Georgia football stock report: LSU cashes in on Bulldogs’ mistakes
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Georgia football program was derailed at LSU on Saturday, the Bulldogs unable to get out of their own way in a mistake-filled defeat.
The No. 13-ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) sprung a 36-16 upset victory over the No. 2-ranked Georgia (6-1, 4-1) football program before the sold out crowd of 103,321.
• Georgia football fans stock was up, the impressive red and black traveling party getting no less than 20,000 inside of sold out Tiger Stadium. Several thousand other Bulldogs’ fans took in the tailgates and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
• The only people stopping tailback Elijah Holyfield on Saturday were the Georgia coaches. Holyfield was as impressive as any runner in the stadium, gaining 56 yards and scoring a touchdown on his seven carries.
• Rodrigo Blankenship put his kickoffs into the end zone and made a pressure-packed 40-yard field goal to get Georgia on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The failure of the fake field goal had nothing to do with him.
• Georgia’s front seven couldn’t come up with the big stops. LSU went 4-for-4 on fourth down conversions.
• It was a tough day for quarterback Jake Fromm, who was 16-of-34 passing for 209 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Fromm missed a wide-open Mecole Hardman on a would-be touchdown in the first quarter, a sign of things to come.
• The Georgia play-calling was questionable, at best, even beyond the momentum-turning fruitless fake field goal attempt. The Bulldogs started a drive at the LSU 38 with 14:39 left, down 19-9, and despite all the success running north and south, a call was made for a jet sweep. The play failed to net any yardage, and the momentum was lost.
• The Georgia secondary was directly responsible for at least six points, giving up a 55-yard pass on a broken coverage in the second quarter, and when Tyson Campbell was beat for a 37-yard gain in the first quarter.