Nick Chubb enters tonight’s game with 31 career rushing TDs, which places him 6th on the Georgia all-time list, only 1 TD behind Charley Trippi (32 TDs) and 2 TDs behind the 4th all-time leader Garrison Hearst (33 TDs). Georgia’s all-time rushing TD leader is Herschel Walker (49 TDs).
Redshirt sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship earned the starting placekicking job before the 2017 opener and received the news last week that he had been awarded a scholarship. He the the game-winning 30 yard field goal last week against Notre Dame.
Vegas had the Bulldogs as a 33.5 point favorite for tonight’s home game against the Samford Bulldogs.
Samford wins the toss and defers the choice until the 2nd half.
GEORGIA 21 SAMFORD 7
TB Nick Chubb took 13 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half. This is Chubb’s 19th career time with 100 or more yards, which ranks second in school history (Herschel Walker, 28). Chubb scored on a 32-yard run at the 1:45 mark in the first quarter after freshman QB Jake Fromm opened a hole with a block on linebacker Dorsett Johnson. This was Chubb’s 32nd career touchdown run, moving him into a tie for fifth place all-time with Charley Trippi who was recognized at halftime tonight.
Jake Fromm was 6-10 in the first half for 124 yards and 2 TDs. Sophomore WR Mecole Hardman hauled in his first career touchdown from Jake Fromm to put Georgia up 7-0 in the first quarter. Fromm then connected with junior WR Terry Godwin for a 51-yard score (a career long for each). These were Fromm’s third and fourth touchdown passes of his career. Fromm finished 6-of-10 for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the first two quarters.
In the first quarter, Georgia held the Bulldogs to 16 yards (14 passing, two rushing) as Samford held the ball for only 3:38. Then in the second period, Samford registered 105 yards and scored a touchdown on two trips to the Red Zone. Georgia stalled Samford’s final drive of the half as redshirt sophomore J.R. Reed blocked a 36-yard field goal. This is the first blocked field goal for the Bulldogs since Ray Drew blocked one versus Georgia Tech in 2014.
Senior OLB Lorenzo Carter led the defense with four stops, including two sacks, and senior S Dominick Sanders and senior ILB Reggie Carter also each have four tackles in the first two quarters.
Redshirt freshman RG Solomon Kindley started for the first time while junior LG Kendall Baker started for the second time in his career (also got the nod at Notre Dame). On defense, sophomore DB Tyrique McGhee got his first career start.