After Thomas Brown redeemed himself with 111 yards rushing " including 49 on the game-clinching, clock-killing final drive Richt had plenty to say.
"We were blocking the right people," Richt said. "We were
movement on that last drive, especially. But Thomas Brown's effort and
was really the difference in being able to finish that game the way we
Brown carried 16 times and scored a touchdown on a 29-yard run in the
quarter to put Georgia up 24-6. He also had 44 yards receiving on four
catches. But the final drive was where he made his mark.
Wisconsin cut Georgia's lead to three with just more than four minutes
play on an interception return and two-point conversion, and Georgia
ensuing drive on its own 39. The Badgers had two timeouts remaining, and
Georgia had managed just eight yards of offense on the previous three
The Bulldogs needed a first down. Brown ran for three.
On second-and-2, he gained 14 yards, He picked up 15 on the next play,
nine more on the following three carries to set up fourth-and-1 at the
Richt, with a little prompting from offensive coordinator Neil
elected to go for it rather than kick a field goal and put the pressure
defense with 1:38 to play.
"Everybody wanted to go for it. We felt like if we got the first
game was over," Richt said.
So on fourth down, as he had the previous five plays, Brown got the
"I was thinking I only had about six inches to go, so I was patient
followed my blocks," Brown said.
Eleven yards later, the Badgers hauled him down at the 4-yard line and
Georgia's victory was assured.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez conceded that Brown's running made the
"He's extremely quick. We missed a lot of tackles, but I think he had
to do with our missed tackles," Alvarez said. "He finds a seam, never
his feet from running and is always moving north and south.
We had the momentum and he made some plays. He made it happen for
Brown's first two carries of the game went for 20 yards, but his third
ended in the fumble. Wisconsin took over at the Georgia 22 and tied the
at 3 four plays later. Brown and fellow freshman Danny Ware platooned
the game, but it was all Brown with the game on the line in the fourth
"I was really disappointed with myself with the fumble in the first
and I just kept telling myself I was going to redeem myself as soon as I
the chance," Brown said. "When the opportunity came, I just made sure
care of my business."
Thomas Brown Redeems Himself in Big Way
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