ATLANTA–The confetti has all been removed from the floor of the Georgia Dome after LSU’s celebration following the 42-10 SEC championship rout of Georgia.
Le’ts get to some quick “Honey-Badger” free items since you can find plenty about the Tigers’ star on our website from our stories from here.
–Nothing is concrete yet, but indications were that Georgia’s most likely landing spot is the Outback Bowl in Tampa on Jan. 2. South Carolina would head to the Capital One and Arkansas to the Cotton Bowl under that scenario.
The possible Big Ten opponent is Michigan State (which lost to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game), PennState or Nebraska. Whether Michigan gets a BCS at-large bid could be a factor.
–Cornerback Sanders Commings on the second half when LSU outscored Georgia35-0 after trailing 10-7 at halftime: “Really, I think we just lost focus,” Comings said. “We gave up plays on special teams. The defense had to defend the short field and when that happens it’s hard to win ballgames. I’ve got to give it those guys. They played excellent. They played superb in that second half.”
Yes, Commings was giving it even to LSU’s defense.
Commings said in the lead up to the game that “our defense I think is better than theirs,” but he was impressed by an LSU defense that limited Georgia to its lowest point total of the season, sacked Murray four times and held Isaiah Crowell to 15 yards on 10 carries.
“They pretty much shut our offense down,” Comings said. “We’ve just got a lot of improving to do going into the bowl game and into next year.”
–Tailback Ken Malcome quit the team for a day earlier this season, but ended up leading Georgia in rushing with 37 yards on five carries.
Freshman Isaiah Crowell rushed for 15 yards on 10 carries.
He said that sprained left ankle of his was hurting “the whole game.”
“I just wanted to suck it up and play for my team,” he said.
He said an offseason of work of “preparing and keep working hard,” and “hopefully we’ll be back here next year and get the W.”
–Mark Richt on the second half: “Gosh, so many things happened. Basically, just lost the momentum; they gained i, and we really couldn’t slow it down once it got going. So my hat’s off to them. I’m proud of our team. I’m proud of the season that we’ve had, the regular season, of course, and the ability to even get to this game was a great accomplishment considering how we started.”
–Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: “They got some short fields and they scored. They had the one long drive (10 plays, 70 yards). That wasn’t good. That’s as much me as anything. We’re trying to take some risks there to get the ball back. What it does is it shows how good we can be. I think you’ve got to use it as a learning experience.”
–Talked to linebacker Mike Gillard as he left the locker room on crutches. He said his right ankle injury is just a sprain and that it’s not bad. He expects to play in the bowl game.
“I’ll be back,” he said.
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