The Georgia Bulldogs were four yards away from a shot at the BCS National Championship.
The SEC runners-up are having to settle for a consolation prize – a berth in the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska.
Georgia offensive coordinator and former Thomasville High quarterback Mike Bobo discussed how difficult the past couple of weeks have been as his Bulldogs struggled to move forward and not think about what might have been.
“You can sit here and say, 'You've got to forget about it and move on,' but the reality is, it's nothing that you're probably ever going to forget,” Bobo said. “It's always going to be in the back of your mind what could have been. That's what I told our guys, it stinks. We were right there and had a chance to play for it, and we didn't get it done. They made one more play than we did and that's just life. We've got to respond from that.”
Georgia lost 32-28 to Alabama on Dec. 1 in the conference title game. The win advanced to the Crimson Tide to the National Championship game against Notre Dame. Instead of playing on Jan. 7, the Bulldogs will take the field on New Year's Day against the runners-up in the Big Ten.
A positive for Georgia fans, the Bulldogs have shown a resiliency in focusing on the future.
“Kids, they're ready to go the next day. They're ready to line up and play again,” Bobo said. “Coaches tend to take it harder. Kids are able to bounce back. Our kids are definitely disappointed but I think they've responded well. I think it's something that's always going to stick with them. That's just part of life.
“There's a lot to play for,” Bobo added.
For full details, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.