The Bulldogs rolled to their largest margin of victory in decades, and Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley was limited to action only in the first quarter as No. 13 Georgia rolled to a 66-0 win over Troy Saturday.
“You can’t ask for much more than happened today,” coach Mark Richt said after the game. The 14-year coach said that he wasn’t interested in playing Gurley more than he had to. “The game was getting out of hand. There was no point to continue to give Todd the ball. He did a good job while he was in there, but we have some very capable backs as well.”
That Gurley sat out for much of the action gave another freshman tailback in Athens a chance to shine. Two weeks ago freshman Nick Chubb exploded on the scene with powerful runs to polish off Clemson in the season opener. This time Sony Michel ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Michel electrified the crowd with a 75-yard run, which set up his second touchdown of the contest.
“We did a little Wildcat with Sony as the quarterback,” Richt said. Michel joined his former high school teammate Isaiah McKenzie in a Wildcat formation that blistered the Trojans in the third quarter. “To know one of those guys is gonna get the ball is a smart thing to do,” Richt added.
Another tailback, junior Keith Marshall left the game with an apparent injury to his right knee - which had a torn ACL tear last year.
“The early word on Marshall’s injury is that it is not serious, but we waiting on the MRI,” Richt said after the blowout. It was Georgia’s largest margin of victory since since 1958, and the most points the Bulldogs have scored since 1994.
But the Bulldogs know their next test will be a still one - old SEC East foe Tennessee comes to town for the first home conference game of the year. The Bulldogs, who have defeated the Vols four times in a row, are not taking the Big Orange lightly.
“If you don't prepare - Tennessee will come in here and ruin your season,” Hutson Mason said after the game.
Brice Ramsey celebrates the first touchdown of his college career with longtime friend John Theus. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)