Saturday, December 3, 2011
Halftime: Georgia 10, LSU 7
By Edward Aschoff
ATLANTA -- It's halftime in the SEC championship game with Georgia leading 10-7.
Stat of the half: LSU entered the half without a first down from its offense. The Tigers went three-and-out six times and Georgia's defense held LSU to just 12 total yards. LSU totaled just 1 yard of offense in the second quarter. Georgia has 135 yards at the half.
Turning point: LSU had barely any life before Tyrann Mathieu took Drew Butler's 59-yard punt 62 yards to the house to get the Tigers on the board. The play not only gave LSU points but it energized the Tigers and their fans. LSU promptly came out and forced Georgia to go three plays and out on offense. That play definitely ate into the energy that Georgia had to open the game.
What Georgia needs to do: The Bulldogs have to get back to their more aggressive offensive play calling. Deciding to hit the air hard during Georgia's early drives caught the Tigers off guard. LSU's defensive line has stiffened up, making the Georgia run game almost nonexistent heading into the half. LSU can get overly aggressive in the secondary and Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray did a good job finding holes early. But as the half neared a close, the Bulldogs got way too conservative on offense.
What LSU needs to do: The Tigers also need to liven up their play calls. The Tigers couldn't move the ball on the ground, and certainly didn't get anything of substance from quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the first half. LSU headed to the half with just 12 total yards of offense. There was rarely any creativity from LSU's offense and the Tigers looked overmatched by Georgia's defense. LSU has to get its passing game going in the second half if it wants to get some more points on the board. Maybe that means getting Jarrett Lee some meaningful snaps in the second half.