When your opponent is facing a four down and 18 with the game on the line, they’re obviously going to get desperate.
That’s just what happened when they Auburn Tigers were facing the same situation and quarterback Nick Marshall threw a Hail Mary type of pass that was hauled in by Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard touchdown with 25 seconds to play.
“At that point and that far away, we weren’t thinking that it was time to launch it,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt told David Ching of ESPN.com. “Now if it had been somewhere around the 50 or 55 yards away, we know Nick’s got a strong arm. And if it’s like just a couple seconds to go, you’re thinking, ‘This is the last play. They’re going to launch it for a Hail Mary.’ It wasn’t really a typical Hail Mary situation, so that’s part of the reason why as we’re sitting there, we’re not thinking that.”
Richt told reporters that it wasn’t really a Hail Mary situation because only two players actually ran significantly passed the first down marker.
Either, the Tigers completed the pass and the Bulldogs are now out of the SEC title race while the Tigers will be heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game if they defeat the rival Alabama Crimson Tide on November 30.