Sunday, October 15, 2017

Post Game Notes

UGA Sports Communications

Dawgs Enter Bye Week 7-0: 

With tonight’s 53-28 victory over Missouri, fourth-ranked Georgia improves to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the SEC. This marks the Dawgs best start since the 2005 season when they began the year 7-0. Georgia notches another win on Homecoming as it’s now 76-18-2 on this day. Georgia is 6-1 in the all-times series with UM. After a bye week, the Dawgs face Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

Offensive Explosion:

Georgia put up a season-high 53 points and 696 yards of total offense, and the yards was the second most in school history (record is 712 vs. Fla. Atlantic in 2012). Georgia tallied 31 points and 407 total yards on 45 plays in the opening half.  This already was more yards than the Dawgs registered in their wins over App State, #24 Notre Dame, #17 Mississippi State and Tennessee. The 53 points was the most by the Dawgs since a 55-9 win over Charleston Southern in 2014 and most in an SEC contest since a 63-31 win over Kentucky in 2014.

The Dawgs were was 3-for-3 in the Red Zone in the first half and 6-for-6 in the game, staying a perfect 29-for-29 this season.  Directing the offense was freshman QB Jacob Fromm, who finished 18-for-26 for a career-high 326 yards with two touchdowns and a pick and added a 14 yards rushing, including a 4-yard scoring run. Fromm was 4-for-4 on the opening drive, including two passes on third down conversions, for 58 yards.  On the second scoring drive, Fromm went 4-for-6, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR Riley Ridley.  All 75 yards on that drive came in the air.  Fromm highlighted the Dawgs’ fourth scoring drive with a 50-yard strike to sophomore TE Charlie Woerner.  This was a career long for Woerner.  Senior Javon Wims led the receiving attack with five catches for 95yards.

The Dawgs also finished with 370 yards rushing. Freshman TB D’Andre Swift took off for a 71-yard rush in the third quarter to set up the Dawgs’ fifth touchdown and he finished with a team-best 94 yards on six carries.  He had the longest run for a Georgia player since Nick Chubb went 83 yards for a touchdown versus #13 Alabama in 2015.  In addition, sophomore WR Mecole Hardman ran a reverse 35 yards for his first rushing touchdown to give Georgia a 7-0 edge at the 10:30 mark in the first period.  Hardman’s run highlighted a season-long 91-yard scoring drive that took 3:04 to open the game for Georgia.   He later hauled in a 59-yard touchdown catch to give the Dawgs a 53-28 advantage. Chubb finished with 70 yards on 16 carries.

Dog ‘D’: 

In the first half Missouri scored 21 points and tallied 200 yards of total offense on 24 plays. In the second half, they were limited to 7 points, getting only 112 yards on 25 plays. Missouri gained just 45 yards on its first 13 plays of the game.  However, the Tigers’ 14th play went 63 yards for their second touchdown.  Then, Mizzou connected on a 64-yard touchdown.  For the game, the Tigers finished with 312 yards and only 59 of that came on the ground.  Mizzou’s 28 points is the most against the Dawgs this year.  Notre Dame’s 19 points in the Irish’s loss was the previous high against the defense in 2017. Junior ILB Roquan Smith was Georgia’s leading tackler with eight stops.

Blankenship Goes For A Career High:

Redshirt sophomore PK Rodrigo Blankenship drilled all four of his field goals, tying his career high, and connected on five PATs to score a career-high 17 points, which ranks second in school history for a single game.  Blankenship hit field goals of 37, 43, 29 and 27 yards on the day.  He came into the game 6-for-7 on the year.

Sanders Sets INT Return Record: 

Senior S Dominick Sanders snagged the 14th interception of his career in the second quarter and returned it 18 yards.  Sanders now holds the school record for career INT return yardage with 329, passing Jake Scott who had 315 on a school record 16 picks.  Sanders is tied on the NCAA active career list with his 14 picks.

Starters:

Freshman ILB Monty Rice earned the start for the first time in his career.  He is the 13th new Dawg starter this year and the fourth true freshman.

Turnovers: 

Georgia is +1 in Turnover Margin this season and was even on the night.  Opponents have forced nine turnovers and turned them into 31 points while the Dawgs have forced 10 turnovers and registered 34 points. Fromm threw his third interception of the season deep in Dawg territory and Mizzou returned it to the 5-yard line.  The Tigers scored a touchdown two plays later.  Dominick Sanders recorded the second INT of the year (14th of his career) and returned it 18 yards in the second quarter.  Jake Fromm scampered in from 4 yards out to put Georgia up 31-21 on the next drive.

Tonight’s Captains:

Senior DB Aaron Davis, junior WR Terry Godwin and senior N John Atkins served as the Dawg captains.

Homecoming King & Queen:

Senior Maddie Dill who is from Dunwoody, and majoring in Anthropology, International Affairs and Spanish with a certificate in Global Studies was crowned the 2017 Homecoming queen.  Senior Cameron Keen who is from Dublin, and majoring in Political Science and International Affairs was crowned this year’s Homecoming king.

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