“Humble yourself,” Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy shouted towards Heisman winner Baker Mayfield after the Bulldogs overcame the hard fought battle Monday against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl winning 54-48.
With 2nd down and 12 yards to go in 2OT, Georgia sets up the Wildcat formation and RB Sony Michel burst his way to the end-zone to move the Bulldogs one step closer to the promise land for the first time in since 1980.
Just a few plays before that Georgia’s DE Lorenzo Carter steps up big in blocking the Oklahoma Kicker’s Field Goal attempt which swung the momentum to the Bulldogs on their game winning series.
But lets take a step back and remember what got the Bulldogs to this point.
Oklahoma’s Offense seemed to find their groove early after getting a stop on the defensive end and quickly scoring the first Touchdown of the Rose Bowl.
However, Georgia came right back at the Sooners and scored seven for themselves to even things up and from there on, fans knew this was going to be a shootout.
Oklahoma jumped to a comfortable 31-14 lead just seconds before the first half ended and it seemed like the Sooners had full control of this game.
However, with just a few seconds left Oklahoma squib kicks to the Bulldogs and they recover it quickly and run one play thats puts them in field goal range.
From 55-yards deep Rodrigo Blankenship also known as “Hot Rod” with no hesitation boots in the Field Goal to cut the lead to 31-17 heading into halftime and from there on things went up hill for the Bulldogs.
Georgia found themselves ahead 38-31 but couldn’t add on to the lead which led to Baker Mayfield marching down field again to tie the game up 38-38.
The bulldogs looked to take the lead back and continued to use the run game. Sony Michel ran to the outside trying to find a hole and gets hit hard by a Sooner which caused him to fumble. The ball was picked up and taken to the house to put the Sooners up 45-38 late in the fourth quarter.
With the last drive it was all on true-freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm. Looking as composed as ever Fromm, lead the Bulldogs down the field and handed it off to Nick Chubb who runs it in to send the Rose Bowl to overtime for the first time in College Playoff history.
The Running Back duo of the Bulldogs Michel and Chubb ran for a combined 326 rushing yards, five Touchdowns on 25 carries.
Jake Fromm showed that he isn’t afraid of the spotlight completing 20-29 of his passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs were able to celebrate Monday Night but have to forget about their hard fought win fast as they will face Alabama next Monday.
Alabama has the advantage over the Bulldogs in head-to-head meetings 38-25. But for the first time Nick Saban will have to face his former assistant Kirby Smart. The Crimson Tide comes in to this National Championship game after handling the number 1 seeded Tigers 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl.
Concerns are raised as Georgia had to go through a emotional battle to get to this game will they be ready and able to bounce back in just a week against an experienced Nick Saban team?
Knowing this team and Kirby Smart, Georgia will be more than ready and prepared for the battle.
The Bulldogs have waited a long time to get back to the National Championship and a lot of their student-athletes came back their Senior years for this moment.
The National Championship game will be played in newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia next Monday at 8.pm.
After a big win last week to improve to 3-0, the Dawgs looked forward to facing another bulldog opponent.
The Georgia Bulldogs faced the Bulldogs of Mississippi State on ESPN Saturday night. UGA came in to the game at #11 in the polls with Mississippi State being #17. On paper, it looked to be a tough fought battle. It just so happened to look more like the Dawgs of Georgia showed up ready for war.
Georgia pulled out an astonishing 31-3 victory over the Bulldogs. The Dawgs didn’t allow a touchdown while improving to 4-0.
With his precision and consistency at the QB position, Jake Fromm looked a lot like a well known former QB Georgia had (Aaron Murray). Fromm went 8-8 for 160 yards and 1 touchdown in the first half of the ball game. The offense came out on fire from first play of the game with a flea flicker touchdown pass to Terry Godwin. This was after an dominate three and out for that tough Georgia defense. Fromm finished the ball game 9-12 for 201 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
The big talk of the town after this major win was Chubb and that gritty defense. The defense held the Mississippi State offense to only three points on the night. The defense surrendered 177 yards rushing with only 103 yards receiving. The iron man on defense today was the CB Deandre Baker who had seven solo tackles and the first interception for Georgia this season.
