Our resident Dawg expert is back with a breakdown of the Dawgs bowl performance and a glimpse into the future.
In a year where seemingly everywhere you turned the left attacked Christianity, the Georgia Bulldogs followed suit on Friday.
The liberty bowl was a matchup of two terrible teams looking to a shit bowl game as a springboard to a strong 2017 campaign. Don’t believe me about the quality of the teams? Beth Mowins (who?) did the play by play and toe met leather at noon on Friday. Yea, a broad (micro transgression alert) was featured on the TV broadcast, ’nuff said.
Georgia is fresh off the news that Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter, all thought to be as good as gone to the NFL, would all return for the Liberty Bowl and their senior seasons. The four certainly had a say in the way the Dawgs performed on Friday.
The Dawgs started quickly on a scramble drill connection from Jesus Eason to Isaiah McKenzie on the first series of the game. The Dawgs scrimmaged from the 5 and hit pay dirt on a quick hit touchdown run from Sony Michel as the Dawgs appeared to be off and running but TCU had other ideas. After a quick 3 and out TCU churned out 16 unanswered points on the arm, but mostly the legs, of Kenny Hill. Georgia would capitalize on a TCU missed field goal just before half as Sony Michel produced a dazzling run after catch for a 33 yard score leaving multiple TCU defenders grabbing at air. Georgia really struggled to slow Kenny Hill and the TCU’s uptempo offense in the first half but escaped to halftime only down two points. Georgia’s biggest issue was that they could not run the ball in the first half, accounting for only 42 yards on the ground. Nor could they handle TCU’s tempo. TCU’s 4-2-5 base D crashed down hill with their quick yet undersized line the entire first half and Georgia’s 1-2 punch of Michel and Chubb were mediocre at best
outside of the receiving game where Michel dazzled.
Georgia opened the second half with Lorenzo Carter’s second forced fumble in as many series and the Dawgs were back in business. Georgia set up for a field goal on 4th and 6 from the TCU 21 when holder Brice Ramsey ran off right tackle for an 11 yard gain completing the successful 4th down conversion. After a Chubb run and a completion to Isaac Nauta, TCU bit on play action and Eason hit Javon Wims over the top for the go ahead touchdown. TCU then drove down the field and completed a touchdown throw to regain the lead with 2:07 left in the fourth quarter. The horned frogs would not score again. Georgia continued to lean on TCU’s undersized front and the Dawgs line dominated in the 2nd half. After accounting for only 13 yards in the first half, Nick Chubb rumbled for 129 yards in the 2nd half, while Michel accounted for another 58 on the ground. The Georgia running backs and O- line truly dominated in the 4th quarter. Ten unanswered points in the fourth quarter had the bulldogs in victory formation with over a minute left and the “throw away”, 2016 season came to an exciting end with each high profile returning junior contributing in a major way to this victory.
Conclusion: Georgia was outmatched in the first half by the TCU defensive front but in the 2nd half the pounding delivered by Georgia’s pulling guards, fullback and running backs was no match for their undersized front 7.
Jacob Eason is still learning, still struggling and still throwing terrible balls but with that said, the light will be on very soon, stay tuned.
Lastly, the Georgia defensive line was dominant. Kenny Hill was accurate at times and while Georgia didn’t intercept Hill, they did force him to fumble. The defensive line pressured Hill all day and Trent Thompson in particular lived I the backfield with 3 sacks. Georgia rarely blitzed more than the 3-4man front yet Trent dominated this team.
Did I cover TCU much? No, they lost, they aren’t compelling and probably won’t be much better in 2017. Sucks to suck.