Fromm throws two TD passes in Bull­dogs rout

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - By Charles Odum Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Jake Fromm threw two scor­ing passes while shar­ing time with fresh­man Justin Fields and No. 3 Georgia showed off some new fire­power in rolling past Austin Peay

45-0 on Satur­day. Georgia (1-0) flashed big­play po­ten­tial, in­clud­ing a

59-yard touch­down pass from Fromm to Mecole Hard­man and a 72-yard scor­ing run by Demetris Robert­son, who was mak­ing his de­but.

Fromm com­pleted 12 of

16 passes for 157 yards, in­clud­ing a 10-yard scor­ing pass to Ri­ley Ri­d­ley. Fields, one of the head­lin­ers in coach Kirby Smart’s topranked class of signees, made his de­but on the Bull­dogs’ first sec­ond-quar­ter pos­ses­sion and started the sec­ond half.

Fields com­pleted 7 of 8 passes for 63 yards, in­clud­ing a 12-yard scor­ing pass to Isaac Nauta. Fields also had three car­ries for 33 yards in his first op­por­tu­nity to flash his dual-threat tal­ents. Walk-on quar­ter­back Matthew Down­ing played most of the sec­ond half.

Georgia, which lost to Alabama in last sea­son’s na­tional cham­pi­onship game, led 38-0 at half­time.

Austin Peay (0-1), the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion team, was held to 152 yards. Lo­gan Birch­field was wide left on a

37-yard field goal at­tempt in the sec­ond quar­ter, spoil­ing the Gover­nors’ best chance to dodge the shutout.

The lop­sided score and

90-de­gree heat sent about half of the crowd to­ward the ex­its at half­time.

The fourth quar­ter was short­ened to 10 min­utes. NCAA rules pro­vide for that op­tion by mu­tual agree­ment of the op­pos­ing head coaches and the ref­eree.

Cook was called for tar­get­ing for his hit on punt re­turner Dean­gelo Wil­son af­ter Wil­son called for a fair catch in the fourth quar­ter.

The take­away

Austin Peay: The Gover­nors could have new ques­tions at quar­ter­back. Jeremiah Oatsvall was pulled af­ter his fum­bled pitch, re­cov­ered by Georgia’s D’An­dre Walker, on the Gover­nors’ sec­ond pos­ses­sion. JaVaughn Craig played most of the re­main­der of the half and opened the sec­ond half.

Georgia: Even though the com­pe­ti­tion wasn’t on par with what awaits in the SEC, the Bull­dogs dis­played re­newed depth af­ter los­ing six play­ers to the NFL draft. D’An­dre Swift ran for 43 yards with an 8-yard touch­down run and Eli­jah Holy­field ran for 24 yards with a touch­down as the lead­ers of a four-man tail­back com­mit­tee that must re­place 2017 se­niors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Fresh­man tail­back James Cook had runs of 36 and 26 yards in the sec­ond half.

Up next

Austin Peay: The Gover­nors play Pres­by­te­rian on Satur­day night in their home opener.

Georgia: The Bull­dogs open their South­east­ern Con­fer­ence sched­ule when they visit South Carolina on Satur­day.

MIKE STE­WART/AP

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Jake Fromm com­pleted 12 of 16 passes for 157 yards and five touch­downs dur­ing Georgia’s win on Satur­day.

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