ATHENS – Malcolm Mitchell and Marshall Morgan have each had long and productive careers at Georgia, by some measures even great.
For each, their final game at Sanford Stadium was, well, eventful.
The overtime victory ended up being a relief for Mitchell, whose first-quarter fumble was the turning point. Georgia was dominating early when Mitchell coughed it up at Georgia Southern’s 8, and the turnover gave the visitors the spark they needed to get back in the game.
Luckily for Mitchell, who finished the game with five catches for 73 yards, it was only a footnote, not a game-breaker.
“They bailed me out,” Mitchell said of his teammates.
Mitchell has probably been the MVP of Georgia’s offense this year, fighting back from two years of knee injuries. So, he was asked Saturday night, wouldn’t it have been unfair to go out with a loss where he was at fault?
“You know I don’t really operate on fairness,” Mitchell said. “You get what you deserve. I fumbled. If anything bad happened from that I just have to deal with it.”
Morgan, on the other hand, made overtime possible by making a 43-yard field goal with 6:06 left in the game. But he also missed a 48-yard attempt in the second quarter, one which appeared affected by an oncoming rush.
Lost in all that transpired afterwards was an early moment: Morgan’s first extra point attempt hit the right crossbar, but bounced through anyway. If he had missed it, Georgia would have needed a two-point conversion later in the game.
“I don’t even wanna … No comment,” Morgan said, laughing, when asked about the extra point doink.
Morgan could have kicked the game-winner, but was happy that Sony Michel, his fellow south Florida native, got the clincher.
“He was my high school teammate too, so I was glad one of us could rep it,” Morgan said. “It would’ve also been nice to go out with the last game-winner at Sanford, but I’m glad that he got it.”