If everything has gone according to plan, I should be at the Blind Pig Tavern with several of you. If I am correct in this surmise, and you are sitting in the room with me, put down your smartphone, tablet, or other internet-accessible device and talk to people like a normal human being, for crying out loud! If you're not at the Third Annual Dawg Sports Sacrificial Goat Roast, then, please, by all means, jump into the game night open comment thread as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the Bluegrass State. Your lead moderator this evening will be chuckdawg, who is here to keep the conversation flowing, maintain civility, and steer you toward your next destination as updated threads are opened. Be nice to your moderator, who is here to help.
All that remains before kickoff is the announcement of our honorary game captain. This week's honorary game captain is Fred Gibson, whose record-breaking day against the Wildcats in 2001 paved the way to the 43-29 victory that was Mark Richt's first over Kentucky, and his fifth as the Bulldogs' head coach. Between the hedges that October 20---exactly eleven years ago today---redshirt freshman David Greene matched the Hefty Lefty, the Round Mound of Touchdown, the Lord of the Ring-Dings, J-Load, the Pillsbury Throw Boy, the Abominable Throw Man, He Ate Me, QBese, Jared Lorenzen. The Battleship Lorenzen threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns, and Greene countered with 364 aerial yards and a trio of touchdown tosses, both then career highs for the future winningest quarterback in Division I-A history.
Gibson was on the receiving end of nine of Greene's 22 completions, accounting for two of his three touchdown passes and 201 of his 364 passing yards. Gibson's 201-yard day not only enabled the Bulldogs to overcome a 22-7 second-quarter deficit, it also eclipsed an almost 60-year-old school record set by Lamar "Racehorse" Davis against Cincinnati in 1942. Davis's 198 receiving yards against the Bearcats during Georgia's national championship campaign set a Red and Black mark that remained unbroken until Gibson bettered it by nine feet against the Wildcats 59 years later.
Gibson also tallied 84 yards in kickoff returns, giving him 285 all-purpose yards that fell just short of Rodney Hampton's school-record 290 total yards against Ole Miss in 1987. If any Georgia player amasses 84 kickoff return yards tonight, I hope it's only because Todd Gurley receives the opening kickoff on the 16 yard line and takes it to the house before Todd Grantham's defense proceeds to pitch a shutout, but it wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit if Marlon Brown, Tavarres King, or Malcolm Mitchell picked this evening to unleash his inner Fred Gibson.
Join in the thread and cheer on the Bulldogs as Mark Richt seeks his tenth victory over Kentucky on the eleventh anniversary of his first such triumph.