“I think I got all four fingers.”

If you can stomach it, here’s an article looking at the last play of the SECCG from the Alabama perspective.  The “oh, what might have been” part of the deal may not be quite what you expected.

The biggest defensive play of Alabama’s season also contained a freshman mistake, as cornerback Geno Smith was supposed to be blitzing along with Mosley.

“I will always wonder that if Geno had blitzed, he probably would have batted the ball down to the ground,” Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said. “Then there would have been another snap. The fact he didn’t come and bat it down and they caught the ball is a little bit of fate there.”

Interestingly, no comment about the decision not to spike being a mistake.


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49 responses to ““I think I got all four fingers.”

  1. Joe

    Just saw that Dallas Lee’s little brother got sent home from Miami. Wonder if the invite to watch the game still stands?

  2. Russ

    Yep, that’s how close we came. Just a great play by the Bama player with some bad luck for us thrown in.

  3. my personal opinion

    There is no need to comment on clocking the ball Katherine (Senator) because everyone knows your husband screwed the pooch on that call. Interesting that the only person that Richt can get to take his side on this is dead (Homer Smith). But the co-author of that book with Homer Smith is alive and he says of course you clock it in that scenario. So actually two people support Richt on this: a dead guy and you.

    • Katherine? WTF? Did I miss something, or is that what passes for wit from you?

    • HottCheese

      Three people agree; I loved the call to not to clock. And the Katherine stuff seems really mean spirited and disrespectful. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat.

      • Andrew

        Smith’s confusion, albeit fortuitous, reaffirms my agreement with Richt’s decision. They were out of sorts and we had them.

        • Cojones

          Correct and that’s all there was to it. The “spikers” were duly dismissed in the discussion on this blog. Mosely is a righteous hero for Bama and our QB and Receiver said we had’em on that play. Good enough for me.

      • AthensHomerDawg

        Well said. I like the Senators broad minded approach to bores.I confess I have been one at times here. Still this isn’t the first time Azzhat has aimed that meme toward Bluto…..and it has begun to chaff me. My youngest son’s request for my NY resolutions was to not let fools annoy me so. Sigh.

    • gastr1

      If you paid attention you’d see that a lot more than Homer Smith do it this way. Go back and watch Arizona’s last drive in their bowl game. Go ahead, now, do your homework.

    • Hackerdog

      You can add Chris Brown to your list.

      And for what it’s worth, it really doesn’t bolster your argument to say that only idiots don’t agree with you.

  4. BCDawg97

    Ugh. No I can’t stomach it….

    • UGA76

      To tell you the truth I can’t stomach anymore BoBo and bad calls in big games or Marky Richteeeey in big games along with AM. I’m sick of it and need another beer

      • adam

        Then go cheer for someone else. Bobo, Richt, and Murray just won 12 games and came up 15 feet (and some bad luck) shy of a national championship. If that’s just so awful, you’re absolutely welcome to go elsewhere. I’m sure Florida could use some new fans after their Sugar Bowl embarrassment.

  5. Hobnail_Boot

    ..because from Bama’s perspective, it wasn’t a mistake. We played into their hands by not spiking it.

    • Derek

      How? Explain? If the ran the same play after the spike, how would the spike have improved the play? Of course, maybe geno gets the call right after the spike.

    • gastr1

      That’s asinine.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      I came down initially on the side favoring spiking the ball and still believe that would have been the better thing to do. However, I have come to realize that not spiking it was just a choice within the realm of possible choices and is supportable in that situation. On top of that, the coaches only had seconds to decide. Not spiking could have worked. The Bama D was on their heels. The Bama LB made a great play and we had bad luck when the ball was caught in the field of play and time ran out. Like it or not luck plays a big part in who wins in football and all sports. The team had a great year, won the SEC East and came within 5 yards of winning the SEC Championship, plus playing for the national title. Everybody needs to get over it and move on.

      • Cojones

        Good for you and , yes, other teams wanted to be in that same position for the NC so much that they are fantasized there by announcers (see FU and LSU games).

  6. BCDawg97

    We run the same play whether we spike it or not. The bad luck of it was that 95% of the time the ball falls harmlessly to the ground. I’m content with the decision.

    • Actually, Murray was quoted as saying the 1st read on the play was to the left side of the end-zone, so I don’t think we can jump to that conclusion.

