ATHENS — Greyson Lambert said he only needs to look over the film of his incomplete pass once from Saturday’s 48-6 victory over the Southern Jaguars.
“I know exactly what I did (wrong) and I’ll put it behind me,” Lambert said. “Bad things are going to happen and good things are going to happen. You have to keep playing and put those things behind you.”
One week after setting the NCAA accuracy record for completion percentage in a single game and throwing for a career-high 330 yards, Lambert played for three quarters and was 9-of-10 for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
One of Lambert’s touchdown passes was a 23-yard pass to receiver Malcolm Mitchell in the third quarter. Lambert threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell two plays earlier, but it was called back for an illegal formation penalty. Mitchell said after running the first pass into the end zone, he saw the play was called back and wanted to try it again.
“I was just thankful that coach gave me another opportunity to make a play,” Mitchell said. “I knew eventually (the starters) would get pulled, so I wanted to make as many plays as possible while we were in.”
Mitchell said with a new quarterback this season in Lambert and a new offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer, he feels comfortable with the pass game.
“I feel really good with (Lambert) at quarterback,” Mitchell said. “He’s a great player and I think he definitely knows what he’s doing and knows how to lead his team.”
Lambert said he had fun throwing a second touchdown pass to Mitchell again after the first one was called back.
“We definitely wanted that first one,” Lambert said. “Hitting him for a second one was kind of making up for it.”
Mitchell had five receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown, just shy of recording his third game with over 100 receiving yards.
In 2014, without Lambert and Schottenheimer, the Bulldogs were 10th in the SEC in passing yards with 217 receptions and 2,599 passing yards for 24 touchdowns. Last season the Bulldogs averaged 12 yards per reception and this season, they average 14.1.
The Bulldog’s passing game allowed them to make up for the lack in rushing yards in first half that Lambert said he was frustrated by.
“The offense as a whole was disappointed that we weren’t able to move the ball a little bit better,” Lambert said. “We were able to put that first half behind us and come out the second half and get stuff together.”
In the first half, the Bulldogs recorded 35 rushing yards and 164 passing yards over the Jaguars. Lambert said after adjustments and encouragement from his teammates at halftime, the Bulldogs were able to turn the rushing game around and improve to 197 rushing yards and score three rushing touchdowns.
The Bulldogs were able to demonstrate another passer who matched the performance on Saturday.
Sophomore quarterback Brice Ramsey entered the game off and on beginning in the second quarter to complete 11-of-14 passes for 125 yards.