ATHENS — These short takes are presented in conjunction with the Georgia-Missouri game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 9-6. That score is not a typo.
1. The Bulldogs clearly weren’t comfortable with Greyson Lambert throwing the ball late in the game. Georgia’s quarterback tried only three fourth-quarter passes. (All three were complete, FYI.) But Lambert threw a tipped interception on the game’s first play, nearly threw another on third-and-goal in the third quarter – the apparent turnover was overturned by replay – and had three other passes hit the hands of defenders. Georgia played for a field goal twice inside the final 10 minutes, running the ball on first, second and third downs inside the Mizzou 25 both times. Marshall Morgan missed a 26-yard field goal on the first series; he made the game-winner from 34 yards on the second. For the game, Lambert completed 23 of 32 passes for 178 yards, which is a miniscule yield. He wasn’t terrible; he just wasn’t very good. And we note that Georgia has managed three offensive touchdowns in three games and move on to the defense.
2. Georgia held Missouri to 27 yards and two first downs in the second half. That sounds impressive – and it was the reason the Bulldogs won on a night when their offense couldn’t manage a touchdown for the first time since the 2010 Liberty Bowl against Central Florida – but the Tigers have no offense whatsoever. They entered ranked last in the SEC and 121st nationally in yardage. They played this game without quarterback Maty Mauk, who’s suspended, and backup Drew Lock had no chance on the possession after Morgan’s third field goal gave Georgia its only lead. He was sacked on third-and-12 and called for intentional grounding to boot; his fourth-down heave was incomplete.
3. Looking ahead: Does Georgia have a chance against Florida? Sure. Even without Nick Chubb and with a quarterback who inspires no confidence, the Bulldogs have enough players to give a good account of themselves in Jacksonville on Halloween. If you’re going by the night’s comparative scores – Georgia won 9-6 at home; Florida lost 35-28 at LSU behind its backup quarterback – you’d have to say the Gators were the more impressive side (even in losing). But strange things happen in Jax. Has anyone forgotten the doings of last Nov. 1, when a Florida team about to fire its coach overwhelmed a Georgia team playing for a place in the SEC championship game? Thought not.