“You cannot let a receiver go down the sideline to lose the game for Georgia.”

Marc Weiszer reviews the final play of the last national championship game (you might as well brace yourself, because second-and-26 is going to be thrown in our faces all week leading up to and during the game).

Reading the piece, I can’t help but feel for Dominick Sanders, who bit on Tua’s fake instead of staying over the top of the receiver, and is going to be reminded of his mistake every time that play is referenced, but what I found more interesting is that, according to at least one player, Georgia didn’t really prepare for the quarterback substitution.

“He made some dynamic plays,” Ledbetter said of Tagovailoa. “We didn’t really game plan last year, we didn’t know he was going to be that guy to come in and kind of change that game around. We thought Jalen Hurts was the frontrunner and leader on the team.

To me, the interesting thing to remember is Georgia’s defense gave Tua as much as he gave them.  Baker managed a pick and don’t forget the penultimate play was a big sack that put ‘Bama in a second-and-26 hole in the first place.  Georgia won some of the battles, but ultimately lost the war on an iconic play.

Kirby’s professing to take the lesson from it as being nothing more than tip your cap to the other guy who made the play and move on.

Smart said he’s not personally motivated by the way the last meeting with Alabama ended.

“I really think to each his own,” he said. “That’s not what’s driving me. What’s driving me is the young men (on the team), trying to do my best job for them, and that’s what my coaching staff has to do. … We gotta put the best plan together we can to play our best game against Alabama; not the Alabama last year, not the Georgia last year.”

Still, I bet you that if somehow the Dawgs prevail Saturday, there will be some measure of satisfaction taken overcoming the disappointment of blowing the last matchup.  These guys are only human, after all.

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43 responses to ““You cannot let a receiver go down the sideline to lose the game for Georgia.”

  1. Godawg

    yep. When Tua came out throwing in the second half I was saying to anyone who’d listen that we needed to revert to the defensive scheme we used against Baker Mayfield the week before.They were just a different team from the one UGA prepared for for in the second half.

    That’s alright. I like the fact that it appears we have a good shot and being in position again in the coming years as opposed to a one and done.

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  2. Sanders takes a lot of crap for that play, but to me, the bigger issue was Parrish not putting a hand on the receiver. Jam him just a fraction of a second, and the timing is different and Sanders probably gets over in time.

    And man, Tua was so bleeping close to being stripped on that sack.

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    • TXBaller

      14 was our weak link.

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    • Derek

      They definitely share blame. But its shared.

      If 24 just turns his shoulders Tua probably looks to run.

      Squared shoulders to the LOS on the hash in Cover 2 was just lethal….

      And I still say Kirby should have called TO after the sack.

      We were lost…or at least 14 and 24 were.

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  3. Boz

    Between the heartbreak of the ‘12 SECCG and ‘17 NCG, both of which I witnessed, the measure of satisfaction would be significant. We’re due to return the favor, eventually.

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    • MDDawg

      I’m right there with ya brother. Saw both games in person, watching this one from home though.

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    • Derek

      Third time’s a charm for us… I hope.

      While there have been 5 comfortable wins, 3 for us and 2 for them, in the series since 1976, more games (6) have come down to who had the ball last: 1985, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2018. (And that doesn’t count the 10 pt comeback in 1990 b/c Alabama did get a possession to try to win it.). We’re 2-4 in those and I saw 5 of those last possession games in person.

      I doubt you could find a series with that high a percentage of one possession games.

      Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

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      • Dawglicious

        The 1990 game was my first as a freshman, and my first Georgia game seen in person overall. It’s one of my favorite Munson calls, the “CARSWELL SAVED OUR FANNY” after his interception late to seal it.

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    GRRRRRR

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  5. AusDawg85

    Red Sox and Cubs broke their curses…we’re due.

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  6. Salty Dawg

    Kirbs is gonna Kirbs and down play how they really feel about it all in front of the press, but I think out of public view they are salivating like the hungry Dawgs that they are. This quote from Ledbetter has me wanting to run through a brick wall with these guys:
    “The Class of 2015 signee says his team will not be intimated this week.

    “You can hype up whoever you want before a fight,” Ledbetter said. “Whether we get hyped up or they get hyped up. But whoever comes out there the first punch that is thrown whoever gets hit in the mouth first it is a dogfight from there. It will be that. We’re ready for that. We expect that. We want it.”

    GO DAWGS!

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  7. Greg

    Weiszer should watch the entire game, that 1 play didn’t cost us the game…..going conservative on offense after having them on their heels did. Hope we have learned this time around….keep your foot on the gas!

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    • Not giving Sony more touches in the 4th. I never heard a good explanation.

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      • Derek

        The play by play is available. He got some touches. Nothing worked after the Mecole TD pass. Nothing.

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      • DoubleDawg1318

        Going 3 and out repeatedly limits touches but yeah we should have let Sony have the ball more (although he did get stoned on a 3rd and short, late in the game).

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      • Macallanlover

        Yep, figured he may have been dinged up a bit but never heard it confirmed. Both he and Fromm had carried the offense, yet neither was allowed to work their magic in the 4th quarter when we needed some…bad move.

