As Sanford Stadium sparkled, the world turned dark for Georgia football last Saturday when cornerback Eric Stokes went down to injury. Tyrique McGhee shined bright, though, and the season still glitters.
For McGhee and the Bulldogs, their performance was a Glory! Glory! moment.
Hard and soiled
Georgia football had just rolled back up the welcome mat Saturday when top cover cornerback Eric Stokes went down with an injury.
“Tyrique McGhee, he’s from Peach County, they make you hard and soiled, and you hit every day of practice, one of the toughest, most physical schools in the country,” Smart said.
Experience over talent
With junior college transfer DJ Daniel taking his first meaningful start against the Irish, the plan all week was to go with the experienced McGhee if Stokes went down.
“We had one corner out there who had never really started already on one side,” Smart said, “and we didn’t want to have two of them out there at a time.”
Hope for the best, expect the worst
Smart and his defensive staff anticipated the disaster of losing Stokes and being without two cornerback starters, repping McGhee at cornerback the week before the Notre Dame game.
With Daniel and McGhee locked on the Irish receivers, Book threw for 29 completions in 47 attempts for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
The 62 percent completion percentage only netted a success rate of 38.3 percent. It was Book’s second lowest career success rate. With the Irish rushing for a meager 46 yards on the night, it wasn’t enough.
Preparation meets opportunity
Glory! Glory! Mr. McGhee, and take the weekend off, you earned it.