Falling Behind By Double Digits Again: Ole Miss led 31-0 at the half, which marked Georgia’s largest deficit after two quarters since the same score to #8 Alabama in 2008 (Final UA 41-30). With 8:34 in the 3rd quarter today, Georgia trailed 45-0, and it lost 45-14. Georgia saw its 10-game series winning streak versus the Rebels end. UGA holds a 32-13-1 edge in the series that dates back to 1940, but today’s loss was the largest margin of defeat against Ole Miss, the previous mark was 16 (28-12 in 1990).
Georgia has trailed in all four of its games this year including three by at least 10 points. In the season opener versus #22 North Carolina in Atlanta, the Bulldogs trailed 24-14 at the 6:34 mark in the 3rd quarter and rallied for a 33-24 win. Georgia fell behind 10-0 in the first half at Missouri last week and came back for a 28-27 victory.
*4th Down Conversions Includes Fake Punt: Georgia is 3-for-4 on 4th downs this season including 2-for-3 today. On 4th and 1 in the 2nd quarter, junior Nick Chubb scampered 16 yards to the Ole Miss 23. On the play, defensive linemen Julian Rochester and John Atkins were in to block. The drive ended with a missed field goal. At that point, Georgia was 2-for-2 on 4th down this year, the other conversion, a 20-yard game-winning TD pass against Missouri last week on 4th-and-10 from Jacob Eason to Isaiah McKenzie. Later in today’s contest, Georgia executed a successful fake punt on 4th-and-8 from its own 40 as freshman punter Marshall Long completed his first career pass, a 29-yarder to Sony Michel. The drive stalled on 4th and 8 at the Ole Miss 30 as Georgia failed to convert as Eason’s pass to the endzone was incomplete to McKenzie.
It was Georgia’s first fake punt attempt since the 2015 Florida game, and the first successful one since the 2013 Clemson game when punter Collin Barber had a five-yard run for a first down.
*Career-High For Herrien After Chubb Plays Only First Half: At the half, junior tailback Nick Chubb provided 57 rushing yards on 12 carries for a 4.8 average, and then did not return due to an ankle injury. For his career, Chubb has 2,716 yards and that ranks sixth in school history. With 5:00 left in the 3rd quarter, freshman Brian Herrien (11 rushes for 78 yards, 2 TD, all career-highs) capped a seven play, 75-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, the second of his career. Herrien scored another TD on a one-yard plunge with 7:38 left.
*Points Off Turnovers: Georgia scored 7 points off an interception while Ole Miss scored 7 points off two turnovers. The first turnover was an interception by Ole Miss as it took a 10-0 lead on a 52-yard pick six by Derrick Jones. It marked the first INT return for a score by an opponent since the 2015 Alabama game (Eddie Jackson for 50 yards). The second came on a fumble by Jacob Eason when he was sacked at the Bulldog 32. It led to an interception by Aaron Davis on a QB-hurry by D’Andre Walker and an eventual 79-yard TD drive that made it 45-14. Opponents this season have scored 31 points off seven Bulldog miscues while Georgia has converted nine turnovers into only 13 points.
*Eason Airs It Out Again: Freshman QB Jacob Eason finished 16-for-36 for 137 yards and one interception as Georgia ran 81 plays for 396 yards. Last week in a road win over Missouri, he finished 29-for-55 for 308 yards, 3 TDs, all career-highs.
*For Starters: Freshman David Marshall (DE) made his first career start. A couple of Bulldogs extended their team-leading starting streaks with center Brandon Kublanow at 29 consecutive games for the offense and cornerback Malkom Parrish at 17 in a row for the defense.
*Field Goal Woes: Georgia is now 3-for-8 in field goal attempts this season. Redshirt sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship had his first career attempt today, missing a 36-yarder. He did make his first two career PATs and handled kickoffs again. Redshirt sophomore William Ham entered the game 3-for-7 on the year.
*Captains: Georgia’s captains were junior John Atkins (NT), junior Malkom Parrish (DB) and junior Jeb Blazevich (TE).
*Up Next: Georgia (3-1, 1-1 SEC) returns home to Sanford Stadium next Saturday against Tennessee at 3:30 ET on CBS.