Run and Shoot: Halftime in the Big Easy

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Halftime in the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS - The first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl has been anything but easy for Colt Brennan and his Hawai'i Warriors.

Much was made about how Brennan, coach June Jones and their run-and-shoot offensive attack would fare against an SEC defense. So far, not so good.

Georgia's offense has outgained Hawai'i, 214-125, and the Bulldogs defense has constantly pressured Brennan. At the half, Georgia leads Hawai'i, 24-3.

Brennan's numbers aren't that bad -- 14 for 18 and 117 yards. But the pressure he's been under has caused most of those completions to be short ones, and Brennan has rarely had the chance to throw the ball down the field in the first half.

On the other side, Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford is 8 of 13 for 104 yards and a touchdown and has been a quality game manager. The Bulldogs have stuck to their bread and butter throughout the half and have gained 110 yards on the ground.

For Hawai'i to have a chance, they'll have to figure out a way to throw the football down the field. Brennan had an average of 8.4 yards per completion in the first half, and those short passes won't get the job done against a defense like Georgia's.

The Bulldogs played smart, efficient football in the first 30 minutes. They tackled and executed well and capitalized when Hawai'i made mistakes. More of the same for Georgia and the Bulldogs could roll to victory.

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