The Bulldogs found a running game in a 16-13 loss to Florida, gaining a season-high 202 yards, but lost their bread-and-butter passing attack, throwing for a season-low 188 yards.
"We've had just enough of everybody taking a turn not getting the
done that we just haven't been able to click," said Coach Mark Richt. " We're not
off but being not far off is not good enough sometimes, and it certainly
wasn't good enough today."
Michael Cooper had 18 carries for 82 yards and true freshman Kregg Lumpkin added 79 yards on 12 carries, but Georgia had just 225 yards
through the first three quarter and scored just one touchdown.
The culprits were dropped passes, three by standout wide receiver Fred Gibson, and poor pass protection, four sacks allowed.
Richt attributed Gibson's drops to his lack of live action in the last
"Fred has some of the best hands on the team," he said. "I
was a little rusty."
"He'll continue to be our go-to guy," quarterback David Greene
The offensive line troubles, Richt attributed to youth. Georgia
starters all freshmen or true sophomore along the offensive front, and
the group has now given up an SEC-worst 29 sacks.
"I don't want to be too critical, and you don't want to cry either,
but they are a relatively young bunch," Richt said. "You're going to
have some growing pains."
For the third straight game, Georgia failed to gain any momentum on
offense. The Bulldogs are averaging 19.7 points in their last three
"Florida got big play after big play," guard Bartley Miller
really didn't hit any big plays. We didn't break anything long. It
seemed like we couldn't get that one play to get us going. We've
definitely got to get a lot better."
The improvement is happening, Richt said, he can see it.
"I see it happening before my eyes, but sometimes you can't
and still compete at the high level we want to compete at," he said.
do see a bunch of guys who are going to be pretty outstanding before
this thing is over."
The bad news for anxious Bulldog fans is it seems Richt meant their
careers, not this season.
Georgia looked like a young team
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