Reggie Ragland flattens Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell
Thinking about completing a catch on the run in plain sight of Reggie Ragland? Yeah, that’s a bad idea.
It was the second quarter in Athens and the Bulldogs were very much still in the game. Alabama had a 10-3 lead, and Georgia got the ball with just under 6 minutes to halftime. If Georgia’s offense was going to keep this game alive, they needed to put together a long touchdown drive here to go to the locker room tied. Things did not go as planned.
The Dawgs were facing 2nd and 14 after a false start penalty and a 1-yard Sony Michel run. Then Grayson Lambert rolled out and found Malcolm Mitchell on a a pass near the line of scrimmage. But Mitchell didn’t secure the ball and Ragland was able to hit him hard and jar the ball loose.
After a pass for no gain on 3rd down, the Bulldogs were forced to punt in the shadow of their end zone, and the drive that sputtered to a three and out took a disastrous turn when Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked Collin Barber’s punt and recovered it for a touchdown.
That punt turned out to be the beginning of the end for Georgia, who managed only one first down on their last three possessions of the half and allowed a one-play touchdown drive. Only minutes after hoping to go to the locker room tied at 10, the Bulldogs found themselves down 24-3. Alabama went on to win 38-10 and the game wasn’t that close.
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