A lot to get to from Saturday. Several others have shared their thoughts from the game, and here are some more quick thoughts from the game:
*Anyone who says that the strength program is to blame for the rash of injuries is just looking for an excuse to whine about something. Mitchell’s was a fluke thing, and so was Justin Scott-Wesley’s. Bennett has had knee issues, and it is yet to be determined. But Keith Marshall’s is the one. You get a 220 lb athlete hitting your knee with explosive speed, and there is bound to be an injury there. Even an Alabama player would have that happen to them.
*One of the biggest plays of the game was the run by J.J. Green on that final drive. It was a good run to get 17 yards in a quick play, pick up the first down, AND he got out of bounds to stop the clock. Great awareness there.
*Coaching-I was talking to Granite this morning, and he brought up a good point. The defense was gassed in the second half because offense did nothing and put them in bad spots. That shouldn’t excuse them letting Tennessee score 28 (21) points in the second half and not get any stops, but it is a good point. And while I wish Bobo would have let Murray throw more, with all that went on, I have a hard time faulting him too much. It was just an unfortunate situation all the way around.
*I had visions of the Michigan State OT situation. I didn’t bang on Richt too much for that decision to play for the field goal then, but I was glad we at least tried to advance the ball some Saturday.
*Murray’s 57 yard run three plays after the blocked punt for the game tying touchdown was awesome. You expect your senior quarterback to make plays, but what he did was awesome.
*Final comment: simply put, this game was one that Georgia would lose a few years ago. Tennessee is a team that still doesn’t know how to win. Georgia knows how to win.
Think back to Kentucky 2009, South Carolina, Colorado, and Mississippi State in 2010. In those games, and there might be others, but I can recall Washaun Ealey or Caleb King fumbling late in the game or at times when they were about to score a TD. This Georgia team with all of its experience and leadership knows what it takes to get a victory.
More to come later. But glad to get a victory, just heartbroken on the toll it took on our guys. Forget what it means for the team. Individually for them, it really sucks.
Hopeful for a speedy and full recovery for Justin Scott-Wesley and Keith Marshall.