The Georgia Bulldogs won their 10th consecutive game today by dominating in-state rival Georgia Tech 31-17. The win was the 10th in 11 games for the Bulldogs over the Yellow Jackets.
It was a game that the two main analysis for ESPN College Gameday predicted as an upset. Predicting that Georgia would have their mind on the SEC championship that will be played the following week and will sleepwalk through this one.
As it turns out, the only thing the Bulldogs walked through was Georgia Tech.
Here's a list of five things we learned from this game.
Several Georgia fans were irate last week when Isaiah Crowell left the game with an ankle injury. Many criticized him and labeled him soft. What those fans don’t realize is that having a 340-pound lineman fall on your ankle while twisted is a legit injury.
Crowell missed the game because of the injury, but the Bulldogs were able to overcome the loss because of a strong passing game and running back by committee. The running game did not look very strong until Ken Malcolm took over in the fourth.
If Crowell was possible for this game, I believe he will be probable for the SEC championship.
Big John Jenkins was called the icing on the 2011 recruiting classes’ cake. However, he struggled when he first arrived in Athens. He was not use to the physical play and Georgia heat—so much that he had to miss some early practices with heat exhaustion.
The response by most of the Georgia faithful was gratitude for the emergence of Kwame Geathers. It wasn’t because they believed Jenkins would be a bust. It was because they thought it was going to take him a while to develop.
As it turns out, it didn’t take but a few games. His playing time began to increase against Mississippi State, and he became the starter in Game 6 versus Tennessee.
He has got better every single week and looked nothing short of dominant today. Now with Jenkins and Geathers, the answers is not either/or, but both.
When I did my post-spring UGA preview, I predicted that the Bulldogs would finish 10-2. In the article, I mentioned that the loss of AJ Green was a big loss of talent. However, I also said this in closing
“One thing to keep in mind, is until AJ Green, Mark Richt has never had a wide receiver that they consistently tried to get the ball to. Instead, they would spread the ball around to multiple receivers. By making AJ Green their number one target every passing play, they became too reliant upon him. As a result, if he was injured or suspended, the offense became stagnant. Maybe his departure will mean a more balanced passing attack. “
This is exactly what has happened. The Bulldogs use a variety of receivers which changes according to their matchups. Malcolm Mitchell, Orson Charles, Tavarres King, Michael Bennett , Marlon Brown, Chris Conley and Aron White have all been solid in the passing game.
I have followed the Bulldogs for years, and I have never seen more depth at the wide receiver than they have now. The more shocking part is how young they are.
I have written many positive articles about Aaron Murray. I believe he will go down as the greatest quarterback in UGA history if he stays all four years and avoids injury. However, my one criticism of him has been that he can be too streaky.
If he gets hot, he's as good as any quarterback in the nation. However, if he starts off rough, he can struggle the whole game.
Today, I thought he showed great resolve. He threw a couple of bad passes early, but he did not let it determine his day. Yes, he was hit on the interception, but that wasn’t the only pass that concerned me.
He would respond in a major way and finished 19-of-29 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns. If you are keeping count, that's 34 total touchdowns on the season.
It has become a popular saying among the Bulldog nation, “We run this state." In the 11 years that Richt has been head coach at Georgia, the Bulldogs are 10-1.
As I watched Georgia demolish the Yellow Jackets today, I couldn’t help but think this streak is going to extend for many more years. With the Georgia defense once again dominant and all of the Bulldogs top skill position players being freshmen and sophomores on offense, it's only going to get worse for Georgia Tech.
Tech is losing the recruiting battle by a mile, and the Georgia staff is far superior as well.
When does the streak end? No time soon.