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CFP Committee chair: Georgia’s top 15 wins ‘separator’ among one-loss teams in rankings

CFP Committee chair: Georgia’s top 15 wins ‘separator’ among one-loss teams in rankings

CFP Committee chair: Georgia’s top 15 wins ‘separator’ among one-loss teams in rankings

CFP Committee chair: Georgia’s top 15 wins ‘separator’ among one-loss teams in rankings

ATHENS Georgia didn't get the respect Kirby Smart felt it deserved in last year's College Football Playoff race, but the Bulldogs got off to a strong start in Tuesday night's rankings.

CFP Committee chairman Rob Mullens pointed to Georgia's impressive wins over Notre Dame and Florida as the major factor for No. 6-ranked Georgia being the top-ranked one-loss team.

"Georgia has beaten two top 15 teams, No. 10 Florida, No. 15 Notre Dame," Mullens said, asked by DawgNation on Tuesday night's national teleconference about the Bulldogs place in the order of one-loss teams.

"They are the only FBS team to not give up a rushing touchdown, which is a pretty strong statement. They have an experienced quarterback, and elite running back," he said. "But the separator for them at this point was the two Top 15 wins."

The Bulldogs rank No. 1 in the SEC in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, and are No. 2 in pass efficiency defense.

Smart said earlier on Tuesday night he's too busy preparing for Missouri to pay any attention to the rankings.

" I don't have any idea and don't care," Smart said. "Everyone knows it doesn't matter. What matters is how we play against Missouri. That's the only thing we can control."

Smart expressed frustration last year when Georgia was left out, pointing out the CFP Committee can change the priorities it places on the variables from one year to the next.

"Every year it's going to be different," Smart said of the criteria the committee applies behind closed doors, the votes kept private. "Do I have clarity? I don't think I have clarity."

Indeed, being a conference champion didn't matter in 2017, but being a conference champion did matter in 2018.

Former SEC commissioner and BCS founder Roy Kramer expressed some concerns with the process in an exclusive interview with DawgNation this summer.

RELATED: Roy Kramer speaks on CFP issues, competitive quandary

Mullens explained last year that, because the committee could not determine the fourth best team, it resorted back to protocol.

"What we decided was amongst the group of three, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, the committee voted that no one was unequivocally better than the other," Mullens said last December. "So then we leaned on the protocol. So we went with the one-loss conference champion."

Georgia will likely need to win out in the regular season and win the SEC Championship to return to the College Football Playoffs.

A two-loss team has yet to make the four-team field

The CFP Committee will release four more sets of rankings on each Tuesday night before the final rankings come out on Dec. 8.

