DAWGTIME’s Halftime Tidbits (G-Day)
RED 14, Black 6
- From 1941 to 1963, G-Day pitted the Red versus the White; however, it became the Red against the Black in 1964 with the hiring of head coach Vince Dooley. Still, the “Black” always wore a white jersey—that is, until today, the first time the “Black” has worn a black jersey on G-Day.
- Entering today, the Red held a 38-31-3 advantage over the White-Black in the all-time G-Day series. These 72 results include twice when an all-Alumni Black team faced a current-team Red squad (1984 and 1989), and once when the Black was an all-offensive team whereas the Red consisted exclusively of defenders (1999).
- In the first half, the highly-anticipated battle between the quarterbacks featured Jacob Eason (Black) completing just 8 of 21 passes for 133 yards and one interception, whereas Jake Fromm (Red) completed 7 of 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
- After a lot of attention was given to Georgia’s first-string offensive line during the spring, the starting five paved the way for Black rushers to total a net of minus-3 yards on 11 rushes (including two sacks of Eason).
DEFENSE /SPECIAL TEAMS
- After no points were scored in the opening quarter, the two squads combined to score 20 in the second. A G-Day was not featured less than 40 combined points since 2011 (Black 18, Red 11).
- Columbia transfer Cameron Nizialek punted for both the Red and Black in the first half, punting twice for an average of 33.5 yards. While at Columbia from 2014 to 2016, Nizialek averaged 41.2 yards per punt for his career, including a 44.6-yard average in 2016.