Both were on the Bulldogs sideline at Auburn when the “Prayer in Jordan-Hare” floored the visiting team in 2013. Literally as some Bulldog coaches dropped to the ground.
“ I mean I hit my knees and then I my chest hit on the ground,” Richt said. “I was like, what in the world is going on?”
Richt sounds comforted some by the fact that similar wackiness has happened elsewhere in college football since the 73-yard tipped touchdown pass that Auburn scored on after Georgia safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews collided in a 43-38 Bulldogs loss.
The next Auburn game brought the “Kick Six,” win against Alabama.
Richt also mentioned this season that Georgia Tech won on a blocked field goal against Florida State, Michigan lost to Michigan State on a bobbled fumble on a punt that was returned for a touchdown and Arkansas beat Ole Miss in overtime after a lateral flung backwards on a wild play.
“I mean unbelievable stuff that happens, and it just seems to happen in college football more than the pros,” Richt said. “Just wild stuff. But that's why everybody loves college football, man. You hate to be on the other end of it.”
Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, out with a torn ACL two years ago, was back in Athens at his apartment and had watched Georgia overcome a 20-point deficit.
“I definitely shut the TV off,” he said. “I was in disbelief. I saw how hard the team worked to even come back. To all watch it vanish on a play like that was something you never imagine happening.”
Mauger said what happened in 2013 is “a great play for a lot of people to learn from. You’ve got to go back to the smaller details, a high point in the ball or just knowing the situation, knocking the ball and just knowing your surroundings.”
Defensive lineman Sterling Bailey was on the field when that play happened.
“When I saw him throw the ball, I turned my head and I was like, `OK, we’re going to knock this down,’ Bailey said. “I seen it hit and he kept running and I’m like, ‘It just took all the breath out of me.’ We fought so hard to come back and had the game and then that happened. It’s just football.”