I knew we’d run the ball 2016. And I also knew North Carolina would score on Kirby’s Defense.
I knew Kirby would play a ton of first-game, first-timers. 14 did in an Away Game.
I knew we had better talent # 9 vs # 30 according to Scout.com making up the Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off. Ranked teams, both, battling it out at the Dome.
We had scarfed-up voraciously all the tickets. And 191 miles to the North Carolina border from I-285, North Carolina found itself instead in a hostile home game environment. And we ? A Dawg in the Fight this night. Dad would’ve been so proud of our ‘Dawgs. It felt like a Coming-Out Party ! Not at all like 1994 when it was a weird feeling watching Florida and Alabama fight it out. Us with no Dawg in the Fight at the Dome, watching as if it someone else’s Christmas Party you were at – by invite.
We invited ourselves to see if Kirby could do that which we had not for 8 years. Beat ranked teams.
And a worthy opponent they gave us all they had until they too pooped to pop.
A ranked opponent with a double-digit lead late in the 3rd Quarter even.
Then as if on cue, as if Kirby had scripted it all from the beginning, we tore the old place to hell and gone.
Left them gasping for air – air we sent spiraling upward skyward toward God Himself. And toward the metal-fatigued rafters. The place went bonkers.
And he came through for us.
Don’t forget THAT.
This is no EXCUSE.
This is no moral victory that he came in down double-digits and played so well.
Kirby reinserted Jacob Eason – who had done so well before half – only to be benched, sat down, made a pine time player, playing second fiddle to an elder. An elder who brought nothing to the table Jacob Eason brings. Then, THAT is when we ALL sprang-up.
We and Jacob Eason simultaneously.
And in Prime Time, Jacob Eason oh so methodically decimated their staunch defense that saw them sack Greyson Lambert 3 times while long, longer, and even longer yet, he just stood back there.
Stood back there for the longest time obliviously.
And didn’t, or couldn’t, or did not want to try to get the ball off even. Be smart. Be conservative. Fall behind by double-digits with no hope of executing a play or taking pressure off the running the game. No way to spread them out make them honest on Defense. Leave them 10 in box and us go back and execute better vis-a-vis Mark Richt all over again. Greyson Lambert the safer choice. The one who can’t do anything in the right play.
With them stacking the box, I swear there were times I thought they had all their defense up at the line of scrimmage except for one lone man back there defending the whole field.
In basketball, this is called a box and one. Where you put your one best defender on their one best guy their # 1 guy one-on-one called man-on-man defense. Then, you play zone. Cover the field with guys responsible for areas not men. Only you do it to cover their best player with your one best defender. That way if he gets past your best defender you have help to make it even harder. This works if they have a Star Player they rely upon. And grunts to spread you out with. You zone the rest of the team, with a box and one and dare the rest of them to beat you. Making it harder on their one guy.
Here, they boxed Nick Chubb with 10 and left the one to cover everyone else. Only Greyson Lambert couldn’t do anything with it. You would think he would’ve expected that. I certainly called THIS exactly in pre-game, didn’t I ? That this is what they’d do. This that Greyson Lambert would find us losing to.
They marked Nick Chubb with 10 and left one to zone cover the field otherwise. That WORKED for them.
Greyson Lambert just did nothing. That is how.
But Jacob Eason was just being set-up by Kirby to be the hero.
All part of the plan from the beginning.
Let us fall behind by double-digits nearly 4th Quarter and THEN finally put back in our best guy. Our # 1 QB. Our Starting QB we had only as a secret weapon.
Played to perfection sir.
And how about that Brian Herrien first run ever for us ? Did I call that too ?
How about the sometimes unsure hands of Isaiah McKenzie this night ? Just absolutely perfectly Fred Biletnikoff hands all night long in all his many tasks. He’s 1st Team All-SEC. And maybe All-American – certainly on this night. We had seasons’ tickets at the old Fulton County Stadium when the Falcons got here too and I saw Fred Biletnikoff up close, as those were some empty stands. He had tar on his hands, his arms, his chest, his legs, and yes even on his face. If the ball hit him, it was like glue. Isaiah McKenzie put on his Fred Biletnikoff Show this night. Perfect night for Isaiah McKenzie, who has the game of his life.
