The 2012 University of Georgia football team was an odd animal. The team finished atop the SEC East, and famously finished five scant yards away from a shot at a national title. You will never convince me that team would not have done vicious, terrible things to the same Notre Dame team that had no business whatsoever playing Alabama for a national championship.
The 2012 Bulldog defense featuring the likes of Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings, Alec Ogletree, and Amarlo Herrera was one of the most aggressive in recent UGA history. Aaron Murray helmed a Mike Bobo-coordinated offense that produced 37.8 points per game, featured four current NFL wide receivers, and whose leading scorer was freshman running back Todd Gurley.
They went on the road to introduce Gary Pinkel’s Missouri Tigers to grown man SEC football. They beat Vanderbilt as badly as I think I’ve seen an SEC team get beat, and throttled Tech 42-10. And I personally watched them cinch Gene Chizik’s eventual firing on a night in Auburn that led to one of my all-time favorite Dawg Sports posts.
Yet that team also laid an absolute egg againsy South Carolina in Columbia, losing 35-7 essentially before they’d even broken a sweat. They pulled out a close one against a Kentucky team they should have throttled, and needed a super-human effort from Jarvis Jones to escape with a win against Florida.
Those same ‘Dawgs also tried really hard to fall into an inescapable hole against Hugh Freeze’s first Ole Miss team. Then this happened:
Georgia was behind 10-0 when Aaron Murray pulled off this old Bobo classic. You would think a 6’5, 220 pound receiver like Marlon Brown would have trouble getting open by 20 flippin’ yards. But hotty toddy, goshamighty, that’s some bad defense!
The Red and Black would go on to score 37 unanswered points to beat the Rebels going away. They would not trail again for another 15 quarters, until the second quarter of the SEC Championship Game against Alabama. The 2012 Georgia Bulldogs swung from the ridiculous to the sublime repeatedly. Sometimes from one play to the next. This episode was one of the best examples of that. Until later...