The Georgia Bulldogs, who fell to LSU 36-16 on Saturday, have dropped to 6th in the Coaches Poll and 8th in the AP Poll for Week 8.
Georgia received 1,426 points in the AP Poll, which is down 341 points from the Week 7 poll. In the Coaches Poll, UGA received 1,163 points, down 333 points from Week 7.
Georgia’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 27 against the 11th-ranked Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The game is set for 3:30pm ET and it will be televised by CBS.
AP Poll – Week 8
2. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
13. West Virginia
16. NC State
17. Texas A&M
18. Penn State
22. Mississippi State
24. Michigan State
25. Washington State
Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, San Diego St. 53, Southern Cal 53, Appalachian St. 51, Colorado 49, Utah St. 38, Miami 38, Utah 33, Duke 17, Texas Tech 8, Fresno St. 7, Houston 3, Maryland 2, Virginia 2.
Coaches Poll – Week 8
1. Alabama (61)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Clemson (2)
4. Notre Dame
13. West Virginia
15. NC State
16. Penn State
18. Texas A&M
23. Washington State
Others Receiving Votes: Miami FL 124, Mississippi State 110, Michigan State 98, San Diego State 71, Duke 60, Appalachian State 55, Utah State 33, Utah 32, USC 25, Houston 7, Fresno State 6, South Carolina 5, Virginia 4, Auburn 4, Army 4, Iowa State 3, Virginia Tech 3, North Texas 3, Texas Tech 1, Buffalo 1, Boston College 1, UAB 1.
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BATON ROUGE, La. – The second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs faltered in Death Valley, suffering a 36-16 upset loss to No. 12 LSU in front of a crowd of 102,321 at Tiger Stadium.
Georgia forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, but the momentum didn’t matriculate to the rest of the half or game. Despite the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) pulling the game within 10 points at the end of the third quarter, the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) did not relinquish control as they sealed the game with 17 fourth quarter points. It marks Georgia’s first 20-point loss since losing at Auburn last season, 40-17.
“We didn’t play our best game,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “You have to give LSU credit. They are a great football team. We didn’t do well against their hurry up offense, which caused us to not be able to play as many guys as we norally do. They did a great job of mixing up their play calls with run and pass. Offensively, we had a drought and they capitalized. We didn’t come out physical today. We just have to execute better and get better overall.”
Defensively, Georgia gave up a season-high 475 total yards and 36 points, however the Bulldogs forced five LSU field goals inside the Georgia 25-yard line and were on the field for a season-high 33 minutes and 41 seconds. Freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell had a team-high and career-high 11 tackles, while senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter tallied 10 tackles – also a career high.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm went 16-of-34 for 209 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Riley Ridley led the receiving group with three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter. On the ground, D’Andre Swift picked up a team-high 72 yards on a dozen attempts, while Elijah Holyfield added 56 yards on seven carries and touchdown.
Georgia trailed 16-0 at the half, putting the Bulldogs in the hole that they didn’t overcome. The Bulldogs’ most successful first half drive came on its second possession, which spanned 12 plays for 59 yards – all on the ground – however a failed fake field goal attempt halted the Bulldogs. At the half, Fromm was 5 for 16 for just 47 passing yards, while most of the production occurred on the ground with Swift tallying 47 yards on seven carries and Holyfield mustering 33 yards on five attempts.
The Bulldogs took the opening possession of the third quarter 52 yards on 12 plays, setting up a 40-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal to make it 16-3. After a Fromm interception that gave the Tigers a short field, the Bulldogs defense held LSU to its fourth field goal inside Georgia’s 25-yard line.
Holyfield finished off a seven-play 75-yard drive on the ensuing possession with a 10-yard touchdown run to make it a 19-9 game with the failed two-point try. Two plays earlier on a 3rd-and-6, a scrambling Fromm found Swift for an eight-yard pickup. Holyfield followed that up with a 13-yard run that was aided by a pushing offensive line, which set up the touchdown on the next play.
After each team traded punts to start the fourth quarter, LSU capitalized with a touchdown to move ahead 26-9. The Tigers tacked on another field goal off a Georgia special teams turnover, which put LSU well ahead and able to control the clock until the final whistle.
