“We’re definitely not clicking throwing the ball like we’d like around here,” Richt said.
Mason’s first interception came in the second quarter, with the Bulldogs trailing 10-7. He never looked off his intended receiver, and Tennessee safety Todd Kelly Jr. easily made the interception, snapping Mason’s string of 66 passes this season without an interception. The Vols were unable to capitalize, despite taking over at Georgia’s 47-yard line.
The second interception came on Georgia’s first possession in the second half. After rarely attempting a long pass in the first half, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had Mason air out a pass down the sidelines in what was supposed to be a jump ball to Chris Conley. But the pass was underthrown, and cornerback Cameron Sutton intercepted on Tennessee’s 29. Once again, the Vols were unable to turn the mistake into points.
Richt said that because the running game is working so well, Mason and the receivers may not get many chances to throw the ball until they can find a rhythm.
“We are trying to win games,” he said.
Mason said he needs to improve, but wasn’t sure Saturday what he needs to work on.
“I don’t have an answer for it,” Mason said. “But I’m the leader of this offense, and it starts with me.”