Even without scoring a point off of five turnovers.
Even with Nick Chubb being held to 63 yards by the play of his offensive line.
Even with Missouri’s Drew Lock chunking the ball up and down the field.
Even with William Ham missing relatively easy field goals with sidelining kids.
Even with Jacob Eason’s one poor decision giving the Tigers an easy touchdown in the second half.
This isn’t a great football team right now, but this is how you become a great football game - by winning games you probably easily could have lost. Great UGA teams, and folks only tend to remember the great memories of great teams, win games like this.
Do you remember the 2005 team’s 17-15 win over South Carolina? What about the 2002 team’s 18-13 win over Tennessee? 2007’s disgusting 24-13 win over Kentucky? 2003’s 16-13 turdfest against UAB? What about the 2012 team’s 29-24 win over the Cats?
This game doesn’t make UGA great. Anyone watching the game tonight could see there are real problems. UGA’s offensive line is straight horrible right now. Tyler Catalina is getting killed, and needs help nearly all of the time against SEC pass rushers - that means a TE has to stay in rather than explore downfield possibilities. UGA’s receivers are (how to put this nicely) not performing the way they should to maximize point production.
But this is the world we live in. Jacob Eason is your starting QB - warts and all (if there are a lot of warts that is) - and he’s going to be just fine. This group is going to have to figure out how to be more productive on offense. Leaning on Eason to throw the ball 55 times isn’t going to lead to the SEC Championship Game. At least it doesn't feel that way.
Tonight wasn't about if UGA is the best team in the country, which it is not. Tonight was about learning how to fight like hell to win a game. Its about understanding that the game isn’t over until the final whistle is blown. Its about this group - this collection of individuals believing in themselves as individuals and collectively - believing that double-digit leads are not safe in college football.
Show me a player on this team who doubts himself tonight - there aren’t many. And that’s because of what this “team” did tonight. That’s what sports is about.