It was sloppy at times but the Georgia Bulldogs showed what they can do on a football field when they care to be there, never trailing or even really being in trouble on the way to dismantling the Kentucky Wildcats and move to 7-2 on the season (5-2 SEC).
Georgia came out of the locker room with intensity to start both halves, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and picking off a pass to start the second half on defense. Isaiah McKenzie had one fumble (which he recovered) and a couple of bobbles (assisted significantly by Quayvon Hicks) but did the sort of things in the kick return game that we all hoped he would on Signing Day.
Hutson Mason did exactly what he was asked, weaving a brilliant tapestry of not-bad-at-all quarterback play. He finished 13 of 16 for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns, once again not throwing an interception. If you're scoring at home it was Mason's fourth straight game without a pick and he now sports a healthy 5:1 TD/INT ratio (15 scores, 3 picks). Say what you will about Hutson Mason and his lack of arm strength, but I'll take him every day over Joe Cox throwing screen pass pick sixes against the Wildcats.
Nick Chubb continues to show that he's good enough to start for any team in America which doesn't have Todd Gurley at its disposal. The big guy carried the ball only 13 times, but picked up 170 yards on the ground. He was assisted ably by Sony Michel, who chipped in 84 yards on 16 carries in his return from a shoulder injury.
Next week of course Georgia gets back another tailback, who like a Harry Potter villain wields a ferocious power so awesome that he need not even be named. Georgia will host an Auburn team that stands between the 'Dawgs and a waiting game to see if Missouri will stub its toe and allow Georgia back into the SEC Championship Game hunt.
Georgia played today with a chip on its collective shoulder. Like a team that was tired of being asked what happened last week, tired of having their motivation questioned, enraged almost to the point of playing out of control at times. They may have gotten a little swagger back, and will now head back home for what is likely to be a charged atmosphere in Athens on Saturday night against the WarPlainsTigerEagles. Until later . . .
AUBURN DELENDA EST!!!