Sunday, November 15, 2009
Georgia comes up with gutsy finish
By Chris Low
Anybody who watched the first quarter of Saturday's Auburn-Georgia game and got up and walked away probably would have bet a lot of money that the Bulldogs were finished.
Instead, the Bulldogs came up with a brilliant finish in their 31-24 win over Auburn.
Auburn looked like a million dollars to start the game. Georgia looked lost, much like the Bulldogs have for much of this season on defense.
But after giving up two quick touchdowns, Georgia showed perhaps the most courage it has all season, and the Bulldogs' defense didn't allow another touchdown.
Auburn had 156 yards on its first two touchdown drives, but was held to 197 yards the rest of the way.
It's been a long year for Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. His emotional embrace with Georgia coach Mark Richt on the sideline after the Bulldogs stopped the Tigers on downs in the final minute was pretty telling.