|Brandon Boykin’s heroic efforts were left unrewarded.|
Okay, call me misinformed, ill-advised, stupid, crazy, or whatever you like, but I cannot for the life of me understand why Coach Richt went for a field goal on third down, in overtime, when he could have run one more offensive play to give Blair Walsh—a complete disaster of a kicker this season—a little less yardage to work with another short pass or run.
I mean, did Richt think if Walsh missed he’d be granted a mulligan on fourth down so he could do it all over again?
Seriously, in that situation, given what Georgia was doing on offense and defense, at that point, you would think he would be a lot more careful about the position in which he placed his confidence-shaken kicker.
Honestly, I’ll admit that I’m still too raw to be objective, but here’s my straight-from-the-gut feeling as to why he would do something so head-scratching, he had absolutely no confidence in his offense—any facet of his offense.
Georgia had every opportunity to seal this game but it seemed they sold their mojo for a somewhat productive first-half because after Murray’s interception in the third, the offense went absolutely nowhere the rest of the way.
Some are again calling for Bobo’s head, and I would be remiss if I didn’t say my Twitter alter ego did the same after seeing numerous calls go the way of a three-and-out, but as much as I would love to see Bobo turn his clipboard in, it was not he who threw two interceptions and fumbled the football in crucial situation—those errors belonged to Aaron Murray.
Bobo’s playcalling notwithstanding, you can’t win football games when you’re giving away the football.
In short, the wheels fell off the bus and the team ended up stuck on the side of the road, in neutral, without a plan or a driver. It was heart-wrenching to see something like that happen on a day when Brandon Boykin took center stage and, literally, tried to put the team on his back and lead them into the win column.
Sure, there will be those who find the silver lining and say that Bobo’s offense led to 33-points, but you can’t give credit where credit isn’t due. Murray threw two touchdowns for 14-points. Period. The other 19 points were the result of a punt return, a safety, and a few field goals.
Bobo did nothing in the playcall department past the first half and he continued to do himself no favors in the court of public opinion as to why he should continue to be the offensive coordinator at Georgia. He simply cannot make adjustments and clearly has no idea how to plan against upper-level defenses.
Lastly, because trust me I could go on, I can’t sign off without saying how disappointed I was in the dejected look on our players faces at the end of regulation.
Was it just me or did they just like look a bunch of guys who were trying to find any sliver of confidence to make them believe they still had a chance to win the game? They were clearly shaken and didn’t look prepared to hunker down any more at that point.
It’s any wonder they went for the field goal on third down, they didn’t look as if they believed they had enough juice left to win it after Michigan State’s game-tying drive.
I guess Richt saw that look too and perhaps that’s why he made that field goal call so early in the drive. I’ll tell you this much, if you can’t believe in the resolve of your own team, then why should any one else?