BULL­DOGS GAME IN BITS & PIECES

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS - David Paschall Ge­or­gia beat writer

SATUR­DAY’S STAR

LSU sopho­more run­ning back Clyde Ed­wards-He­laire led the Tigers’ 275-yard rush­ing on­slaught with 145 yards on 19 car­ries for an av­er­age of 7.6 yards a pop. Ed­wards-He­laire set the tone with a 47-yard run to Ge­or­gia’s 7-yard line on the fi­nal play of the first quar­ter that en­abled LSU to go up 10-0.

SATUR­DAY’s STAT

Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart is 27-8 in his third sea­son with 20 wins in his last 23 games, but he now has three road losses by at least 20 points to SEC Western Di­vi­sion teams. The Bull­dogs fell to Ole Miss 45-14 dur­ing his first sea­son in 2016 and lost at Auburn 40-17 last Novem­ber.

TURN­ING POINT

With 14 min­utes and 39 sec­onds left, a Mecole Hard­man 27-yard punt re­turn to LSU’s 38-yard line had Ge­or­gia in busi­ness af­ter the Bull­dogs had scored their first touch­down on the pre­vi­ous pos­ses­sion. On third-and-6 from the 34, Jake Fromm was sacked by Ja­Coby Stevens for a 9-yard loss, and Ge­or­gia punted.

HIGH­LIGHT PLAY

The Bull­dogs pro­duced a beau­ti­ful sec­ond drive that in­cluded runs of 12 and 18 yards by D’An­dre Swift and a 17-yarder by Eli­jah Holy­field in which he bowled over Tigers safety John Bat­tle. Holy­field pow­er­ing past Bat­tle to the LSU 38 quickly be­came a high­light that was re­played mul­ti­ple times on so­cial me­dia.

WHAT IT Means

The Bull­dogs likely have no more mar­gin for er­ror if they want to make a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive trip to col­lege foot­ball’s four-team play­off. Ge­or­gia bounced back con­vinc­ingly from last Novem­ber’s loss at Auburn, but there are a few more tests this time around, in­clud­ing up­com­ing games against Florida and Ken­tucky.

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