I finally sat down last night and cranked up the DVR to watch the Georgia-Florida game. I can’t say I came across any shocking revelations that changed my mind about what I saw live, but there were a few items of note:
- Jeez, they really were jawing from start to finish… or at least until the Dawgs went into victory formation. I still think Gurley’s behavior that drew the flag was fairly trivial, but given the context, I can see why the refs threw it.
- Loved the shot of the assistant coaches celebrating in the booth once the win was secured.
- I didn’t realize how generous a spot the refs gave Florida on that fourth-down play until I watched the broadcast. Boom should be embarrassed for arguing about that.
- Speaking of whom, it’s not a good thing when they’re making fun of you for chewing out a player. And it made for an interesting contrast with how Richt dealt with Mitchell after his stupid penalty late in the game.
- Rambo has clearly shaken the rust off from the suspension.
- Just as clearly, Ogletree has not. He had his moments, but Florida targeted him in the passing game with some decent success, including the Jordan Reed catch on Florida’s last drive that led to Jarvis Jones’ play of the game.
- Gary Danielson’s two best moments: catching Cornelius Washington’s inability to keep contain on the read option and correctly predicting that the Gators would exploit that later with success and his faith that Georgia would have to turn to Aaron Murray to win the game late, despite Murray’s struggles.
- And turning to Murray, that was as strange a game as I’ve seen from him. He started well, wasn’t amped up, wasn’t pressured once the Gators had to back off defensively to respect the running game… and went into a funk that lasted into the fourth quarter. Then, once Florida ratched up the pressure with constant blitzes, he goes on a final drive that’s 6-1 pass/run for the big score. His last two throws to Mitchell were as clutch as they come, both thrown perfectly at the very last second before the defenders could get to him.
- Mark Richt sure likes hugging players after a big win. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
- Very quietly, Garrison Smith had a good game stepping in for Abry Jones.
- Georgia’s offensive line played well, but showed there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
- I keep saying it, but I really like Jordan Jenkins’ game. I know Grantham said he started Jenkins so he could do more with Jarvis, but I don’t see how Jenkins doesn’t move into the starting eleven for good soon.
I was sorry to cut the TV off after watching – the game may have been sloppy, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t compelling.