- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOOVER, Ala. -- It’s been eight months since last season's Georgia-Auburn game and the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare," but that play and that game are still fresh in the minds of many UGA players. They still can’t believe what happened.
“Yeah, it was crazy,” Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley said. “Just the way that game ended. It’s one of those plays you see on TV, and it just happened to you that game. There’s just nothing you can do.”
“Nobody has really ever seen anything like that happen,” Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson added. “Only on TV or another team. So it was hard, hard to accept. It was very unfortunate.”
The play everybody remembers, the one that can still be seen on sports shows -- it was up for best play during Wednesday’s ESPY awards -- is the 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis on fourth down that put Auburn ahead late in the fourth quarter. The ball was batted in the air by a pair of Georgia defenders before Louis pulled it down in stride on his way to the end zone. But what people forget is the fourth-quarter comeback executed by the Bulldogs. It’s why head coach Mark Richt has no regrets when he looks back at the game.
“Our guys played their guts out,” Richt said. “You’re down 20 in the fourth quarter and you come back, rally at Auburn to take the lead. That was the greatest comeback in the fourth quarter in the history of the program. It’s just we didn’t win.
“We almost came back and won even after they scored. We went down the field again. I mean, what can you say? What can you say to the guys? Other than 'You guys were awesome.'”
Richt added that Auburn’s last-second win over Alabama two weeks later helped take some of the sting away from their game.
“Misery loves company,” he said.
The good news for Richt and the Bulldogs is that they get Auburn at home this season, and a number of players have already circled the Nov. 15 game on the schedule.
“It’s a game we look forward to playing,” Gurley said. “We haven’t played them at home in like two years. I never got a chance to play them at home. They’re coming to Athens this year. That’s going to be an exciting game.”
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