COLUMBIA, S.C. — D.J. Smith was too busy getting ready to make a stop to notice The Hail Mary Between the Hedges.
With the SEC Network on a commercial break, the CBS feed kicked in just in time for the miracle play to be shown on the Jumbotron at Williams-Brice Stadium.
South Carolina was trailing 21-13 with 3:20 to play and JaMarcus King had just dropped a Texas A&M punt inside the Gamecocks 28-yard line.
Stunned in silence, Williams-Brice erupted after Joshua Dobbs’ throw into the Athens sky was hauled in by Jauan Jennings.
Seven days after losing a 34-31 heartbreaker to Tennessee, Georgia must get back up for another SEC East rival.
“I think they’re going to be playing with a chip on their shoulder, especially because we’re they’re rival, too,” Smith said. “I don’t think anybody wants to lose like that. They’re going to be playing hard, definitely.”
Sophomore tight end Hayden Hurst was asked if he thought the Dawgs would crawl into Columbia with a hangover.
“Maybe that will kind of affect them a little bit, but honestly we’re just worried about what we’re going to do and how we’re going to approach the Georgia game,” Hurst said.
Smith, a junior safety from Marietta, Ga., got a true appreciation for the miracle play when he got back to the locker room.
“I (saw) it on my Twitter, it blew up,” Smith said. “They lost the game on one play. I think that’s unfortunate for them. We know they’re going to be ready to play. Tennessee is a good team, so the better team is going to win on Saturday.”