With 12 minutes left to play in the second quarter, it looked like Georgia’s 17-point lead would increase by the minute to the point where CBS would announce that at halftime they were switching to another game, any game, to prevent the nation from viewing the continuing carnage.
Instead, Tennessee would hold the lead before halftime after three unanswered touchdowns. It was a game that by the fourth quarter had turned into a football war — one fitting for this rivalry series already filled with crazy, memorable games.
Our fanbase is probably the only supporters of a 3-1 team that has a significant percentage howling for the head of their coach.
That symptom of fanaticism notwithstanding, the fans of the Georgia Bulldogs seem to be thinking that Saturday’s visit to Athens by Tennessee is just something to sandwich in between a grudge match with Vanderbilt and a monumental SEC East Division clash with South Carolina.
Vanderbilt and South Carolina. That’s what it’s come to I guess.
But, that’s OK. Whatever it takes to cause a foe to overlook you, to take you for a needed breather between two Saturdays of spent emotional energy.
The great North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith once wrote, and often said, that the first five minutes of the second half were the most important minutes of a basketball game.
Little did he know that his precept would fittingly describe a football game on Saturday night in Knoxville between Georgia and Tennessee.
Georgia (3-2) on a 3-game win streak come a-callin’ for a game that is understatedly crucial for both sides.
This year’s edition of one of the more entertaining rivalries in the league is being billed as Georgia’s moment to secure SEC East favorite status. The Gators and Gamecocks have QB problems. Nobody is taking the Vols seriously. A win over Tennessee could be followed with Bulldog victories against Vandy, the Gators, Auburn, and Kentucky.
In this age of instant gratification, the life of a head football coach, especially in the SEC, is filled with the stress of having to produce W’s, regardless of the circumstances.
I have written about this topic, on this site, a few times.
That brings us to this Saturday Night. Read More…
Georgia 41 Tennessee 14
9 Oct 2010 | Sanford Stadium | 92,746Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
Tennessee didn’t start a drive beyond their own 29-yard line. Six of their drives started at their 20 or worse. Six of Georgia’s 12 drives began beyond their 30-yard line; three of which were beyond the 40.
The Vols’ had nine net rushing yards on 26 carries for an average per carry of nearly zero – numbers that are heavily influenced by Matt Simms’ minus 21 yards due in large part to numerous sacks.
Tennessee turned the ball over three times – two fumbles and one INT. The two fumbles were in the kicking game: a punt and a kickoff were both lost by Eric Gordon, and both led to Georgia TDs.