Georgia Football

Game Grades: Georgia Beats Auburn 27-10

November 10, 2018
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Offense: B+

 

Let’s just start off on what the issue is - Georgia needs to fix this goalline issue. At first, it was a little worrisome. That concern has grown, and grown until today it hit a new high. The fact that we have seen this problem several consecutive weeks with no fix is not encouraging, but if Georgia wants any chance at winning the SEC, they will need an answer there. Otherwise, the offense looked pretty solid. They honestly probably should have scored more in the 40-point range, but a few slipups forced UGA to take field goals instead. Once again, D’Andre Swift exploded tonight for 188 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. Elijah Holyfield neared the 100-yard mark with 95 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns for himself as well. Jake Fromm, minus the one interception, had a solid day. 13-of-20 with 193 yards and two touchdowns is just what this offense needs to operate at a high level.

 

Defense: A-

 

Georgia allowed 102 rushing yards against a poor Auburn run game, but if you look at it, but more than half of those yards came on three runs. Sure, Georgia needs to limit those big plays, but you cut those down even a little bit and Auburn is hardly in this game. Early on the Bulldogs looked a little sluggish to start, but picked up especially after the half. UGA held them scoreless after Auburn kept the game somewhat contested in the first half. Georgia didn’t record any sacks, but with how quick Auburn and Jarrett Stidham were getting rid of the ball, there weren’t many opportunities to get them. Even then, the Bulldogs did a good job of flushing Stidham out of the pocket and forcing him to throw the ball away at times.

 

Special Teams: A

 

Mecole Hardman: One return for 41 yards. Jake Camarda: Two punts with one downed on the one-yard-line. Rodrigo Blankenship: 2-of-2 on field goals and 3-of-3 on extra points. Enough said.

 

Coaching: A-

 

This team will need to be much more disciplined in the coming weeks. Against a team like Alabama, 12 penalties for 85 yards will kill you. That will need to be fixed and fixed soon. Otherwise, Georgia looked very prepared. Kirby and Co. knew how they could beat Auburn and executed it. The halftime adjustments they made at halftime too were great, great coaching moves too. The defensive players did a lot better in that second half, but some of that success hinged on the changes Mel Tucker and Kirby made in the locker room.

 
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