Kirby Smart says Georgia can't rest on big halftime lead
Georgia built a 19-0 lead at halftime over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl, but that was not the time to rest, coach Kirby Smart said in a halftime interview on ESPN.
“It’s not over. We all know that,” Smart said. “It’s a four-quarter game. This team’s been in a lot of tough battles. Right now, we’re playing hard. We’re a little winded and they are too.”
Despite a huge first half from WR George Pickens, who had 11 catches for 165 yards, Smart said Baylor got “free access” in defending Pickens with the Bears’ hands on him. The trend especially escalated down the stretch in the first half. In the last three drives for UGA, it had 204 total yards and 13 points. In Baylor’s last three drives, it had 12 yards and no points.
Georgia missed James Cook in the first half, as Smart said he suffered a rib injury. He had three rushes for 12 yards.
Ultimately, it was the Georgia defense against the Baylor offense, as the Bears had just 22 rushing yards, and 97 total yards. The Bears also had an interception and six penalties for 55 yards.