LEXINGTON, KY. — By now, everyone’s used to it, and everyone feels they know what’s going to happen. Because they have evidence.
Jacob Eason’s career is still very young, but he’s already led Georgia on two game-winning drives in the final minutes, and he had a third one taken away because of the other team hitting a Hail Mary.
“It’s kinda crazy, because every time we get in that situation we all feel like we’re going to win the game,” tailback Nick Chubb said.
There was the Missouri game, when Eason hit Isaiah McKenzie on a fourth-down, go-ahead, 20-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes.
There was the 48-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley with 10 seconds left against Tennessee. Only the even more improbable Volunteer pass completion prevented that from being Eason’s next big moment.
Then on Saturday night, Eason and Georgia’s offense took the field in a tie game with 2:47 left, 75 yards from the end zone. Perfect.
“He loves two-minute drills,” McKenzie said. “When we do it in practices, he’s the same. I guess he gets better and keeps his composure, and everything goes well.”
It’s no accident. Eason’s background is in a spread offense, and his main adjustment this season has been to a pro-style offense. But when the two-minute offense arrives, he’s back in high school.
“That’s usually his game,” McKenzie said. “Coming from where he comes from, he had the spread offense. Here it’s similar but we’re three-wide, not five-wide.”
So against a Kentucky defense that appeared to be playing too loose inside the first down markers, Eason dinked and dunked downfield, completing four-of-four pass attempts for 42 yards to get Georgia in field goal position. Then Sony Michel did the rest, running to set up Rodrigo Blankenship for the game-winning field goal.
Overall, Eason’s numbers this season are still a bit pedestrian. They look like a freshman’s might.
But in the clutch, he’s building a reputation.
“He does not feel pressure,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “That’s just the kid. The kid’s got a very calm demeanor. It’s what you want the quarterback to have, composure-wise. I mean he really doesn’t get much flustered.”