When you attend a football game, there are basic and reasonable expectations you have. On Saturday some were met, and some weren’t.
You expect your 4 year starting Redshirt Senior Quarterback to be calm, cool and collected and make the plays in the 4th quarter in a close ball game. Check!
You expect the crowd to be actively engaged in the game and be loud and raucous. Double check!!
When the best running back in America gets hurt and missed the entire second half against a top ten team, you expect to lose, regardless of how good your QB is. Thank goodness that wasn’t met.
Finally, when the defense has the opposing team backed up 3rd and 22 inside their own 15, on the student section side of the field, you expect the defense not to give up a 25 yard pass to convert.
Other random thoughts about Saturday:
Les Miles showed true class and sportsmanship after the game. I couldn’t see the exchange, but got back to my friend’s house and they already had the replay going on the DVR. When the two head coaches met at mid field, they exchanged a man hug and a few words. Usually coaches met and give a little handshake and move on. Les and Richt both shared a few words and I thought it said a lot about the mutual respect both me have for each other and their programs the way they handled their business after the game.
I put this on Twitter, but Georgia is now 3-2 in the last five games against top 10 teams. The two losses were by a combined 7 points.
In those games, Aaron Murray averaged 60% completion percentage, 269 yards and 2 TD and 1 INT. In the two losses, he threw 61%, averaged 294 yards, and had a total of 1 TD and 2 INT. Didn’t throw a TD vs. Clemson but rushed for one. Those TDs don’t account for rushing TD.
The worst game Murray had was the Florida game, where he threw 50% with 1 TD and 3 INT…and the team won. So all this “Murray can’t win the big game” crap should be put to rest. I am sure it will…until the next loss. Oh well.
Kieth Marshall had his best game as a Bulldog Saturday. Gurley gets the praise, no doubts. Marshall played tough and stepped up when we needed him. He ran hard and fought for his yards, and was a couple of shoe string tackles away from busting a long one. Murray will get the attention, but Marshall had one hell of a game.
One criticism of Mark Richt during the bad times was he didn’t show enough emotion during the game. They say he just doesn’t care anymore. Well, I think that has always been unfair. If anyone says that he doesn’t show emotion or that he doesn’t care, after he was so excited and pumped up during the game and after when he was barely holding his composure (even saying hell), then you are just a dumbass. Of course, I’ll be waiting for the next Bill Shanks column making fun of him for getting emotional and saying how Nick Saban doesn’t do that.
Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews still need some work on their coverage, but when they are in the right position, they can make plays. Some of their hard hitting hits that jarred the ball loose. Harkened back to the days of Jones, Davis and Blue. They made some great individual plays.
A great day on Saturday. Great game. Great crowd. Perfect weather. The only thing that was bad about Saturday was my cornhole performance at the tailgate. The Georgia secondary played better than I did at cornhole.