Well fellow Jacket fans…we played probably our worst game of the year on both offense and defense against our biggest rival and the team we want to beat the most. There’s not much more to it than that. And despite our miscues, injuries, and other flubs during the game we still had a chance to win it at the end, but couldn’t get it done.
Mourn the outcome today, shake it off tomorrow, and then lets focus on the ACC title game and the potential for a BCS bowl and a 12-2 record.
What was Paul Johnson Thinking?
When Jaybo came into the game, I expected us to keep running the ball on the edge with the option. Shaw has shown that he’s capable of making the reads and the pitches. I didn’t expect to see us throw the ball down field across the middle. The INT that resulted wound up leading to another UGA TD and may have ultimately been the final margin of victory for the dogs.
Then also on our final drive there at the end, why did we throw it deep three times before attempting the shorter sideline route to Thomas? We had about a minute and a half and we had timeouts in our pocket. We also didn’t want to score too fast there and give UGA the chance to have enough time to drive into field goal range. I expected us to grind it down to around the 25-30 yard line and use our timeouts to set up a few shots at the endzone from a more realistic range.
What was Mike Bobo Thinking?
I told my GT friends in the stands that Bobo was really risking things there on third and three late in the game when he lined UGA up in the shotgun and tried to get cute. That allowed the GT defense to make the only play they managed to get all night and allowed the Jackets to get the ball back with time on the clock.
If GT had won that game 31-30 in miraculous fashion it would have been that third and three play call that would have been the turning point.
UGA had been running the ball down our throat all night long…why didn’t they make it four down territory, run it two more times, pick up the first down, and prevent GT from ever getting the ball back. After a successful night of running the ball at will, I’m still scratching my head over that call.
What was Dave Wommack Thinking?
The recipe for success last night was to stop the run and make Joe Cox beat us with his arm and a wide receiver corps that lacked AJ Green.
I’m not sure if its the personnel or the scheme but our defensive line and our linebackers failed to make plays all night. The UGA backs were running into our secondary and downfield at will.
We allowed UGA to eat clock and keep our offense off the field…we couldn’t score enough to come back while Nesbitt and Thomas were sitting on the bench.
The Bottom Line
UGA beat us at our own game…they’ll get to bark and make general nuisances of themselves until we get a chance to recover bragging rights next season. I still wouldn’t trade places with them.
Right now, we need to focus on the next two games and finish 12-2 so that we can carry momentum into the off season and continue recruiting the defensive players needed to avoid games like we witnessed last night.
Paul Johnson has our program headed in the right direction, make no mistake about that…we’re just not there yet.