Thanks to Andy Harrison for the photo
There were multiple times on Saturday night when Georgia could have easily given or imploded. Considering the number of blowout losses this program has seen during the past couple of years, it wouldn’t be too surprising or unexpected.
First, the game started with shades of this year’s loss to Florida with the defense giving up two quick scoring drives. After that, A.J. Green, at times the only thing this year’s bunch of Bulldogs has had going for it offensively, left the game with an injury. Then you had Georgia’s kickoff coverage give up a 99-yard kickoff return that appeared to stunt Georgia’s second-half momentum. And finally, there was the injury to Baccari Rambo on Auburn’s final drive.
Yes, Georgia had more than enough chances to quit, to give up. But the Bulldogs didn’t. Instead of panicking, they adjusted. Georgia’s defense, after such a rough start, gave up just three points the rest of the way. And although Auburn did move the ball to a degree later in the game, Georgia’s defense didn’t break. No A.J. Green? No problem thanks to big plays by the likes of Israel Troupe and Tavarres King. After the kickoff return that tied the score, Georgia responded nicely, forcing Auburn quarterback Chris Todd’s second interception of the game that set up a touchdown.
…..committing few penalties and winning the turnover margin helps, doesn’t it?
And finally, after Baccari Rambo was carted off the field, Georgia’s defense did what the Bulldog Nation expects – they finished the drill.
Georgia may have started rough, but the Bulldogs sure as heck turned things around after that.
Now, as the Bulldogs move toward Kentucky, they will likely be without the services of Green and Rambo against the Wildcats. But that adversity shouldn’t be a problem for the Dawgs. For they showed, time and time again against Auburn that they are unfazed by adversity.