The Dawgs came out flat against the Longhorns and never recovered
After a week spent chirping on social media about their perceived snub from the College Football Playoff, the Georgia Bulldogs came out for the Sugar Bowl and proceeded to justify the committee’s decision to keep them out, turning in one of the worst performances of the Kirby Smart era and losing to Texas, 28-21.
The score makes the game seem much closer than it really was. Georgia got two fourth quarter touchdowns that lowered the margin to only seven, but make no mistake: the Dawgs were thoroughly outplayed in this game.
Texas came out and had an easy drive down the field on their opening possession, scoring quickly and taking an early lead. Georgia was plagued throughout the first half by kicking issues from punter Jake Camarda, who accidentally touched his knee to the turf on his first punt attempt and then shanked the next kick.
Running back D’Andre Swift had a rough game, fumbling twice, one of which was recovered by the Longhorns and converted into a touchdown.
While Jake Fromm’s stats weren’t terrible (212 yards, 3 touchdowns), he still missed some crucial throws that he normally makes throughout the game that could have really helped the Dawgs’ chances had they been completed.
Georgia’s defense didn’t have its best showing, which was certainly not helped by the fact that it was missing two of its best players in D’Andre Walker and Deandre Baker. There was not much of a pass rush and they had a hard time stopping Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger from running the football.
While it was a generally successful season for Georgia, this was certainly a bitter conclusion. We can only hope that it will motivate the Dawgs as they look to begin another title hunt in 2019.
Jackson Stone – @tdjs_network