Make no mistake about this. This was no Falcons’ game in 1966 at Fulton County Stadium watching Fred Biletnikoff. It was no 1994 SEC Championship Game Florida vs. Alabama. I’m so glad I have lived long enough to see us BACK. We can party with the best. In THIS the # 1 college football town, WE have a program to be reckoned-with now. We’re not the joke of the pre-season polls, recruiting ranking polls and NFL Draft only to ask : Well what did they do here ? Having so much talent, and WASTING it, before Kirby we went 8 long excruciating years of losing to the ranked opponents.
Especially Away from Sanford.
Now, we’re tough. We’re in shape. We’re talented. We got Jacob Eason back in, and boy did he EVER come through.
COME-BACK WIN # 1 for Jacob Eason
We all stood and cheered when he came back in. And it felt like nothing I felt 1994 here or 1966 over at Fulton County Stadium. It was Atlanta sure. But, we had a Dawg in the Fight this night. We knew we were DOWN double-digits. And, we were all pensive.
But he showed no signs that being benched affected him at ALL. Greyson Lambert came over and congratulated him. I mean. It was an awesome show to be a part of. One I’ll never forget.
We’re going to have to expand Sanford Stadium. We’ll have to fill-in The Bridge with a window through to see Baxter Street NOW !
You covered-up my Railroad Tracks.
You’re going to have to do this.
Clean bathrooms ? Is there a correlating between us beating top teams before we go back to Sanford and don’t have to smell piss in the bathrooms throughout our stands ?
Can we take the $ 2 million dollars we just earned – twice what a bowl game pays – and somehow figure out in future years how to have 7 games at Sanford and 1 here every year ? Or 7 at Sanford and 2 here ?
Well I don’t much care who plays and who doesn’t, since it is so clear Kirby wants to play EVERYBODY !
A man that much better than the one AHEAD of him on the 2-Deep, and we blew inflating air upwards toward the ceiling of OUR HOUSE when Kirby sent him back-in to bail us out !
The ceiling of the Georgia Dome is 27 stories high and made-up of Teflon-coated fiberglass. The air we sent toward that, toward God, this night when he came back in was a feeling, an atmosphere, that was doubly intense DOWN by double-digits 3rd Quarter waning.
And, yes, we were engaged in deep reflective serious thoughts of : Have we waited too long, to be BEHIND by 10, to ask Jacob Eason to BAIL US OUT ?
You could sense we all were thinking and WONDERING this. This too much a deficit Kirby has dug for Jacob Eason ? Or did Kirby know all along 10 would be just right ?
Spot them 10 with 3rd Quarter nearly done ?
Sporting of him. I can say that.
But we cheered him on back-in finally. Even if we did have to wait until DOWN by double-digits.
Through it all, the unflappable Kirby kept-on with his rotation in and out of all 60.
And we were in it. After the score, you could see his face light up. Not sure you saw that.
He was so elated when Jacob Eason took the somewhat high snap and so perfectly hit in stride Isaiah McKenzie across the field right to left in front of Jacob Eason.
As he willed his speeding bullet body in the end zone to cut it to 3, the Human Joystick held-on for all he was worth as they stopped the game to see. With only a little over a minute now to go before the 4th Quarter, his hand went down after his hips sideways bumped the pylon. We all saw it when you did. It’s a TD pass. Jacob Eason had done it.
Hadn’t he ?
And what about the 51-yard bomb to Isaiah McKenzie too ?
Greyson Lambert is NOT THAT GUY !
Don’t be elated you were right and I wrong.
No you were not.
No I was NOT !
Now, was I ?
This was wrong from the beginning.
If I Greyson Lambert, I tell Kirby to play me in back-up role : That I will do my best.
Then the Defense, who had played so well, gets the Safety.
And now the missed field goal loomed larger than life with us down only by 1 now.
Only 48 seconds before the 4th Quarter, still we’re down. Still we’re losing.
But, with all the momentum, we go back on Defense now.
And Kirby’s Defense stiffens again. And still down, 4th Quarter now, Kirby LETS Jacob Eason play again.
Mighty nice of him to oblige us in the crowd.
Brian Herrien gets us in field goal range down by 1. William Ham comes through this time.
Jacob Eason has BROUGHT US BACK. 14-24, now we’re ahead 26-24. Thank you Jacob Eason.
