UGA’s Tyson: ‘We had to block it’

Athens — It was Georgia's longest regular-season game in seven years and if not for DeAngelo Tyson, it might have been longer.

“I have been hearing from teammates and people that ... if I didn’t block the extra point, we probably would have gone into overtime,” said Tyson, a UGA defensive tackle.

As it was, Georgia’s 41-37 victory over South Carolina lasted three hours and 54 minutes Saturday night. But if not for Tyson’s block of a South Carolina extra point attempt early in the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks would have been in position to kick a game-tying field goal in the final seconds to force overtime.

“I turned my shoulder and got through there and when I got through, I just put my hands up,” said Tyson, reliving the play. “I got my right hand on it as it was going up.”

The blocked PAT -- Georgia’s first since 2003 — came after South Carolina’s Eric Norwood intercepted a Joe Cox pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to pull the Gamecocks within 38-37. For Georgia, the block softened the blow of the interception.

“It was definitely a momentum change,” Tyson said.

He felt it caught South Carolina by surprise.

“It was a chance to catch them slipping,” Tyson said. “They probably didn’t think we would come out and try to block it. They probably thought we were going to come out there with our heads down and say, ‘Oh, they scored. We’re not going to do nothing.’ But the block team came out with the mentality we had to block it.”