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With a 16-point lead at halftime and all the momentum, Richt and Georgia coaches failed to keep their players keyed up for the second half.
Michigan State stormed back in the game and sent the matchup to overtime.
However, overtime is where Richt made his worst mistakes.
In the first overtime Georgia, via an interception by talented Bulldog safety Bacarri Rambo, took the ball away from the Spartans and simply needed a field goal to win the ball game.
In a curious move, Mark Richt elected to run the ball to the outside with Georgia's smallest back on the first play. A play that gained just over one yard.
Richt then had quarterback Aaron Murray step back, take the ball to the middle of the field and take a knee to set up a field goal.
Then on third down he elected to kick a long 42-yard kick with a field goal kicker that has missed twelve kicks this year.
If you only wanted it centered? Why run to the outside on the first play?
If you want to kick early, why kneel and lose yardage backward with a kneel play on second down? Wouldn't a lean forward have worked better.
Why not take first and second down and pound the ball forward and protect the ball?
Even if it is just one or two yards per run, the kick could have been from 38 or 39, instead of 42. Seems like quite a difference to me. Especially considered the kicker.
Coach Richt mad a bonehead mistake on this drive and with these calls and just may have cost Georgia the victory.