        I can understand some focusing on Sanders when they talk about that last play, but man, you cannot discuss any DB’s play and not begin with Parrish. Something was wrong with him that game, and it was obvious to everyone watching. He was THE only target a Bama coach was going to go after any time they wanted yards throwing the ball. Cannot believe the coaches did not take him out, or at least call a timeout to make sure he wasn’t left alone. Sorry, but it was that big of a mistake. It just wasn’t the Parrish we had seen before the injury in 2018; it was a huge liability on January 8.

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        • Yeah, he was targeted so many times that second half that I really wish on the 2nd & 26 play we had blitzes him off the corner. He was a liability on coverage at that point, so I would ha e rather had him blitzing than trying to jam a receiver at the line.

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      • ugafidelis

        Sony was the target of a pass that bounced off a bleeping helmet. 🤬

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      • 9.png
        Cut is what most coaches would describe as a pattern matching Cover 2. Personally, I think of it simply as Mod with the cornerback and Apex roles reversed. Instead of the Apex, it will be the cornerback who will have the first to the flat and outside run responsibility. In turn, the Apex will take all of #2 vertical. Like his old boss, Smart likes to Cut against a tight end and flanker side. And occasionally, for reasons I cannot fathom, on the single receiver side on 2nd & 26.

        Not to spam the thread, but in the article Sen. linked yesterday this description of that fateful play was diagrammed. The entire article was mostly gobbledegook to me, but in light of this discussion of Parrish I think this makes sense. CKS went against his principles in trying to play around Parrish and Bama knew just where to attack. Just damn.

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  8. TMC DAWG

    Damn Senator, I could have done without this post.

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  9. ASEF

    The last game has put all the focus on the QBs, but to me this next match up is all about who can run more efficiently and force those DBs into run support. Both defenses have some real vulnerability in the run game.

    Or, put in graphic form: Bama’s DL >>>>>> Georgia’s DL. That’s usually a recipe for disaster in games like these.

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    • Uglydawg.

      IMHO…Georgia’s running back corps>>>>>> Bama’s running back corps.
      Georgia’s kicking game >>>>>Alabama’s kicking game.
      Alabama’s officiating crew >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Georgia doesn’t even have one.

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      • ASEF

        Agree on the kicking game, but Alabama’s RBs are exceptional. I can’t rate that position group as anything other than a push. As for the refs, Georgia averages -11.7 in net penalty yardage while Alabama averages -1.6. Kind of crazy for two teams that talented to be penalized more than their opponents.

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    • UGA’s OLine >>>>> Alabama’s DLine.

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  10. Bulldog Joe

    Adversity has a ticket to the game. Keep attacking it and never let up.

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  11. kfoge

    I’m very anxious to see what Swift can do (especially healthy) for an entire game against Alabama. Chubb and Michel were (are) great RBs but Swift has that cut move and quickness that they did not have.

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    • kfoge

      The other thing, we never threw screen passes last year (hardly if not never) but seem to have thrown to RBs a lot more … get Swift or Cook out 1 on 1 against a LB and I think we win more of those than we lose.

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  12. TomReagan

    I’ve wondered if Sanders’ experience hurt him on that play. Given that it was 2nd and 26, he may have thought that the odds of the underneath route in that down and distance were more likely and cheated in because of that.

    That’s been my thought ever since it happened.

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    • ASEF

      Alabama ran the same play and formation early in the 3rd. Sanders defended it exactly the same way. Started on the hash, turned his hips to the boundary at the snap, then flipped back to the hash and watch the QB’s eyes. The only difference on 2nd and 26 is that he started the play 5 yards deeper than the play in the 3rd (3rd and 7). The CB didn’t jam on either play. He took an inside position on 3rd and 7 to take away the slant, and he took outside position on 2nd and 26, slightly deeper, to keep the receiver and QB in his field of vision.

      But basically the same coverage techniques both plays.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    It could’ve just as easily been Fromm throwing to Hardman down the sideline to win it IF we hadn’t wasted so much time & effort running Chubb into the teeth of bama’s DL. We took our foot off the gas, and as usual it cost us.

    Having said that, the play we should all be discussing was Simmons blocked punt and how we got ripped off by lousy refs.

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  14. 904Dawg

    Ledbetter saying that they didn’t gameplan for Tua last year is a surprise to me. I could’ve sworn that the announcers of the game said that the Dawgs thought that Tua might get some playing time if Bama was down and having a hard time moving the ball. So the Dawgs actually had some practice time dedicated to that situation. Now, I understand that there wasn’t a whole lot of tape on Tua so it’d be tough to make a gameplan and practice for that situation and maybe that’s what Ledbetter was saying. Or it could just be another example of the tv announcers not knowing anything about what they’re talking about.

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  15. While it’s true the Georgia’s secondary blew the last play. It should have never came to that. Yes there were a couple of blown calls by the officials. But had the offense scored anything over the last 20 minutes of the game the last play would not have happened.

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  16. Ldawg

    Very interesting. I had developed a theory along the same line, that we didn’t prep for Tua and it caught us off-guard, we didn’t adjust. My conclusion is if we have a full week to prepare for Tua the result will be different.

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