6. JT Daniels is just that good.
He was under pressure way too often and had to do way too much to try carrying the offense, and yet he still pulled it off.
He completed 26-of-38 passes for 392 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and a fumble. With no running game to rely on, and with the deep ball not really working, this was a grind of a performance for Daniels and the Georgia offense, but when he had to look and play like an NFL quarterback with fewer than two minutes to go and needing to drive for the win, he did it.
5. THAT was a big-time defensive performance by the Bearcats.
The defense was able to do a little of everything as defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman threw everything at the Bulldogs. There were different formations, different parts flying at JT Daniels, and the team simply held up against the big, bad SEC offensive line.
The Bearcats weren’t missing tackles, they were always a step ahead, and they kept bringing the heat right up until the very end. Unfortunately …
4. Cincinnati clock management at the end wasn’t a plus.
It was a tough situation with a whole lot of crazy things happening, but Cincinnati got the ball back up two with about four minutes to play. It came up with a first down, and it had a third-and-short to end the game, but the O seemed more focused on making the play happen than it was about grinding down the clock.
There were two instances when the clock could’ve wound down at least another ten seconds. None of it would’ve mattered if Desmond Ridder had put just a little more air under the key third down pass that was broken up, but Georgia was given just a little extra time.