The final margin looked one-sided enough: a 36-point Georgia victory.
The Bulldogs’ 56-20 victory Saturday night produced some gaudy offensive numbers, more points than probably were expected for Florida Atlantic and a tie game still in the second quarter.
Georgia scored 42 straight points to get the rout expected.
“A lot of the fans were probably surprised,” safety Sanders Commings said. “We knew we had to turn it around. At halftime, we came in and we made some adjustments. We were like `OK, let’s go ahead and turn it on’ and that’s what we did.”
Georgia’s defense—minus injured Jarvis Jones and suspended Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree–held Florida Atlantic to 55 total yards of offense in the second half after giving up 263 in the first half.
Before we get to the comments on the Florida Atlantic game, Vanderbilt week is upon us.
Last year’s postgame confrontation betweenGeorgiadefensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Commodores coach James Franklin will be revisited and remembered.
“I know we’ll be motivated,” coach Mark Richt said. “We’ll be motivated for that game. …We’ll be ready. They’re a really good team. We have a lot of respect for them and we know we better be ready.”
Some postgame comments on Florida Atlantic:
Richt overall comment: “It was great to get another victory. It’s great to be 3-0. I think coach (Carl) Pelini did a very good job getting his team ready to play. That was very obvious. Especially offensively, they had an outstanding plan. I was very impressed. They blocked well running the ball. They blocked well in their pass pro. The quarterback was very deadly accurate. The ball was on the money. Guys were catching the ball. They threw a lot of quick game on us and then did a couple double moves on us to perfection and ended up racking up a bunch of yards and 14 points in the first half. Got to give them credit for the job that they did in that regard.”
Richt said that Florida Atlantic “had a few new things that we hadn’t repped. …We’ve got to be able to handle something new once in a while. That’s come in time.”
He added: Second half I thought our defense did a much better job of shutting things down when we had a better idea of what we were up against, we played pretty good.”
Georgia rolled up 713 yards of total offense. That’s a new school record, topping the 667 against Southern Miss in 1993.
“In order to have that many yards, a lot of things have to go right,” Richt said. “Pass protection, run blocking, throwing it and catching. Running the ball well. I think just schematically most of the completions were big chunks and when you get that, it usually means your coaching staff did a good job of scheming it up and exploiting some things that we saw on film. Just a great effort by everybody offensively. I didn’t like the turnovers. I didn’t like the turnover thatMurrayhad in the right corner of the end zone. Just didn’t need to do that.”
On Jarvis Jones not playing with a strained groin and bruised shoulder:
“I would say he was kind of doubtful on Thursday and we were going to wait and see what would happen and get him treatment. The more we thought about it, we’ve got some good players behind him and it’s a long season. We thought it would be the best thing to wait and give some other guys a chance to play and that’s what we did.”
On defense in first half:
“We didn’t fit things the way we need to fit. You can give them some credit. Some of it can be some new guys in new spots. The only way you’re going to get better is if you play and those guys continued to play. I haven’t seen the second-half stats yet, but once our guys saw what they were doing and how to fit it up, that happens when you’re new and young and things like that.”
On third down defense:
“There’s a couple of things we’ve got to do a little better. We were good last week. We weren’t as good this week as we were last week. We’ve just got to continue to work and continue to get better and show the guys that getting fitted up the way they need to fit it up so we can win some more games.”
On playing without Jarvis Jones: “Hey, the guys that play are the guys that are going to play. We expect guys when they’re out there to perform. The only way you’re going to get better is play.”
Odds and ends:
–Richt said that defensive end Cornelius Washington’s hamstring was bothering him this week. He started, but didn’t show up in the stats.
“He did play some, but he really didn’t feel 100 percent,” Richt said. “We were probably taking a little bit of risk with him out there, but he felt good enough after pregame warmup to get some reps.”
–Michael Bennett had four catches for a career-high 110 yards with a touchdown.
A question was posed to Richt that Bennett isn’t the fastest receiver out there.
“I don’t know why you would say he’s not the fastest because he actually has pretty good game speed, he jumps pretty high and he’s strong,” Richt said. “He’s an outstanding athlete. He’s one of the better athletes we have.”
–Dallas Lee left the game with a sprained left ankle in the second quarer and did not return. Receiver Rantavious Wooten left the game with a left knee contusion.
When Lee went out, junior college transfer Mark Beard took over at left tackle and Kenarious Gates shifted from left tackle to Lee’s left guard spot.
“He handled it pretty good on the edge,” Richt said of Beard. “The first thing you have to look at is `Can the guy pass protect?’ If the guy’s athletic enough to pass protect than you’ve got a chance to play tackle. I didn’t watch the film, but I didn’t watchMurrayget knocked around a lot. When he came in, he did well.”
Said Bobo: “I have to look at the tape, but our plan was to get him in the game, possibly the third series. We knew he was going to play.”
–Rambo and Ogletree are expected to be suspended one more game. Richt still is playing coy.
“You know I don’t know,” he said of their status for Vanderbilt. “We’ll talk about that maybe next week some time.”
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