For three and a half quarters, Ryan Mallett was about as good as you can be. Setting school records for passing yards (408) and TDs (5), he kept the Hogs in it until the end.
Wide receiver Greg Childs had a huge game (five catches, 140 yards, 2 TDs) and was the most impressive receiver on the field not named after an additive primary color. As a whole, the sophmore wide receivers all demonstrated the potential to have big numbers this season.
What can you say? Our defense was, to use defensive coordinator Willy Robinson’s own words, embarrassing. On a night where the honorary captain was hard-hitting former All-American safety Kenoy Kennedy, the Hogs’ secondary was torched for 375 yards passing and there were few bone-rattling tackles to be found.
Just as embarrassing to the program and the fans was having a player ejected and a head coach flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Whatever the circumstances, that just can’t happen.
Perhaps most disappointing, the running game was virtually nonexistent, as the Hogs rushed for 30 yards in the first half and 47 in the second. Michael Smith’s absence due to a sprained shoulder definitely contributed to the weak effort. And early on, Georgia was daring the Hogs to throw it and Mallett took advantage with three first quarter TDs. But after the Dawgs softened up, the coaches never really committed to getting the ground game going.
The lack of any pass rush turned bus driver Joe Cox into Joe Montana. Cox had all dayâ€¦all night long. What was the plan to apply pressure? Did we abandon it after Franklin’s ejection? Which leads us toâ€¦ [read more]