Dawgs Stave Off Aggies
Cover Photo: Curtis Crompton AJC
By: Joshua Grosh
As previously posted in #4 Georgia vs Texas A&M Week #13 Prediction the Dawgs defeated the Aggies 19-13.
ATHENS, GA— Another game and another week of needing to take some heart medication. Georgia grinded out yet another game this season to close out both SEC play and the home game slate. This game was just another in a long slate of frustrating, headache-inducing games on offense and otherworldly play by the defense. Georgia was able to score just above what appears to be the magic number this season – 17. No team has been able to score more than 17 points on this Georgia defense (even in the loss to South Carolina) and while that takes tremendous pressure off the offense to perform, it also makes it near unfathomable how out of sync this offense is.
This offense is just awful. There is just no dancing around it. Georgia has gone anemic offensively for the majority of the season and even worse the last half of this season. While the offense had more of a pulse this game than the last against Auburn, the offense still just looked frustratingly bad. Fromm was not on it tonight and at one point got into a bit of a shouting match with Swift. Fromm has for a third game in a row not been able to even make 50% of his passes. While yes there have been drops of the receivers here and there, Fromm just doesn’t look as effective as the past seasons – and one has to start questioning…has the new coaching staff let Fromm regress? Between Fromm seeming to just be missing open reads, over/under throwing, and the offense just lacking cohesion and chemistry, something is seriously wrong with the team. The offensive coaching staff cannot seem to do anything about it which makes it just that much worse – nothing to get the team on the same page or simple passes to build the passing game’s confidence. At some point or another, Kirby will have to address this; unfortunately, it just may take a potential drumming at the hands of LSU, or maybe the playoffs if we can survive. Now, the one caveat is that the past three games we have not seen much of Lawrence Cager due to injury. Possibly with a healthy Cager we may see a more competent offense – after all, Cager was Fromm’s security blanket. At this point, we can only hope that whenever Cager does return to full health, Georgia can snap back to having a pulse offensively. Yet, I will say one thing positively. Georgia was able to put away the game at the most vital of times this week unlike the last. When the defense got a stop later in the fourth, Georgia iced the game with a bruising 10 play drive to finally kill out the clock.
This defense is completely otherworldly on its performance this season. With an offense that constantly puts all the pressure on it, it still comes up strong and makes the plays when necessary. When A&M seemed to have snatched the momentum after their 4th quarter touchdown, the Georgia defense came back and stood tall to get the stop Georgia needed to close the game despite the loss of Stokes – which led to A&M finding a vulnerability to pick on. To add further to this defense’s performance, it completely shut down a team who seemed to have a rather lively running game this month. A team that seemed to be able to hit 200 yards with ease now was not even able to muster 1–yard total for rushing (A&M totaled -1 on the ground today). A&M even gave up on the rushing game entirely, passing on their last 23 plays of the game. These Junkyard Dawgs and essentially forced every team they have met to beat them through the air with no running game assistance – and even in their passing defense they are fairly imposing. The Dawgs had two sacks, four tackles for a loss, and 5 pass breakups as well as being in the back field multiple times on both running and passing plays. If this defense could just get the offense to match half of their effectiveness, we may have a championship level team.
Georgia goes on the road to Atlanta to close the season against the instate rival Georgia Tech. Tech is coming off its third win of the season against North Carolina State – a game they nearly lost after allowing NC State to surge back after being down by 18 points at half time. If the Dawgs win against Georgia Tech, it will make it a third straight year of wins in Clean, Old Fashioned Hate.