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  • AUBURN The Georgia football had to come through in the clutch at Auburn, fending off a feverish Tigers' comeback. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) prevailed 21-14, clinching the SEC East Division with the win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Stock up Defensive lineman Travon Walker came up with a sack on Auburn's last-gasp drive on fourth-and-10. Dominick Blaylock took the top off the Auburn defense and set the tone with his 51-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Blaylock got behind the defense and caught the high-arcing pass in stride. Punter Jake Camarda came through with four kicks inside the Auburn 20 and a 58-yard punt from the Georgia 2-yard line. Camarda had 11 punts and averaged 50.7. Tailback D'Andre Swift went over 1,000 yards this season with his 106-yard rushing performance. Linebacker Monty Rice came up with a team-high 10 tackles. Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for three touchdown passes and 110 yards, protecting the ball and only getting sacked once. Jermaine Johnson had 4 tackles and a forced fumble. Stock down Tyler Simmons had a personal foul penalty on punt coverage, helping Auburn to an added 15 yards in field position in the third quarter. Otis Reese was ejected for targeting on a blind-side special teams block Eric Stokes dropped an interception in the end zone and then on fourth-and-5 committed a pass interference that gave Auburn a first down at the Bulldogs' 3-yard line Channing Tindall had a two false starts while playing on the punt team. The post Georgia football stock report: Bulldogs' cash in at Auburn appeared first on DawgNation.
  • A high school student who says she was raped in school wants her story known. Her family believes this happens more than Georgia school districts admit. Channel 2’s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas sat down with the family and asked Gwinnett Schools for their records. The district says instances like this are rare. The girl's family has hired a private investigator to try and uncover more.  The victim told Thomas she simply just tries not to think about it. “I never knew him, I never saw him,” the victim said.  The 15-year-old student was attacked in a bathroom during school hours. “I just wanted to use the bathroom, fill my water bottle and come back to class,” the victim said We aren’t identifying this victim or her mother, but both wanted to come forward and share the story of what happened Oct. 7 inside South Gwinnett High School in Snellville. “It's turned our family upside down, it really has,” the victim’s mother said. TRENDING STORIES Mother wants answers after she says stranger brought home kids kicked off bus Georgia police chief's wife arrested in drug bust, charged with heroin possession, officials say Cobb woman shot children multiple times before shooting self in chest, autopsies reveal “I do my best on my own to forget about things,” the victim said.  Thomas found court records showing a 16-year-old student was charged with rape as a juvenile.  “They are supposed to go to school and come home safe. This is not supposed to happen,” the victim’s mother said.  Thomas went to school district authorities and asked how often Gwinnett County students have been sexually assaulted on school grounds in the last year. The family hired private investigator Robin Martinelli to dig into the issue and push for a safer environment. The family says the district has offered limited help. Martinelli is a South Gwinnett graduate herself and says she sees this problem statewide. “I've handled a lot of sexual assaults in a lot of high schools in the state of Georgia, a middle school and a few elementary schools,” Martinelli said. What warning would the victim have for other students?  “Anything can happen,” the victim said.  School district administrators wouldn't go on camera to discuss this issue but gave Thomas a written statement: 'Gwinnett County Public Schools is committed to providing our 180,000-plus students with a safe learning environment. That said, assault of any kind is a serious matter and has no place in our schools. Since the beginning of last school year (2018-19), School Resource Officers have investigated and filed criminal charges in two alleged rape cases. While sexual assault incidents are rare on campus, they unfortunately do occur and GCPS is committed to addressing all allegations from both a school and law enforcement standpoint, taking school disciplinary action and filing criminal charges when police determine a crime has occurred.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department released body cam footage from an October 26th officer involved shooting on Royale Road that resulted in the death of 45-year-old Nan Zhao. Footage shows officers commanding Zhao to show his hands and drop his weapon. Zhao fired at officers who fired back, fatally wounding him. Zhao later died at the hospital. The GBI is investigating. 
