Touching on a few things heading towards a conference championship weekend that doesn’t include Georgia for the first time in three years:
–How much did Georgia Tech want to change its fortunes in the series with Georgia?
Here’s what Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson told his players in the locker room about Georgia after beating Alabama A&M the week before as recorded for his TV show: “I don’t know about you guys, but I’m tired of losing to them.”
Johnson fell to 1-6 in his career against Georgia (including one game at Georgia Southern) after the 34-31 double overtime loss.
The Yellow Jackets led 20-0 and the Bulldogs didn’t get their first lead until the second overtime.
“It felt like your heart has been ripped out of you,” Yellow Jackets defensive lineman Adam Gotsis said.
Said Johnson after the game: “It will take a couple of days to get over this one.”
–It had been 1,433 days since somebody other than Aaron Murray started at quarterback for Georgia. That was Joe Cox in the Independence Bowl to end the 2009 season.
Huston Mason said afterwards about the slow start offensively that “most of those plays in the first half were my fault. I was getting jittery, I was getting antsy. That’s something I’ve got to work on. You’ve just got to trust your pocket at all times. I wasn’t doing a very good job of that in the first half and I knew that. I knew if I could get a couple of plays going, a couple of drives going, if we get one drive, one big play. Things would soothe out. That’s how things work. That drive before halftime I think was the difference-maker in us losing or winning.”
–Georgia has two overtime wins in a season for the first time, but the Bulldogs have nothing on San Diego State this year.
The Aztecs tied an FBS record with four overtime games this season, going 3-1. They had a stretch where four of seven games went past regulation.
–Blog note: There won’t be as much fresh content on the blog as we shift from the regular season into bowl practice mode late next week. The players aren’t the only ones taking a break.
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