It was apparent from the first series that Mike Bobo had spent the last month doing some tinkering with the offense. Bowl games can be fun for the coaches, too, you know.
… He also hit tight end Arthur Lynch for a touchdown from 29 yards out on a pass across the middle on which receiver Rhett McGowan picked Lynch’s defender to leave Lynch wide open — Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s favorite of the many wrinkles he installed during the month since Georgia’s last game.
“That was something that we haven’t done before, so that was my favorite,” Bobo said. “We worked hard on those things. … We had a guy open for a similar-type gain that Artie had [earlier in the game], so I knew it was going to be there. The guys just did a great job of executing something that we hadn’t done all year.”
The Bulldogs (12-2) also ran direct-snap runs to tailbacks Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley — Gurley actually ran untouched 24 yards for a touchdown on a direct snap — and hit the 16th-ranked Cornhuskers (10-4) with several new formations that the Bulldogs hadn’t previously employed this season.
“They’re going to study your formations and what you do out of those formations,” Bobo said, “and they’re going to play the percentages, so you always try to have a wrinkle or two off of those things, which were big.”
They really were, because Nebraska did a good job studying Bobo’s tendencies. That paid off big time, at least on one occasion.
It was Nebraska who actually got the takeaways early, picking Murray off twice in the first quarter, including one by Will Compton that he returned 24 yards for a touchdown.
It was Compton’s first career interception.
“That was a play they had shown throughout the course of the year in the formation they ran,” Compton said. “And the back stepped up and I kind of sat there for a second, and I recognized the receiver coming to crack, and I just tried getting up out of the wash. I didn’t think he (Murray) was going to throw it.”
It didn’t help that Marshall went to the ground on that play, but, yeah, credit the defense for being prepared there. But considering that Georgia had three long touchdowns when the players who scored went in untouched, I’d say Bobo had the better day.