Iron Bowl & Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate: Big Brother VS Little Brother
Alabama and Georgia are both big brothers to their in-state opponents, Auburn and Georgia Tech. Alabama got it’s retribution from last season’s gut-wrenching loss, and Georgia has 364 days to stew over their heart-breaking loss in OT. Here is how each big brother faired against little brother:
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
First Half- UGA could not have had a better start to a football game. Hutson Mason was hitting his receivers, Nick Chubb did work, and the defense dominated. Then all hell breaks loose with two fumbles inside the one yard line, that led to a 7-7 halftime score. Georgia should have been up 21-0, but the mental mistakes have killed the Dawgs all season. Even with the mistakes, you had to feel that UGA was going to come out and dominate the second half.
Second Half- Tech went right down the field on their first drive of the second half, only to have Damien Swann return a fumble 99 yards for a game changing touchdown. At this point, I thought the game (and momentum) was heavily in UGA’s favor, but the Dawgs could not put the Jackets away. Tech controlled the line of scrimmage for 3 quarters of this game, and that was the deciding factor. UGA could not stop the full-back dive, and for some reason, they stopped feeding Nick Chubb the rock. The entire second half is summed up in bad coaching decisions by Richt, Pruitt, and Bobo.
OT: No comment.
First Half- The Tide started off hot by forcing fumble, and turning that into 6 points for the good guys. Auburn could not get going inside the red-zone in the first half, but big plays out of Sammie Coates, and Duke Williams gave the Tigers a nice lead (and all the momentum) at the half. As I sat in my seat in Bryant-Denny, I watched Blake Sims struggle more than I have ever seen. It was painful and I did not have a good feeling about the second half. Luckily, Amari Cooper has super-human powers that were once again on showcase vs Auburn.
Second Half- Blake Sims threw a terrible interception on the opening drive that led to a big touchdown for the Tigers, and at that point I felt the season slipping away from the Tide. Then, Blake Sims played out of his mind for the rest of the second half and the Tide defense got some series pressure of Nick Marshall. The combination of TJ Yeldon, Derrick Henry, and Amari Cooper proved too much for the Tigers and the Crimson Tide got their revenge.
It Gets Better
Both Alabama and Georgia played their little brothers on saturday, but only one took care of business in the second half. Last season, Alabama lost to little brother in the most heart wrenching way possible. This season, Georgia lost to little brother in a gut-wrenching way that will only be cured by avenging the loss in 364 days. When Georgia does beat Tech next season in Atlanta (and they most certainly will), it will feel so good to watch all of the Tech fans go home sad, just like I got to watch all of the Barners go home sad on saturday.