Georgia Bulldogs End Season On A High Note With Win Over Baylor

Georgia Football, Head coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Georgia Football, Head coach Kirby Smart (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Georgia Bulldogs season ended last night with a win in the Sugar Bowl over the Baylor Bears. While it wasn’t the result of the season that the Bulldogs wanted, the team is ending the season on a high note.

For the second year in a row, the Georgia Bulldogs season ended with a loss in the SEC Championship game that resulted in the Bulldogs playing the Sugar Bowl. Last season, the Bulldogs were trounced by the Texas Longhorns after losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. This season, upon losing to the LSU Tigers in Atlanta, the Bulldogs would play another BIG 12 opponent from Texas, the Baylor Bears.

The talk coming into this year’s Sugar Bowl was a concern for Georgia’s motivation. Like last season, Georgia had College Football Playoff aspirations only to be finishing the season in the Sugar Bowl. Looking to avoid another letdown in a big, nationally televised game, Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs came out to play Baylor with something to prove.

The Sugar Bowl ended with Georgia defeating Baylor 26-14. The final score makes the game look closer than it actually was. In the first half, Georgia dominated Baylor, going up 19-0. Baylor, being the good team they are, fought back in the third quarter to score two touchdowns to make the game competitive. Georgia would add a touchdown in the third quarter to make it a two-score game. Both teams played to a stalemate in the 4th quarter, ending the game 26-14.

The game was particularly encouraging for the future of the Georgia Bulldogs program. A few notable Bulldogs were missing when the team took the field to play Baylor. Andrew Thomas, Isiah Wilson, Ben Cleveland, Brian Herrien, Tyler Clark, J.R. Reed all were missing in preparations for the NFL Draft. De’Andre Swift was limited in his action due to a lingering shoulder injury. Even with all those key contributors missing, the young Bulldogs played a dominate game on offense and defense. A good sign for the future of the Georgia Bulldogs program.

Now, the talk will shift to Jake Fromm’s future. After going 20-30 for 250 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, Fromm’s NFL Draft stock could have been bumped up. Only time will tell what Fromm plans to do, but for now, it feels like coming back for his senior year is what will win out. However, with Tua possibly considering coming back for his senior year, Fromm may want to test the NFL waters. We will see. For now, the Georgia Bulldogs can bask in their victory over Baylor.