No more sputtering: Dawgs' offense gets going

ATHENS – One week ago at this time, Mark Richt was taking heat for the Bulldogs' sputtering offense. This week is a different story.

My what a difference a week makes.

After being soundly criticized about scoring with an offense most consider the most impressive in the SEC, Richt's team exploded for 45 points in a route of LSU.

Execution has been a problem for the Bulldogs. The types of defenses they went up against caused problems, too. Neither was a problem against the Tigers.

"For the last couple of games the teams we have plays have been in a lot of zone coverage," said receivers coach John Eason. Eason's receivers exploded for five touchdown receptions Saturday. LSU plays man-to-man defense on wide receivers.

"It was nice to get our senior wide receivers the opportunity to make big plays," said Richt.

Quarterback David Greene said it was good to have the offense come together against a defense that some say will be the best the Bulldogs will see all season.

"We made a lot of big plays against them and they don't have that happen to them a lot," said Greene. Greene had thrown only three touchdowns in three games before the LSU win. Georgia racked up 430 yards of offense, 60 more yards than it did against Marshall two weeks before, but scored touchdowns against LSU on command, it seemed.

"We didn't play the way we would have liked but we won our first three games," said quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. "Now we control our own destiny. It's about winning football games. Yeah, you want to score every time you get the football, but it's hard to do that as an offense."

One factor that allowed the Bulldogs to explode on the Tigers was the return of Danny Ware to tailback. He left the South Carolina game earlier this season with a bruised lung. He sat out the Marshall game before recording his second 100-yard game of the season against LSU.

"Our running backs and how they ran the ball, they made a huge difference," said Mark Richt.

Richt didn't give all the credit for the offensive turnaround to Ware and the running backs alone. He also gave credit to Georgia's offensive line.

"We were able to mix the run and pass. Our line is certainly (better). We have four sacks in four games. They have done a better job," said Richt.


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