Fortunately for Georgia, the play did not factor into the final outcome of the SEC Championship.
But tied with Auburn in the second quarter, it sure seemed the touchdown receiver Terry Godwin had taken away might be a big deal later in the game.
With 5:45 left to play in the second quarter, Godwin caught a touchdown to give Georgia the lead. But an official threw a late flag on the play and ruled that offensive pass interference was committed on receiver Javon Wims. A replay, however, appeared to show Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean shove Wims into both cornerback Javaris Davis and safety Tray Matthews.
Matthews and Wims hit the turf and Davis was taken out of the play. The official who threw the flag likely assumed Wims made the first contact.
After Georgia’s 28-7 win over Auburn, Godwin smiled and shook his head when asked about that particular play.
“Man, that was not a pick at all,” Godwin said. “Javon was running a route. You can watch the reviews, the replays, whatever you want to watch.”
That particular play occurred on third down with Georgia electing to kick a field goal to go up 10-7 in the moment.
Godwin also described the play from his vantage point, which matched up with what was shown on replay.
“The DB that was guarding him pushed him into his other DB,” Godwin said. “That’s what happened.”
Georgia led 10-7 at the half and lengthened the lead to 13-7 by the end of the third quarter. The Bulldogs pulled away with 15 fourth-quarter points to win by 21.
Georgia previously played Auburn on Nov. 11 and lost 40-17, which was the only defeat for the Bulldogs this season. Godwin, like a lot of players said in the days following that first meeting with Auburn, said that loss served as a wake-up call.
“We were locked in already but that loss kind of humbled us,” Godwin said. “Whenever you’re undefeated you got that edge on your shoulder like, ‘Aw, you can’t lose,’ and that stuff. But once we got that loss, it humbled off. It made us even hungrier.”