The Georgia defense held Fitzgerald to 82 yards and forced two interceptions. The speed and denial of the Georgia defense is what amped the defense. No Mississippi state receivers could get space or even get their hands on the ball.
The run game was pretty involved in the offense with 203 rush yards. Most of that came from Nick Chubb. Chubb ran for 81 yds and two touchdowns with a 28 yard break away touchdown down the sideline. Deandre swift, Sony Michel, and Brian Herrien produced positive plays and yardage for the offense, as well in the backfield and receiving.
Godwin had another big day for the Dawgs with two receptions for 80 yards and the games opening touchdown. Jim Chaney seems to show every weekend major progression in the movement of the offense.
There was a serious no fly/no run zone in Sanford Stadium tonight for the Dawgs. With the flow of this defense and the movement of the ball on offense, the Bulldogs are turning heads with the performances they show week in and week out. After four tough weeks of winning for the Dawgs they are faced with two tough road games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs have shown major focus and dedication to wanting to be great and have shown thus far why they should be at the top of the rankings.
The Bulldogs of Georgia looked to add on to their winning column Saturday with a win against The Bulldogs of Samford.
Many knew what the outcome of the game was supposed to be, but still looked to enjoy some good old fashioned college football. Georgia indeed pulled out a big win against Samford with a 42-14 victory behind Nick Chubb’s 2 big touchdowns. With games scheduled like such Georgia looks to work and improve their game while playing football and learning what should and needs to happen for other future important games. For yet another hot 3-0 start for the Dawgs, Dawg nation is in hopes of seeing their team in and winning a national championship.
With another week in the books, Sophomore Quarterback Jacob Eason sat on the sideline again with the injury occurred in week one of the college season. Freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm is still the starting QB for the Georgia bulldogs and he looks every bit of poised in the pocket. Jake went 8 for 13 with 165 yards and 3 touchdowns in a great win for the bulldogs confidence and determination moving forward. The tough grit and grind in the trenches offense was put into full force this game with the use of Nick Chubb, D’andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien. Nick Chubb had 16 carries for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns, Swift had 9 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, and Herrien and Holyfield combined had 17 carries for 73 yards.
Terry Godwin led all receivers for Georgia with 4 receptions for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. Riley Ridley, Tyler Simmons, Javon Wims and Mecole Hardman all combined for 30 yards and a touchdown behind Godwin’s big game. Sony Michel did not go to battle with his fellow teammates due to an ankle injury sustained during the Notre Dame game. The offense indeed did look pretty potent although it wasn’t an SEC or ACC power conference type defense, but any work and practice helps boost and produce on the field. The Georgia Bulldogs look to watch film, fix all nicks from the previous game, and look forward to produce against a tough defense in Mississippi State next weekend.
The new tough and rejuvenated defense for the Georgia Bulldogs look to set a statement around the college world with such dominating defense in their first 3 wins. Roquan Smith, linebacker for the Dawgs led the defense once again with a team high 4 solo tackles. Lorenzo Carter showed up big with 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 tackles for loss. The rest of the defense combined for multiple sacks and pass break ups to help hold a low score for the Bulldogs of Samford. Nothing but good comes out of a situation when both sides work together on one accord for one common goal, which is to win. The offense and the defense both did their part and produced on the field what was coached in the film room and on the field to help pullout these three big wins.
As the dawgs look forward to adding on in the win column, they also look forward to being in the Mercedes Benz Stadium for the SEC championship and the CFP championship as well. The Dawgs have a big home game coming up this weekend at Sanford Stadium versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 pm. The Dawgs are now in SEC play and will be playing some familiar faces and coverages and look to get back to the top tier program Georgia once was and will continue to always be. After an upsetting loss to the Volunteers of Tennessee at home last season off a hail mary grab, the dawgs look to take back control over the SEC and bring back home some championships.
Georgia fans, SEC experts and College Football fans alike have wondered when will the boys in Red & Black from Athens have a breakout season and make a legitimate College Football Playoff push! It’s been five years since the Bulldogs finished in the Top 5 and came within yards of making a trip to the National Championship Game. Since 2012, the Bulldogs haven’t lived up to their expectations.
