Conquering Kentucky in a 19-10 victory puts Georgia representing the SEC East on December 3rd. This day marked a milestone for several seniors as they played Between the Hedges for one final game. The Dawgs will take on the No.1 ranked LSU Tigers in the 2011 SEC Championship! While that seat in the championship game may be clinched, Georgia will first have to face in-state rival Georgia Tech. Playing in Atlanta this year, Georgia will have to come focused and prepared to beat this year’s Yellow Jackets.
As for beating Kentucky, to say Georgia entered the game with a fairly sluggish offense would be an understatement. Aaron Murray operates so well for a young quarterback, but I saw what seemed to be a lot of miscommunication of plays on Saturday. I wasn’t quite sure I was watching the same team that beat Auburn just last week. Aaron Murray finished the game with 162 yards and 16-of-29 completions. Brandon Harton rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries while Orson Charles finished with 40 receiving yards. Thanks to four Blair Walsh field goals, the Dawgs were able to take a 12-10 lead into halftime.
Luckily, the defense answered the call. They were able to hold Kentucky enough to keep them from scoring in the 2nd half. Jarvis Jones had one of his best games--recording seven tackles. This Butkus Award semifinalist is brining the heat to David Pollack’s 2004 record of 14 sacks. Jones is currently at 12.5 for the season. Late in the fourth quarter, Jones forced a fumble that Christian Robinson would recover. The Bulldogs were able to successfully convert on a third-and-seven that would set up Marlon Brown to put six points on the board. This would bring the Dawgs to 19-10 and solidify their seat in the SEC Championship game!
Head Coach Mark Richt said, “Today was definitely a team victory,” and I could agree with him more. The mistakes were countless but a win is and win and the Dawgs are SEC Bound! Many critics would have never seen this situation playing out after such a rocky start to the season, but the Dawgs believed otherwise. This team has fought and earned their right to compete against the No.1 team in the nation! My hope is that we make it past Tech with a W and then focus on turning the SEC Championship into a ballgame.
As always, GOOOO Dawgs!!!!