Dawgs Rout SU: News and Notes

ATHENS - Nick Chubb, Georgia's Heisman Trophy candidate, entered Saturday’s game averaging a sparkling 8.4 yards per carry.

Chubb and the Bulldogs’ running game was sputtering in the first half of the 48-6 win against Southern University. The sophomore was held to 31 yards on nine carries, an average of 3.4 yards per carry.

“They came out with a lot of energy in the first half, they were everywhere,” Chubb said.

His offensive line asked him at halftime how many yards he needed to keep his 100-yard rushing streak going?

“I’m like, `You guys care about it way more than I do,’” Chubb said.

Keeping that streak wasn’t a lock, but he got there in fine fashion for his 12th straight game of hitting 100 yards. He finished with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and scored another touchdown on a 24-yard reception.

“We had to fix some things and get it going,” Chubb said. “Running the ball is our bread and butter here and we kind of felt disrespected not to be able to run the ball as we wanted to. We came in here and said we were going to run the ball right at them.”

Herschel Walker is the only other Georgia player to match that streak. Walker had 13 straight from 1980-81 if a bowl game is included, which the NCAA didn’t count when Walker played.

“It’s truly an honor to be mentioned,” Chubb said. “Herschel Walker, that’s all you hear about with Georgia football, one of the best running backs. To be able to be tied up with him it’s a great feeling, too.”

Chubb had four carries for 44 yards on the first series of the third quarter including a 9-yard touchdown run and he broke free down the left sideline for a 49-yard touchdown to put Georgia up 41-6 and went over the century mark for the 12 th straight game to make it 41-6.

“Once we started creating a little space for Nick and the rest of the backs,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said, “that’s when the big chunks came. I was really glad to see that.”

Southern player sustains spinal injury

The crowd in Sanford Stadium grew quiet late in the third quarter after a Southern player laid on the field for several minutes following a kickoff return.

Wide receiver Devon Gales sustained a spinal injury and will remain under the care of doctors at Athens Regional Hospital until further notice, according to a statement released by Southern after Saturday’s game.

Gales was placed on a backboard and stretcher and taken by cart off the field.

“Southern University and the Jaguar Nation asks for your continued prayers for Devon and the entire Gales family during this difficult time,” the school said.

Georgia’s training staff, headed by Ron Courson, attended to Gales. Southern’s Michael Jones had just returned the kickoff 26 yards.

Gales was running downfield blocking when his head appeared to make contact with the shoulder of Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan. After the players collided, Gales fell onto the Sanford Stadium ground.

“I hope the guy is all right,” Morgan said after the game. “I’ll be praying for him and his family.” Gales is a sophomore from Baton Rouge, La.

"We said a prayer for him,” Southern coach Dawson Odoms said after the game. “That's all we can do."

Bulldogs so so close on two plays

Two of the most memorable plays Saturday were ones that were called back.

Greyson Lambert’s 39-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Malcolm Mitchell on a well-timed deep ball was brought back by an illegal procedure call on Geogia offensive tackle Kolton Houston.

“I think it was disappointing in a sense of that might have been the best connection we’ve had on that particular play even when we practiced it,” Mitchell said. “We got to the game and perfected it on game day and then it got called back.”

Mitchell finished with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, a 23-yard scoring strike that came two plays later.

“It’s not like we’re throwing it to Malcolm no matter what, but when it has been the right coverage, he’s been the first progression, he’s gotten open and Greyson’s done a pretty good job of putting it on him,” Richt said.

Defensive end Sterling Bailey got a second-quareter n interception off a deflection but it was erased by an offsides call on Jordan Jenkins.

“We were actually talking about towards the end out there,” the senior said. “When it happened, I’ve been giving grief about it. I’m still going to give him grief.”

So Bailey is still seeking his first career interception.

“I still have plenty of opportunities to get that first career interception,” he said

Bulldogs contain Southern’s Quinn

After watching Southern kick and punt returner Willie Quinn, Morgan said the player he reminded the Bulldogs of was their own teammate, Isaiah McKenzie.

“We couldn’t let him get in an open space and I think our guys did a good job,” Morgan said.

Southern averaged 21.6 yards on five kickoff returns, a week after Georgia was hurt on kickoff returns by South Carolina.

“We did a lot better,” Richt said. “That guy is very dangerous as you could tell. A couple of times he got a little bit more yardage that he kind of earned on his own by making people miss. We kind of had it hemmed in but he is so quick and fast that we struggled getting him on the ground early on.”

Morgan had five touchbacks on nine kickoffs.

Freshman Rashad Roundtree made a tackle after a 13-yard Quinn return and Chuks Amaechi had another after Quinn returned the kickoff nine yards.

Quinn did return a kickoff 32 yards.

“I know we stopped him twice (near) the 10 so it definitely leveled out,” Morgan said.

This and that

Outside linebacker Davin Bellamy could return for Saturday’s game against Alabama after sitting out the victory over Southern with a concussion. “He’s doing well, but he wasn’t ready to play today,” Richt said. “He was moving in a good direction in a hurry.” …As expected, fullback Christian Payne (leg) didn’t play. He was on the side using a crutch. Inside linebacker Reggie Carter (shoulder) went through warmups but did not play. Defensive back Rico McGraw (knee) was not dressed out.. …Georgia sophomore Malkom Parrish blocked a first quarter punt which led to Georgia’s first touchdown of the day. … Former Georgia and NFL defensive lineman Marcus Stroud led the pregame cheer on the field.

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