‘we could not’. We could not stop them ‘

From a statistical standpoint, Saturday night was Kirby Smart’s worst performance by the Georgia defense as head coach.

Mac Jones and his wide receivers Jaylen Wadle and Devonta Smith usually took a blow torch to Stout Secondary. Jones threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Smith caught two of them while Wadle took one.

The Bulldogs totaled 564 yards of offense. The last time Georgia took multiple yards in a single game was against Auburn in 2013.

Not Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovelloa or Baker Mayfield or any other great quarterback Georgia has performed as well as Jones in recent years.

“Their quarterback I thought played really well. They’ve got players with great skills, we knew that Georgia coach Kirby Smart has said. “We were able to join them a little bit quicker. In the second half we could not do it. We could not stop them. “

It was not an out-of-body performing Jones against the top defensive unit in the SEC. Smith and Wadle both had great games. So did Nazi Harris, who was 152 for more yards against Georgia – the Bulldogs conceded defeat in their first three games.

But as big as now, and more than that, the story from Saturday was how regular Wadle and Smith made plays against the likes of Georgia Secondary.

Smith finished with 11 catches for 167 yards. He had two touchdowns in the game, the last in the Bulldogs’ coffin in the second.

“When you play man-to-man on those guys you have to be able to get the ball out and make plays,” Smart said. He said, I felt that tonight Devonta Smith played very big for him. Along with 50–50 balls, he also caught Wadal heavily. “

Weddle produced almost the same as he had 161 yards. But he needed only six catches to do so. In Wadle’s third quarter touchdown, he allowed the Crimson Tide to perform well, overtaking Tyson Campbell.

“The friends weren’t able to run with Weddle, so they reached out and held him instead of putting his hands on him and stopping him,” Smart said. “it was very big.”

The numbers could have been even better for the two wide receivers Georgia had not imposed multiple penalties against each of them. One of them – an interception interception against Eric Stokes – would have been a third and first and a stop down in goal. Harris played for Alabama in the upcoming match to lead the Crimson Tide 34-24.

“When we messed up, they were able to capitalize on every play,” Richard Lacounte said.

The Bulldogs also did not do well enough to pressure Jones to pass something wrong. On Alabama’s opening drive, Aziz Ojulri hit Jones, forcing a foul pass that was intercepted by Lacount.

But it was the only interception of the night for Georgia, while Alabama passed three Statesman Bennett.

It is easy for the Bulldogs to lift some extra weight, especially when the defense was legitimately one of the best units in the country.

LeCounte is still confident of what the Bulldogs’ offense is. And it is certain that Georgia will not face another offense in the regular season as Alabama.

“We will go back to the drawing board where we are able to fix where we messed up tonight and finish our season. We are good, ”LeCounte said. He said, “It’s a bump in our road.” We learn from our experience here and get better so next time we will be good. “

Georgia defensive back Richard LeCounte talks on defensive deficiencies against Alabama

Georgia’s defense closes the following week before facing Kentucky on October 31. Going forward, defense will not look as frequent as it did on Saturday night in the first three games.

But the problem is that if Georgia wants to get to where it wants to go, it would probably like to see Waddle, Smith, Harris and Jones again.

So the group will have a lot of work to do to move on from the worst defensive performance of Smart’s tenure.

“It is a learning experience. He got us this for the first time. But we are still playing ball there.

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