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Friday September 7, 2007

In 2nd-and-long (7+ yards) situations, Georgia was nearly twice as likely to run as they were to pass. (11 runs / 6 passes)

Even allowing for the late-game clock-killing strategy, 8 of those runs came in the first three quarters. The results were mixed. Five of the runs went for at least four yards. There were a pair of long-ish runs on 2nd-and long: one each by Stafford and Thomas Brown. Only 1 of the 11 yards went for a loss.

The Dawgs only had one run on 3rd and long, and it was a sack of Stafford in the 4th quarter.

While this stat is probably meaningless, it is a small window into Coach Bobo’s commitment to the running game. Running on 2nd and long didn’t make the Dawgs more likely to eventually earn a first down, but it usually did make 3rd down more manageable. Thomas Brown’s 17-yard run on a 2nd and 27 moved the ball to midfield and set up Stafford’s 3rd down strike to Bailey which turned into a big play (and of course an eventual touchdown).

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