Georgia keeps good thing going, routs Samford

By Anthony Dasher, The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 16, 2017 at 11:42 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- There would be no letdown for 13th-ranked Georgia after last week's big win at Notre Dame.

Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm helped see to that by passing for 165 yards and three scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 42-14 win over FCS team Samford Saturday night at Samford Stadium.

Although the Bulldogs' play was sloppy at times, the outcome was never in question as Fromm completed 8 of his 13 throws with two of his three scores going to junior Terry Godwin, who led all receivers with four catches for 98 yards.

Georgia (3-0) also did plenty of damage on the ground. The Bulldogs rushed for 284 yards, led by senior Nick Chubb, who led all rushers with 16 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 31 and 14 yards.

Defensively, Georgia allowed the visitors from Birmingham a pair of touchdowns, both on throws by quarterback Delvin Hodges, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 227 yards and two scores.

But that was it.

Samford (2-1) was held to 22 yards rushing by a Georgia defense that has allowed just two rushing touchdowns in three games.

After stalling on fourth down on its first possession, Georgia had no trouble moving down the field on possession No. 2, driving 87 yards in 10 plays. It was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Fromm to wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

The lead grew to 21-0 on a 32-yard touchdown run by Chubb and a 51-yard catch-and-run from Fromm to Terry Godwin.

But that's when Georgia got sloppy.

A late hit call on Bulldogs safety Dominick Sanders set up a 75-yard Samford touchdown drive that Hodges finished off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to TaDarryl Marshall.

Later, a fumble by Fromm deep in Bulldog territory gave Samford another opportunity, but Jordan Weaver's field goal attempt was blocked by J.R. Reed to keep the halftime score 21-7.

NOTES: Georgia played its second straight game without QB Jacob Eason, but the sophomore was able to ditch the cane he used while standing on the sidelines for last week's game at Notre Dame. ... Samford head coach Chris Hatcher gave Bulldog head coach Kirby Smart his first fulltime coaching job, hiring him as the defensive backs coach at Valdosta State for $8,000 in 2000. ... With his 32-yard touchdown run in the first half, RB Nick Chubb tied Bulldog legend Charley Trippi for fifth on Georgia's all-time rushing TD list with 32. With his 14-yard scoring run in the third quarter, Chubb took over the fifth-place spot alone.

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