JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ‚Äî Arthur Lynch seemed to be going out in style in the final game of his Georgia career, but when the Bulldogs needed their All-SEC tight end to most come up big, he couldn‚Äôt hold onto the ball.
The fifth-year senior wiped away tears with a towel as he spoke to reporters in the bowels of EverBank Field Wednesday on following Georgia‚Äôs 24-19 loss to Nebraska.
‚ÄúYou want to go out and represent Georgia and represent your teammates in the right way,‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúI couldn‚Äôt do that.‚Äù
Lynch made a pair of fourth-quarter drops, the last inside the Nebraska 10-yard line on a fourth down pass with 25 seconds to play.
‚ÄúUnfortunately the two most important plays of my career are the two throws that they threw to me and I couldn‚Äôt come up (with it),‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs on me. That‚Äôs kind of how it goes sometimes in sports.‚Äù
Lynch set a career-high with six catches for 69 yards.
Three hours after the game, he tweeted out: ‚ÄúSorry for coming up short #DawgNation I love you all‚Ä¶‚Äù
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs tough, especially a senior, to go out feeling like you may have cost us the football game,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. ‚ÄúBy no means did Arthur Lynch cost us that football game. I thought he blocked well at the point of attack and made several key third-down catches to keep drives going. … He played his tail off for Georgia for five years.‚Äù