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Steve Spurrier thinks Georgia should have spiked the ball

Steve Spurrier loves to tweak opposing coaches whenever possible. In April, he said he liked playing Georgia early in the season because they were always guaranteed to have a few top players suspended. On Sunday, he seemed happy to point out another misstep by the Dawgs.

Spurrier, like many others, believes Georgia should have spiked the ball before running what ended up being their final play in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game.

“We all know that’s what he should have done,” Spurrier said on Sunday, via The Post and Courier. “Yeah, we all know that. They would have had two plays. But I don’t know. If they had hit a touchdown right there, it wouldn’t have mattered. But we all know you should do that (spike the ball).”

Richt defended the decision not to spike the ball.

“We had the play we wanted. We had a good play,” Richt said after the game Saturday. “The ball got tipped at the line of scrimmage and it fell in the arms of a guy in play. The ball was going to the back end of the end zone, either a catch or out of the end zone.”

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said the same thing. Both men agreed that the ball being tipped is what through things off. Spurrier and mostly everyone who saw the sequence disagrees with Georgia, though after watching the replay carefully, I see Richt and Murray’s point.


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  • PharohMan

    How about the ball NOT being tipped (earlier), and Georgia getting away with Pass Interference??

  • Gene

     Come on, don’t be partisan.  What about that flagrant late hit on Murray well after he released the ball in the first half when he was walking away?  I am not a Georgia fan, but we are talking about the end of the game, not every play.

  • PharohMan

    The “hit” on Murray was retaliation
    for a cheap shot inflicted on A.J.
    by a Georgia thug.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWGYTXGHSNI47MBVTNCA3W224I Duane

    Go back and look at the film once again Larry.  If the ball had not been tipped at the LOS, it most likeley would have been intercepted by a Bama defender.   He should have spiked the ball!

  • drceltic

    Excuse me Mr. Brown, but I have a feeling you’ve never played a down of tackle football in your life. If you are football educated from the press box, even you should understand the chance at two plays w/a spiked ball. I was screaming at the t.v. as it was happening, and my analysis has been corroborated by none other than a Coach Spurrier, an expert beyond mine or your knowledge. Also, it’s “{threw} things off”, who does your proofreading? That made your article less good shall I say? Also to agree w/ the coach and player after watching the play? The correct immediate color comment came on the live broadcast, where it was called correctly an attempt at the back shoulder throw, but the angles show it might not have succeeded based on ball speed etc. if it was unimpeded. You are not, in my humble opinion, that good at this sport writing or watching. Respectfully submitted, a true fan with some “writing” skills.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PWGYTXGHSNI47MBVTNCA3W224I Duane

    That’s pretty good, because as it was happening, I was screaming at the TV myself.   Even my wife, who obviously never played any tackle FB, thought it was a mistake then, not to spike the ball, and later when she heard the excuse Georgia’s coach gave defending his decision, she also thought it was lame, like everybody else but the coach, his QB and Larry Brown (after he watched the tape again)!

  • bob turner

    When Spurrier gets good enough to win the SEC east and get to the championship game. We might be inclined to pay attention on what UGA
    should have done

  • bob turner

    Spurrier is famous for the cheap shot comment . He hasn’t won a championship in a decade yet, he comments like he is still relavent in the 
    conversation.

  • drceltic

    Hey Bob, unlike the apparatus you’re named for, your Georgia on my mind comments are sinking your argument. An alumni perhaps Bob? Stop your hatred for Spurrier or his words (just words Bob-not pure vitriol) and come to the table w/ something to add about sports. Not people, places or things…but sports. A coach in college football has more than enough right to comment on a play that he’d encounter in a game, I value his comments as fodder for discussion about our opinions…not as anti UGA potshots. Eat two peach and call me in the morning.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47XHGLZVO6IUYLMWVUYFVN5LQU Dr No

    He’s whipped those Jawja Mutts for 3 years running, so there’s that…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47XHGLZVO6IUYLMWVUYFVN5LQU Dr No

    Got there just two years ago, Bob. You might want to get an Alzheimer’s test if you can’t remember 2010.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47XHGLZVO6IUYLMWVUYFVN5LQU Dr No

    How about the Bama D-lineman who was flat out TACKLED by a Jawja O-lineman on the pass play that got them inside the 10? Blatant holding call completely blown by the incompetent SEC crew (as usual).