The biggest upset so far of the college football season just took place in Athens. Georgia suffered a stunning loss to South Carolina in overtime.
Georgia’s special teams wasn’t great and Jake Fromm threw multiple interceptions, but the person receiving the most criticism right now is Kirby Smart.
Smart made two controversial decisions toward the end of this game.
The first questionable decision came with eight seconds left in regulation. Smart opted to run one more play rather than line up for a potential game-winning field goal.
Fast forward to overtime, where Smart decided to call a timeout when South Carolina was facing a 4th-and-1 situation. It appeared that the Gamecocks were out of sync, and the Bulldogs’ decision to call timeout gave Will Muschamp another chance to draw something up.
Smart did face the music after the game, revealing why he made those decisions.
“We were gonna work the sideline and get him 5 more yards,” Smart said in his postgame press conference. “The penalty killed us. We lost the play and the yards.”
Smart also told reporters that Rodrigo Blankenship’s range extended as far as the 35-yard line. Obviously the penalty knocked them out of that range.
“We were gonna work the sideline and get him 5 more yards. The penalty killed us. We lost the play and the yards.”
-Kirby Smart on end of regulation decisions
Rod told us postgame he told coaches pregame the 35 yard line was his threshold on that side. Had the wind. @WJBFSports pic.twitter.com/zXJWykyAve
— Brendan Robertson (@BrendanWJBF) October 12, 2019
Georgia’s playoff hopes didn’t shatter this afternoon because of this loss. As long as the Bulldogs run the table and win out they’ll remain in the conversation.
That means Kirby Smart and his staff must avoid making such brutal mistakes in crunch time.