Georgia football winners and losers after the iconic win over Ohio State

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Georgia football winners and losers after an iconic victory over Ohio State

Winners: Georgia wide receivers

Much has been said about Georgia tight ends this season and rightfully so. Brock Powers and Darnell Washington are excellent. But when Washington left the game with an ankle injury, Georgia needed someone else to step up.

The entire spacious reception room did.

AD Mitchell caught the final pass from Stetson Bennett, and scored on a 10-yard reception with 54 seconds remaining. Arian Smith led the way with 129 yards on three receptions. Dominic Blaylock and Marcus Rosemi-Jaxant both had sizable receptions on third down to extend potential touchdown drives.

But Georgia wide receivers were the difference-makers on Saturday when the Bulldogs needed it most.

“They have a chip on their shoulder and they want to play,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of the center. “They’ve got the quarterback who can get the ball. A lot of those guys have been able to come back. It was really my committee when you look at it. You see Aryan, A.D., Ladd, all these guys are in the passing game for us. Marcus made big plays.”

The Bulldogs also saw the regular season’s best wide receiver limited in Ladd McConkey, slowed by a knee injury. He had two receptions for minus one yard, but Bennett found him for the two-point conversion that proved decisive in the 42-41 victory.

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Kerris Jackson took over for McConkey as a penalty returner and filled in well there. He also caught a 35-yard pass to set up Mitchell’s touchdown.

We have been hearing for a long time that this spacious reception room can make a difference. We saw why that was the case on Saturday when the Bulldogs needed them most.

Loser: CJ Stroud

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