In 2013, Georgia finished 8-5 and dealt with multiple injuries. In 2014, Georgia finished 10-3 and had two disappointing losses to South Carolina and was stunned by Georgia Tech. Before firing Mark Richt after 2015, UGA started 4-0 and after losing to Florida, Alabama and Tennessee in the month of October, they would miss the SEC Championship Game and finish 10-3. Early Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Chubb’s glorious season ended abruptly when he broke his leg on the first play from scrimmage in a loss against Tennessee. As the season continued, Chubb’s impact was missed but there were great back ups in Sony Michel, Keith Marshall, and Brenden Douglas.
In Kirby Smart’s first season, the Bulldogs started 3-0 but would go on to lose four of the next five games including a last second defeat to the Tennessee Volunteers and a inexcusable lose to Vanderbilt. After finishing 8-5 on the year, Dawgs Nation was confused on the direction of the program and want to know what it’ll take to watch the Bulldogs return to the top of the SEC, a conference that is dominated by Alabama.
In order for the Bulldogs to return to their SEC glory days, they will need a legit #1 receiver. We’ve seen guys like Tavares King, Malcolm Mitchell and Isaiah McKenzie make an impact in the passing attack; however, none are the best in the conference or the nation. In fact, the last dominant receiver at UGA was current Bengals star AJ Green.
Also, the lack of a legitimate starting quarterback has affected the Dawgs. After a solid 10+ year run of solid quarterbacks such as David Greene, DJ Shockley, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs relied on Hutson Mason and Greyson Lambert, who weren’t built to succeed in a pro style offensive scheme.
In 2015, UGA landed the top prospect in the country, Quarterback Jacob Eason. This recruit was vital in helping the Georgia Bulldogs return to the elite status in the Southeastern Conference. Unfortunately, the Dawgs are still searching for the elite receiver or first option to succeed in a Pro Style scheme. In the past few seasons, a few of Georgia’s talented receivers are now playing on Sunday afternoons. Returner and Slot Receiver, Isaiah McKenzie, was drafted by the Denver Broncos last season, Chris Conley is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and Malcolm Mitchell was one of the unsung heroes in the Super Bowl comeback for the New England Patriots.
Georgia’s defense was always a talented group and we’ve seen members of the Front Seven have successful NFL careers such as Geno Atkins, Thomas Davis, Leonard Floyd, Justin Houston, Alec Ogletree just to name a few. Georgia’s front seven is one of the best country over the years; however, their secondary is shaky at times, which cost them to struggle in some of the biggest games of the year.
In the last two recruiting classes, Georgia landed elite recruits such as Roquan Smith, Trent Thompson, Rashad Roundtree, Chauncey Rivers, and Julian Rochester. Each year, Georgia’s defensive recruits have high expectations and we’ve seen star athletes live up to their level of play and earn NFL contracts; however, it’s been years since the Dawgs had multiple pieces to help make a championship run!
Since the start of the Kirby Smart era, UGA’s recruiting classes in the future are bound to help the program reach a championship level again. Landing multiple 4-Star and 5-Star Recruits in Isaiah Wilson, Jeremiah Holloman, Richard Lecounte, Deangelo Gibbs, Jake Fromm, D’andre Swift, and many others. The Dawgs landed the top running back of the 2018 class in Zamir White from North Carolina. Thanks to the addition of elite recruits, Georgia is bound to finish with a Top Five Recruiting Class. If the Dawgs recruiting process continues to succeed like we’ve seen recently, don’t be surprised if Georgia shocks the nation and become a College Football Playoff contender soon.
With Jacob Eason entering his sophomore season and a second year with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney trying to gain chemistry during the offseason to help the Dawgs offense reach the level of success we’ve seen in previous years, expect Georgia to improve! Also, with the
dynamic running back tandem in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel coming back for their senior season, that helps Eason and the passing attack. With a favorable 2017 schedule, the Georgia Bulldogs are aiming to capitalize and make noise not only in the SEC but across College Football.
The #15 ranked team according to USA Today opens their season against Appalachian State at Sanford Stadium on September 2nd. If the Dawgs are going to make a SEC Championship push, this is the year for the program to take the next steps. With a healthy and revamped Georgia Bulldogs squad, could this finally be the year Kirby Smart and company wrecks havoc? We’ll find out in a few weeks!