Louisville went into Tuesday night’s Belk Bowl with a game plan that included using two quarterbacks. An injury to Georgia starting quarterback Hutson Mason in the second quarter forced the Bulldogs to use unexpectedly adapt the same strategy.
Mason completed 10 of 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in the first half before he went to the locker room late in the second quarter with what was initially described as an “undisclosed injury.”
On backup quarterback Brice Ramsey’s first play, he threw an interception to Louisville’s Terell Floyd on the Cardinals’ 3– not the start Georgia had hoped.
The Bulldogs still managed to hang on to their 20-7 lead at halftime.
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Mason returned to the sideline in the third quarter wearing street clothes. It didn’t return to the game because of “vision issues.”
Ramsey was much more efficient in the second half. He completed 3-of-4 passes in the third quarter for 37 yards as Georgia focused primarily on its running game.
• Tuesday’s Belk Bowl looked eerily similar to the 2011 matchup between N.C. State and Louisville. The stadium in 2011 was filled with fans draped in red as it was the primary color of both schools. The same was true this year with fans from Louisville and Georgia.
• After Georgia players initially took the field but before Louisville players exited the tunnel, several Bulldogs players attempted to gather near the area where the Louisville players were planning to exit their tunnel. Referees, likely afraid of a possible confrontation, instructed the Georgia players to return to their sideline.
• It was a crisp 39 degrees at the kickoff, setting a Belk Bowl record for lowest game time temperature in the game’s 13-year history.
• Georgia freshman and former Charlotte Christian standout Jeb Blazevich, who has started the last 11 games for the Bulldogs at tight end, caught two passes totaling 13 yards in the game.
• Tuesday’s game was the last for Georgia offensive line coach and run game coordinator Will Friend, a former coach at Gardner-Webb. Friend will join the staff of Colorado State coach Mike Bobo, who spent most of this season as Georgia’s offensive coordinator.