Touchdown troubles
Georgia looking to turn big yards into big points

ATHENS - Georgia's offensive numbers don't add up.

The Bulldogs dominated in yards but settled for modest margins on the scoreboard in wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt the last two weeks.

The No. 9 Bulldogs know they can't waste scoring chances when they play at No. 11 LSU on Saturday.

'They're a really good team and we know we've got to play a really good game for us, sound football, not turn the ball over, things like that that will help you win,' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Georgia leads the Southeastern Conference with 429.6 yards per game, but lately the big yards haven't led to big points totals.

The Bulldogs had 29 first downs against Tennessee. The Vols had 10. Georgia racked up 458 yards in that game and gave up 1 yard rushing. Yet the final score was 26-14.

The stats and points also didn't match in last week's 24-14 win over Vanderbilt, when Georgia had a 425-245 advantage in yards but couldn't put the game away until the final minutes.

Georgia (6-1) is tied with Florida for the SEC Eastern Division lead at 3-1, but it hasn't been scoring style points with poll voters.

'I'm not worried about it,' coach Mark Richt said Tuesday. 'I'm really not worried about it. Winning to me is pretty stylish, so if we keep winning, I'll be happy, I can promise you.'

Georgia has been held under 30 points since opening its season with lopsided wins against Georgia Southern and Central Michigan. Even a 27-10 victory at Arizona State seems less impressive now that the Sun Devils have lost four straight.

Stafford said Georgia remains capable of matching its production in the second half of its 11-2 2007 season, when it scored more than 40 points four times during a seven-game winning streak.

'I think we can. I think we've been knocking on the door the last couple of weeks,' Stafford said. 'Just a little bit of a lack of execution in some areas and if we get those things ironed out we're putting up a lot more points.'

There's good depth at the skill positions with tailbacks Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King and receivers A.J. Green and Mohamed Massaquoi.

So where are the points?

'It's tougher than the average fan would think, I guess,' Stafford said. 'Really, we've been shooting ourselves in the foot, not executing inside the red zone. That has really been hurting us. I think the positive for us is we're still putting up 24 points and things like that where if we iron everything out we're scoring 45. One of these games hopefully it will click and a big number will go up.'