With today’s 36-16 loss to #12 LSU, the Tigers take a 17-13-1 edge in the series history that dates back to 1928. This was the 11thmeeting where both teams were ranked in the top 25 and LSU now leads that 6-5.
Georgia has its open date next weekend before traveling to the annual neutral site game against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Florida on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
*Series History: With today’s 36-16 loss to #12 LSU, the Tigers take a 17-13-1 edge in the series history that dates back to 1928. This was the 11thmeeting where both teams were ranked in the top 25 and LSU now leads that 6-5.
*Points off Turnovers: The Bulldogs came in today+6 in Turnover Margin with only three turnovers on the year that resulted in no points by the opponents. LSU forced four turnovers and turned them into 13 points.
*No Points At The Half: For the first time since the 2016 Auburn game on Nov. 12, Georgia was shut out in the first half. Auburn led 7-0 at the half that day, and the Bulldogs rallied back for a 13-7 victory. The Bulldogs came in today averaging 42.8 points a game, and at the half, the Bulldogs trailed LSU 16-0 and ended with their first loss of the year.
*A Look At The Defense: In the first half, LSU built a 16-0 lead. The Tigers ran 45 plays for 246 yards. After forcing LSU to punt on its first drive, the Tigers scored on their next four possessions, getting one TD and three field goals. For the game, the Tigers tallied 475 yards on 81 plays with three touchdowns and five field goals.
Georgia’s leading tacklers with career-highs were freshman DB Tyson Campbellwith 11 and senior DE Jonathan Ledbetterhad 10. The Bulldogs had three sacks in the first half as D’Andre Walkergot his team-leading fifth while Tyler Clarkand Keyon Richardsonsplit a sack and freshman OLB Robert Beal, Jr.,registered his first.
A Look At Fromm And The Offense: Sophomore QB Jake Fromm came in ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency but struggled going 5-for-16 for 47 yards in the first half and finished 16-for-34 for 209 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs. In the opening possession of the second half, Fromm went 4-for-5 for 45 yards as the Bulldogs managed a field goal. However, the second possession ended with an interception at the UGA 23, and the Tigers turned into a field goal and a 19-3 lead. Georgia answered with its first TD-drive of the contest, going 75 yards on seven plays capped by a 10-yard run by Elijah Holyfield. A two-point try failed so the Bulldogs only cut the deficit to 19-9. Junior Riley Ridley (3 rec., 75 yards, 1 TD) caught a 27-yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 29-16 with six minutes left in the contest. In the first half, Georgia’s offense was limited to 32 plays for 124 yards and no points and for the game finished with 16 points on 64 plays with 322 yards.
*Another Early Deficit: For the second straight contest, Georgia fell behind after never trailing in the first five games of the year. Today, LSU capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a field goal with 9:32 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 edge and led the whole game. Last week, Vanderbilt went up 3-0 in the first quarter and Georgia responded with a one play, 75-yard TD and led the rest of the way. The deficit against the Commodores lasted 15 seconds. Today on its second drive, Georgia drove to the LSU 14 and then attempted a fake field goal. Junior PK Rodrigo Blankenship was stopped for a loss of two yards and fumbled on the play. LSU took over at the Georgia 16 and went 84 yards for a TD and a 10-0 advantage. It was the longest TD drive against Georgia this season. Georgia trailed 13-0 with 11:22 left in the first half after a 36-yard field goal capped a 5-play, 53-yard drive. LSU extended its lead to 16-0 with 5:09 remaining after a 39-yard field goal. The last time Georgia attempted a fake field goal was 2014, and it was successful against Georgia Tech, a 28-yard rush by PK Marshall Morgan.
*Running Game: The Bulldogs finished with 113 yards on 39 carries. In the first half,Georgia’s rushing attack tallied 77 yards on 16 carries. For the game, sophomore D’Andre Swifttallied 72 yards on 12 carries while junior Elijah Holyfieldhad 56 yards on seven carries.