  • A Georgia deputy accused of killing a University of Georgia graduate student believed the man was having an affair with his wife, newly released 911 calls show. Former Madison County Deputy Winford “Trey” Terrell Adams, 32, has been in jail since Sunday evening after allegedly shooting Benjamin Lloyd Cloer multiple times at a home in Athens. The 26-year-old was pursuing a master’s degree in artificial intelligence at UGA.  RELATED: Sheriff’s deputy fired after fatal shooting of UGA grad student According to 911 calls that AJC.com obtained Thursday from Athens-Clarke County police, Adams immediately called for help and admitted shooting the college student. “I just shot somebody,” Adams tells the dispatcher. “My wife was cheating on me and I couldn’t take it. I didn’t shoot her, I shot the guy. I couldn’t stop myself.”  At the time, Adams didn’t know the extent of Cloer’s injuries, telling the dispatcher he wasn’t sure where the man went. “He ran away. I don’t even know if I hit him,” Adams said, breathing heavily. “I’m about to go look for him.” At that point, the woman on the line tells the deputy not to do that, but to stay where he is and put his gun down while he waits for police to arrive. Adams then threatened suicide, telling the operator that he’s a deputy sheriff and “can’t go to jail for the rest of (his) life.”  “I can’t go to jail,” he cried. “I can’t. I’m sorry ... Tell Athens-Clarke County I’m not going to hurt any of them, but I can’t go to jail.” Toward the end of the nearly 5-minute call, Adams expressed concern for his shooting victim, asking dispatchers if they received a call from Cloer and if he was OK. “If you’re there, I’m sorry,” the deputy can be heard yelling, presumably to the man he had just fatally wounded. “Oh my God ... I did shoot him. I see him. I see blood on the steps.” The deputy’s wife, Charlotte Adams, also placed a 911 call, telling authorities that her husband had just shot her friend.  In the background of that call, her husband can be heard telling her, “I always loved you, even if you didn’t love me.”  The dispatcher on her call then advises Charlotte Adams to get away from her husband, if possible.  “My friend is bleeding out,” Charlotte Adams told the dispatcher. “His name is Lloyd Cloer. He’s just my friend. This was a misunderstanding. My husband doesn’t understand he’s just my friend.” Much of what she said during her 12-minute, 30-second conversation is inaudible in the 911 tape. Police can be heard arriving at the scene about eight minutes into the call.  Once they arrived, Trey Adams directed first responders to the injured man, according to the tapes. He was arrested at the scene on a murder charge and remains held at the Athens-Clarke County Jail without bond.
  • The victim of a car crash in Elbert County has been identified as Dorathy Link: the 63 year-old Link (pictured above) was a long time administrator in the Elbert County School District.  The Georgia State Patrol has released the name of a Chamblee man killed in a crash in Gainesville: 48 year-old Vincent Elliot wrecked his pickup truck on Candler Road in Hall County. State Troopers say Elliot was not wearing a seat belt when his truck crashed into a tree. The wife of the police chief in Flowery Branch has been arrested on heroin possession charges: Samantha Spiller, the 51 year-old wife of Police Chief David Spiller, was booked into the Hall County jail.  Gwinnett County Police it was not a case of road rage after all. They say a robbing crew lied about someone else firing into their vehicle on I-85 earlier this week. Gwinnett Police say they were instead speeding away from someone they had tried to hold up; the would-be robbery victims fired at the would-be robbers. One of them—a 16 year-old—was killed, while another was, last report, hospitalized in critical condition.  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann announces his retirement today: Mann is perhaps best known for his 2017 arrest in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, where he was booked on an indecent exposure charge. 

