Georgia entered halftime on The Plains trailing Auburn 16-7 after a missed field goal attempt by Rodrigo Blankenship.
The missed kick came on the heels of a major special teams play that put the Bulldogs in position to score with more than 20 second on the clock late in the first half. Instead of an aggressive play call to attempt to score a touchdown, Georgia coach Kirby Smart opted for a rushing attempt that netted one yard and led the the Bulldogs spiking the ball just in time for the missed attempt.
As he was coming off the field, CBS sideline reporter Allie LaForce caught up with Smart as asked him if he regretted not being more aggressive with his team down by nine points in hostile territory.
“We probably should have,” Smart replied. “We thought they’d be playing more of a soft defense so we thought we might hit a run in there, but at the end of the day we’re trying to get a field goal. We thought we could get a couple of yards for the kicker and didn’t.”
LaForce then asked Smart about what he would tell a defense that forced just two Auburn punts in the first half.
“The biggest thing is getting off the field on 3rd down and getting them to 3rd down,” Smart said. “And no dumb penalties. I mean that kills you. We gave them seven points on a dumb play.”
That short exchange ended the interview.
“No truer words could be spoken by a head coach,” CBS play-by-play man Brad Nessler commented.
“He was definitely watching the same game we watched, wasn’t he,” CBS color analyst Gary Danielson said.
It’s hard to say if the missed scoring opportunity will end up mattering by the time game second half concludes, but it left Georgia fans with an uneasy feeling as the Bulldogs headed to the locker room.