* Blankenship Provides 1stPoints: JuniorPK Rodrigo Blankenship went 1-for-1 on field goals. He made a 40-yarder to put Georgia on the board on its first drive of the second half as the Bulldogs then trailed 16-3. He is 10-for-12 in field goals this year including 6-for-7 from a range of 40-49 yards. He had four kickoffs with three touchbacks and squibbed his final one as the Bulldogs looked to rally. Also, he was part of an unsuccessful fake field goal attempt.
*For Starters On The Line: Senior center Lamont Gaillard started his team-leading 35thstraight game while junior DB J.R. Reedleads the defense as he’s made 22ndconsecutive starts. Junior Charlie Woernermade his first start of the year and fourth of his career as the Bulldogs opened with a two tight end set.
*Captains: Today’s captains were seniorsNatrez Patrick (ILB), Terry Godwin (WR) and D’Andre Walker (OLB).
*Up Next:Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) is off next Saturday and returns to action versus No. 14 Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) in Jacksonville on Oct. 27. Kickoff will be at 3:30 and televised by CBS-Sports.
The Georgia Bulldogs are set to take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday in Baton Rouge. The game is set for 3:30pm ET on CBS.
UGA football has released a trailer for the 2018 Georgia-LSU game titled “Savages.”
“You see, they call us savages, because frankly, that’s who we are. We’re fighters.”
Check out the video below. Go Dawgs!
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 11, 2018
The Georgia Bulldogs have released the video The Reel: Vanderbilt following their 41-13 victory over the Commodores last weekend.
The video features highlights from the UGA-Vanderbilt game with audio from head coach Kirby Smart, Scott Howard, Eric Zeier, and more.
Check out the video below. Go Dawgs!
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 11, 2018
The Georgia Bulldogs have picked up another verbal commitment for the class of 2019, this one from four-star safety Lewis Cine of Cedar Hill, Texas (Trinity Christian School).
Cine announced his commitment to the Dawgs on Wednesday via his Twitter account.
COMMITTED TO THE G 🐶 pic.twitter.com/mN3Iptvcet
— LEWIS CINE (@LewisCine) October 10, 2018
Lewis Cine (6-2, 180) committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over offers from most of the top schools in the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, and others.
In the 247Sports Composite, Lewis Cine is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 3 safety, and the No. 59 overall recruit for the 2019 class.
Rivals.com also rates Cine as a four-star recruit, the No. 6 safety, and No. 84 in the Rivals100 for 2019.
The addition of Lewis Cine gives the Georgia Bulldogs 17 total commitments for the class of 2019. Georgia’s class is currently rated No. 3 in the nation by 247Sports.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) October 10, 2018
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 10, 2018
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ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart, along with several players, met with media members on Monday to preview Saturday’s game at LSU.
Smart and the Bulldogs offered the following comments.
Head Coach Kirby Smart
Opening comments …
“We move onto LSU, going to an extremely tough environment to play in, one that I’ve both experienced as a player and a lot of times as a coach. They have an incredible environment. Their fanbase is really second to none in their atmosphere they create from the time you pull in on the buses to play in the stadium. It’s an awesome opportunity for our team to play on a national stage. It’s an opportunity for a lot of our guys to play in a venue that a lot of Georgia players never got a chance to play in and some in the future won’t get an opportunity to play in. So that part is good. They have a really good football team. I think Coach (Ed) Orgeron has instilled a lot of toughness in their program. They play extremely physical. The game, you know, Saturday with Florida was extremely physical, a lot of big hits, a lot of contact. It’s just the way the SEC is. And you don’t get weeks off in the SEC, and it’s extremely tough place to play. I think you saw that last week with the teams that played on the road in our conference, and we’re going on the road this week. So good thing is we’ve been on the road twice in our conference, but we’re playing a really, really good football team this week in LSU.
To update you on injuries, I’m sure everybody is wanting to know about Solomon (Kindley), he has a mild MCL sprain. We think he’s going to be able to practice today. So we’re hopeful that he gets to play, but I won’t really know until I see how he does today. He’s been able to run on the treadmill and do some exercise stuff, but was not as significant as we thought in the beginning. That’s really it. Devonte Wyatt will be hopefully able to practice today, but I don’t know. We’ll see. He was able to run over the weekend. With that I’ll open it up.”
