Georgia called a fake field goal deep in LSU territory in the first quarter on Saturday, and it surprised everyone except for the Tigers.
Instead of attempting a 31-yard field goal on fourth-and-9, the Bulldogs ran a fake, pitching the ball to kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. It didn’t go well.
LSU saw this fake coming all the way. pic.twitter.com/AfiIqNTVu1
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 13, 2018
LSU seemed very prepared for the play. The Tigers stopped Blankenship for a 2-yard loss to preserve a 3-0 lead.
Trick plays are always high-risk, high-reward propositions. If the Bulldogs had converted or scored a touchdown on that play, everyone would have praised the bold move. Instead, the fans and media watching the game seemed pretty shocked and confused.
Reporters in Baton Rouge covering the game voiced their collective disbelief at the play call on Twitter.
Fake field goal to Rodrigo Blankenship fails badly. I'm all for surprises, but don't like the strategy there. Take the points and line up and stop 'em.
— TOWERS' TAKE (@ChipTowersDN) October 13, 2018
That was very un-Georgia-like, un-Kirby-Smart-like. It's like he was channeling Les Miles for 12 seconds.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) October 13, 2018
Georgia goes with the fake field goal and it does not work.
Tiger Stadium is losing its collective mind.
First down #LSU from the 16.
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) October 13, 2018
Somewhere, Les Miles just spit out his Dos Equis.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 13, 2018
Here are some other funny reactions from media and fans after the failed fake field goal.
Georgia's playbook, even on field goals pic.twitter.com/ehFXPsRuyT
— College Football by SB Nation 🏈 (@SBNationCFB) October 13, 2018
— Vurn A GLenn (@VurnG) October 13, 2018
That Georgia fake field goal depended on a kicker taking a flip from the holder and then running about 20 yards (to get 9).
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) October 13, 2018
Georgia on that Fake.. pic.twitter.com/5muiteBTLA
— nelson (@_Baby_Drake_) October 13, 2018
Really Georgia? You don’t come to #LSU and try for a fake field guide. Y’all played yourselfs. 😂
— Elizabeth Craig (@elizabeth_mae02) October 13, 2018
At least one LSU fan said he thought Georgia actually made the right call.
His reasoning? The Georgia offense isn’t going to have much trouble moving the ball anyway, so it wouldn’t hurt too much if they didn’t get points on that particular possession.
— Coach McGinn (@_Coach_McGinn_) October 13, 2018
We’ll see if this fan’s logic holds up. However, LSU made Georgia pay on the following drive, going 84 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown to take a 10-0 lead.