ATHENS – For as many offenses fought on Saturday, Georgia's defense has once again been brighter than Sanford Stadium's LED lights.
The Bulldogs took their second shutout this season, when they held off Kentucky violations all night. It really feels like Kentucky will never score on a foul, no matter how long the two teams play on a rainy night.
"We do not control his condition," said Richard LeCounte safety. "We control what we can do and that is playing hard, physical football and getting people down and playing soccer four quarters."
Weather conditions were a big factor for Georgia's offense, as quarterback Jake Fromm completed only 9 of his 12 passes for 35 yards. So imagine how many converted midfielders like Kentucky's Lynn Bowdon would struggle to throw football when that wasn't his skill.
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Wildcats who commit violations are even worse than Georgia. Bowden did not finish his first pass of the game until 4:34 left in the fourth quarter. At that time, Kentucky was 21-0 behind. On that day, Bowden finished only 2-for-15 with a total of 17 yards passing.
"It's wet, a little muddy and rather cold. You know, football weather, "Bowden said. "It's hard to throw a ball. I have to find the right grip on the ball. "
But Bowden's athleticism forced Georgia's defense to play things differently. Given his ability as a runner – he finished the match with 99 yards rushing – the Bulldogs had to commit to more players to stay near the show line. This means that the backs of Georgia's defense will be placed in one-on-one situations throughout the night.
The defensive back – who is still without Tyson Campbell as he continues to recover from Turf Toe – stands tall because they have five breakthrough passes. While it's not an interception, they really count towards a lot of talk about chaos drama.
"The situation is one-on-one all day outside and you will play one opponent, in such weather, it is a one-belonging game for most games," Smart said. "It puts a lot of pressure on your defense to be able to play in such conditions against someone like that. They did a good job managing their quarterback because it was difficult for our people and difficult for them. "
Substitution of one game is forced by the secondary player, when J.R. senior safety Reed knocked the ball from Bowden's hand and LeCounte was there to pick it up. Turnover gave Georgia a good breach of field position and eventually led to Georgia's second offensive touchdown of the game.
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A pillow of 14 points is more than enough considering the way Georgia's defense played in the second half of this season's football match.
"We know that in the end, our offense will take it," Cornerback Eric Stokes said. "We always motivate violations. We know they support us and we support them. "
In four SEC matches, the Georgia defense has given a total of 3 points in the second half and an extended period of match time. The Bulldogs only allowed one touchdown offensive after this season, with that coming in victory over Notre Dame. Georgia will enter November as the only college football team that has yet to give up the rush of touchdown.
As LeCounte mentioned, Georgia wants to be a team that makes you tired when the fourth quarter rolls. In the second half of this year's match against Power Five opponents, Georgia defeated their opponents by a score of 7-10. Time and time again, the Georgian defense continued to lean on opponents until they completely surrendered and Georgia defeated them.
There are still many questions about Georgia violations, even if you count the facts of the violation trying to be executed in a cold shower. But defense, as happens throughout the season, proves that it can withstand the pressures of national championship expectations.