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Sunday Morning ‘Dawg Bites

Technically we shaped the SEC title game.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, the day after a Georgia Bulldogs win over Auburn. The sun is brighter, the grass is greener, the air is cleaner and everything seems right with the world. Well, if this is your first stop on the Internet that is.

No matter how you slice it, Maurice Smith’s pick-six was the play of the game. Smith had been telling teammates that he was going to get one and it ended up happening on Saturday. I’ll let the man talk for himself about the play.

“I did my job,” Smith said. “I read the quarterback, and he threw it straight to me. After that, the defense did a wonderful job blocking, and I took it to the crib.”

After a rocky start to the year, Georgia’s kicking game has a budding star. Rodrigo Blankenship has seen his meme star shine bright - I would wager his popularity is peaking above Ken Bone circa early October in Athens. The kicker drilled two field goals that proved to be the difference against the top 10 ranked Tigers. Needless to say, you can go up and down the Bulldog roster and find players who love Hot Rod.

The Athens Banner Herald put together an excellent piece on the Georgia-Auburn rivalry. Even though these two teams have been going head-to-head for more than 120 years, it’s always nice to hear these types of stories.

The Georgia defense showed the promise that we all hoped for when head coach Kirby Smart took the reins. Smart was quick to give the credit to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and the rest of the staff.

So, that trick play that didn’t end up working out. Well, turns out Smart had been wanting to call it all year. It’s one of those situations where, if it works, the coaching staff is full of geniuses. It ended up being a non-storyline due to the outcome, but if the good guys hadn’t prevailed it likely would have led to a lot of second guessing.

Not all of the news was good on Saturday. Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was forced from the game. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but he was limping on the sideline and had a wrap on his knee. Linebacker Natrez Patrick was held out of the game due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Kentucky game. Punter Marshall Long was spotted on the sidelines with crutches and will have surgery, ending his season due to a dislocated kneecap.

‘Til next time... Go ‘Dawgs!