Freshmen tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Georgia‚Äôs starting offense scored on its first three possessions.
Yet when Georgia football coach Mark Richt was done reading out the statistics from Wednesday‚Äôs second preseason scrimmage at Sanford Stadium, he offered a warning of sorts.
‚ÄúOK, I want to guard my words a little bit,‚Äù a less-than-pleased Richt said.
The scrimmage was closed, but this much is clear: Georgia had fumble issues.
Four in all for the quarterbacks.
Richt said that Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason each had a fumble. Tailback Brandon Harton also fumbled.
‚ÄúI might feel better watching film,‚Äù Richt said.
Or maybe not.
Perhaps an hour after Richt‚Äôs post-scrimmage news conference, as coaches began to look at film, it was relayed to the media that quarterbacks Christian LeMay and Parker Welch also fumbled. So that‚Äôs five fumbles in all.
‚ÄúEvery time the quarterback got touched, they fumbled the ball,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre not supposed to get tackled, but sometimes they‚Äôll get touched. ‚Ä¶ We better get better at that.‚Äù
On top of that Murray, Mason and LeMay each threw an interception, making a total of eight turnovers.
‚ÄúJust bad interceptions, bad throws,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúWell, one Corey (Moore) made a great play. I‚Äôll give him that.‚Äù
Not the stuff that makes up an SEC contender.
The No. 1 units went up against the No. 2 units.
Gurley had 87 yards rushing with two touchdowns, one that went for 66 yards.
Receiver Chris Conley had four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown catch of about 70 yards.
The No. 2 offense drove the field against the No. 1 defense one time to score on a Mason strike to freshman Blake Tibbs. Richt wasn‚Äôt happy that Brandon Harton broke a tackle in the backfield to get a first down.
‚ÄúLike I told the team, I thought we looked like a pretty good team, but pretty good‚Äôs about 8-4,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt even know if that‚Äôs pretty good. Maybe 9-3 if you‚Äôre lucky. We‚Äôd like to do better than 8-4 and that‚Äôs about how we played today.‚Äù
The players seemed less fazed by the miscues.
The always-upbeat Murray, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown and interception, said he ‚Äúthought it was a great scrimmage offensively,‚Äù citing the early drives.
Asked about turnovers, Murray said: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got to take care of the ball. We can‚Äôt be careless with the ball. I think we‚Äôve done a great job all camp of not having many tunovers ‚Äî many interceptions or fumbles. You‚Äôve got to protect the ball.‚Äù
Said Conley: ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if it was sloppy. We started out hot and things started to lull a little bit.‚Äù
Defensive end Ray Drew said ‚Äúthere were a few turnovers here and there, but that‚Äôs what practice is for, to try and get that corrected. We have a good defense, we have a good offense, but everyone‚Äôs prone to make mistakes. Just get them out of our system by Sept. 1.‚Äù
That‚Äôs when Georgia opens against Buffalo.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt see a team that was ready to be great. I saw a team that was still pretty good. So I wasn‚Äôt that thrilled about it.‚Äù