Let’s see. Last night Georgia managed to:
- Go 9-19 on third down conversions.
- Have a quarterback complete more than 70% (23-32) of his pass attempts.
- Not lose the turnover margin battle.
- At 38:55, dominate time of possession.
- Dominate the first down numbers, 19-6.
- Hold Missouri to 164 yards of total offense, and, in so doing, keep the Tigers out of the end zone all night, including on the very first series, which started inside the Georgia one-yard line.
And yet despite all that, it took Georgia until there were less than two minutes left in the game to its ninth point to take the lead.
How do you pull off something like that? Hell, it’s not easy. You pretty much have to time your screw ups to have maximum effect in killing drives. Add in, among other things, a missed field goal, field position difficulties in the first half, 5.2 yards per pass attempt, let sit for three or four hours and voilà! Instant anxiety.