      • BCDawg97

        Yes, the 1st read was to Tavarres on the left (but he and Mitchell are running the same routes just on opposite sides). Sure there are other pass plays (a TE drag, P44 Haynes) but I’m not sure why with extra time they call a different play if this was the one they thought was the game winner to begin with.

        Mark Richt on spiking the ball: “Well, spiking the ball takes time. We had plenty of time to call play, so we called the play and we were taking ‑‑ the goal was to take a shot at their back right end of the end zone and the ball got batted, the ball got tipped and it landed to a receiver that was running a speed out.”

        And more: “We had the play we wanted. We had a good play. The ball got tipped at the line of scrimmage and it fell in the arms of a guy in play. The ball was going to the back end of the end zone, either a catch or out of the end zone. Because if you have, I don’t know how many seconds there were, 15 or whatever it was, if you spike the ball, you might only have two plays after that. If you throw the ball in the end zone, you probably get three plays out of it. So once you spike it, it does take a little time to spike it, and you reduce the chance of having the third play, basically. So the goal was to throw it in the end zone. That’s what Murray was attempting to do. Once again, the ball got batted, and landed in the arms of our guy in play.”

        • Hackerdog

          Give me a break. Everybody knows that if you’ve called a play with 15 seconds left, you should first run a play to kill the clock, and then run the play that you already called. I mean, duh!!!

          • Derek

            If everybody knows it then why can’t anybody explain why the play we ran would have worked better AFTER the spike?

          • Cojones

            You got a problem counting when the numbers were just published for you? Plus, you may have missed the fact that not allowing time for Bama to change players was part of the reason for continuing play. If you are serious and not being snarkey to the fullest with your comment, no one can help you further.

            Do think that the last word you used nailed the answer to my initial question.

  7. TennesseeDawg

    We can discuss it over and over and nothing is going to change. Game over. Dawgs lose and we’re not going to get to replay the 2012 SECCG again. Time to move on

    • gastr1

      It could be, but it really bothers me that people want to use the non-spike as a clear mistake and claim that Bobo/Richt don’t know what they’re doing.

      Just more of the nothing is ever good enough crowd. Idiots.

  8. JG Shellnutt

    On an unrelated note, it is pretty cool to watch the Bengals get introduced and like half of them are Georgia Bulldogs.

    • Timphd

      Loved Geno’s “it’s all about the G! Go Dawgs!”. That was neat. Bengals have given lots of Dawgs a shot at their dream.

      • collegeparkdawg

        Yes! That’s why I am a Cincy fan! Its a difficult choice in this game though b/c of Ben Jones playing for the Texans.

        • I’m torn here. I really like Schaub. I’ve followed him since the Falcons dumped him to have more dough for that little Va. Tech criminal. He had enough PT with the Falcons that I knew he had great potential. Had they kept him, they wouldn’t need to use the 1st pick for Ryan (not to dis him, mind you).

      • UGA76

        Yep lot of DGD’s on the Bengals. I was cheering them on. And also Blair Walsh and the Vikings. Wow! What a great rookie season Blair had I so proud of him

  9. 66DAWGnNC

    To spike or not to spike was the question raised about the punch at the last Jr. High dance I attended. For all you genie azzes out there that think you know more about coaching than Richt and Bobo, then apply for their job or another coaching job in the SEC.

  10. Lrgk9

    Personally, a call for a TD or Out of Bounds is a play to clock it with a % chance of a TD. I liked the call.

  11. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Clocking it is basically calling a 30 second time-out. Who does that help in this situation? Alabama.

    Sometimes you beat yourself, and sometimes you just get beat. On that play, Alabama’s LB timed his jump into the passing lane instead of continuing at the QB. Sensational play on his part — showed smarts and athleticism. Let it go.

    • Hobnail_Boot

      If a timeout helps Bama, then they would have called one (they had 2 left).

      • Always Someone Else's Fault

        Yeah, they were so content to watch Georgia complete pass after pass with that personnel group on the field. Nick just knew that pass was going to be tipped.

  12. UGA76

    Oh BTW don’t forget our No. 10 (13-1) Lady Bulldogs play the stinking smelly yeast infected tramps from Tenn No. 12 (10-3) at 1:00 PM on SPSO that’s Fox Sports South. I’ll be watching and back and forth on the NFL playoffs. Go Dawgs!