On Twitter, I joked about Gurley’s lack of action in the third quarter, but the breather turned out to be a key to how Georgia finished.
I wasn’t as impressed by Todd Gurley’s 28 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee as much as I was by what Gurley did to the Vols in the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 12 times for 129 yards in the last quarter, picking up six first downs and a touchdown. One of the reasons that Gurley was so fresh is that he carried the ball only four times in the third quarter. Freshman Nick Chubb may have gained only 17 yards in the second half, but his seven carries were seven that Gurley spent on the sidelines, gearing up for the decisive push against a worn-out Vol defense.
If you don’t think that onside kick was more about keeping the ball from Gurley than anything else, Butch Jones would disagree. And good for Bobo for getting this fourth quarter right.