On if LSU has more of a spread look now on offense than it did in years past …
“It’s hard for me to say traditionally because I don’t — there was a brief, what, two, three years where we didn’t play them, I didn’t play them here. So I don’t really know what they were much when they had Matt Canada. I didn’t get to see a lot of that tape. We’ve seen some of it getting ready for them, but obviously they’re a little bit different now. They have some signs of being the old, really physical LSU come downhill, hit you right in the mouth. They run power, counter, lead. They do all the traditional fullback offense. But they also have the spread elements, and I think their quarterback does a tremendous job with that. He’s a really good athlete. He runs the ball well. They were able to run quarterback runs with him. You could tell that from his transition from Ohio State. He’s been able to run the ball. So they have more spread elements, yes, but they still have the traditional hit-you-in-the-mouth offense.”
On playing at LSU in 1998 and his experiences there …
“Atmosphere. Quincy and Champ both playing well and great atmosphere, incredible atmosphere. Of course, I got to coach there a year, so I got to experience that atmosphere there at home. And they have a great fanbase.”
On the upcoming tests …
“Absolutely. I mean I think the tests are coming up. We’ve got some tough games. We have a bye week after this one, and that’s probably coming at a good time because we have a football team that’s beat up, dinged up, just like every team in the conference is. You don’t get through this conference without being a little sore and a little beat up. But I think that our tests are upcoming. I think we play some good football teams starting this week with what’s an extremely physical, well-coached football team, in a tough place to play.”
On LSU QB Joe Burrow and his ability to run …
“It depends on what calls you’re calling, what plays you’re calling defensively. We certainly have some ways to break the pocket and get guys out of the pocket and make them run. And other guys you want to keep them in the pocket and make them throw the ball from the pocket. But ultimately a lot of that’s controlled by how well are they able to run the ball, how much are they throwing it, how are they protecting it. And they’ve got a lot of different protections; they’ve got a lot of different run game, probably the most run game we’ve seen. When you look at the volume on insides, on outsides, on counter power, they’ve got it all. They’ve got a lot of different runs, toss, perimeter runs. They do a good job of mixing up the run game. That affects how you’re able to play the quarterback. So we’ll have to see what all they come with for this game.”
On how hard it is to prepare for the upcoming stretch of games …
“I don’t look at it like you guys do. Everybody is talking about this stretch, and I’m looking at it as we’ve played some good football teams, what I think are good football teams. I think anytime you go on the road in the SEC, it’s an adventure, tough environment. We’re going to play some good teams coming up, absolutely. It’s tough everywhere in the SEC. Go talk to Tennessee and ask them the road they’re dealing with. Go talk to LSU; they just played Florida. I mean, there’s no time to cry about it. Nobody wants to hear that. You gotta get ready to go play. And that’s why you come to the SEC is you want to run the gauntlet of challenging teams, unbelievable atmospheres on the road, and that’s what the SEC football is all about. So our team’s gotta prepare for that.”
On LSU LB Devin White …
“He’s an incredible player. I mean my first experience was recruiting him as a running back and as a linebacker when I was at University of Alabama. We knew how special he was then. And then he flashed several times. I can remember watching the Mississippi State tape last year as we prepared for them. You know, I told Roquan (Smith), I said this guy is probably 10 pounds heavier than you but just as fast. And he’s an elite player, very good player, arguably one of the best in the conference at all positions. And I don’t think people know how dynamic this guy really is, but I think people will find out on Sundays real soon.”
On LSU being one of the most physical teams Georgia has seen this season, in terms of running the ball and the front seven is prepared to take on that challenge …
“They better knuckle up, because it’s going to be a physical, tough, hard-nosed football game. They have a big offensive line. They have big fullbacks. They have big tight ends. They have big backs. They have big people, and that’s the way LSU is built. They’re a physical, tough — I mean across the board, now, when you look at their wide-outs, their wide-outs are huge. They have big, athletic wide-outs. They have always been that way. That’s the tradition of LSU- to have really good wide-outs and be physical and tough, and that’s really who they are. So as far as the questions that our defensive line and our defense had, they’ll be answered this week for sure when we go out there to play these guys.”
