The Georgia Bulldogs pulled out a miracle 24-20 win on Saturday night with two late drives. Richard Samuel and the Georgia defense simply put the team on their back and carried them to a win.
With six minutes left and Florida down by four points, I almost gave up hope, maybe you did too. Florida had the ball on the Georgia 35-yard line. I have seen that movie time and time again whether it was a late drive by Florida for a touchdown to go up or a field goal to win as time expired. The familiar scenario was coming to life once again and a sick feeling was developing in the pit of my stomach.
But as they did all game, particularly in the second half, Georgia's defense shut down Florida quarterback John Brantley and got the ball back in quarterback Aaron Murray's hands. All Murray and the offense needed to do was earn two first downs to wrap things up. Big runs by Samuel and Isaiah Crowell got the two first downs that were desperately needed, almost too quick. But a risky pass play to receiver Chris Conley grabbed another first down and sealed the win for the Dawgs.
We have lost so many of these types of games that were close. In the past, we've just given them away. Those losses were probably due to the psychology of losing this game that has perpetuated the Georgia locker room for 20 years.
It's so good to see us pull out one of these squeakers. Now if we can just get two or three in a row, we will turn this thing around just like we did with Tennessee. And I think that's an acceptable place to be.
Georgia's win over Florida is what a rivalry should be. One team shouldn't dominate the game the way Florida has done and how Tennessee did in the 90s. You win a couple, you lose a couple. That's acceptable for programs that are generally in the top tier of the SEC.
Of course, I wouldn't be upset if we won the next 10 or 20 matchups either.