Georgia coaches on the sidelines talked about their options for the defensive call with others on headsets. Then came the 73-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis with 25 seconds to play that Auburn radio voice Rod Bramblett called the “Miracle in Jordan-Hare."
Swann said he didn’t recall any instructions to knock down the pass.
“There was so much going on,” the Bulldogs’ junior starting cornerback said.
Nick Marshall’s pass was deflected by Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as safety Tray Matthews tried to make a play on the ball. Louis made the catch and scored.
“We had two guys in position, and it got lucky,” said Swann, who was in coverage near Auburn’s sideline.
Harvey-Clemons and Matthews weren’t available after the game to comment and media requests to talk to them Monday were turned down.
Swann said Georgia works every week in practice on jump ball-type situations.
“I can’t say guys didn’t know,” Swann said. “I don’t know if it was said in the huddle. I didn’t hear it, but I think on this level of football that’s something that should be known.”
So what was said on the sidelines?
“It was more of exactly what defense did we want to play,” he said. “It was, did we want to go after him on (fourth)-and-18 and leave a lot of guys one-on-one or did we want to play what we played and take away all the deep threats. I think the play that was called was a great one.”
Kentucky first-year coach Mark Stoops, getting ready to play at Georgia Saturday, and the Wildcats were watching it unfold live on satellite on the team bus back from a loss at Vanderbilt.
“You know, kind of a fluke play to lose it, but to see them battle back…unbelievable effort by that team,” he said.
Stoops coached defensive backs as coordinator at Florida State and Arizona and before coached the position at Miami.
“Always you talk about knocking it down, and I know they do, too,” Stoops said of Georgia. “I know their coaches do. You have to knock it down. Sometimes players’ instincts take over.”
He added: “Those are the things we always as coaches always have to get over, but it’s something you’ll never forget. …You really have to program yourself to move on, but I promise you they’ll never forget that, and that’ll be with them, thinking about it for a long time.”
Conley fighting through injury
Wide receiver Chris Conley gutted through a hurt ankle to return for Georgia on Saturday after missing the previous two games.
He had two catches for 24 yards against Auburn.
“He wanted to play, he played well, he made some great catches but he did some great things blocking downfield as well and he was also a tremendous leader for us,” Richt said.
Conley said after the game that “I feel like I’m good enough at this point to go. I’m not 100 percent, but I have enough to contribute.”
Tailback Todd Gurley, still not completely back from his own ankle injury, had 10 catches for 77 yards and also rushed 15 times for 79 yards with a touchdown.
“We know he’s not 100 percent, but he’s really gutting it out for the team and playing hard,” Richt said. “He’s a great motivator for his teammates.”
Targeting impacts Kentucky
Georgia lost two players—Ray Drew and Corey Moore--to ejections during games this season, but both came in the first half so it didn’t impact the next game.
Kentucky will still feel starting safety Eric Dixon’s targeting call from the fourth quarter of the loss to Vanderbilt Saturday. Dixon must sit out the first half of Saturday’s game against Georgia for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Jordan Matthews.
Sophomore Glenn Faulkner moves into starting safety role.
Dixon, a junior, is Kentucky’s third-leading tackler with 46 and has one forced fumble.
Georgia-Georgia Tech gametime set
Georgia’s in-state rivalry game against Georgia Tech to close the regular season on Nov. 30 will go head-to-head on TV against the Iron Bowl.
The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will play at 3:30 p.m. in Atlanta on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The network will be determined after this weekend’s game.
So that means Georgia-Georgia Tech will play at the same time as the much-anticipated top-10 Alabama-Auburn matchup on CBS.
Georgia and Georgia Tech are each 6-4 heading into Saturday. The Bulldogs play Kentucky Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU and Georgia Tech plays Alabama A&M this Saturday.
This and that
Tight end Arthur Lynch has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala. The game is at 3 p.m. on the NFL Network. He’s one of 12 players announced so far for the game. Lynch has 19 catches for 318 yards and three touchdowns this season
Former Georgia offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb will be the analyst for Saturday’s ESPNU broadcast. Clay Matvick and Dawn Davenport are also working the game as on-air talent.
All of Georgia’s seniors will be the captains for Saturday. Aaron Murray, Garrison Smith, Connor Norman and Corey Campbell will represent the seniors for the coin toss.