clearn.png
Friday December 2nd, 2022 7:45AM

No. 1 Georgia looking for improved short-yardage production

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia placekicker Jack Podlesny doesn't always find quarterback Stetson Bennett, who also serves as the holder on kicks, to be in a great mood.

When running onto the field in last week's 16-6 win at Kentucky, Podlesny noticed Bennett was more upbeat when holding for extra points than for field goals. That just meant Bennett and the offense had failed to find the end zone.

No. 1 Georgia (11-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) protected its unbeaten record and capped an unblemished mark in the league. Even so, the Bulldogs were far from perfect in short-yardage situations while having to rely on three field goals.

“Definitely running out onto the field, I can remember the third or second field goal specifically, he’s out there and he’s just shaking his head,” Podlesny said of Bennett on Monday. “He’s like: ‘This isn’t great. This isn’t seven points. This is only three.’"

Running back Kenny Milton was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-one play to open the fourth quarter. Georgia also couldn't convert two third-down plays when it needed only one and two yards in the final quarter.

The short-yardage offense will be an emphasis in practice this week for Saturday's regular-season finale against Georgia Tech, which gained momentum with last week's 21-17 win at then-No. 13 North Carolina.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart says he looks to “be creative” when devising the best short-yardage plan.

“You have to sit and think, are we in the best personnel grouping to do it?” Smart said Monday. “Are we giving it to the right side? Are we attacking the weakness of their defense? ... Are we in our best personal grouping? Do you have to get big to get one yard or can you stay little and can you spread them out?”

Georgia played big against the Wildcats, using 300-pound defensive tackle Jalen Carter as an extra blocker. The extra muscle wasn't enough for Georgia's offensive line to create the needed surge on the short-yardage plays.

The Bulldogs still had enough offense to hold on against Kentucky, but 16 points may not be enough against Georgia Tech or in the Dec. 3 SEC championship game against No. 6 LSU. Georgia, also No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ranking, is looking to regain its offensive momentum for a run at a second consecutive national championship.

The Bulldogs scored their only touchdown against on a 9-yard run by Kenny McIntosh. It was not a typical performance for the Bulldogs, who rank 11th in the nation with their average of 38.4 points per game.

Georgia leads the nation in red-zone scoring efficiency. The fourth-down stop was only the second time the Bulldogs have failed to score in 61 red-zone possessions. The one negative for Smart in that statistic is having to rely on field goals in 19 of the 59 red-zone scores.

“We took a step back, you know, last week,” Smart said. "And the level of concern is about execution. It’s not like you can say it’s one thing or oh, you have a problem here. ... Every play we can point to and say we have a failure here. And when you have a failure here, we don’t execute. You play good defenses, they capitalize on you.”

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://bit.ly/3pqZVaF

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve
Manatees that are dying by the hundreds mainly from pollution-caused starvation in Florida should once again be listed as an endangered species
3:05PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed
Turkish officials say suspected Kurdish militants in Syria have fired rockets into a border town in Turkey, killing two people and wounding 10 others
3:04PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Falcons' Pitts sidelined with knee injury
Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has a knee injury that will sideline him “in the short term,” coach Arthur Smith said
3:03PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
FIFA threat makes World Cup teams nix 'One Love' armbands
FIFA’s threat of on-field punishment for players has pushed World Cup teams to back down
2:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
Beltrán, Lackey lead 14 newcomers on Baseball Hall ballot
Carlos Beltrán, John Lackey and Jered Weaver are among 14 newcomers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot in what could turn into an evaluation of the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal
1:04PM ( 2 hours ago )
Amid Musk Twitter chaos, athletes & celebs cope just like us
Much like many of Twitter's hundreds of millions of users, professional sports stars and celebrities from the entertainment world are dealing with the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the microblogging app since Elon Musk took it over and began trimming the staff and making other changes
1:02PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Kelce scores 3 touchdowns, Chiefs rally past Chargers 30-27
Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for their third touchdown of the game with 31 seconds remaining, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied past the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 to stay atop the AFC
2:08AM ( 13 hours ago )
Burrow throws 4 TD passes, Bengals rally past Steelers 37-30
Joe Burrow threw four touchdown passes and the Cincinnati Bengals rallied past Pittsburgh 37-30
10:02PM ( 17 hours ago )
Cowboys crush Vikings' 7-game win streak with 40-3 romp
The Dallas Cowboys sacked Kirk Cousins a career-most seven times in a 40-3 victory over Minnesota
9:20PM ( 18 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Staley, VanDerveer back Griner at S Carolina-Stanford game
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer each wore white long-sleeved T-shirts featuring Brittney Griner's name and image during their game Sunday
11:17PM ( 16 hours ago )
Bolton's 24 points lead No. 2 Gonzaga over No. 4 Kentucky
Rasir Bolton scored 24 points, Drew Timme added 22 points, and No. 2 Gonzaga beat cold-shooting No. 4 Kentucky 88-72
10:46PM ( 16 hours ago )
Boston rallies No. 1 South Carolina past No. 2 Stanford
Bree Hall hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime, Aliyah Boston overcame early foul trouble to score 14, and No. 1 and defending champion South Carolina rallied past second-ranked Stanford 76-71 in an early-season showdown
9:16PM ( 18 hours ago )
College Sports
US supply chain under threat as unions, railroads, clash
Railroad engineers accepted their deal with the railroads that will deliver 24% raises but conductors rejected the contract
10:49AM ( 4 hours ago )
Big rail unions split on contract with engineers ratifying
Railroad engineers accepted their deal with the railroads that will deliver 24% raises but conductors rejected the contract
10:07AM ( 5 hours ago )
Ga Tech erases 17-point deficit, beats No. 13 North Carolina
Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech scored 21 unanswered points for a 21-17 road win against No. 13 North Carolina
10:27PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
Williams' 470 passing yards puts No. 7 USC over No. 16 UCLA
Caleb Williams passed for a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards and seventh-ranked Southern California clinched a spot on the Pac-12 Championship game with a 48-45 victory over No. 16 UCLA
12:04AM ( 1 day ago )
No. 2 Ohio State holds off Terps 43-30, Michigan next
Dallan Hayden scored three touchdowns in the second half of No. 2 Ohio State's 43-30 victory over Maryland to set up a monumental matchup of unbeatens next weekend between the Buckeyes and rival Michigan
9:14PM ( 1 day ago )
No. 1 Georgia tops Kentucky, goes unbeaten in SEC again
Kenny McIntosh rushed for a career-best 143 yards, including a crucial 9-yard score late in the third quarter, and top-ranked Georgia withstood Kentucky’s fourth-quarter rally Saturday for a 16-6 win and its second consecutive unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference
9:13PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve
Manatees that are dying by the hundreds mainly from pollution-caused starvation in Florida should once again be listed as an endangered species
3:05PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed
Turkish officials say suspected Kurdish militants in Syria have fired rockets into a border town in Turkey, killing two people and wounding 10 others
3:04PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Falcons' Pitts sidelined with knee injury
Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has a knee injury that will sideline him “in the short term,” coach Arthur Smith said
3:03PM ( 22 minutes ago )
HBCU files complaint seeking review of bus search
A historically Black university in North Carolina says it has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice seeking a review of a search of a bus carrying students during a traffic stop in South Carolina last month
3:00PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Elon Musk's Twitter reinstates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Elon Musk's Twitter has reinstated the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was banned in January for violating the platform's COVID misinformation policies at the time
2:56PM ( 29 minutes ago )