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Engineers versus Bulldogs

Last week, in trying to write a blog entry on Thanksgiving weekend football, I mistakenly stated that the Georgia-versus-Georgia-Tech game was to take place on Thanksgiving day itself.

That was wrong. That game occurred two days later.

Of course if you really care about college football, you necessarily get your news on the subject, and even your opinionating on the subject, other places. Still: to atone for getting this wrong, I'll revisit the game now.

It was a humdinger, decided in overtime.

In the fourth quarter, the GT Yellow Jackets, leading 21 to 17, started playing very defensively, as if their plan was to run out the clock. But GT quarterback Justin Thomas pump faked a pass while scrambling, lost control of the ball, and the Bulldogs took over. They then drove for a TD and one-point conversion, putting them up 24-21.

By the time the Yellow Jackets got the ball back within scoring distance, time really was running out. Their kicker, Harrison Butler, would have to make up the 3 point gap with a field goal from 53 yards out. He had never done it from that distance.

But this time ... he did. It was good. I'm reminded of a long ago tennis headline, when Bjorn Borg eked one out. the headline read, "Bjorn, Bjust barely." This was a tying field goal, Bjust barely.

Anyway, the game did go into OT. The only scoring of overtime was a TD for GT by Zach Laskey (his third TD of the game, way to go Zach), bringing the game to its 30-24 conclusion.

Now I'm atoned as a football fan and am once more at peace with the universe.


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