The No. 3 Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) couldn't find the end zone for the first 38 minutes against South Carolina on Saturday. Even considering the level of competition, it was a drastic slip from the season-opener in which the Bulldogs scored 48 points against Georgia Southern.
Georgia, which plays Marshall (0-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. in Sanford
Stadium, ranks sixth in the SEC in total offense (394.5 yards per game)
and seventh in scoring offense (34 points per game) after two weeks of
Unlike last year, Saturday's problems can't be blamed on the offensive
line. The Bulldogs didn't allow a sack, and the line paved the way for
154 rushing yards by a team without three of its most dangerous
tailbacks -- Kregg Lumpkin, Danny Ware and Thomas Brown -- most of the
"(The blocking) was plenty good enough to get done what we were
to accomplish," Coach Mark Richt said. "I thought our skill players
broke down. There were some wonderful opportunities for touchdowns that
Missed opportunities was the the theme stressed by all of Georgia's
offensive players and coaches.
Offensive coordinator Neil Callaway: "(South Carolina) didn't do
anything we hadn't worked on, but we just didn't execute the way we
Junior running back Tyson Browning: "It seemed like they were giving
us so many things we expected, we just weren't taking advantage of it.
If we start taking advantage of all the things teams are giving us,
we'll be a great offense. If we don't do that, we'll struggle some
The main problem, shockingly, was quarterback David Greene, who
overthrew Reggie Brown on the fourth play of the game on a route that
probably would have resulted in a touchdown. He continued to struggle
the rest of the game, missing on half his 38 passes.
Greene, though, found a bright spot in reference to last year, when
the Bulldogs averaged 408 yards in their first six games of the year and
348 in their next seven.
"Sometimes teams start off slow and get better," Greene said.
started hot last year and dwindled as the season ended. We've just got
to find our rhythm."
They may have taken a step in that direction in the final 22 minutes
Saturday as they put together two scoring drives of more than 60 yards
and scored the winning touchdown with 9:56 left.
"We have some things we need to get back to the drawing board and
on," Browning said, "but heart and effort aren't two of those
A team that's come "oh so close" the past two seasons, Georgia may be ready to take the next step. …