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  • With two games left in the regular season, it has become clear that Kirby Smart's 2019 Dawgs will live or die by their top-level defense. That was the case Saturday at Auburn, where the Georgia D was magnificent for three quarters, carrying a shutout of the Tigers until the final 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, that almost wasn't enough. The Dawgs' defenders, who have notched a remarkable 28 scoreless quarters this season, were on the field way too long against Auburn, due to an only fitfully effective Georgia offense that, despite taking a 21-0 lead, was held to a ridiculous nine three-and-outs by the best defense they'd faced all season. As a result, the Georgia defense 'lost composure,' as Smart put it later, and let Auburn back into the game with a pair of too-easy fourth-quarter scoring drives. As the Georgia head coach told the Bulldogs radio network's Chuck Dowdle after the game, 'Defensively, we just wore down. And we can't do that. We've got to be able to play four quarters.' The Bulldogs had to defend a season-high 86 plays, the most by an opposing team in theSmart era. It didn't help that, perhaps because his troops were tiring in spite of his liberal substitution policies, defensive coordinator Dan Lanning had the Dawgs' defense in soft zone schemes in the fourth quarter that allowed Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix to slice and dice his way downfield with the sort of short passing game that unfortunately seems to have gone absent from UGA's offensive playbook. It also didn't help that Georgia again appeared to try to sit on a lead (you'd think Smart would have learned that lesson after being burned twice by Alabama), with Georgia's already less than prolific offense going ultra conservative in the fourth quarter, resulting in no first downs for the Dawgs in that period. In the end, the Georgia defense, so stout against the run all season, even gave up its first rushing touchdown of the year (though it held the Tigers' rushers in check most of the game, with AU netting only 84 yards on the ground). Auburn QB Nix was the Tigers' leading rusher, with a net 42 yards on 13 carries. Nix put the ball in the air 50 times, completing 30 of them for 1 touchdown. Georgia's Jake Fromm completed just 13 of 28 passes for 110 yards, but 3 of those passes were for TDs. Part of the problem with the 2019 Dawgs is that the word long has been out on how to defend Georgia's talented but incomplete offense, resulting in a wash-rinse-repeat storyline week after week: Stack the box with 8 men to slow down or stop the run, because the Dawgs' passing game isn't consistent. While it's true that Georgia's receiving corps lost an awful lot of talent at the end of last season, the relative youth and inexperience of the Dawgs' pass catchers isn't the main problem. In fact, they made some terrific catches Saturday, including the 51-yard bomb caught by Dominick Blaylock that gave Georgia its first score, and a third-quarter pass to Kearis Jackson in the corner of the end zone that was ruled out of bounds on video review but was still a fantastic effort. (Georgia did manage to score on that drive, thankfully.) No, the problem wasn't receivers not getting open; it was ineffective scheming. Sorry if this sounds like a broken record stuck on the same phrase over and over, but the offensive play-calling again was problematic. Too many times Saturday, we saw the Dawgs facing a 3 rd -and-medium or 3 rd -and-long situation, and too many times offensive coordinator James Coley and Fromm seemed fixated on difficult sideline routes 15 or 20 yards downfield. If you need just 5 to 9 yards for a first down, why send so many receivers deep? Two years ago, in Georgia's march to the national championship game, the short slant pass was Fromm's bread and butter, to the point that opposing defenses centered their trash-talking on that tendency. Remember the 'anyone can throw a slant' diss that Fromm made the Gators regret? However, this season, Coley calls a slant (the sort of pass that Auburn was so successful with on its two scoring drives) only once or twice a game, if that often. Instead, Georgia fixates on those back-shoulder sideline routes that are wonderful when they work, but which don't work often enough. The 3 rd -down magic Georgia had back in the Florida game seems to have evaporated, as they converted only 3 of 15 tries Saturday. (Auburn was a similarly dismal 5 of 18.) The result was a decidedly lackluster day offensively for the Dawgs. Remember how a week ago we were complaining that Georgia relied too heavily on Rodrigo Blankenship, settling for too many field goals instead of scoring touchdowns? If only that had been the case Saturday, as Hot Rod never even got to try one against Auburn. Instead, it was Georgia punter Jake Camarda getting the stiff workout, kicking an incredible 11 punts for an average 50.7 yards. That included a magnificent field-flipping 66-yarder in the first quarter. In the end, with Auburn having seized the momentum after a second scoring drive that took just over a minute off the clock, it was Georgia's defense that put the game away, with a couple of 4 th -down stands. On the first one, Nix misfired on a short pass, but the play that nailed the coffin shut on the subsequent Auburn drive saw freshman Trayvon Walker sacking Nix. That ended the Tigers' final chance. Thus, Georgia will represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta for the third consecutive year. It was Georgia's 12 th win in the past 15 games of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn wound up the game with more first downs than Georgia (22 to 16) and more offensive yards (329 to 251), and dominated the time of possession (32:17 to 27:43), but most of it was too little too late. Those 329 yards the Georgia defense held Auburn to were the Tigers' lowest home output of the season. Dawgs defenders also got a bit of that 'havoc' Smart always is harping on, tallying eight tackles for loss and two sacks. Georgia's leading tackler was Monty Rice,with 10 stops. Dawgs safety Richard LeCounte also recovered a Nix fumble, though Georgia wasn't able to do anything on the ensuing drive. Offensively, Georgia never really established its rushing attack (which, Smart noted, makes it tough to get the play-action passing game going), but D'Andre Swift did rack up 106 yards on his 17 carries and, for the second straight year, went over a 1,000 yards for the season. He is the fifth Bulldog in history to have a pair of 1,000-yard seasons. Brian Herrien added 26 tough yards and a couple of catches, including one for a touchdown. With Fromm's favorite receiver, Lawrence Cager, again going out injured, Demetris Robertson and Blaylock ended up the day as Georgia's leading receivers, with Robertson catching 3 passes and freshman Blaylock snagging 2 (including one TD). On special teams, Smart noted after the game that Georgia needs to 'fix' the problem of too many penalties (on one punt, Georgia was flagged for both a false start and delay of game, though the latter was a bad call by the officiating crew). So, bottom line: The defense is great, but the offense has a lot that needs fixing. As Swift said after the game, 'I can't say it enough: We've got to sustain drives. We've got to be better on third down. Third down has always been our strength. We didn't do well today, not well enough. We'll go back and look and see what we can do in those situations.' Still, there's one thing that shouldn't be overlooked amid all the fretting about the Georgia offense's shortcomings, or how the 4 th -ranked Dawgs nearly collapsed in the fourth quarter: UGA got a third quality win Saturday against the 12th ranked Tigers, to go with a pair of Top 10 victories earlier in the season. As Smart said, playing at raucuous Jordan-Hare Stadium 'was a tough environment,' and the Auburn Tigers are 'a good football team.' Georgia became the first team to defeat Auburn under Gus Malzahn following a bye week, as the Tigers previously were 9-0 after a week off. So, Georgia once again is the best of the SEC East. But, as impressive as that is, it's the least of what was expected of this team. And, the road going forward, to achieve their ultimate goals of making the playoff and having another shot at a national championship, will require better effort from the offense than we've seen so far. Smart summed it up: 'We've got to get better offensively to get where we need to go.' The post The Dawgs' sputtering offense isn't doing great UGA defense any favors appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. It's no secret Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is no fan of Georgia coach Kirby Smart, so Saturday night's loss seemed a particularly bitter pill after the Tigers' fourth quarter comeback fell short. Smart's defense shut out Malzahn's offense for three quarters before the Tigers scrambled for two touchdowns on their final four possessions. It wasn't enough, however, as the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs held on for the 21-14 loss. WATCH: Jake Fromm says Georgia offense must get better, praises defense Malzahn, whose team ran 86 plays, was impressed with the Tigers' effort on offense and defense in the defeat. 'We were down 21-0 and it didn't look good, and we fought back and really had some chances,' said Malzahn, now 9-1 in games where his teams are coming off a bye week. 'Our guys fought their guts out, they fought their guts out for Auburn, and we've got some hurt guys in that locker room,' he said. 'Give Georgia credit, they have a very talented defense and we knew that coming in. 'That's one of the top defenses in the entire country and we still had a chance.' The Bulldogs, however, were only a 2-point favorite at Auburn by kickoff time, and many predicted an upset. Georgia go-to target Lawrence Cager aggravated his shoulder injury in the first quarter and was out the rest of the game, limiting the Bulldogs pass attack. Georgia also had two starting offensive linemen miss snaps, Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland. Still, Georgia's offense was non-existent against Kevin Steele's defense in the fourth quarter, netting just 2 yards with no first downs on 12 plays. 'They stuffed them in the fourth quarter,' Malzahn said. 'We had the momentum and the crowd was in it.' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Auburn's Gus Malzahn: Tigers stuffed' Georgia in fourth quarter appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia football passed another test Saturday afternoon, going into one of the most hostile stadiums in the nation and surviving a slugfest. