Kirby Smart: 'Sick to my stomach' after final play against UT

It was stunning. 

The Georgia Bulldogs thought they had done it. Jacob Eason had thrown a 47-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley to regain the lead with just seconds left. 

Then, Tennessee's prayers were answered. The Volunteers quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, threw a 43-yard "Hail Mary" pass. All Georgia had to do was bat it down. But Jauan Jennings jumped up and caught it. 

Game over.

No. 25 Georgia (3-2) lost to No. 11 Tennessee (5-0) 34-31.

Here was the scene after the game.

A blur of white and orange rushed on to the field. After giving his congratulations to the opposing team, head coach Kirby Smart told his team: "Nothing you can do about it now."

For the defense, it was horrifying. Lorenzo Carter said he knew it was going to be a 60 minute battle. But really it ended up being just a battle of the last four seconds.

Smart called the final play "sickening." He felt bad for the seniors, and the majority of players who he said fought hard, coming back after last week's blowout loss against Ole Miss. But an unsportsmanlike penalty for celebration after Eason's touchdown pass followed by trouble covering the following kickoff giving Tennessee decent field position disappointed Smart.

It was a painful loss for Georgia, who is now 1-2 in the SEC, and it puts them in an incredibly tough position in the SEC East.

While Smart was disappointed, he said his players learned a valuable life lesson that they can use when facing any adversity in life.

Georgia goes back on the road next Saturday for another SEC East match-up against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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