Kirby Smart made a rare display of public celebration after UGA’s win against Tennessee on Saturday night.
After shaking hands with the Tennessee coaches and players, the normally low-key UGA coach surprisingly turned towards the stands. He then ran and leaped into the crowd to sit between UGA players Brian Herrien and Isaiah Wilson.
It was the most excited that Smart has looked after a Georgia win since the 2017 Rose Bowl.
Smart’s emotional response is understandable after UGA got off to a slow start in the first half against Tennessee – a team the Bulldogs were favored to beat by as many as four touchdowns.
All week, Smart had also downplayed the impending chess match against his former Bulldogs offensive coordinator, Jim Chaney, who is now in the same role at Tennessee. Chaney’s offense, after an impressive first half, was held scoreless for the final two quarters.
On Saturday night, many fans missed Smart’s unexpected leap because the stadium began emptying when UGA turned the game into a blowout early in the fourth quarter.
No. 3 UGA is now 5-0 on the season.