On his memories of being an assistant coach at LSU in 2004 …
“It was an incredible place to coach and recruit. I can remember going to my areas within the state and being very well received. You’re really the only major university there in the state within the SEC. So when you go out recruiting, it’s not really recruiting as much as it is figuring out who the best players are and go get them.
The atmosphere, like I talked about, I think all their sports teams are incredible, and Baton Rouge is a great place. At the time when I was living there, it was a great place to be, enjoyed it a lot, and have really good memories of a great staff. Being a young coach on that staff was very influential on me to get to be around guys like Jimbo (Fisher) and Will (Muschamp) and obviously Coach Saban and Derek (Dooley). There were a lot of good coaches on that staff. So it was a good experience for me.”
On the emotions of coaching against a team you have previous coached for …
“I wouldn’t say that there are extra emotions about it. I mean the emotions come from you want your team to play as well as they can for us. It’s a game, and regardless of who it’s against, that never factors in. For me it doesn’t. I’m personally trying to get our team ready to play. None of these kids care that I coached there. It has no effect on them, so I don’t think that has a bearing on the game.”
On the Georgia fan base showing up at LSU and leveling out the atmosphere…
“I don’t know if level out is the right word. I mean, they’re not going to be giving away home tickets, I can promise you that. So our fanbase travels. They’ve been very passionate. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fans there that may not have tickets that are trying to go, and I think that shows the passion and energy we have within our fanbase, and that’s incredible. But when you line up out there between the lines, at the end of the day, it’s 11 on 11, and that’s what we have to keep it about. They’ve got tremendous fans. It’s one of the loudest places in the country to play. But I don’t think our fans will be able to help us when we get inside those lines.”
On limiting freshman quarterback Justin Fields’ snaps because of different road environments…
“No. I don’t think that has anything to do with it. Justin handles the offense and the communication really well. I think that’ss been more the fact the last two weeks we’ve been at home. So it’s more recent memory than anything else. And he’s the right guy to play and he’s the right guy to get in there in situations. He continues to grow as a player, he gives us an element we don’t have, and certainly has done a good job with the snaps he’s gotten.”
On how tight ends affect total offense…
“Sometimes it’s based on protection, because when the tight ends are out in the passing game, they’re not in the protection, and a lot of it has to do with our ability to protect the passer and our ability to run the ball in play action. A lot of the catches the tight ends get come off play action. There are a lot of factors that go into that, that I don’t think some people acknowledge. I think it’s just about throwing the ball to the tight ends. There’s a lot more to it than that.”
On LSU sophomore cornerback Greedy Williams’ play and similarities to Georgia senior defensive back Deandre Baker …
“He’s a really talented player. He’s long, he’s athletic. He’s able to twist and contort, play the ball in the air really well. I’d say there probably are some similarities between him and our guys and D-Bake. He’s been a really good player already and done a great job for them. He kind of takes care of one side of the ball and shuts down a wideout each game. He’s a talented guy. They’ve traditionally had really good secondary players.”
On freshman quarterback Justin Fields taking hits in recent games…
“I think if you look closely, so has Jake [Fromm]. Jake took some shots in the last game. They both did. So number one, we have to protect better, but they also both have to know when they’re in vulnerable positions, meaning when they’re getting pressured and they’re not protected, they have to be ready to get rid of the ball. So that goes on both kids to try and not take the shots, and then ultimately in this game sometimes you’re protected and you still get shot, because the offensive line doesn’t win for you in front of you. As far as Justin, I thought he did a good job in the last game. That was something he really did on his own, made a decision to slide. He made a good run, and it was a good decision, so it shows that he’s learning and maturing when it comes to that. We still want him to be a weapon for us, and he can do that when he runs, but he has to protect himself as well, which he’s done a good job with.”
#18 Isaac Nauta | Jr. | TE
On playing in an environment like Tiger Stadium…
“From everything I’ve heard, it’s supposed to be an electric place to play in and they’ve really got the home field advantage. They’ve got a great fan base and I’ve heard it’s a crazy environment. I’m ready to see what it’s like.”
On preparing to play in that type of environment…
“[I tell myself] to stay composed. You can’t let the crowd get to you in those moments and you’ve got to stay on top of your assignments and know what you’ve got to do throughout the week in preparation to make sure when you can’t hear when you’re in there, you still know how to communicate. We work on it in practice throughout the week, making crowd noise on the speakers and try to get used to being in that environment.”
