UGA beat the Blazers 34-0 and delivered its first back to back shutouts since 1980. But that doesn't tell the broader story.
It seems that we have rarely perform very well in these early season, early afternoon match-ups against small-time non-conference opponents. There were obvious execution problems in this game around the offensive line, dumb penalties and wide receiver drops, but the team did what it needed to do to beat UAB soundly.
When you compare our stats from the 2003 game to yesterday's game, some interesting info comes to light:
|Rushing Yards Allowed||68||101|
|Passing Yards Allowed||95||97|
First off, Stafford didn't turn the ball over. He had some bad snaps, and he got the hell knocked out of him once in coughing up the ball. But the other guys didn't gain possession of it. That's improvement versus last week's 3 INTs. Greene was a three year starter in 2003, and he threw two interceptions against these guys.
Secondly, we were dominating on defense against a UAB. They never reached the UGA redzone, and they only crossed our 45 yardline once.
Third, as medicore (or worse) as our offensive line looked yesterday; we still posted better rushing stats than the 2003 game.
Cutting down on penalties and motivating our offensive line to play at a more consistent level are fixable problems. The offense looked sluggish yesterday, but we still did enough against a team capable of giving us a scare to win big.
Other than Stafford torching those guys for 250+ yards, I don't think it could've gone much better.
By the way, UAB is and might be the best team we face until Tennessee comes to town. Even if they aren't the best team we face til then, they aren't noticably worse. That's a sad statement on how bad Mississippi State, Colorado, South Carolina and Ole Miss really are.