Georgia coach Mark Richt can sympathize with what happened to Nebraska on Dec. 1, and maybe even understand it. Something similar happened to his own team during the season.
Georgia will get the Huskers in the Capital One Bowl exactly a month after their 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. That stopped NU’s six-game win streak to finish the regular season.
When asked Monday if that showed the Bulldogs some ways that they can exploit Nebraska on Tuesday, Richt talked about Georgia and its 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 6.
“It’s one of those games that got away from them,” Richt said. “We had our game like that, too.”
Georgia fell behind 21-0 after 10 minutes against the Gamecocks, with the third touchdown coming on a 70-yard punt return. The Bulldogs eventually trailed 35-0 in a loss that would stop their 5-0 start and knock them from a No. 5 rating.
“They just started out hot, and they got momentum, and we never really did much to stop that momentum,” Richt said. “I think we finally got a score on the board and made it look halfway respectable, but we just got beat that day.
“I think that’s what happened to them. They played the very same team and beat them earlier in the year.”
Georgia rebounded from the loss at South Carolina to win six straight before its 32-28 setback against Alabama in the SEC championship game.
“If they just studied our South Carolina film, they’d probably be licking their chops,” Richt said. “But when you watch the rest of the season, we’ve had other performances a lot better than that, and they have as well.”
Richt and Bo Pelini took part in a head coaches press conference Monday at the Georgia team hotel before the Capital One Bowl kickoff luncheon.
Pelini talked briefly about the loss to Wisconsin and how it will stay with the Huskers.
“Let me tell you, you’ll never wipe that taste out of your mouth,” he said. “People who have been part of this profession and played the sport of football understand that. That isn’t going away.”