Saturdays SEC showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and the #5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs showcased a games worth of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
So let's get started with The Good.
This season I've been hearing about the Bulldogs running attack but I've felt that besides a sometime sound Missouri Tiger defense the Bulldogs weren't really tested.
I stayed on the fence about these two true freshman running backs until I witnessed the damage they did Saturday.
The first of the duo is 6-1, 218 pound Todd Gurley. In the first five games including Saturday against the Vols, Gurley has put up 529 yards and 9 tds beginning to remind Bulldog fans of another great freshman tailback in Herschel Walker.
The second back is speedster Keith Marshall who is a great back in his own right racking up 428 rushing yards and 5 tds including Saturdays win over the Vols. Based on Saturdays duo performance Gurley and Marshall have cemented themselves as a premier thunder and lightning combination totaling 287 yards rushing along with five touchdowns.
Marshall is the lightning as he ran for 164 yards off of just ten carries, breaking a 75, and later a 72 yard for game breaking touchdown, displaying that track speed all the way to the end zone.Thunder (Gurley) was the pound-er carrying the football 23 times for 123 yards and three touchdowns displaying Herschel Walker type strength as Gurley had 68 yards after first contact and ran the football downhill all day. A real test is scheduled for next week down in South Carolina as the Bulldogs travel to Columbia to do battle with the #6 ranked Gamecocks. A must see.
Even though I gave props to the running attack of the Georgia Bulldogs, it dosen't mean they didn't have help from a horrible tackling performance by the Tennessee Volunteers.
In this game in every facet of the game the Vols had a chance to match the Bulldogs and at times even win. However one area the Vols had absolutely no answer for was the Bulldog running attack that ripped the Vols for 287 yards and five touchdowns.
All game long the Vols failed to do two things, sustain offensive momentum and stop the Bulldog running attack led by two true freshman tailbacks that ran with purpose all day long.
Because the Vols offense didn't have much consistency they often had their tongue dragging defense on the field trying to slowdown a double barrel running attack in Marshall and Gurley, which at the end of the day was just too much.
Entering week five of the NCAA season I've seen a lot of games, and I've seen a lot of sloppy games. When I think of ugly for this game I think of the two things. One, Tyler Bray's inconsistent performance and untimely turnovers and two, the special teams performances from both teams. I'm going to sound them off and let the readers and fans decide.
- One muffed kick return (Gurley on the 1-yard line)
- One blocked punt
- Three missed extra points
- One missed field goal
- Two kick-offs out of bounds
- One blocked extra point
A great game and a great effort from both teams, but a miserable special teams and kicking day for both teams as well. Next week proves to be a huge SEC test down in Columbia, South Carolina as the #4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs visit the #6 ranked Gamecocks looking for battle.
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