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Mike Bobo sheds light on Georgia’s ‘next play’ in SEC title game

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Outside of coaches receiving regional Emmy nominations, there may be no more offseason-y post than a “what if” five months after the fact.

But Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo shed some light on an interesting angle during last Thursday’s UGA Day meeting Augusta: what would the Bulldogs have done if they had one more play against Alabama in last year’s SEC championship game?

As a refresher, the Bulldogs were driving in the final minute of regulation when Aaron Murray connected with tight end Arthur Lynch to put Georgia at the Alabama 8-yard line with 15 seconds remaining. Instead of spiking the ball to stop the clock, Georgia went hurry-up and Murray’s pass to Chris Conley failed to get into the end zone. Below is the video of the final drive, courtesy of SEC Digital Network:

Hypothetically, let’s say Georgia spiked the ball or Murray threw an incompletion to give Georgia one more play. What would it have been? Bobo explained it would have been inspired by plays from Florida’s SEC championship appearances against Alabama.

Here’s what Bobo said, via the Macon Telegraph:

“We had actually gone back to, I don’t know what it was, it was one of the Florida-Alabama games, where Alabama had given up three red zone scores to Florida. It was a play that Florida had actually ran against Alabama. It was an empty set, and had two primary front-side, and a double-slant backside. It was something from ’08 or ’09 that Tebow had completed against them. Because I remember after that game, Kirby was talking about how, ‘We just couldn’t stop them in the red zone.’ So we just studied that hard.

Then Bobo added with some matter-of-fact wistfulness: “We had some plans, we just didn’t have a chance to call those plays.” 

The way Georgia handled that final play against the Tide has been a source of debate. If Murray had completed the pass, whether on the hurry-up or one call later, the Bulldogs would have surely played Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. Instead, Bobo and his players are still reminded of what could have been.

“Like probably everybody out here, I don’t think we’re ever gonna get over that game,” Bobo said. “First meeting back with the players back, and the offense, I said: Men, people keep telling you you’ve gotta get over it and get ready to go. The bottom line is you’re never gonna get over it, you gotta learn to live with it, you’ve gotta regroup to play the next game, and get better the next day.”

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12 Responses to “Mike Bobo sheds light on Georgia’s ‘next play’ in SEC title game”
  1. dcroz says: May 13, 2013 11:20 PM

    While I’m sure some would say that as a ‘Bama fan I’m biased on this, but I saw what Georgia was trying to do on that final play. They were looking to catch the Tide unprepared and without any chance to set its defense so that they could slip in that pass for the game-winning touchdown. Even if incomplete, then the Dawgs would have time for at least one more play with seven or eight seconds left. How that play ended–pass tipped at the line of scrimmage in an outstanding moment of anticipation followed by a receiver instinctively doing all he could to catch the ball but falling down inbounds with no timeouts left–was a one-in-a-hundred result. Had it worked, we’d be talking about how brilliant Mark Richt was in calling it. As agonizing as the result was for Georgia fans, I don’t think he should be called stupid just because it ended in the most unlikely of fashions.

  2. clemsonstillsucks says: May 14, 2013 12:05 AM

    Very well put, and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree.

  3. deadeye says: May 14, 2013 12:19 AM

    Classic game, UGA has nothing to be ashamed of. Bama was just a tiny bit better, and tipping that pass might have saved the game.

    I wish the WR who caught the pass had the presence of mind to knock down for incomplete. Then we would have gotten to see one last final play.

    The thing that will haunt UGA is the certain knowledge that they would have smoked Notre Dame. Painful…

  4. louhudson23 says: May 14, 2013 6:01 AM

    If my Aunt Mary had balls,she would be my Uncle Joe….

  5. scalpemseminoles says: May 14, 2013 6:51 AM

    if uga had beaten bama, notre dame would have beaten uga. richt in a big game with tons of hype leading up to it? notre dame would have killed them.

  6. overratedgators says: May 14, 2013 7:28 AM

    Coulda woulda shoulda. If if if. What might have happened isn’t what happened. UGA lost. Let it go.

  7. skids003 says: May 14, 2013 12:56 PM

    No way Norte Dame beats Georgia. Alabama could’ve beat them worse than they did.

  8. Deb says: May 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    @scalpemseminoles …

    Sorry, here’s another Bama fan who doesn’t buy that argument at all. If Georgia had come out on top in the Championship game, the result would have been the same for Notre Dame. Look how closely Georgia played Bama. They would have played that same game against the Irish.

  9. floridacock says: May 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    Big deal. UGA still has not beaten South Carolina the last 3 years and last year was not even close

  10. birdcen says: May 14, 2013 8:51 PM

    Big Deal. South Carolina has never won an SEC title. How long have you been in the league?? Notre Dame arrogance with Wake Forest Tradition…that’s South Carolina.

  11. mrpowers88 says: May 15, 2013 11:13 AM

    Moral of the story: Once someone calls a spike, you spike it. Dont remember exactly who did in this case ( I want to say Aaron Murray did), but once that happened just spike it and regroup for the most important play of the game.

    Being an LSU fan, I have to admit even Les and JJ followed this rule with 1 second left in 09 vs Ole Miss (/facepalm)

  12. dougcv says: May 27, 2013 10:43 AM

    If Georgia can regroup for this season and beat Clemson in the first game of the year, it will ruin Clemson’s season for sure. I hate to pull for Ga. but I hate Clemson worse. Just Go Cocks this year. I think this is the year they can do win it all with the 2 QBs. They are both great with Shaw the best. Looking very forward to this season as always.

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