Tennessee brought a beat up team to Athens
on Saturday and gave it a valiant effort, but in the end, they were out manned
by a Georgia team that is growing more confident by the week. Georgia beat
Alabama on the ground and took to the air to beat Tennessee. That's the sign
of a good team, one that can beat you in multiple ways.
We've seen Georgia beat Clemson with
special teams. We've seen Georgia beat South Carolina with defense. We've
seen Georgia beat Alabama on the ground, and we've seen Georgia beat Tennessee
through the air. Can Georgia put it all together in one game when they need to?
We don't know; they haven't needed to yet. Coach Mark Richt is doing what it
takes to win.
Some ramblings from the game this weekend:
in the 1st quarter, Terrence Edwards became the all-time yardage
leader in receptions at Georgia. It was only fitting that his 2 catches that
got him the record were tough grabs that he probably would not have made
early in his career. Having not played any receiver in high school, Edwards
has now made the transition from excellent athlete that plays wide receiver
to good receiver that is an excellent athlete.
Special Teams continue to dominate opponents. Reggie Brown's blocked kick
early in a tight game was huge. Also, Billy Bennett's field goal to close
the second quarter after good clock management was crucial. Points were at a
premium, and Bennett's field goal was clutch.
of special teams, Boss Bailey looked like superman going up high for that
blocked field goal. Watching him all season, it was clear that he was going
to get one eventually. He did, in the biggest game of the season.
Johnson got the most extensive, important playing time of his career, and he
made the most of it. Kudos to Coach Richt for sitting any player for any
game if they aren't playing the way he wants them. One of the criticisms
of Coach Jim Donnan was that he played favorites. When Fred Gibson started
the game on the bench, Richt removed any lingering doubts about what it
takes to play for him.
would have thought Georgia could win the game with Musa Smith rushing for 35
yards and Fred Gibson catching 1 pass for 2 yards? Multiple weapons are a
luxury that most teams do not have.
top 10 ranking certainly has its benefits; not the least of which is having
Jill Arrington on the sidelines 2 weeks in a row.
Munoz looked like he was blocking in The Waterboy as he led James
Banks on a big 3rd quarter run. Unfortunately for Tim Jennings,
on the receiving end of the block, he isn't much bigger than Adam Sandler.
Wynn has certainly made an impact since he's been back. Staying home on 4th
and 2 and dropping James Banks for a big sack helped put an exclamation
point on his return.
Pollack may not be big enough or fast enough according to some, but he ran
down CJ Leak and James Banks for sacks in the second half.
- Finally, I like the fact that Coach Richt does not go into the "Prevent Offense" when killing the clock. Many people talk about the dreaded prevent defense, but 3 runs and a punt are just as common in football. On Georgia's last drive, David Greene was still throwing the ball, and for the 2nd time this year, Richt has relied on his veteran offensive line to drive the last nail in the coffin of both Clemson and South Carolina.
Other action around the country.
State is going to get a major bowl bid regardless how they finish the season
because they will be a huge TV draw. Most college football fans in the
country want to see Seneca Wallace play a full game. I know I do. Each week
his ESPN highlights look like a career highlight reel.
- I was surprised to see Florida State sit on the ball at the 25 yard line with time to run at least 3 more plays. A 42 yard field goal is no gimmee in any situation, let alone in the home stadium of the #1 team in the nation with the pressure of 3 "wide rights" sitting on your shoulders. Xavier Beitta missed the kick, but couldn't his team put him in a better position