Georgia football stock report: Bulldogs crash in SEC Championship Game loss
ATLANTA — The SEC Championship Game was a Great Depression of sorts for the Georgia football program.
LSU beat the Bulldogs, 37 -10, on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers ran their record to 13-0 and advanced to the College Football Playoff where it will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Several Georgia players were knocked out of the game on Saturday and others were limited by injuries.
The Bulldogs (11-2) didn’t help themselves, as it was clear from the outset the passing game would have its struggles with the receiving corps depleted.
Quarterback Jake Fromm was 20-of-42 passing for 225 yards with two interceptions and a TD pass. Fromm was under duress most of the game, sacked three times.
Fromm left the game with an apparent ankle injury but returned one series later.
Meanwhile, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow looked every bit a Heisman Trophy winner and future NFL star.
Burrow eluded the Georgia rush time and time again, including one play in the third quarter when he made Travon Walker miss twice and scrambled to complete a 71-yard pass to Justin Jefferson.
Burrow finished 28-of-38 passing for 349 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jordan Davis recorded the first sack of the game for Georgia on Joe Burrow in the third quarter, the Bulldogs stemming an LSU drive that reached the 3 and resulted in a field goal.
Devonte Wyatt returned from injury to sack Burrow in the fourth quarter.
Georgia freshman safety Tyrique Stevenson shared the team lead with four tackles in the first half before suffering an injury early in the third quarter.
UGA freshman safety Lewis Cine had six tackles and appeared to recover a fumble in the first half that was later reversed.
James Cook reeled in the first pass thrown his way, an 11-yard gain in the third quarter. Cook later had a 14-yard run on a draw, showing his explosive ability.
Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter wth UGA down 20-3. Blankenship also missed a 52-yard field goal in the first half.
Eric Stokes was called for a pass interference on LSU’s opening drive of the second half, setting up a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line.
Safety J.R. Reed was in position to knock down the Tigers’ first touchdown pass, but the ball sailed past his out-stretched arms to Ja’Marr Chase for a 23-yard touchdown.
Receiver George Pickens slipped and missed an easy catch on the opening series of the third quarter after being suspended the first half.
Receiver Matt Landers stepped out of bounds to negate what would have been a long gain on the opening drive and dropped a pass on the opening drive of the third quarter. Landers also had a would-be touchdown pass in his hands that he dropped in the third quarter.
Offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson gave up a sack on Fromm, getting fooled on a spin move in the third quarter.
Receiver Tyler Simmons had a dropped deep pass on the first play of the game, costing UGA an opportunity to establish early momentum.