Three Lessons: Dawgs Run Away From Cats

LEXINGTON - Caitlyn Stroh gives her three takeaways from Georgia's win over the Cats.

1. Hutson Mason may not be the noodle-armed QB that the Tud Gurly Twitter account proclaims after all. Mason connected on 13 of 16 passes against Kentucky, combining for 174 yards, Mason’s encouraging performance put a little more confidence in the Bulldogs’ passing game. Considering he utilized a much deeper receiving corps than Georgia had experienced all season — catches were shared among five different receivers— Mason displayed his ability to locate and connect. After pinning Georgia’s identity to the run game, Mike Bobo and Mason balanced out that mentality, for at least one Saturday.

2. The second quarter was the third quarter in disguise for the Bulldogs. Mark Richt pointed how his team has continually struggled coming out of halftime. The Kentucky game featured a sloppy second instead. All four of the Bulldogs’ penalties, combining for 33 yards, came in the second quarter. The defense gave up 24 points, and the offense only put up 14. Georgia fumbled the ball three times and lost it once in what can only be described as a very adventurous day for Quayvon Hicks during kickoff return duties.

The normally subpar third quarter saw a locked-in defense, three touchdowns and a 59-yard punt return by Isaiah McKenzie. So the Bulldogs’ rough quarter wasn’t eliminated - just moved up 15 minutes. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, an explosive 21-0 first quarter provided them with enough cushion to cover the iffy second quarter.

3. Georgia is regaining depth. Jonathon Rumph, Malcolm Mitchell and Sony Michel all came into the picture today, seeing significant playing time. Even Justin Scott-Wesley got in for a few snaps. Not including the backups that entered the game after the win was guaranteed, the Georgia offense showed off a few weapons that hadn’t been seen in a few weeks. Backup quarterback Brice Ramsey shouldn’t be ignored, either. Coming in during the fourth quarter, completing 5 of 5 passes with a 47-yard pass, proves that at any point, Ramsey could step into the QB position. He likely won’t be the starter any time this season, but his ability sitting at the No. 2 spot seems to puts a fire beneath Mason.

The depth seen Saturday is what Georgia needs to finish out the season strong, with Auburn and a potentially tricky Georgia Tech still awaiting them. If the Bulldogs continue to use all of the receivers they brought out today, the return of Todd Gurley will be the icing on the cake of an enhanced and improved offense.

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