On preparing for a stretch ahead of four-straight ranked SEC opponents…
“Every week, the team gets better, they get more experience. Obviously, we’ve got a tough stretch up ahead with a lot of good opponents, but our preparation’s not going to change. If anything, we’re going to push harder because we know the competition’s going to get better. It’s exciting knowing you’re going to go into some of these big games and that’s what you want to be a part of being a football player.”
On being tested up to this point…
“I think we’ve been tested. We believe that some of the best competition we’re going to play is in practice. We’ve got some big games coming up, they’re teams we’ve played before. Being an older guy, I’ve played a lot of these guys so I know what to expect and I know a lot of these teams are ready to get another shot at us, especially. I think we’re going to prepare well and we’re excited to get after some of these teams.”
#5 Terry Godwin | Sr. | WR
On significance of this game…
“To us it is a big game, because it is the next game. We don’t look at it like how it is going to help us or hurt us down the road. We look at it as we have to go out there and play Georgia football regardless.”
On how the crowd can help especially looking back at Notre Dame…
“The game at Notre Dame was a great atmosphere. It was awesome that our fan base traveled all the way out there. It means a lot. It goes to show how much dedication they put in and how much they mean to us. It was an amazing atmosphere.”
On traveling to LSU…
“Of the guys that have been there on our staff, they’ve said that it is just going to be a great environment. It will be a hard-nosed game and this is what you come to the SEC for. It is games like this. It will be a great game.”
On upcoming tough schedule…
“We just know that from this point going forward we need to be on our ‘A’ game, because this is our meat of our schedule. We just have to be Georgia football and be who we are…We haven’t played our best yet.”
#13 Jonathan Ledbetter | Sr. | DE
On Coach Smart’s challenge to the defensive front for the upcoming game…
“Personally, I like that. He essentially is putting the game in our hands. We just have to come out and be physical. It is going to be a tough game. It will definitely be a fourth quarter game. They have a great football team. We are excited to tackle the challenge like always…This is my kind of football game. It is tough, it is physical. That is what you love to see in SEC football and it will be like that on Saturday.”
On LSU’s downhill offense …
“That is just what you are seeing anywhere in the SEC. The SEC is always about running the football, but they are trying to spread out the offense to have more abilities and more plays. It spreads defenses out and creates more running holes. However, it always gets back to running the ball though.”
On differences in preparation in tough stretch in schedule…
“Honestly, it is just making sure everyone is healthy. We are getting into the point in the season when everyone is a little banged up, not necessarily hurt, but just bruised up. The bodies are just getting some wear and tear, so we just have to make sure that we are getting treatment, getting into the cold tub and getting your legs back. These are tough games and sometimes it means playing more snaps. We don’t know how the ball possession will be so you just have to stay ready. The practices are still physical, you aren’t changing anything there. Outside of that the preparation stays the same, because you want to continue playing the same way.”
The Georgia Bulldogs, who defeated Vanderbilt 41-13 on Saturday, have remained 2nd in the AP and Coaches polls for Week 7.
Georgia received 1,426 points in the AP Poll, which is up 21 points from the Week 6 poll. In the Coaches Poll, UGA received 1,496 points, up six points from Week 6.
Georgia’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 13 against the 13th-ranked LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The game is set for 3:30pm ET and it will be televised by CBS.
AP Poll – Week 7
1. Alabama (59)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Clemson (1)
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
8. Penn State
16. Miami FL
20. NC State
22. Texas A&M
24. Mississippi State
Others receiving votes: Iowa 87, Stanford 59, Washington St. 46, San Diego St. 24, TCU 20, Appalachian St. 11, Utah St. 9, Utah 5, South Carolina 2, Hawaii 1.
Coaches Poll – Week 7
1. Alabama (61)
3. Ohio State (1)
4. Clemson (2)
5. Notre Dame
6. West Virginia
8. Penn State
19. NC State
22. Texas A&M
Others Receiving Votes: Washington State 113, Iowa 89, Mississippi State 67, Appalachian State 38, TCU 33, San Diego State 25, Utah 12, Utah State 11, South Carolina 10, Duke 8, Troy 8, Hawaii 6, Boise State 6, Syracuse 6, Virginia Tech 2, Michigan State 1, Army 1, UAB 1, Fresno State 1.
