The Georgia Bulldogs have defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 24-10, and it was a game that probably wasn’t as close as the score indicates.
The story of the game today was Georgia’s defense. Mississippi State totaled 179 rushing yards against the Dawgs last year, but found holes hard to find today as they only managed 56 yards on the ground this time, with a per carry average of 1.6.
Sanders Commings comes up as the star on the defensive side, as he had an interception and a fumble recovery along with a few dropped picks as well. Cornelius Washington, after picking up 1.5 sacks last week, picked up two sacks in this one and caused a lot more pressure than just that.
The young freshman Isaiah Crowell is now three-for-three in SEC games as he rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries. This included 90 on 12 carries in the first half however, and little rushing room in the second half led to a very frustrated Crowell, which almost cost the Dawgs their quarterback, Aaron Murray, on a play where the defender hit Murray in the knee after Crowell whiffed on a block.
That negativity aside though, Crowell again showed that if he is given some room to run, he can be a lethal back. He showed great vision and speed on could-have-been 49-yard touchdown run in which he barely stepped out of bounds after 14 yards. His 22 touches showed that he can again tote the load for the team.
Murray himself had a very up-and-down game, going 13-25 for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns, but three interceptions. Two of the interceptions were bad throws and the other was a good reaction by the defender that wasn’t a great throw either. His favorite target once again was freshman Malcolm Mitchell, who had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Orson Charles added in three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown of his own.
The kicking game struggled again as Blair Walsh was one for two on field goal attempts but the Dawgs also had a bobbled snap on another one.
The Dawgs took advantage when Mississippi State gave them a short field and kept their offense out of rhythm the entire time. If you can do those two things, then you usually come out on top.
Perhaps the key play of the game was right after Aaron Murray had thrown an interception deep in his own territory, Commings came up with an interception that kept State off scoreboard.
The defense itself only gave up three points, as State scored a touchdown on a pick six from Murray.
I would say it was a pretty dominant performance overall though, despite some of the sloppiness. Georgia blocked well and controlled the clock with a time of possession of 34:34. Crowell and Mitchell continue to show playmaking ability and as long as we can get Walsh back on track, then this team has a lot of upside as to what it can do this season.
The Dawgs now stand at 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the conference.
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