Georgia football is hardly alone among top-15 teams with questions after rallying in the second half to beat South Carolina 24-14 Saturday.
Tennessee was knocked around by unranked Florida in a 29-16 upset loss. Michigan only led Bowling Green 14-6 at the half before pulling away, Texas was tied with Wyoming at 10 entering the fourth quarter. Florida State beat Boston College by just two points, 31-29.
“I was pretty excited at half because I said, ‘We’re going to find out what kind of team we got,’” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart whose team trailed 14-3. “’This is it, right here. This is our moment.’”
Here are three questions about the Bulldogs following the win:
What’s the biggest indicator of how the Georgia Bulldogs defense stepped up in second half?
Besides keeping the Gamecocks off the scoreboard, how about allowing 4.0 yards per play after giving up 6.9 in the first half?
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South Carolina put up 309 yards of total offense and 5.3 yards per play.
That’s the most per play allowed by Georgia’s defense against South Carolina in Smart’s eight seasons.
Georgia had two of its three sacks in the second half when Dan Jackson and Tykee Smith had interceptions.
Smith said Rattler’s passing in the first quarter — 10 of 10 for 74 yards — “was on us so it was moreso us than him. Definitely credit to them.”
The Gamecocks were 2 of 8 on third downs in the second half.
Georgia played without safety Javon Bullard due to an ankle injury.
“He practiced a little bit on Thursday,” Smart said. “He went out and moved around and felt OK, and then in warm-ups he didn’t feel like it was all there.”
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Publish date : 2023-09-17 08:02:30
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