My weekend was in and out, so I had to watch the replay in fits and spurts. I’ll go back and watch it again at my leisure, but even with the patchy way I got through it, a few things stood out.
- Resilience/Luck. There were three big moments of derp: the replay official’s bad call on the Bennett fumble; the Lorenzo Carter roughing the passer penalty that kept Clemson’s offense on the field; and Rico Johnson’s complete coverage flub on that Mike Williams reception during the Tigers’ last series of the first half. Amazingly, Georgia survived all three. And, yes, there was some luck – Williams stepped out of bounds way up field and that drive fizzled with a missed field goal, for example. But the bigger deal was that the defense didn’t get rattled in the face of adversity. That is a sea change from last year, folks.
- The angriest man in Sanford Stadium. I don’t think it’s a good idea to get Tracy Rocker mad, Lorenzo Carter.
- What a throw. Deshaun Watson’s touchdown pass was something else. It’s the kind of throw that should make Clemson’s coaches reevaluate who starts.
- Vic Beasley. Bobo and Friend can deny it, if they like, but Georgia clearly schemed to slow down the Clemson defensive end. Theus got help from Kublanow on occasion. (That sometimes left problems in the middle for the rest of Georgia’s line.) Georgia called a lot of quick pass plays, too. It didn’t hurt that Beasley was having some conditioning issues, because there were several occasions when his speed rush clearly got the better of Theus.
- The last two touchdowns. The blocking on Chubb’s and Gurley’s long fourth quarter scoring runs, especially the latter, was spectacular. And it wasn’t just the right side of the line, either. Bennett and Maxey both delivered big blocks.
A replay to savor.