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Coffee: Scoring too quickly?

Wednesday, October 3

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier had an interesting theory this week when asked about some of the struggles for UGA's defense this season.

"Well, they're scoring so fast," Spurrier said. "You score fast, your defense has to play a lot more than what we do. Usually, it takes us a while to get it down the field and score. ... I think Georgia has been scoring so fast and there's been so many turnovers maybe in their games that their defense is just playing maybe a lot more plays than a lot of others."

Hmmmm ... So let's look at this. Here is a breakdown of the time taken off the clock on Georgia's 37 scores so far this season ...

BUFFALO
3:10 (190 seconds)
0:00 (KO return)
0:52 (52)
1:23 (83)
2:32 (152)
2:17 (137)
0:14 (14)
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MISSOURI
0:43 (43)
1:04 (64)
4:28 (268)
1:41 (101)
2:35 (155)
0:11 (11)
1:33 (93)
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FAU
2:25 (145)
1:14 (74)
3:02 (182)
0:59 (59)
2:14 (134)
1:48 (108)
0:00 (INT RETURN)
2:14 (134)
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VANDERBILT
2:11 (131)
3:18 (198)
2:31 (151)
5:19 (319) -- 12 plays, 96 yards
3:34 (214)
1:01 (61)
1:01 (61)
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TENNESSEE
6:06 (366) -- 13 plays, 84 yards
0:13 (13)
2:28 (148)
0:50 (50)
0:37 (37)
2:07 (127)
1:46 (106)
1:02 (62)

Not counting Todd Gurley's kickoff return against Buffalo and Amarlo Herrera's interception return against FAU, the average time on UGA's other 35 offensive drives was only about 2:01.

For the season, opponents have run 367 plays to UGA's 336, though UGA is gaining 8 yards per play (5 for opponents) and has outscored opponents 241-110.

Nonetheless, Mark Richt isn't buying it.

"A lot of people bring that up," said Richt when asked about it on his Monday night radio show, "but here's my philosophy on that: The defense is allowed to get off the field fast too if they want to. I mean, all they've go to do is go three-and-out and then they can go sit down and have something to drink. I don't think that's really valid."

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LINK(S) OF THE DAY

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And CBSSports' Jeremy Fowler takes a look at UGA LB Jarvis Jones.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

South Carolina Fans, do you guys remember this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQYAD-KSd1E

Former UGA DL David Pollack

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#22 it is folks that's what number ill be wearin in college.

DB commit Shaq Wiggins

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Blessed to have another great Tuesday practice

PK Marshall Morgan

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UGA Parking Services makes me want to pull my hair out! #leavemealone

QB Parker Welch

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It could get ugly before it gets beautiful

QB Christian LeMay

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You see us you better run

RB Ken Malcome

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Some of these girls need Instagram to boost their self-esteem. The more likes they get, the better they feel about themselves. Lol

WR Justin Scott-Wesley

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Teacher just postponed our test until the 16th instead of this Thursday. Now I can fully focus on USC #happyguy

QB Aaron Murray

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Not many people I love more than my boy @KoltonHouston75 !!

OL Watts Dantzler

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I was in Athens last week to do a Jarvis Jones story for the mag. Thought about going to Weaver D's. Said I'd go next time. Kicking self.

Andy Staples of SI.com.

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So they denying the booty chugging.... I mean I would to. I mean if I embarrassingly broke wind around lot of ppl I would deny to death too

Former UT WR Jayson Swain

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