Fromm, Fields lead the charge in Bull­dog romp

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum

ATHENS — 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 big-play 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 sec­ondquar­ter pos­ses­sion and started the se­cond half.

Fields was 7-of-8 pass­ing 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.

Fresh­man run­ning back James 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. Cook had runs of 36 and 26 yards in the se­cond half.

POLL IM­PLI­CA­TION

Ge­or­gia had lit­tle to gain in na­tional re­spect when open­ing against the FCS op­po­nent. The Bull­dogs dom­i­nated and prob­a­bly showed suf­fi­cient prom­ise to pro­tect their spot high in the Top 25.

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.

/ AP - Mike Ste­wart

Ge­or­gia run­ning back D’An­dre Swift leaps over Austin Peay de­fend­ers Kordell Jack­son (13) and Eli­jah Shep­ard dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game.

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