I’m not certain that Richt’s explanation of the attempted onsides kick on Saturday got included anywhere in our game coverage. So, just in case, I wanted to be sure to include it here.
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. In fact, the Bulldogs had planned it during the week, all the way down to the point of when they would employ it.
They decided they were going to try it after the first score of the game. That didn’t come until midway through the second quarter.
“We really liked what we saw on film,” Richt said. “I’m watching (Saturday) and they did exactly what we hoped they would do. Then I realized the kick came up short. There’s no question it was there. We knew it was there. We wanted to be aggressive in that way.”
Though it didn’t initially hurt the Bulldogs — Missouri went three-and-out and punted – the miscue did flip field position for the rest of the half.
But Richt said he told the defense to be prepared for whatever came as a result.
“It’s a calculated risk.” Richt said. “I talked to the defense about it. I said after the first score we’re going to bunt it, so just get ready. If we get it we still have possession, if we don’t we’ll bow our neck and play defense. We had decided that a couple of days ago.”