On a windy afternoon in Athens that was witnessed by less than a full house, the Bulldogs did enough to win a football game. Oh, they did it wearing black jerseys. And that’s about the long and short of it.
Okay, there’s a bit more that can be said. Nick Chubb had a trio of explosive plays to finish with 16 carries for 108 yards and a 49 yard touchdown reception. Isaiah McKenzie exploded for over 130 all-purpose yards before the first quarter was halfway over. In the process he set new Georgia records for career punt return touchdowns (5) and total kick return touchdowns (6).
Jacob Eason was n’t asked to win the game all by himself, and he didn’t. The Pride of Lake Stevens finished 13 of 19 passing for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had one interception, though to be fair that one might have been as much on Isaac Nauta as on the QB.
Louisiana-Lafayette on the other hand turned the ball over 4 times, but also churned out 465 yards of total offense on the day. To be fair 162 of those came on the final two scoring drives, after Georgia had gone up 35-7 and started putting in some reserves who haven’t played a lot this season. Kirby Smart will likely not be pleased with the performance of his third string defense. If that’s the major negative on the day, I can live with it.
Georgia looked perhaps a little banged up and a little less than focused following the big win over Auburn, but in contrast the earlier this season found a way to take care of business. There was some loss of focus late, but all in all it was a good enough performance against a decent opponent that allowed some backups to get some work.
Georgia, 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the SEC, will return to action next week for the 111th iteration of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. They’ll face a Georgia Tech team that, assuming things hold against Virginia today, will enter Athens as winners of four of their last five. At stake for Kirby Smart’s team will be momentum heading into bowl season and the chance for the new top ‘Dawg to start on the right foot against his instate rival. Until later . . .