The best thing about last night’s win is something to take from a couple of player quotes. First, Justin Houston:
“We started out doing the little things, but toward the end we quit,” Houston said. “We stopped. That’s one thing we have to learn how to do is finish. That’s a team right there that plays a hard second half. We came out in the second half and we were light on our feet. We weren’t playing as hard as we did at the start of the game. We got to learn how to play all four quarters.”
Then, Sanders Commings had this to say.
“Really, when the game is close, that didn’t really happen to us,” Commings said. “When we have a big lead like that we kind of relaxed. That’s one thing we have to work on.”
Players clearly relaxed in the second half. It wasn’t just apparent on defense. Walsh shockingly missed the first extra point attempt of his career and special teams botched the last onsides kick. But in the end, it didn’t matter. It was a road game – an SEC road game – and a Georgia team that lost some of its focus, yet they still won the sucker. That wouldn’t have happened earlier this season.
In this case, a lot of that was due to the toughness of the offense on that last scoring drive of the night, a 13-play (all runs) fourth quarter effort that took over eight minutes off the clock and killed any hope that Kentucky would be able to pull off another come from behind win. That’s what was missing from some of the losses.
This team is steadily getting its act together.