Georgia wanted an enormous play to stage a comeback. And it turned to walk-on kicker Jack Podlesny as he made a career-long 53-yarder besides Georgia to a 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The Bulldogs received the ball with 1:28 remaining and drove to the Cincinnati 36 yard line because of a collection of catches from Kenny McIntosh. After two straight incompletions, Podlesney trouted on the market and drilled the largest kick of his profession with :03 seconds left. It turned a 21-19 deficit right into a 22-21 lead.
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Cincinnati’s closing play of the sport resulted in a security and a sack by Azeez Ojulari, who had 3.0 of Georgia’s 8.0 sacks within the recreation.
The loss was the primary of the season for the Bearcats, whereas Georgia finishes 8-2 and virtually definitely within the top-10.
An fascinating determination from Kirby Sensible
Kirby Sensible made one other controversial determination round a punt within the fourth quarter of recreation being performed in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
With the Bulldogs dealing with a fourth and three on their very own 43-yard line, Sensible took a timeout. Then as a substitute of going for it, Sensible elected to punt the ball again to the Cincinnati offense.
The Bearcats, who had struggled for a lot of the second half offensively, have been capable of do sufficient to pressure Georgia to make use of its timeouts. The Bulldogs received a cease nevertheless it was nonetheless a curious determination from Sensible.
The choice by Sensible reminded a lot of Georgia’s 2018 SEC Championship Sport, when Georgia ran a faux punt on fourth and 11 with Justin Fields. The sport was tied at 28 at that cut-off date. The Crimson Tide went on to attain and win the sport, sending Alabama to the School Soccer Playoff.
Nonetheless, the Georgia offense did simply sufficient to bail out the choice because the Bulldogs have been capable of get the win.
JT Daniels lower than stellar however large late
There’s been a number of hype surrounding JT Daniels. You noticed why that was the case as he had two 50-yard plus completions within the recreation. And he did engineer a late scoring drive to offer Georgia the win when it mattered most.
However this was by far Daniels’ least spectacular recreation as a Bulldog. He threw a expensive interception within the endzone that saved factors off the board for Georgia. He then had a fumble when Georgia was simply exterior the crimson zone that Cincinnati recovered, certainly one of two fumbles for Daniels on the day. These two turnovers have been greater than he had within the earlier three video games he began for Georgia.
There have been additionally two cases of situational soccer the place Daniels couldn’t provide you with the play. The primary got here on a fourth and one when Daniels was unable to hook-up with Kearis Jackson. Then Daniels misfired on a two-point conversion try on Georgia’s first rating of the fourth quarter.
However on Georgia’s closing drive, Daniels accomplished 5 of his seven cross makes an attempt for 44 yards to get Georgia in subject objective vary.
Statically, he accomplished 26 of his 38 cross makes an attempt for 392 yards. He did have a landing cross to Pickens within the recreation.
Three catches, 71 yards and a landing.
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It wasn’t an outright unhealthy recreation for Daniels. It simply wasn’t the sharpest of efforts from the switch quarterback. This was simply his fourth begin for the Bulldogs after lacking over a 12 months as a result of an ACL damage.
When the Georgia offense took its closing significant snap of the primary half, it led 10-7. When the Bulldogs took their first snap of the second half, they have been down 21-10.
The Bearcats swung the sport with their play on the finish of the primary half and to start out the second half. Cincinnati drove the size of the sector and scored with simply six seconds left within the first half. Ridder scrambled round and was capable of finding his tight finish Josh Whyle for a landing that regarded prefer it got here straight out of the yard.
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The Bearcats received the ball to open the second half and wasted little time including to the lead. Cincinnati working again Jerome Ford was capable of make security Lewis Cine miss and raced to the endzone. The 79-yard run was the longest on a Georgia protection for the reason that 2003 SEC championship recreation.
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With a two-score lead, Cincinnati actually started to assault the Georgia offensive line and Daniels. The Bulldogs have been unable to reply, as its first two drives received into the Cincinnati 25 solely to attain zero factors on each drives.
Offensive line struggles
The 2-position teams that Georgia was short-handed coming into the sport was the secondary and the offensive line. You might inform that primarily based on how these two items performed within the Peach Bowl.
The secondary had a troublesome time towards Ridder, as he threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs have been beginning Tyrique Stevenson at nook as a result of DJ Daniel and Eric Stokes opting to declare for the NFL draft. Mark Webb was additionally unavailable, which is why Latavious Brinni received the beginning.
The Bulldogs did get an enormous cross breakup late from Stevenson to pressure Cincinnati’s closing punt.
The offensive line might have been even worse. The Bulldogs needed to reshuffle their offensive line as a result of absences of Trey Hill and Ben Cleveland. The Bulldogs went with Xavier Truss at left sort out, Jamaree Salyer at left guard, Warren Ericson at middle, Justin Shaffer at proper guard and Warren McClendon at proper sort out.
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The Bulldogs ran for simply 45 yards within the recreation, with simply 28 of them coming within the first half. With Georgia falling behind, it allowed Cincinnati to strain Daniels. The Bearcats had 3.0 sacks within the recreation.
This wasn’t the primary this 12 months the Georgia offensive line has struggled, as this efficiency brings again reminiscences of the Mississippi State recreation when Georgia ran for simply eight yards. The Bulldogs additionally occurred to be in black jerseys that day as effectively.
Georgia has recruited very effectively alongside each of these positions. However that didn’t appear to matter towards the Bearcats, as Cincinnati clearly received the higher of Georgia in each these areas.
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