Chubb im­presses as UGA rolls past Sam­ford

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - AP Sports Writer By Charles Odum

ATHENS — Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touch­downs, fresh­man Jake Fromm threw three scor­ing passes in his first home start, and No. 13 Ge­or­gia’s de­fense was dom­i­nant in a 42-14 vic­tory over Sam­ford on Satur­day night.

With fel­low se­nior Sony Michel held out with an an­kle in­jury sus­tained last week in a vic­tory at Notre Dame, Chubb had his busiest game of the sea­son. Chubb’s sea­son­high 16 car­ries, all in the first three quar­ters, helped him be­come the first Bull­dogs back to run for 100 yards this sea­son.

Chubb was stopped on a fourth-down run on the Bull­dogs’ open­ing drive, and he rarely was stopped again. He had back-to-back 20-yard runs to open Ge­or­gia’s next drive and added a 32-yard scor­ing run late in the open­ing quar­ter. Chubb scored on a 14-yard run early in the third quar­ter be­fore watch­ing back­ups han­dle the re­main­der of the car­ries. Fromm, who took over af­ter starter Ja­cob Ea­son suf­fered a sprained left knee in the sea­son-open­ing win over Ap­palachian State, was im­pres­sive. He threw scor­ing passes to Terry God­win and to Mecole Hard­man.

Ea­son, who leaned on a crutch on the side­line at Notre Dame, was not in uni­form but shed the crutch while show­ing no sign of fa­vor­ing the in­jured knee. Coach Kirby Smart has not said if Ea­son is close to re­turn­ing. Ge­or­gia (3-0) avoided a let­down fol­low­ing the emo­tional win at Notre Dame.

Chubb al­ready had 94 yards rush­ing and a touch­down by the end of the open­ing quar­ter while Sam­ford (2-1) was still with­out a first down.

Sam­ford fi­nally broke through with Devlin Hodges’ 9- yard touch­down pass to TaDar­ryl Mar­shall late in the first half. Hodges added an 18-yard scor­ing pass to Kelvin McK­night early in the fourth quar­ter.

Fromm com­pleted 8 of 13 passes for 165 yards. He did not throw an in­ter­cep­tion but lost a fum­ble. Ge­or­gia fresh­man D’An­dre Swift had nine car­ries for 54 yards and an 11yard touch­down.

The take­away

Sam­ford: The vis­it­ing Bull­dogs of the South­ern Con­fer­ence couldn’t match their aver­age of 38.5 points in their first two games. Hodges had some success with the quick, short pass- es that usu­ally lead to more points, but he of­ten faced pres­sure from Ge­or­gia’s speed pass rush­ers. Hodges had too lit­tle help from Sam­ford’s run­ning game, which was held to 22 yards. Hodges com­pleted 26 of 35 passes for 227 yards and two touch­downs.

Ge­or­gia: The Bull­dogs gained more mo­men­tum, which was es­pe­cially needed on of­fense, for the start of their South­east­ern Con­fer­ence sched­ule.

It was a far more im­pres­sive show­ing than last sea­son’s 26-24 win over Nicholls, an­other FCS team. Lorenzo Carter had two sacks, giv­ing him three in two weeks. Chubb de­served credit for some of the fresh­man’s pass­ing pro­duc­tion. Sam­ford’s de­fense was fooled by Fromm’s fake hand­off to Chubb on his 47yard pass to Ri­ley Ri­d­ley in the open­ing quar­ter. The long pass set up Chubb’s 32-yard scor­ing run on the next play.

John Bazemore / The As­so­ciated Press

Ge­or­gia’s Nick Chubb runs down­field Satur­day against Sam­ford.

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