ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart likes the overall trend of his Bulldogs, but he made it clear there are some things that simply must get better following a 27-10 win over Auburn.
Georgia (9-1, 7-1) has beaten three straight ranked opponents, gaining momentum with regular-season games left against UMass next Saturday (4 p.m.) and Georgia Tech on Nov. 24 (noon) leading up to the Dec. 1 SEC Championship Game with Alabama.
“It’s been a really big stretch of games for our players, it’s been a tough road,” Smart said. “They bit the bullet, played really hard through it. We haven’t played perfect, we haven’t always played smart, but we have played hard.
“I still feel like our best football is ahead of us. We are a work in progress. We all know that nothing worth having comes easy. I think our team has kind of started to figure that out — that if you buy in and work really hard during the week, it pays off on the weekend. But we’ve got to remove some of these penalties, dumb penalties, penalties that are our errors and we’ve got to continue to improve in all phases of the game.”
Smart has insisted on sticking with the run game and it is paying off, the Bulldogs finishing with more than 300 yards rushing for the second consecutive game (303) thanks to D’Andre Swift’s career-high 186-yard performance.
On the down side, Georgia failed to score a touchdown on three drives inside the Auburn 10, the “low Red Zone” as Smart calls it, and the Bulldogs had 12 penalties for 85 yards.
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