Georgia's offense sputters

David Greene and Mark Richt

ATHENS – Fred Gibson was not pleased with Georgia's offensive production after Saturday's 13-3 win over Marshall.

"I've never seen anything like this since I've been here," said Fred Gibson "There were no big plays; there was no excitement out there. LSU, they beat us two times (last year), and they probably feel like they're going to come in here and beat us again."

LSU lost Saturday to Auburn in a wild game. But the Bulldogs have not yet exploded on offense. In their first game of the season, against Georgia Southern, the Bulldogs scored only 13 points in the first half. They scored only six points against South Carolina the next week in the first half. And on Saturday, Georgia managed only 13 points for the game. It was the first time Georgia won a game scoring that few points since beating the Gamecocks 13-7 in 2002.

"The defense is playing great, but we need to get together on offense," Gibson said.

Gibson has not caught a pass of more than 49 yards this season. That play came against Georgia Southern, but his highs for South Carolina and Marshall were 16 and 12 yards respectively. Reggie Brown's numbers reflect the same sort of struggles. His high for the season is 43, which also came against Georgia Southern. In the other two games, Brown has not caught a pass for more than 22 yards.

"People have not really set themselves up not to give up the big play," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. "You can chuck some down there and maybe make a big play – but we have to run the ball better."

"We're not producing," said quarterback David Greene. "I don't think we've got into that full rhythm yet. It's been that way pretty much the whole season."

The Bulldogs are moving the ball, but are not scoring touchdowns – it's been a problem for a while with Georgia. The Bulldogs are leading the SEC in redzone scoring at 100%, but half of their scores (6 of 12) are field goals. By contrast, the second leading team in red zone efficiency is Florida at 91%. But the Gators have scored 10 touchdowns in 11 redzone appearances. It means that Florida is outscoring Georgia by ten points in the redzone this year, even though the Gators are statistically less successful in the redzone and visit there less often.

"When you know, as a player, that you didn't accomplish what we needed to accomplish, it bothers you. We get in the red zone and kick field goals. I don't know what the problem is," Gibson said.

"We've got to get better," said Greene.

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