MEMPHIS, Tenn. | You might have thought that Georgia won on a bigger stage Friday than the Liberty Bowl by the moves defensive tackle Trenton Thompson made afterwards.
The Bulldogs ended their season on an up note after knocking off a TCU team that finished with a losing record.
Thompson had three sacks and was awarded the game’s most valuable player.
“The dance is called the Jolly Dance,” Thompson explained after the 31-23 Bulldogs victory.
It may not have been a jolly good time for much of this season for the Bulldogs, but they showed resiliency in coach Kirby Smart’s first year as a head coach and in a bowl game in which they trailed 16-7 in the second quarter.
Two teams nationally ranked entering the season ended it trying to capture some positive vibes.
It made for yet another Georgia game in which the outcome wasn’t sealed until late.
The Bulldogs’ offense struggled in the first half, but they still prevailed in a game where they pulled off a successful fake field that led to a third-quarter touchdown and got a big second half from tailback Nick Chubb.
“U-G-A! U-G-A,” Georgia fans chanted with over a minute to go when the defense held TCU, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs.
Smart became the first Georgia coach to win a bowl game in his first season since Vince Dooley in 1964.