Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Chubb Hits Century Mark In First Half:

Senior tailback Nick Chubb tallied 13 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half and for the game finished with 16 carries for 131 yards (8.2 avg) and 2 TDs. This was Chubb’s 19th career time with 100 or more yards, which ranks second in school history (Herschel Walker, 28). Chubb scored on a 32-yard run at the 1:45 mark in the first quarter after freshman quarterback Jake Fromm opened a hole with a block on linebacker Dorsett Johnson. Chubb then went in from 14 yards in the third quarter. Chubb now has 33 career rushing touchdowns, which ties Garrison Hearst for fourth on the school’s all-time list. This marks the 11th time in Chubb’s career that he has had two rushing touchdowns in the same game.

Chubb’s first scoring dash came after Fromm hit sophomore wide receiver Riley Ridley for a 47-yard catch on the opening play of the drive. This was the shortest drive (two plays) and quickest drive (27 seconds) for the Dawgs this year. The Dawgs had 459 yards of total offense (284-rushing, 175-passing)

Fromm & Firsts:

Sophomore wide receiver Mecole Hardman hauled in his first career touchdown from Jake Fromm to put Georgia up 7-0 in the first quarter. A second first came from freshman tailback D’Andre Swift who scored his first rushing touchdown on an 11-yard run to give the Dawgs a 42-7 edge. Swift finished with nine carries for a career-high 54 yards and one TD. Fromm also connected with junior wide receiver Terry Godwin for a 51-yard score (a career long for each). These were Fromm’s third and fourth touchdown passes of his career. Fromm finished 8-of-13 for 165 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.

Fromm’s primary target on Saturday was Godwin. He finished with four catches for a career-high 98 yards and two touchdowns, also a career high. Current Denver Bronco Isaiah McKenzie was the last Dawg to have two touchdown catches in one game versus Missouri in 2016.

Series History: With tonight’s 42-14 win, Georgia improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 all-time against Samford.

Defense Flexes:

In the first quarter, Georgia held Samford to 16 yards (14 passing, two rushing) as they held the ball for only 3:38. Then in the second period, Samford registered 105 yards and scored a touchdown on two trips to the Red Zone. Georgia stalled Samford’s final drive of the half as redshirt sophomore J.R. Reed blocked a 36-yard field goal. This is the first blocked field goal for the Dawgs since Ray Drew blocked one versus Georgia Tech in 2014. Overall, Samford finished with 249 yards of total offense. (22-rushing, 227-passing) Junior inside linebacker Roquan Smith led the team with six tackles while senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter had four stops, including two sacks. Freshman inside linebacker Monty Rice had a career-high five tackles.

Long Drive:

The Dawgs scored their first touchdown at the 3:48 mark in the opening period after starting at their own 13-yard line. This 87-yard scoring drive on 10 plays is the longest for Georgia this year after going for 86 yards versus App State and having an eight-play scoring drive on another possession versus the Mountaineers. Jake Fromm connected with Mecole Hardman on a 3rd-and-goal situation from the 5-yard line.


Redshirt freshman right guard Solomon Kindley started for the first time while junior left guard Kendall Baker started for the second time in his career (also got the nod at Notre Dame). On defense, sophomore defensive back Tyrique McGhee got his first career start.


The Dawgs collected a fumble and gave up a fumble versus Samford. They are now -2 in Turnover Margin this year. Opponents have converted five miscues into 17 points and Georgia has scored 7 points off three turnovers. Jake Fromm fumbled at the 4:58 mark in the first quarter to give Samford the ball at the Georgia 25. Samford had a field goal blocked on the ensuing possession. It marked Georgia’s first Red Zone stop this year after three touchdowns and two field goals were scored by the opposition in 2017. Senior N John Atkins wrestled away a loose ball on Samford’s first possession of the second half. Nick Chubb scampered in from 14 yards out after Georgia got the ball.

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