Sept. 17, 2012
ATHENS -- In a record-setting day for Georgia's offense, junior tight end Arthur Lynch achieved a couple of his own milestones. Lynch caught his first career touchdown, as well recording a career-high three receptions.
Lynch needed a video review to give him his touchdown having originally been ruled out of bounds at the 2-yard line. After seeing the replay however, the officials ruled that Lynch's lunge for the corner had been enough to earn the TD. Lynch said he thought at the time that he had made it into the end zone.
"I felt pretty confident about it," Lynch said. "Rhett McGowan threw a pretty good block right when I caught it. Once I got going, I saw that one guy chasing me and I hoped I'd get in. I guess when they said I was out at the two they thought my foot was down so then I was unsure if I got across. I felt good about it and luckily they replayed it and we got it overturned."
His three catches were Lynch's first of the season. The Dartmouth, Mass., native said he was glad to get his first reception under his belt.
"It was good to break that ice and get those nerves out of your system," he said. "That being said, all through high school I never caught a lot of long balls. I've always prided myself on my ability to block and that's stays the same." Lynch's 36-yard touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 35-14 lead after they had initially struggled to get away from a resilient Florida Atlantic team. Lynch said however, that the Georgia players never doubted they would eventually pull away.
"We love to play and we love to play together. As cliché as it sounds, we just kind of go out and we have fun," Lynch said. "I think it's a level of confidence and a level of security we have. We have this level of maturity, even the young guys that are playing, we are out there enjoying it. That means we can just go out and play football. That's kind of nice."
Lynch said that the bond shared by the Georgia players means that, despite his career day, he was much happier with the team performance than his own statistics.
"It really sounds elementary to say but these guys really do seem like my best friends and my brothers," Lynch said. "When someone scores I'm just as happy as I am if I score or vice versa. I think that's kind of neat because we have that bond among everyone. We're just excited to win and so long as we win at the end of the day, I don't really care about my personal performance."