Yesterday, I posed a qustion: why is Mike Bobo so bad? I asked readers to comment and use statistics to prove why they have so much scorn towards Mike Bobo.
One comment complained that Georgia got to conservative in the SEC Championship game vs. LSU once we got up 10-0. I replied, but thought it was worthy to make its own post.
Georgia’s next possession after getting up 10-0: Murray pass complete on first down. The next first down on that drive, Murray is sacked. On third and 14, Murray throws an incompletion.
Possession #2: Runs by Crowell on 1st and 2nd down, then a sack on 3rd down. Keep in mind, the field position was inside the Georgia 15 and sack put us a the 2, so I think going a little more conservative was acceptable.
Possession #3: Pass on 1st down, Pass on 2nd down, Pass on the next 1st down, Pass on thrid down, punt.
Possession #4: Pass on first down, Pass on Thrid down, Punt.
Possession #5: Team rush to end half.
Possession #6: Runs on first and 2nd down, Murray rushes for first down then fumbles.
Possession #7: Pass on first, 2nd and thrid down. Punt
Possession #8: Rush on 1st and 2nd down, pass complete on thrid down and long for first down, interception on the next first down pass.
Possession #9: Pass on first, second and third down. Pass on next first down. Rush on next second down. Sack on thrid and 9. Punt
Possession #10 (beginning of 4th Quarter, UGA down 28-10): Pass complete on first down, Rush on 2nd down. Pass on first down, Pass on next first down. Pass on 2nd down. Pass on next first down. Pass on next time there is a frist down. Pass on 2nd down, sack. Pass on thrid and long incomplete.
By the time Georgia got the ball back for possession #11, it was 35-10 and the ballgame was out of reach. I could go on, but I think I have made my point. I counted 14 pass attempts on first down and no sprint draw plays on 3rd and long. How is passing-throwing on 1st down no less-conservative, especially when the running game was ineffective? Murray threw the ball 40 times, so again, in what world is throwing it 40 times conservative? Georgia got conservative on one possession inside their 15. It became very apparent very early that Georgia couldn’t run against LSU consistently, so then the Tigers were able to tune in on Murray and the passing game.
If you are going to complain about something, make sure you are complaining about the correct thing.