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) clinched the SEC East Division with the 21-14 win over No. 12 Auburn (7-3, 4-3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics The Georgia defense lost its historic streak of nine games without giving up a rushing touchdown, but they came through when they needed to. The Bulldogs turned away the Tigers' final two drives to protect the 7-point lead, Auburn stalling at the UGA 34 with 3:36 left and then going three-and-out with 1:39 remaining. Georgia's offense had a season-low 251 yards, but efficiency was the word of the day. Quarterback Jake Fromm had three TD passes and the Bulldogs played turnover-free for the fourth consecutive game. Here's one viewpoint of how Georgia graded out in each position group. Quarterback (B) Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for 110 yards with three touchdowns playing without top target Lawrence Cager the final 3 1/2 quarters of the game against a stubborn Auburn defense. Fromm and the Bulldogs were just 3 of 15 converting on third downs. Against that Tigers' front, it was impressive Fromm was sacked just once and avoided turning the ball over. Running backs (B) D'Andre Swift had 17 carries for 106 yards, including a 26-yard dash that sparked what proved to be a pivotal scoring drive. Georgia went up 14-0 late in the first half thanks to Swift's big run. The junior from Philadelphia, however, was fortunate his fumble went out of bounds. Brian Herrien was as reliable as ever, earning his 24 yards rushing on seven carries and catching two passes for 8 yards, including a 5-yard TD catch. Zamir White had three carries for 10 yards. Receivers (B-) This group dropped off when Lawrence Cager left the field, and they'll need to continue to work to improve and find separation for the Bulldogs to win the SEC Championship Game. Demetris Robertson had three catches for 20 yards, his longest a 13-yard third down catch. Dominick Blaylock caught a well-thrown 51-yard TD pass from Fromm, and tight end Eli Wolf executed well on his 5-yard TD catch. Kearis Jackson caught his first pass since returning from the broken hand he suffered in the season-opening game and nearly had another before a call was overturned. George Pickens made his one catch count, hauling in an 11-yard third down throw for a first down. Offensive line (A) Excellent pass protection, the one sack was a result of Auburn's pass coverage. The offensive line didn't have any motion penalties despite the deafening crowd, and there were no holding penalties against the premier defensive line in the SEC and perhaps even the best in the nation. The O-Line did this despite having to substitute for starters Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland, both of whom are battling nagging injuries. Defensive line (A) Tyler Clark, Malik Herring and Jermaine Johnson were on their games. Clark had two tackles for loss and controlled his gap seemingly all night. Herring continued to ascend with four stops and a pass break-up. Johnson, who as an outside linebacker is grouped as a down lineman by the head coach, had four tackles and a key forced fumble that led to Auburn's only turnover. Linebackers (A-) Monty Rice had a team-high 10 stops but he was beating himself up in the postgame for missing a tackle on Auburn QB Bo Nix on Nix's rushing touchdown. Tae Crowder had five stops and freshman Nakobe Dean was once again effective in third down situations, make three stops and looking solid in pass coverage. Secondary (B-) DJ Daniel had 6 tackles and a key pass break-up on a deep pass to Anthony Schwarz. The secondary gave up some big plays in the fourth quarter, however. Eric Stokes had an uncharacteristically off night, dropping an interception in the end zone and committing a pass interference penalty on a fourth-and-5 at the Georgia 9-yard line. Richard LeCounte had a fumble recovery, a TFL and 6 tackles. Freshman Tyrique Stevenson had one of the team's two sacks. J.R. Reed had five tackles. Special Teams (B) Jake Camarda had a strong performance, averaging 50 yards on his 11 punts, including dropping four of his six first-half punts inside the Auburn 20-yard line. There were too many penalties, however, with Otis Reese ejected for targeting on a block and Tyler Simmons flagged for a personal foul. Channing Tindall had two motion penalties on the punt team. Not much going in the return game. Overall (A-) Georgia was only favored by 2 points for a reason: Auburn had home field advantage and was coming off a bye week, a big factor this late in the season in the always physical SEC. James Coley deserves credit for his Red Zone package, the Bulldogs scoring each of the three times they drove past the Tigers' 40. The Bulldogs had Auburn schemed up in building a 21-0 lead through three quarters, but the fourth quarter letdown was concerning and likely left many UGA fans unsatisfied or concerned despite the win. Georgia football DawgNation stories WATCH: Georgia QB Jake Fromm says offense much get better RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Georgia football report card: Bulldogs pass SEC West road test appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia QB Jake Fromm matched his season high with three touchdown passes, cashing in on all three drives the Bulldogs made inside of the Auburn 40. But for all of that efficiency, Fromm and the Georgia offense were not overwhelming. WATCH: Georgia coach Kirby Smart says How 'bout them F****n Dawgs!' They certainly weren't effective in the fourth quarter of the 21-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Fromm, now 33-6 as Georgia's quarterback, was the first to say as much after his 13-of-28 passing performance totaled 110 yards with no interceptions and just one sack yielded. The Bulldogs had a season-low 251 yards on their 64 plays in their SEC East Division-clinching win over Auburn. 