Observations from the Cheap Seats: Georgia Bulldogs destroy Troy Trojans


All in all, this week’s Georgia Bulldogs game against Troy was just as I predicted, but at the same time, not even close.

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First of all, it was a beautiful day – the perfect (almost) fall day for football. It was Parents Weekend for Greeks and the 4-H game. Combined with the beautiful weather, it was a healthy crowd for a noon game against a really bad Troy team. The student section dispersed after halftime; judging by pictures I saw on Instagram later in the day, they wanted to get to Music Midtown to see Zac Brown Band.

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It turns out the Dawgs could have won in an empty stadium. Almost everything went the Dawgs’ way, as it should against a team that has lost to Duke, UAB and Abilene Christian. A few miscues that I saw:

1) The “targeting” call on J.J. Green on the opening drive which resulted in his ejection. It looked like he led with his shoulder on the tackle, but it was helmet-to-helmet. I was looking forward to seeing what Green could do at safety to strengthen the secondary, but we will have to wait until this Saturday against Tennessee now.

2) One punt rolled right in between Isaiah McKenzie‘s legs, which I said was a Buckner-like moment. He made up for it with his “human joystick” 52-yard punt return for a touchdown earlier in the game though.

Four of UGA’s five quarterbacks got playing time (Hutson Mason, Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and walk-on freshman Sam Vaughn), and it was hardly worth it to pull a redshirt for the QB of the future in Jacob Park.

The defense played as predicted against a much weaker Trojan squad, who lost their starting quarterback to a concussion in last week’s game. The defense held Troy to 216 yards, and kept them from scoring and out of the red zone for the most part.

The most exciting part of the game was seeing three young men get kicked out of our section for “cursing” according to the lady sitting in front of them. It was the 4th quarter with 3:30 left when the infraction incurred. When those three guys left, the stadium attendance was cut in half.

Late in the 3rd Quarter, Georgia vs. Troy

The highlights of the day were:

1) Seeing Isaiah McKenzie, Sony Michel and Marshall Morgan, all American Heritage High alumni, score 36 of the 66 total points

2) Increasing the turnover margin (+5). Redshirt freshman Tramel Terry intercepted Troy’s Dontreal Pruitt in the endzone in the second half. At this point, Troy was on Georgia’s 10 yard line in its best drive of the game. In the first quarter, freshman Rico Johnson forced a fumble recovered by another redshirt freshman Aaron Davis. Georgia had no turnovers.

3) Ringing the Chapel Bell with my friends and their children

4) Feta & fries at The Grill, with a milkshake for the kids and a Coke float for me.

Like I said, perfect day in Athens, Georgia.

Ringing the Chapel Bell post-game

All images in this article owned by Sravanthi Meka