Kirby’s Defense holds them AGAIN.
Our one hour of Jacob Eason is done. He did his job. Come-in down 10 and put us ahead. Go back to bench.
Wait for us to fall behind by 10 again.
Back-in comes Greyson Lambert, as Nick Chubb rips-off a big run down the right side 33-24.
What a come-back.
What a game.
What a debut.
What a ton of fun !
And so the Alabama Connection Kirby has, did it. With his 10 coaches he has now this season NOT at Alabama, but here. 10 coaches Kirby has – his ALABAMA CONNECTION – have survived the storm. The adversity and pressure of being down, averted thanks to Jacob Eason.
Our secret weapon no one knows about.
Lull them to sleep for 2 and a half hours.
Then bring in unknown sleeper secret hidden weapon Jacob Eason.
Let him erase 10 point deficit and get us ahead.
Yank his ass.
Put the plodding, put you to sleep, elder QB back in.
The young buck’s job complete.
Hell of a story line.
Played-out to perfection with 100 million watching.
Watching and waiting.
Wondering themselves if Kirby scripted it all like this ?
Needing to redouble their efforts with Greyson Lambert down by 10, the Alabama Connection went to work finally. Surely we’re the more talented team as with Mark Richt. But he would’ve sent Greyson Lambert back-out and told HIM to bring us back down by 10. We at OUR HOUSE huge air currents rippling upwards to God through the Teflon-coated fiberglass ceiling.
All night long, this unrelenting and unyielding Kirby went about his business as only he can. Spurred by the crowd, and newness, in PRIME TIME, there was so much energy at the Dome that you could CUT IT WITH A KNIFE. I swear.
Undaunted, unflustered, and unshaken we DID IT ! Kirby did it. Jacob Eason did it.
Has to mean a LOT to the players that Jacob Eason could pull this off for Kirby. Scripted as it was by Kirby for him to do so.
And how did Kirby do it ?
He played True Freshmen. We played Redshirted Freshmen. We played First-Time UGA Players. He played transfers. Prominently he played guys we signed AFTER signing day and sent THESE very guys out to bail-out the old men ahead of them on the 2-Deep.
He played walk-ons and preferred walk-ons and put them in the FIRE.
How did they respond ?
A LOT better than the ones they supposedly were unable to handle BEING UNDER THE FIRE as well as, I can tell you that.
It doesn’t matter who starts. It’s who wins the game for you, that matters.
It sure as shit was NOT Greyson Lambert who did that.
Now, was it ?
I ask you ?
I, for one, have had quite enough of this QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY.
It’s OVER !
Go look at the tape ?
I have looked at no tape yet. I know what I saw.
Greyson Lambert with the SAME GUYS was down double-digits with 4th quarter staring us in the face. He didn’t do jack shit. That is what he did.
Right play ?
Right play or wrong play, he did nothing.
Excuse me while I tell you once again I TOLD YOU SO !
As with Mark Richt, I was right about this too.
Kirby put his YOUTH out there with the game on the line, and they did NOT bat an eye.
14 First-Time Bulldogs Played in the Game :
Justin Young Redshirt Freshman
Tyrique McGhee played according to Kirby but not on georgiadogs.com box score and season yet for 15.
What a game plan. Played-out to perfection by the youth. The ones who CAN NOT HANDLE THE FIRE the pundits whined. Oh don’t play him. Bring him on slowly. Let the seasoned guy, seasoned with nothing but losses in such a game, take the Smart Starting Role.
Bring him in a series not too late in the game.
No discussion of it would be DOWN 10.
Thank you Jacob Eason.
I believe you made my point sir. And Greyson Lambert, too.
You must really hate coming into my blog and seeing I was right yet again, don’t you now ?
Shut him up.
Not good fan. Certainly not as good a fan as I. Ban his thoughts. He’s a Georgie tek yellowjackets’ fan anyway. It’s bad for our recruiting. He can’t talk even. Poor English. He’s a hater.
No. I believe I said Jacob Eason is a BETTER QB than Greyson Lambert and should NOT be put into the situation of having to bail his sorry ass out when instead he can play from the get-go.
Did I say that ?
Was my prediction spot-on and you ALL WET ?
It certainly was exciting playing it your way.
Let’s see if we can get this right now, ok ?
One is a serviceable back-up ONLY.