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Bulldogs reverse tide

September 23, 2007

Tuscaloosa -- Just three games into the schedule, and the Georgia Bulldogs basically needed a win at Alabama to save their season Saturday night.

The Dogs would get it in tremendous fashion.

One week after the Crimson Tide beat a ranked-opponent in the waning moments, Georgia would reverse the tide and knock off Alabama in overtime.

It was a celebration under the lights in Tuscaloosa for the Georgia Bulldogs, as senior Mikey Henderson is carried off the field on his teammates shoulders.

Henderson made the game winning catch in overtime, as #22 Georgia beats 16th-ranked Alabama 26-23.

The senior had just one thing on his mind after the ball left Matthew Stafford's hand.

"Catch it," says Henderson, "because the last deep ball I dropped. I didn't want to get down on myself, but they called my number, gave me a chance to make a play, and everything fell into place."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo called for the home run on the Dawgs first play in OT.

"We liked the match-up all night," says Bobo. "They were going to play single coverage, and just wanted to take a shot. We were fixing to win the game right there."

Quarterback Matthew Stafford says, "It's was an amazing call, and an amazing play by Mikey. It was a great catch, I couldn't even see it. I didn't know if it happened, and he stayed in bounds and made a great play."

The win keeps the Bulldogs in the hunt in the SEC East, with Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky still on the schedule.

Stafford says, "It could really get us going, man. If we play together, and play hard. We're young, we're going to make mistakes, but we're going to make plays too, and it was just fun to be a part of tonight."

Henderson adds, "For us to come out here, and win this game in the fashion that we did, is great."

The 5'10" 156 pound receiver says the hardest hit he took all day was at the bottom of the celebration pile.

"I think that was the hardest I've been hit, and laid on, and tackled," says Henderson. "It was incredible. Incredible. The weight of all those guys was incredible."

The Bulldogs move up to #15 in the rankings, and host Ole Miss next week at 1 pm.

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