Daily Archives: September 22, 2019

Tough

When Rodrigo kicked his last field goal of the night, giving Georgia a 23-10 lead over Notre Dame, I turned to my friend and said something to the effect that it appeared my game projection — the Irish hanging around until the fourth quarter and Georgia then putting the game away and comfortably covering the spread — was on track.

Kirby Smart had other ideas, though.  He decided he had about seven minutes left in the game to play not to lose.

The defense, which had played lights out the entire second half to that point and given up a total of 21 yards, relaxed and let Ian Book drive his offense 75 yards for a touchdown.  The offense ran the three most predictable plays you could imagine (not that it really took much imagination), gained a yard.  A shanked punt followed, leaving ND just a tick under two minutes (111 seconds in Munsonese) to win a game that looked like it was in the bag not too long ago.

Then Georgia’s defense bowed its back and shut the game down.  I’m sure some are going to compare last night to the back and forth struggle in South Bend a couple of years ago, but my mind went back to the Auburn 2013 game, when Murray and Gurley led an incredible comeback, only to be let down by a couple of chuckleheads out for personal glory instead of a team win.  Instead, what we got last night was a defense that did the fundamentals right and knocked Book’s last gasp down.

The weird thing is that I think somehow what Kirby got in that fourth quarter was exactly what he wanted, maybe even planned for.  His team found itself pushed by a gritty, well coached opponent, bent some, but finished standing.  Georgia’s inner constancy hadn’t been tested in its first three games; such is no longer the case after last night.

It may not have been pretty, but I suspect Georgia’s head coach loved the finish of that game as much as any game he’s coached here.

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And here’s to you, Pat Narduzzi.

A nation tired of pseudo-national championship whining turns its lonely eyes to you for this:

Man, what’s Danny White gonna bitch about for the next 12 months?

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Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

Doctor, doctor, give me the news

Sometimes you don’t know you’re hurt and it takes the diagnosis of an alert teammate to save you.

Then again, sometimes you just cheat.

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Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, Notre Dame's Faint Echoes

Your Daily Gator is confident.

Impressive what curb stomping a hapless Tennessee squad will do for some folks.

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Filed under Gators, Gators...

The bottom of the SEC is hot garbage.

Tennessee:  Man, don’t we feel stupid for paying Georgia State almost a million dollars to come in our place and pants us.

Arkansas:  Hold our beer.

Gives a whole new perspective on “it just means more”, don’t it?

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Filed under SEC Football

TFW you want to gloat, but you’re being paid not to

Speaking of Michigan, Corch is trying so hard to keep a rein on his emotions here:

He could always point.

meyerpointing

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Filed under Heard About Harbaugh?, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Sady McSadFace

I didn’t get a chance to watch it, but I heard there was a big game between Michigan and Wisconsin yesterday.  How did that go…

Oh.  Never mind.

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