UGA Starts Season w/ Lightning-Filled Blowout

ATHENS - No. 9 Georgia beat ULM 51-14 in front of a sellout crowd at a rain-soaked Sanford Stadium.

The game was officially ended with 9:54 remaining in the fourth quarter due to lightning at 3:49 p.m.

Sophomore running back Nick Chubb led the way for the Bulldogs on the ground with 120 yards rushing. The All-SEC tailback tallied two touchdowns, including the Bulldogs' first of the season from 14 yards out four minutes into the game. Quarterback Greyson Lambert finished the contest going 8-12 through the air with two touchdowns and 141 yards. Fellow quarterback Brice Ramsey added another touchdown going 2-2 for 51 yards. Senior wide receiver Malcom Mitchell led the team with three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.

The defense proved why it's one of the best in the country holding the Warhawks to 251 total yards. Georgia defensive back Aaron Davis safety notched the team's only takeaway during the contest, intercepting a fade pass thrown by ULM in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were led by safety Quincy Mauger and linebacker Leonard Floyd, who both finished the contest with eight tackles.

Senior place kicker Marshall Morgan tied Blair Walsh for the school record for PATs with 184. His tally ranks third in SEC history.

Head coach Mark Richt was please with his team's week-one performance

"Overall, yes, I was pleased because it was a victory and because of the score like that," Richt said. "One of the things that bothered me was the way we ended the first half with them scoring. After the break, we didn't do a good job of creating momentum. So in the next break, we talked about having another chance at it. We blocked the punt (for a safety) and then hit the TD pass for a 9-point swing. I was happy with the way we came back."

After forcing a three and out on the Warhawks' first drive, inside linebacker Lorenzo Carter got his hand on the ULM punt and gave the Bulldogs great field position on the ULM 21 yard line. Two Nick Chubb carries later and Georgia had its first lead of the season at 7-0.

On the ensuing possession defensive back Aaron Davis picked off Garret Smith's fade pass down the left sideline, returning the ball to the 15-yard line. The Bulldogs wasted no time putting six more points on the board when Lambert hit tight-end Jeb Blazevich in the endzone for a diving catch.

Several minutes later Jake Ganus and Sterling Bailey took over for the Bulldog defense on third and one stuffing ULM's quarterback option keeper. Georgia's defensive line was able to break through the opposition causing havoc on Smith.

Georgia ran it's first drive of the second-quarter to perfection going 55 yards in six plays in 2:08. The drive was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by tailback Keith Marshall. Senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins took over on the Warhawk's next possession beating his man to the corner to punish the quarterback on third down.

The Bulldog's next possession was the highlight of the first-half as the team marched 96 yards in 2:39 on six plays. On the second-play of the drive Lambert found running back Sony Michel on a quick go route for 48 yards. Michel used his speed to beat his defender and race further into the Warhawk secondary. Chubb capped off the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run.

Quarterback Brice Ramsey came into the game for the Bulldogs in the second-quarter and led the squad on a 45-yard touchdown drive. On third and nine Ramsey patiently waited for Michel to free up on a screen pass and it paid big dividends when Michel was escorted by a host of Bulldog lead blockers to the endzone for a 31-yard touchdown.

The Warhawks opend the second-half with a touchdown drive before play was suspended with 8:35 in the third quarter due to lightning. After an hour and 16-minute delay action resumed at 3:15 p.m.

On the second-play following the delay D'Andre Walker blocked the Warhawks punt attempt out of the back of the endzone putting two more points on the scoreboard for the Bulldogs. It was the first safety by Georgia since 2013 when the Bulldogs took on Nebraska.

The Bulldogs quickly added six more on the their next possession. After starting from their own 45-yard line the Bulldogs needed just three plays to put the ball in the endzone. Chubb broke off a 27-yard run to kick off the drive, before Lambert found wide receiver Malcom Mitchell on a 28-yard back corner fade for the touchdown.

Georgia kicked off the fourth quarter with its seventh touchdown of the game with a 2-yard Keith Marshall touchdown run. The Bulldogs marched 92 yards in 13 plays in over five minutes.

The Bulldogs head on the road next week to kick-off SEC play in Nashville vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.

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