*Overtime Victory: With today’s 23-17 victory in OT over the Eagles, the Bulldogs are now 7-5 in overtime games including 1-1 at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won the OT toss and elected to play defense first. GSU ran four plays for six yards and turned it over on downs on a 4th 1. Then, UGA’s Sony Michel gave the Bulldogs a 23-17 win with a 25-yard touchdown scamper. He finished with 132 yards on 23 carries. The only other OT game here came in 2014 versus Ga. Tech (30-24). Michel’s 25-yard TD run in OT tied the Bulldog mark for longest one in OT, matching Todd Gurley’s game-winner in 2013 at Tech as Georgia would post a 41-34 victory in double OT that day. In the series history with GSU, the Bulldogs are now 6-0.
*Defense Defends The Option: GSU finished the game with 233 yards on 53 carries, and the Eagles came into the game averaging a national-leading 378.9 rushing yards/game. The Eagles wound up with 277 yards of total offense. GSU managed just 11 yards on eight carries (1.8 avg.) in the opening quarter and had 136 in the first half. Quarterback Favian Upshaw had 48 yards of that on his opening carry of the second quarter.
*A Trio With Double Digit Tackles: Senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins and junior linebacker Leonard Floyd each posted a career-high in tackles as Jenkins tallied 13, Floyd had 12 and senior linebacker Jake Ganus added 10. Jenkins and Floyd made the tackle on the 4th-and-1 in overtime that resulted in a three-yard loss of L.A. Ramsby.
*McKenzie Puts Dogs On The Board: Sophomore Isaiah McKenzie ran in from 23 yards on a handoff to put Georgia up 7-0 at the 11:08 mark in the opening period. This was McKenzie’s second career rushing touchdown after also scoring on the ground last week at Auburn. The Bulldogs won the toss for the fifth time this season and took the ball for only the second time (Louisiana-Monroe). While Georgia scored field goals on its opening possessions versus South Carolina and Southern earlier this season, this was the first touchdown drive for the Bulldogs on their opening possession. Tonight, junior Reggie Davis took the opening kickoff a season-long 39 yards to start Georgia’s seven-play scoring drive that lasted 3:52.
Senior Malcolm Mitchell led the team with five catches for 73 yards. Mitchell has tied A.J. Green (2008-10) for 3rd in school history with 166 career catches. Senior Greyson Lambert connected with freshman Terry Godwin for a 12-yard touchdown to even the score at 14-all. Godwin finished with two catches for 22 yards. Lambert completed the contest 16-for-25 for 183 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, sophomore Sony Michel finished with his fourth career 100-yard rushing game after going for 132 yards on 23 carries.
*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia gave up two fumbles and Georgia Southern scored a touchdown on one of the returns. Georgia collected one fumble in the third quarter and responded with a touchdown. The Bulldogs are even in turnover margin for the year. Mitchell caught a pass deep in Eagle territory but fumbled on the 8-yard line for Georgia’s first fumble. Georgia Southern missed a field goal on their next drive. In the second half, McKenzie fumbled a handoff and the Eagles recovered the ball and took it 65 yards for a score. This was the first fumble returned by an opponent for a touchdown since Missouri’s Michael Sam went 21 yards for a touchdown in 2013. The Bulldogs’ Kenneth Towns collected a fumble late in the third quarter on a punt in Eagle territory. Lambert connected with Godwin for Godwin’s first touchdown catch to tie the score at 14-all on the next possession. Georgia has scored 56 points off 18 turnovers while opponents have scored 47 points off 18 Bulldog miscues.
*Morgan Ties It Late: Senior PK Marshall Morgan nailed a 43-yarder with 6:06 left in the contest to tie the game at 17. GSU had taken their first-ever 4th quarter lead against Georgia in the series history. It was the 61st of Morgan’s career, moving him in to a tie for fourth in school history with Kanon Parkman (1991, 93-95). Morgan finished with five points to give him 396 for his career, which ranks third all-time.
*For Starters: Senior C Hunter Long started for the first time this season. Junior Brandon Kublanow moved over to RG after starting the first 10 games of the season at C.
*Uga X Takes Over: Uga X, know as “Que,” officially assumed the role as the Bulldogs’ mascot during a pregame ceremony. The transition was made when the collar was taken off of Uga IX, known as “Russ,” and switched to Uga X. Uga IX finished with a record of 44-19 (ending with the 2014 season).
*Up Next: The Bulldogs (8-3) travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech (3-8) next Saturday, game time TBA.