'Too much pressure on the defense there, we need to sustain drives, we need to get first downs and help them out,' Fromm said. 'But they answered the bell, really thankful they pulled this one out for us.' The Georgia offense had a season-high nine three-and-out series on offense, losing the time of possession battle 32-:17 to 27:43 for the first time this season. The Bulldogs were only 3-of-15 converting third downs, and punter Jake Camarda punted 11 times. Georgia managed just 2 yards of offense on 12 plays eight runs and four passes in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were 0-for-4 on third downs and had the ball just 4:46 of the final 15 minutes. Auburn, meanwhile, scored twice to cut into what was a 21-0 lead. 'When we get back on Sunday morning, we'll watch this film and crush it and flush it and get ready to play Texas A&M, we have to get better on offense,' Fromm said. 'Our defense did a really great job and for us, and we need to get better these next two games.' Georgia QB Jake Fromm Georgia football DawgNation stories RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post WATCH Jake Fromm after 21-14 win at Auburn: We have to get better on offense' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • AUBURN, Ala. Georgia football left it all on the field at Auburn, even if there were a few players unable to take snaps by the end of the 21-14 win. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs got the 21-14 SEC East Division-clinching win over the Tigers without the services of their leading receiver most of the night. The offensive line, battered all year, was also in makeshift form by the end of the hard-fought slugfest at Jordan-Hare Stadium. WATCH: Kirby Smart says How 'bout them F****n Dawgs!' The good news was that tailback Brian Herrien, who left the game with an apparent lower body injury after a horse-collar tackle, was able to return to the action. Defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt was also forced out with a right knee, but managed to get himself back into the game for the Bulldogs. But coach Kirby Smart revealed that Lawrence Cager, who started the game, re-aggravated his shoulder injury after making a 6-yard catch on UGA's four offensive play of the game in the first quarter. 'Yeah, he's just banged up, he took a shot, and it bothered him,' Smart said, referencing a blow to Cager's separated shoulder. 'He took a shot on the (fourth) play of the game I think, maybe, and it started bothering him.' Cager suffered a separated shoulder the first month of the season and has been playing through it since at least the Oct. 12 game against South Carolina. Cager was forced out in the first half of the game against the Gamecocks when he also sustained a rib injury. After missing the Kentucky game, Cager stormed back with a 7-catch, 132-yard performance as the Bulldogs beat Florida 24-17 in the Jacksonville showdown. He played the first half of the Missouri game before exiting. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for 110 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn. The Bulldogs, however, were just 3-of-15 on third downs with Fromm's go-to receiver missing. Fromm spread the ball out to eight different pass catchers, with Demetris Robertson grabbing a team-high 3 catches for 20 yards and Dominick Blaylock hauling in 50 yards on two catches, including a touchdown. The Georgia offensive line starters were intact at the start of the game against Auburn's vaunted defensive front, but by the end of the night Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland were missing snaps. 'To be honest with you, Cade is a little beat up, we knew that going into the game, he's got some soreness and he's fighting through it,' Smart said. 'With Ben, he's beat up too, he wasn't able to practice two days last week and he's trying to come back. 'But his toe was bothering him a little bit and we felt like he just couldn't do his protection stuff, so we felt like it was the best decision to go with Jamaree (Salyer).' Center Trey Hill, who left last Saturday's 27-0 win over Missouri in the first half with a sprained left ankle, started and played the whole game. Mays had his right ankle rolled up on in that win over Missouri, too, but he was able to start and get significant snaps before having to come out. Cleveland is coming off an SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week performance last Saturday, but Smart said his toe injury prevented him from being was mobile as necessary in pass protection. Georgia senior defensive back Tyrique McGhee remained sidelined by the foot injury he suffered two weeks ago, and senior defensive lineman Julian Rochester did not play according to the participation list. Georgia football DawgNation stories RECAP: How Georgia scored, held on to beat Auburn, final statistics Georgia in select company, clinches third-straight SEC East Division title UGA stock report: Bulldogs cash in at Auburn with 21-14 win Georgia game ball, punter Jake Camarda kept Tigers backed up Brian Herrien, Jake Fromm pray for injured UGA photographer The post Kirby Smart details Georgia football injuries: Lawrence Cager and O-Line banged up appeared first on DawgNation.