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Red zone questions persist for UGA

ATHENS - Getting second guessed when things don’t go right comes with the territory for college football coaches.

Georgia opened itself up for some of that when it had second-and-1 at the Auburn 2 yard line and came away empty-handed in the first quarter Saturday.

“When you don’t score, everybody has a better idea, really,” Richt said. “The bottom line is you’ve got to score when you get down there.”

Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer called a pitch on second down to Sony Michel that the running back fumbled but recovered for no gain.

On third-and-1, Georgia went shotgun and Michel again was stopped for no gain.

Greyson Lambert’s pass to Malcolm Mitchell on fourth-and-1 was thrown behind him.

“We’ve got to be able to execute better in those situations,” Lambert said. “I’ve got to hit Malcolm on that one at the goal-line. We’ve got to be able to push guys on those third-and-shorts. That’s definitely stuff that we can correct and will correct. It’s a little bit easier to kind of talk about those things when that didn’t cost us the game.”

Georgia won 20-13.

Richt on why the pitch to Michel: “The reason is there are certain looks (on the power)…If they run a certain defensive front, your quarterback might have to shield off the end man on the line to keep him from hitting your back in the back field. If you go back deep and hand it to him, your quarterback is not in position to shield the defender from the back. …That’s the reason for the pitch and unfortunately it was on the ground. We pitched that ball the entire ballgame, it didn’t matter if we were on the goal line or out in the field.”

Richt said the play was well-blocked and probably would have been a walk-in touchdown.

Georgia scored touchdowns on one of four red zone trips Saturday.

The Bulldogs are 120 th in the nation in touchdown percentage in the red zone this season, according to

Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn said he expected the offensive line to again focus on “getting more push when we’re in the red zone,” this week.

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