How do you know when your team has experienced a satisfying win? When the losers start playing “the better team lost” card.
“I don’t care if it’s ‘Bama, I don’t care if it’s Notre Dame. Georgia was nothing special. We came out, we had ’em tied. We just didn’t finish. I feel like we’re a better ballclub than those guys. You saw that early. We just didn’t finish. …
“We knew they were gonna come out lively and talking. But if you hit ’em in the mouth a couple good times, they were gonna lay down. And that’s what we did. We just didn’t finish.”
And if you don’t count the shutout Georgia’s defense laid on Nebraska after Abdullah’s fumble, Taylor Martinez has a point.
Taylor Martinez says he thought Nebraska’s talent was on-par with Georgia’s.
Same goes for his feelings about the Big Ten’s talent-level compared to the SEC’s. In fact, he thinks the Big Ten is better in that regard. He made his feelings clear before the game and was sticking to his guns afterward.
“I think the Big Ten, talent-wise, is a lot better, and the defenses in the Big Ten are better than SEC defenses,” he said. “This was supposed to be one of the top defenses in the SEC, and we pretty much did anything we wanted against them.”
I guess Nebraska got tired of scoring, then. Snark aside, there may be more to this hump thing than Abdullah wants to admit. Look at what Grantham said about how his guys reacted to adversity:
“That game wasn’t going great right there (against Nebraska), but we found a way to win it, and we showed more mental and physical toughness in the second half to win the game. And that’s why you win 12 games in a year. That’s what we’ve got to work with the guys coming up is to develop that mental and physical toughness to win ballgames.”
Compare that to what Nebraska’s offensive coordinator said about how the Huskers reacted after Abdullah’s critical fumble.
Said Beck: “When we fumbled that play on third-and-1 and they scored, we didn’t overcome that play to be able to get back in the game and go, ‘OK guys, even though that happened, we’re back.’
“It ate at us. It sat in our craw. We weren’t able to get past it.”
It could be there is something afoot in Athens. As lousy as things went in Columbia, this was a Georgia team that showed an ability to bounce back and shake things off mentally. It’s too early to make any final calls, of course, but let’s hope the last two games of this past season turn out to be an indication that the program has put itself in a better place for the longer haul. Let somebody else deal with that hump crap for a change.