Georgia offense slogs through first half in lackluster effort at Missouri
Georgia had a rough start in the first half against Missouri, and the Bulldogs didn’t get on the board until 6:36 remaining in the first half, with a 40-yard field goal by Jack Podlesny.
That came after a 7-play drive sputtered after 52 yards on a third down incompletion by Stetson Bennett. The previous possession ended with a fumble, and then Mizzou turned it into a field goal. To start the game, Georgia’s offense only had 49 yards on its first 4 drives. One of the issues entering the game was Georgia wide receivers Arian Smith and AD Mitchell both dealt with injuries.
Another problem in the first half was that Georgia’s star defensive lineman, Jalen Carter, suffered a leg injury and left the game.
The consensus among Georgia fans appeared to be that the defense saved the Bulldogs in the first half, and gave the offense a chance to bail out a win after halftime.
Mizzou led 16-6 at halftime.
Here’s a sampling of some of the first-half reaction:
Just when it looked like the offense might be getting it going … Muffed handoff between Bennett and Daijun Edwards, who looked like he thought Bennett was going to keep it.
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) October 2, 2022
Mizzou 13, Georgia 0. I’ve said for years that Kirby’s Georgia teams have one wheels-off, meltdown game a year. We might be watching the 2022 version.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) October 2, 2022
an ‘adversity’ situation for Georgia at Missouri
Kirby Smart wants his team to have them and grow
fans on the internet not as excited, it would seem
Dawgs need an offense to appear out of the Columbia air
— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) October 2, 2022
We’re definitely not the number one team in the country right now. Offense can’t move the ball
— The New Normal (@GeorgiaBoy__912) October 2, 2022
— Swapty Sports (@SwaptySports) October 2, 2022
Just a stunningly bad performance so far.
If Georgia survives this, will require a massive revival of offense and defense figuring it out more without Carter because this is a shockingly awful performance.
— Junkyard Blawg (@junkyardbillk) October 2, 2022
If Bennett and the Georgia offense come out here and stall again before halftime it’s time for a quarterback change in the third quarter. Sorry not sorry. I understand he’s been a hero for us but that’s the past. This is embarrassing. #GoDawgs
— FinznDawgs1984 (@FinznD) October 2, 2022
If Georgia’s offense wakes up in the second half it’s gonna be a beating. the defense is saving their ass right now.
— David W Miness (@DWMiness2022) October 2, 2022
You feel like the defense can only hold up for so long. They’ve really kept Georgia in the game up to this point despite turnovers and lackluster execution on offense #UGAvsMizzou
— Joe Ripley (@JoeRipley11) October 2, 2022