Georgia Football Knee Jerk Reactions: Georgia Tech Edition
I was dreading writing this edition of the Knee Jerk Reactions, I’m not going to lie. Mustering the appropriate vitriol to combat the “Fire Mark Richt” trolls on the internet was going to prove tough, especially since I’m still legally drunk on turkey. Imagine my excitement when I logged on, and saw Andrew and Chad had already done the heavy lifting, so tip of the cap to those guys. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read their blogs yet, go do that, and come on back.
Back to the matter of the day, the loss to Georgia Tech. It happened, none of us can avoid it, but let it be known that I expected it to hurt more. Maybe it was the Arkansas loss to Mizzou, maybe it was the ebb and flow of the crazy game, or maybe it was the copious amount of whiskey flowing through me, we may never know. The bottom line is, the nerds won a weird, wild game in Athens, and it’s my job to write about it.
This was the Techiest game to Tech that I’ve ever seen Tech. #ThatsSoTech
— DPalm (@dpalm66) November 29, 2014
– Hutson Mason has caught a lot of hell from the UGA faithful this season, and through it all, he remained a steady hand for an offense that saw it’s fair share of ups and downs all year. He went above and beyond the decided upon narrative of ‘game manager’ and emerged as the leader of an offense that saw more adversity than any other I can remember. Saturday was no different as he spearheaded a balanced attack, finding a seemingly game-winning touchdown to Malcolm Mitchell in crunch time.
– Chubb and Michel performing alongside each other showed just what good hands this Georgia rushing attack will be in for the next few years. Along with the offensive line, they set the pace for the game early, running at, over and through Tech defenders. Slowed late, their tenacity never gave way to exhaustion, rushing as determined in OT as they did in the first quarter.
– Damien Swann over everything.
– Faking field goals! Blocking field goals! Blocking extra points! YOU DID IT @UGASpecialTeams!
– The injuries had to catch up at some time, right? Sure, we didn’t run out of running backs (came close though!), but leaning on freshmen in the marquee positions, can have major, but foreseeable, drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is fumbles, and after avoiding that bug for so ling, it finally bit on a big stage. Micro, this is a bad, real bad. Macro? It might have been unavoidable.
– One of my go to clichés has been “The other guys get paid too”, meaning that other coaches get paid to scheme for UGA as well, as evidenced by the on the field changes that Tech made on Saturday. Going to the faster B back in the second half paid dividends for the Jackets, and his ability to hit the hole at speed altered the entire game.
– Getting field goals blocked. Deciding collectively not to return a kick-off. The decision to squib after the Mitchell touchdown with 18 seconds left. 18. Seconds. You did it, @UGASpecialTeams.
– Mason’s final pick was a marriage of a late throw, a well scouted UGA route, and a GT defender playing the ball perfectly. Bad? Eh. Ugly? YOU BETCHA.
Senior day will always carry special memories for me, as it is one of my fondest memories from playing college football. Running out on the field to meet my parents was great, but winning the last time on my home field was even better. While these UGA seniors didn’t get to end their time between the hedges winners one more time, I look forward to Bowl season, when they get the opportunity to cap their careers right.
Doing something twice in a row makes it a tradition right? Well, allow me to indulge myself with my annual tip of the cap to the Columbia Football Class of 2007. We got the chance to end our careers at home with a win, and the next week, we all hung up the pads after beating Brown on a last second field goal. I know that no one else cares, but as long as Andrew lets me write for this site, I’m gonna care loudly at least once a year.
Go Dawgs, and Roar Lion Roar.
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