1. Run the ball. Result - The team had 56 carries for 207 yards. Taking out Murray's 11 carries for -17 yards and the running backs had 45 carries for 224 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per carry. Crowell had 30 carries for 147 yards. He would have had another 2 carries for 33 more yards if not for holds by the offensive line. Crowell was a bit gassed at the end of the game but it was double his previous number of carries. Very successful.
2. Win the turnover battle. Result - Plus 1 for Georgia.
3. Spread the ball around - Result - Seven players caught passes, three others were targeted, Crowell, Figgins and Troupe. Very good job of getting everyone involved.
4. Take the crowd out of the game early. Result - Georgia jumped out to a 17-0 lead. Again up 24-7 and only once giving up momentum after Ole Miss scored their second touchdown and got the ensuing onside kick. Georgia got it back right away by forcing a turnover.
5. Relaxed Murray. Result - Murray was much more relaxed throughout the game. By my count he only had 3 truly poorly thrown balls. His receivers let him down with 4 terrible drops and 2 other times when tough catches could have been made but weren't. Two of those were in the endzone on the first drive of the game that ended in a field goal. His one interception hit Orson Charles in hands so it was not on him. Two of the sacks were Murray having "happy feet" in the pocket. One was particularly bad time he had no one closing in on him and started moving up in the pocket and then fell down with little to no contact. Overall a very good game for Murray and with a bit better game from the receivers it could have been great.
Prediction 31-10 Georgia. Result 27-13
Here are few other observations from having watched the recording of the game today. Carlton Thomas is doing a very good job running the ball, even between the tackles. All of the running backs, including the fullbacks, are very good at catching the ball out of the backfield. The offensive line had by far their best game. Jenkins and Geathers got great push up the middle for most of the game. Rambo has turned into a true ball hawk. Grantham must be starting to truly trust the cornerbacks as they played tighter on the Ole Miss receivers than I have seen them play in a very long time. They rewarded him with his trust by giving up no deep plays except on the one trick play for a touchdown and there where several times when the corners batted away passes that the Ole Miss receivers had their hands on. Again the special teams which were supposed to be the strength of the team were out played by the other team. This is a trend that has to stop soon in order for Georgia to beat several of the teams left on the schedule.