The Best Plays of UGA RB Nick Chubb's Career

ATHENS - Dean Legge ranks the top plays of Nick Chubb’s career.

1. vs. Louisville 2014 Belk Bowl - 82-yard

Georgia was in control, but the Bulldogs needed a big play late in the third quarter. Brice Ramsey, who had relieved an injured Hutson Mason, was in at quarterback, the Bulldogs had just been pinned at their own three-yard line, but Georgia was up 20-7 over Louisville. 

The Bulldogs bunched in tight with only one receiver. Ramsey handed the ball off to Chubb a yard deep into the end zone. Louisville was in an aggressive formation - with one player within five yards of the line of scrimmage. By the time Chubb hit the line of scrimmage Louisville players had over run their positions. The hole, opened in the middle of the offensive line, was enhanced when Chubb decided to slightly change directions in the end zone. By the time he hit the hole, Chubb was off for a very long run. Louisville’s lone defender deep enough to make a play had to chase Chubb down 82 yards later, nudging him out of bounds. Two plays later Sony Michel, Chubb’s freshman running back partner, put the Dawgs up 27-7. Louisville never recovered from the record run.

Chubb added UGA’s final TD run that night when he took a handoff from Ramsey and ran eight yards for the score. That run capped off the second-highest running total in school history, behind only Herschel Walker’s 283-yard performance against Vanderbilt in 1980.

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2. 2014 Auburn - 9-yard TD Run

With the score tied 7-7 against No. 9 Auburn, Mark Richt decided to go for it on 4th and one from the Auburn nine-yard line. It appeared at first that the Bulldogs might be trying to pull the Tigers offside. But with the play clock running down, Hutson Mason took the snap, turned and gave the ball to Chubb, who hit the line of scrimmage, then chopped to the left and went untouched until the one-yard line, but that was too late to stop Chubb’s power. He piled into the end zone, and the Dawgs flew past Auburn, scoring 27 unanswered points in their 34-7 blowout of the Tigers. 

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3. vs. Clemson 2014 - 47-yard TD Run

UGA was in the midst of putting Clemson away, but up ten midway through the fourth quarter Nick Chubb put an exclamation point on the night. The play was a basic toss sweep to the right. UGA pulled both David Andrews and Greg Pyke;  Michel Bennett was coming for a crack-back block. Christian Payne was coming from the backfield as well. The Dawgs were throwing everything at Clemson. 

Clemson was about to break. 

Chubb avoided a defensive back at the line of scrimmage and broke five more tackles on the way to the end zone. Andrews was in tow - sprinting behind Chubb towards the end zone. The Bulldogs forced a three and out before Todd Gurley added a 51-yard TD to make the final score 45-21. Chubb’s final touchdown of the night, which would have made the final tally 52-21, was called back due to a procedure penalty. On the next play UGA took a knee. 

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4. vs. Auburn 2014 - 27-yard Screen

Up 24-7 late in the fourth quarter, UGA was facing a 3rd and 8. It was rare that Todd Gurley and Chubb were used in the same backfield, but on this play they flanked Hutson Mason. At the snap, Gurley flashed to the left into the flats. Auburn seemed to either forget or lose track of Chubb, who caught a screen two yards behind the line of scrimmage. With much of the Auburn defense confused or cleared out, Chubb sprinted to his right (untouched), and got the first down and more. He continued his journey down the home-team sideline where he ran head-on into poor Jonathan Mincy, who Chubb used to bounce off before cutting back to the left into the field of play. He then crossed over Kris Frost before avoiding Montravius Adams enough to walk into the end zone. It was amazing. 

But Chubb was ruled out of bounds after he lowered his shoulder into Mincy. UGA tacked on a field goal three plays later to push its advantage to 27-7.

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5. vs. Alabama 2015 - 83-yard TD Run

The play wasn’t much special - just an up-the-gut handoff - and Chubb took off. The Bulldogs were in the midst of getting railroaded by Alabama, but the run by Chubb gave him another 100-plus yard performance and a touchdown against the Tide. The Bulldogs did manage to run the ball effectively, at least at times, against Alabama, but managed only 106 yards passing in the rain. 

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