Saturday, October 7, 2017

Post Game Notes

UGA Sports Communications

Another SEC Road Win: With today’s 45-14 victory, Georgia notched its second straight SEC road win and improved to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the SEC. This marks the Dawgs first 6-0 start since the 2005 season when it began 7-0. Also, this is the first time since the 2012 season that the Dawgs have posted a six-game winning streak during a season. Georgia now leads the all-time series with the Commodores 56-20-2 dating back to 1893.

Stellar Defense Continues: Georgia took a 21-7 lead to halftime and ultimately won 45-14. Coming in today, Georgia was allowing just 9.2 points/game and that ranks second nationally. When Vanderbilt scored a TD with 28 seconds left in the first half, it ended a streak by the Dawg defense of 31 consecutive drives without giving up a TD. That stretch was the longest since 2006 when the Dawgs defense also had a streak of 31 drives. Vanderbilt’s TD was the first allowed by Georgia since the fourth quarter of the Samford game. Since then, the Dawgs beat #17 Miss. State 31-3 and Tennessee 41-0. The Commodores final TD came following a Dawg turnover that gave them the ball at the 1 yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Georgia’s leading tackler today was junior LB Roquan Smith with seven stops as he has a team-high 45 on the year.

Red Zone Efficiency: Georgia went 4-for-4 (3 TDs, 1 FG) Inside the Red Zone to remain perfect on the year now at 23-for-23 including 17 TDs and six field goals. Georgia is tied for first nationally in that category. On defense, Georgia came in leading the SEC in the Red Zone, holding opponents to a score 70 percent of the time (7-of-10). Vanderbilt was 2-for-2 with two TDs. In the SEC this year, #17 Miss. State went 1-for-3 inside the red zone versus Georgia while UT did not get inside the red zone.

Rushing Attack: Georgia tallied a season-high 423 rushing yards on 54 carries (7.8 avg.), the sixth most in school history and the most since 1987 when the Dawgs had 454 yards versus Vanderbilt. Seniors Sony Michel (150 yards on 12 carries, 1 TD, LG-50TD) and Nick Chubb (138 yards on 16 carries, 2 TDs, LG-33TD) led the way today. Coming in today, Georgia was averaging 237.4 rushing yards a game.

Also, today marked the first time since the 2014 Auburn game that a pair of Dawgs went over 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown each. In 2014, Chubb (144 yards, 2 TDs) and Todd Gurley (138 yards, 1 TD) keyed the Dawgs 34-7 win over No. 9 Auburn in Athens. Today, Chubb, registered his 21st career game with 100+ yards rushing while it was the ninth for Michel. It was Michel who made it 35-7 with a 50-yard TD that put him over 100 yards for the day. Sophomore Elijah Holyfield collected his first career TD, a 15-yarder in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 45-7. On Georgia’s first possession, the Dawgs had a seven play, 83-yard drive that featured all rushing plays and one penalty. Chubb accounted for 69 yards on five carries, capped by a 33-yard TD scamper. Chubb moved into sole possession of 2nd place for career rushing TDs (37) following his 14-yard TD run to make it 21-0 with 1:58 left in the first half. Herschel Walker holds the record with 49. Also, he moved up to second all-time in career rushing attempts now with 626. Walker holds that mark too at 994.

Fromm Directs Offense: Freshman QB Jake Fromm led Georgia to a 45-14 win, going 7-for-11 for 102 yards and 2 TDs. His first TD pass came on a 3rd and goal, resulting in a five-yard TD pass to freshman D’Andre Swift to cap an 8-play, 45-yard drive for a 14-0 lead. It was the first career TD catch for Swift. Fromm opened the second half with a four play, 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 47-yard TD pass to junior Terry Godwin to make it 28-7. Sophomore QB Jacob Eason played much of the fourth quarter, finishing 3-for-3 for 24 yards.

Points Off Turnovers: Georgia did not create any turnovers while the Commodores scored 7 points off one turnover coming on a sack/fumble of Jacob Eason that gave VU the ball at the 1 yard line. Opponents have scored 24 points off eight Dawg miscues.

The Dawgs are now +1 in Turnover Margin.

For Starters: Junior Juwan Taylor (ILB) made his first career start while sophomore Julian Rochester (DL) made his first of the year and seventh of his career. Redshirt freshman Solomon Kindley (RG) returned his starting role, it was his third of the year. Taylor becomes the 12th first-time starter this year.

Captains: Today’s captains were seniors Sony Michel (TB), Davin Bellamy (OLB) and Dominick Sanders (SS).

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