Dawgs beat Tech: Three Keys Revisited

Dawg Post Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2006

ATHENS - Josh Kendall reviews his three keys in Georgia's game with Tech.

Handle the blitz

Matthew Stafford was sacked only twice and neither was devastating. The offensive linemen and the backs were in the proper spot almost every play. They didn’t always make the best block, but they slowed the rush enough to give Stafford time, particularly on the final drive. On the Bulldogs’ decisive touchdown pass, Coach Mark Richt had enough confidence to call a play that took a while to develop and Stafford had plenty of time.

Win turnover battle

Yellow Jacket quarterback Reggie Ball lost the turnover battle by himself, throwing two interceptions and coughing up a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Georgia turned the ball over just once, on a botched quarterback-center exchange in the first half. It was Georgia’s fewest giveaways since the Oct. 14 Vanderbilt game. The play could have been devastating, as it gave Tech the ball at the Bulldog 13-yard line, but the Georgia defense pushed the Yellow Jackets back 5 yards and forced a field goal.

Catch passes

The Bulldogs dropped just two passes and none when it mattered. When it counted the most, sophomore Mohamed Massaqoui made some very tough catches, none nicer than the one over the middle that converted a third-and-six from the Tech 11-yard line and led to the decisive touchdown.

Notable: Georgia converted a season-high 10 third downs against Tech. The Bulldogs are 18-of-32 on third down in the last two games. Georgia has converted 40.7 percent of its third downs this year, seventh-best in the SEC. … The Bulldogs will begin practice again on the evening of Dec. 14.

Injuries: Offensive tackle Ken Shackleford suffered a minor ankle injury but should be ready for bowl practices.

Up next: Bowl game, TBA

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