Kirby Smart pleased with Georgia's 1st half at Kentucky despite offensive struggles: 'We've got to be better in the red area'
Kirby Smart and No. 1 Georgia are involved in a tight game against Kentucky, leading only 9-0 at the break.
The Bulldogs entered the game at 10-0 and are expected to leave Lexington with their undefeated season still intact, but their offense has been slow to get much going. Stetson Bennett is 9-of-13 for just 70 yards while Georgia’s running backs have been held to only 74 yards. Jack Podlesny has been good from 24, 27, and 37 yards for the game’s only points through 1 half of play. On the other end, the Bulldogs’ defense has kept the Wildcats at bay, forcing a red zone interception of Will Levis in the 2nd quarter to deny Kentucky a chance at the lead.
Smart was somewhat pleased with his team’s overall offensive performance in the 1st half, considering the circumstances.
“Our offense has operated really well….We’ve got to be better in the red area. We’ve been efficient; we just haven’t scored touchdowns,” he told CBS’s Jenny Dell.
Smart felt that his team had been able to match the physicality of Kentucky throughout the first 2 quarters, but wanted to see more.
“I think we’re playing physical,” he said. “I think that Kentucky’s offensive line is doing a good job managing the clock. We’re playing physical (but) we gotta play more physical.”