Originally created 09/22/96

Bulldogs go 97 for the win



Adam Meadows will never forget the look in Mike Bobo's eyes - or the tone of his voice.

The Georgia Bulldogs had their backs against the wall - or at least the goal-line - before starting what would turn into their game-winning drive. Ninety-seven yards later, Bobo was the winning quarterback, not to mention a prophet.

Bobo guided the Bulldogs 97 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the waning minutes Saturday as Georgia knocked off Texas Tech 15-12 at Sanford Stadium.

"He came into the huddle and said, `Ninety-seven yards, three minutes, no problem,'°" Meadows, an offensive tackle, said. "Mike's a pretty intense guy and he took it upon himself to be a real leader."

Fellow offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb sensed the same qualities coming from their beleaguered quarterback.

"He said we were going 97 yards, and the next thing I knew, we were going for two," Stinchcomb said, referring to the two-point conversion that followed Bobo's 22-yard scoring pass to Juan Daniels with 1:45 remaining.

"Bobo really set the tone with his attitude in the huddle. We finally, finally gave him some time to perform. It's hard to throw the ball off your back. He set the tone right there. And it wasn't a rah-rah kind of thing. He knew that we were going to score."

Bobo, who finished 16-of-34 for 292 yards and the touchdown, said he didn't want to let his teammates down.

"If we don't go 97 yards, we're 0-3 and it's going to be hard to deal with," Bobo said. "We just had to respond. I knew that I couldn't go in worried. I felt like the guys were thinking, `Oh no, we're on the 3. What are we going to do?' So I just said something positive. I knew we could move the ball. I knew we could do it."

Daniels was Bobo's favorite target on the drive, catching three passes and being the target for four others. Daniels' 30-yard catch on fourth-and-10 kept the drive alive and, two plays later, Daniels hauled in the 22-yard touchdown pass.

"I'm glad he had the faith to keep coming to me," said Daniels, who caught six passes for 97 yards. "We just had that quarterback-receiver instinct going out there. Mike's a fighter; people don't understand that. If he was a loser, he wouldn't have engineered that last drive. He just kept fighting. We all had a refuse-to-lose attitude."

Bobo, who scored Georgia's other touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, heard his share of the boo birds Saturday. But when he left the field, he held his helmet high above his head to acknowledge the fans who let him know they appreciated him.

"I think sometimes I put too much pressure on myself trying to make big plays," Bobo said. "I understand the booing; people expect to win at the University of Georgia and if I was a fan I'd feel the same way.

"I feel good about this win. It feels good for Coach (Jim) Donnan, it feels good for the offense, it feels good for the defense. It's a good team win. We all hung in there together."