Saturday, October 28, 2017

Post Game Notes

UGA Sports Communications
#3 Georgia Postgame Notes vs. Florida, October 28th, 2017

Dawgs Improve To 8-0:

With today’s 42-7 victory, Georgia moves to 8-0 for the eighth time in school history including the first time since 2002. The 35-point win is the largest margin of victory over the Gators since 1982 (44-0). The Dawgs are now 12-2-1 when it enters the Florida game undefeated or untied. Also, Georgia leads the all-time series with Florida 51-43-2 including 44-41-1 in Jacksonville. This was only the sixth time in the series when both teams had a bye before the game.

Points To Ponder:

The Dawgs came in today averaging 37.6 points a game and 43 points a game in SEC contests and posted a 42-7 win over Florida. Georgia led 21-0 at the half, and it scored all 21 points in the first quarter and that was the most in the first quarter this year, and the most against the Gators in a first quarter going back to at least 1970. The previous high was 14 against Missouri, Miss. State and Samford. In the Red Zone, Georgia finished 2-for-2 as the Dawgs are tied for the national lead, going a perfect 31-for-31 on the year.

Defense Posts Another Gem:

Coming in today, Georgia ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense at 12.6 points a game and UF avoided being shutout for the game when it scored with 2:42 left in the contest. At the half, Florida had no points. It marked the first time in the series since 1988 that the Gators were shutout at the half. That year, Georgia was up 10-0 and went on to win 26-3.

Senior OLB Lorenzo Carter was the leading tackler for the Dawgs with a career-high nine stops and a sack, while junior LB Roquan Smith and junior J.R. Reed were next with eight tackles apiece. Also of note coming in today, the Gators were 8-for-11 in fourth down conversions, and Georgia stopped them on a 4th-and-2 at the UGA 4. It was the first Red Zone stop of the Gators this season as they were 15-for-15 at that point.

Rushing Attack:

Georgia tallied 292 rushing yards highlighted by senior Sony Michel with 137 yards on only six carries including TD runs that covered 45 and 74 yards. Also, senior Nick Chubb had 77 yards on 13 attempts and one score. Chubb had a six-yard TD for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. It marked his 42nd career touchdown including 38th on the ground. Michel had a 74-yard scamper for a TD for a 21-0 lead, the longest rush by the Dawgs this season and one yard short of his career high (had a 75-yarder versus Troy as a freshman in 2014). Michel’s 74-yarder was the longest rushing TD by a Dawg since Chubb went 83 yards against Alabama in 2015. Michel’s 45-yarder made it 28-0 with 6:43 left in the third quarter. Michel has 3,637 all-purpose yards in his career which ranks seventh all-time. In the fourth quarter, sophomore Elijah Holyfield made it 42-0 with a 39-yard TD run. Coming in today, UF was tied for third nationally in allowing only four rushing TDs, Georgia had four today.

Fromm Directs Offense:

In the first half, freshman Jake Fromm was 2-for-4 for 56 yards with one TD and finished 4-for-7 for 101 yards with one TD and one interception. On Georgia’s opening drive when it was 3rd and 2, he completed a 39-yard screen pass to freshman running back D’Andre Swift. It helped produce a four play, 53-yard scoring drive in 2:02 for a 7-0 lead after a six-yard TD run by senior Nick Chubb. On the second possession, Fromm capped another scoring drive with a 17-yard TD pass to senior Javon Wims for a 14-0 edge. Swift finished with a career-high 84 yards on three catches.

Points Off Turnovers:

Georgia got one turnover in the first half, threw an interception in the second half and had a sack/fumble for a TD (J.R. Reed scored) to make them +2 in turnover margin this year. Georgia has scored 48 points off 11 turnovers while opponents have scored 31 points off 10 Bulldog miscues. In the first half, senior Dominick Sanders notched his 15th career interception and returned it 13 yards to the UF 29. It led to a TD and a 14-0 edge. Sanders holds the school record for INT-Return Yards with 342 and ranks third with 15 picks. Reed had a three-yard return for a TD on the fumble, marking Georgia’s first defensive TD of the year.

For Starters:

Graduate linebacker Reggie Carter made his first start of the year and 10th of his career. It was Carter’s first action since the Tennessee game. Senior SS Dominick Sanders made his team-leading 46th career start.


Georgia’s captains were seniors Sony Michel (TB), junior Roquan Smith (ILB) and Isaiah Wynn (LT).

Up Next:

Georgia (8-0, 5-0 SEC) returns home next Saturday where it will face South Carolina at 3:30 pm (CBS Sports).

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