BULL­DOGS GAME IN BITS & PIECES

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

SATUR­DAY’S STAR

Ju­nior re­ceiver Mecole Hard­man ap­pears to have an in­def­i­nite lease on this spot, adding to his stel­lar sea­son with a 5-yard touch­down catch to cap Ge­or­gia’s open­ing pos­ses­sion and then pro­duc­ing a 70-yard punt re­turn mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter to make the score 28-0.

SATUR­DAY’S STAT

The Bull­dogs racked up 261 rush­ing yards on 35 car­ries for 7.5 yards per rush. Run­ning backs Eli­jah Holy­field and Brian Her­rien and re­ceivers Tyler Sim­mons and Demetris Robert­son had rushes of more than 20 yards, but start­ing run­ning back D’An­dre Swift had just four first-quar­ter car­ries for 12 yards.

TURN­ING POINT

The Bull­dogs were flagged for un­sports­man­like con­duct on the open­ing kick­off and faced a third-and-6 at their 17-yard line when MTSU was pe­nal­ized for be­ing off­side. Now fac­ing a third-and-1, Swift picked up 2 yards to move the chains, and Holy­field broke free two plays later for a 66-yard run.

HIGH­LIGHT PLAY

Hard­man re­ceived a chew­ing from coach Kirby Smart in the first quar­ter for let­ting the ball roll to the 6-yard line, but he took his 70-yard re­turn mid­way through the sec­ond straight up the mid­dle be­fore head­ing right and blow­ing past MTSU punter Matthew Bonadies in­side the 30 to cap the daz­zling score.

WHAT IT MEANS

Satur­day’s game was moved up more than seven hours due to the un­cer­tain­ity of Hur­ri­cane Florence, but the Bull­dogs didn’t seem af­fected by the change of plans, tak­ing a 21-0 lead on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter. Now it’s back on the road and another noon start this Satur­day at Mis­souri.

David Paschall Ge­or­gia beat writer

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