Georgia vs. Clemson: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Bulldogs

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIAugust 31, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs calls out an audible during their game against the Auburn Tigers on November 10, 2012 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Georgia defeated Auburn 38-0 and clinched the SEC East division.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Tonight's top-10 matchup between the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs was a heavyweight battle. In the end, the Tigers came out on top.


Georgia 35, Clemson 38

Final Analysis for Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense: Aaron Murray had a decent game, throwing for 323 yards but no touchdowns. He was continually able to find receivers but couldn't will the Bulldogs to a leading touchdown.

Run Offense: This biggest play of the game came on 3rd-and-goal when the Bulldogs couldn't punch it into the end zone to take the lead. A fumbled field-goal attempt gave the ball back to the Tigers and the Bulldogs never recovered. Todd Gurley finished the night with 154 yards and two touchdowns, as the Bulldogs totaled 221 yards on the ground.

Pass Defense: Only giving up 270 yards passing is not a bad night for the Bulldogs' pass defense. However, when it counted the most, the defensive secondary gave up big plays, including a nine-yard TD pass to Stanton Seckinger on 3rd-and-goal. That gave the Tigers a 10-point lead, and the Bulldogs weren’t able to recover.

Run Defense:  Georgia was able to contain the run in the first half. However, it was much different in the second half. In total, Clemson ran for 197 yards, including 132 yards from Roderick McDowell.

Special Teams: One play made all the difference for the Bulldogs as a fumbled snap on a field-goal attempt halted an attempt at a tie. In the end, that will be the play that lost the game for the Bulldogs.

Coaching: A fake punt attempt in the third quarter was a great call by the coaches, and they made proper adjustments on offense at halftime. However, the coaching staff had no answer for Clemson’s running game, which is what gave the Tigers the win.


First-Half Analysis for Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense: Quarterback Aaron Murray does have 132 yards passing, but he's getting no protection from his offensive line. He’s thrown an interception, given up a fumble and been sacked on three occasions. If the line could give him more time, more could happen downfield.

Run Offense: All three of Georgia’s touchdowns came on the ground. Todd Gurley has three rushes for 80 yards, including a 75-yard TD run. However, he left with a leg injury early in the first quarter before returning in the second.

Pass Defense: The secondary held quarterback Tajh Boyd to 140 yards passing, with the big play going to Sammy Watkins for 77 yards. Outside of that, not much has been given up by the young secondary.

Run Defense: If you would have told Georgia fans that their defense would hold Clemson to 76 yards on the ground in the first half, they would have laughed. But they have, as Boyd hasn’t been able to do much with his legs.

Special Teams: You have to be impressed with the way walk-on kicker Patrick Beless hit on his extra points. He made no mistakes. The Bulldogs did recover a fumble on a punt return, but Georgia turned the ball back over one play later.

Coaching: After Clemson came out and scored the first points of the game, Georgia responded on the first play of its next drive. They again went down on the Watkins touchdown, but came back once again and eventually took a 21-14 lead. Georgia is on the road, but they’re not folding under the pressure.