The Bulldogs ran for 207 yards and stole four turnovers in their 45-32 win over Arkansas on Saturday. It was No. 10 Georgia’s second game in a row without suspended running back Todd Gurley, who has been admirably replaced by freshman sensation Nick Chubb.
“I am getting way more comfortable than I was at the beginning of the season,” Chubb said after the game. “What ever it takes.”
Chubb run 30 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns. His 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter put Georgia up 17-6, and the Bulldogs never looked back. The play of the team seemed to have improved in the last two contests - even with the cloud surrounding Gurley.
For the third time in four games Georgia’s defense scored a touchdown. This time freshman Dominick Sanders picked up a fumble and sprinted 54 yards at the end of the second quarter to build Georgia’s lead to 38-6.
“There was enough space for him to snatch it up and go,” Richt said of Sanders.
Georgia’s two fumbles and two interceptions created 21 points for the Bulldogs. Georgia is now +13 in turnover margin for the year, which leads the SEC. Georgia’s 38 points were the most scored in the first half of an SEC game since 1984 when it led Vanderbilt 42-21 and eventually won 62-35.
But the Bulldogs’ good times didn’t last the entire game. Despite Georgia’s 38-6 lead Arkansas scored four touchdowns in the second half and tried to rally their way back into the game. The Hogs cut the deficit to only 13 points at the 5:05 mark in the fourth, but didn’t get the ball back after their second onside kick of the game failed.
“I got uncomfortable,” Richt said of his emotions in the second half. “I was miserable. Yeah, I guess it was too good to be true.”
Still, the Bulldogs are sitting pretty in the SEC East thanks to back-to-back road wins. Floundering Florida was trailing big to Missouri, and Kentucky was trailing big in Baton Rouge Saturday night. The Bulldogs will face hated Florida in two weeks in Jacksonville - a game that Mark Richt-led Bulldogs have only recently turned in their favor.
“Florida is in the way of us getting into the SEC Championship,” outside linebacker Leonard Floyd said. “We are not going to let anyone stop us, so I guess they are going to have to lose.”