempts. D’Andre Swift, who was injured in the Ga. Tech game last week, only had one carry for 0 yards in the first half, and then he got the first carry in the second half and gained 13 yards. Those were Swift’s only carries on the day. With Georgia trailing, the Bulldogs turned to the passing game mostly in the second half. 


*Points off Turnovers:Georgia did not force any turnovers while LSU scored 7 points off two Bulldog miscues (2 Jake Fromm interceptions; both made by Derek Stingley, Jr.)


*For Starters & Game Captains:Graduate DB Jake Reednow has a team-high 42 consecutive starts for the defense while junior QB Jake Frommleads the offense with 41 consecutive starts. Graduate Eli Wolfmade his first career start for the Bulldogs as they started two tight ends while senior Brian Herrien (TB) made his second career start, both this year (season opener versus Vanderbilt). Wolf made seven starts at Tennessee in his career. Also on defense, freshmen Lewis Cine(DB) and Tyrique Stevenson(DB) both made their first career starts as the team employed seven DB/Safeties.

Fromm, Reed and Andrew Thomas (LT)started their third straight SEC Championship game. 

Today’s game captains were Reed, Frommand junior D’Andre Swift.

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