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Georgia football winners and losers after iconic victory over Ohio State
Winner: Georgia wide receiver
A lot has been going on for Georgia’s tight end this season, and it’s no surprise. Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington are great. But when Washington left the game with an ankle injury, Georgia needed someone else to step up.
So was the entire wide receiver room.
AD Mitchell caught the final pass from Stetson Bennett and scored on a 10-yard reception with 54 seconds remaining. Ariane Smith grabbed his 129 yards on three receptions to take the lead. Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint both received big welcomes on his third down to extend his drive for a touchdown.
But Georgia’s wide receiver was the difference Saturday the Bulldogs desperately needed.
“They have a chip on their shoulder and they want to play,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of the position. “They have quarterbacks who can steal the ball. A lot of those guys could come back. We see everyone playing for us in the game and Marcus played big.”
The Bulldogs also saw their top regular season receivers limited as Rudd McConkie was delayed by a knee injury. He received for minus one yard on his two occasions, but Bennett found him on his conversion for the crucial two points in his 42–41 victory.
Kearis Jackson took over for McConkey as a punt return and filled it in nicely there. He also caught a pass he passed 35 yards to set up a touchdown for Mitchell.
We’ve long heard that this wide receiver room can make a difference, and now we know why that’s the case on Saturday when the Bulldogs needed them most.