ATHENS — One of Georgia’s best calls in the 23-17 win over Notre Dame had nothing to do with play election.
Rather, it was entering Isaiah Wilson into the game in the third quarter after the sophomore right tackle missed the pass two games on account of the ankle sprain he suffered in the Sept. 4 practice.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs rallied from 10-7 down at the half with Wilson back on the offensive line.
“We just focused in,” Wilson said of UGA’s comeback. “We locked in a little bit and starting playing our brand of ball.”
Georgia essentially doubled its offensive output in the second half, from 114 yards and 7 points through the first half, to 225 yards and 16 points over the final 30 minutes.
Much of that had to do with a more concerted effort to allow quarterback Jake Fromm to throw the ball downfield.
Having Wilson back on the field provided Fromm with the optimal lineup for pass protection.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said UGA wasn’t sure what to make of Wilson’s status before the game.
“He didn’t get to do a lot during the week, and then pregame warmups he looked pretty good, but he had not gone against fast people,” Smart said.
“We were a little bit worried about putting him in there. Then we felt like we needed to at the half. (O-Line coach ) Sam Pittman made a good call to put him in there.”
Wilson said he’ll stay active in recovery mode during the bye week leading into Georgia’s 7 p.m. game at Tennessee on Oct. 5.
“I would say I’m healthy, I felt good out there,” Wilson said. “Of course i’m gong to keep getting treatment and do what I need to do to maintain my health.”
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