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ATHENS, Ga. – The second-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs remained perfect with a 41-13 rout of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on Saturday night.
Five different Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) produced touchdowns, three through the air from sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm (17-for-23, 276 yards) and two on the ground from sophomore tailback D’Andre Swift and senior tailback Brian Herrien.
Junior wide receiver Riley Ridley led eight different Georgia targets with five receptions, 57 yards and a touchdown, while junior Elijah Holyfield paced the Bulldog rushers – who collected a total of 219 yards as a group – with six carries on 64 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore defensive back Richard LeCounte supplied six solo stops for the Bulldog defense, who limited the Commodores to two field goals until the final seconds of the game. Freshman inside linebacker Channing Tindall also provided five tackles on the night.
“We ran the ball against a team that said, ‘You’re not going to run on us,'” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “But we’ve got to continue to improve…It starts with discipline. It starts with tying your shoes before practice, being on time for practice, being dressed properly, following the rules and regulations.”
At the 10:30 mark in the opening period, Vanderbilt became the first team to lead against the Bulldogs this season, using a 25-yard field goal to cap a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive.
Following a Rodrigo Blankenship touchback, the Bulldogs used one play to respond: Fromm found Godwin for a 75-yard touchdown, finalized with a five-yard shake-off of two Commodore defenders. A Blankenship PAT ensured a 7-3 margin.
Through the second quarter, the defense supplied a consistent source of pressure with two forced fumbles from junior inside linebacker Tae Crowder and LeCounte, despite both finding Commodores for the recoveries. The Bulldog defense culminated at the 10:35 mark in the second quarter, when a 12-play, 81-yard Vanderbilt drive was halted at the Georgia 14-yard line on a failed fourth-down attempt.
With the Bulldog offense back in possession, Holyfield settled an 8-play, 86-yard drive with an airborne, horizontal dive into the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown run and the 14-3 lead.
The Commodores tacked on another field goal with 2:18 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldog defense held the Vanderbilt offensive unit scoreless until the final seven seconds of the game.
Before the Bulldogs headed into the half, Fromm used junior tight end Isaac Nauta, junior wide receivers Mecole Hardman and Ridley to march to the Vanderbilt 10-yard line. Ridley reined in a 10-yard touchdown, keeping one foot in, to send Georgia into intermission with a 21-6 advantage.
Receiving the ball in the second half, the Bulldogs opened the frame with an 8-play, 75-yard trudge to the Vanderbilt end zone, finalized by a 35-yard D’Andre Swift explosion past Commodore defenders for the touchdown and 28-6 score.
Blankenship used his 53-yarder to make the game 31-6, before Herrien, flanked by the Georgia offensive line, fought for the touchdown after dropping and recovering the ball for the 38-6 clip, complete with a Blankenship extra point.
Blankenship added his second field goal of the day for added insurance before the Commodores produced a final touchdown as the final seconds on the clock winded down.
Next, the Bulldogs head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a matchup with LSU. The contest is slated for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Quick Strike Tonight: Georgia posted a 41-13 win to run its record to 6-0 (4-0 SEC). It marks the 12th time in school history that Georgia has raced out to a 6-0 start, and it’s the first time the Bulldogs have done it in back-to-back seasons. The 2017 team started out 9-0. Tonight, the Bulldogs had touchdown drives of 0:15 (one play, 75 yards), 2:46 (eight plays, 86 yards), 1:04 (six plays, 75 yards), 3:15 (eight plays, 75 yards) and 1:30 (three plays, 56 yards). Vanderbilt ran 59 plays for 321 yards while Georgia had 65 plays for 560 yards. The Bulldogs have scored at least 38 points in five of their six wins this year. Georgia’s defense came in allowing just 13.0 points a game.
Efficient Fromm: Sophomore QB Jake Fromm finished 17-for-23 for 276 yards and tied his career high with three touchdown passes to three different players in three quarters of play. Fromm completed passes to seven different Bulldogs and had touchdowns to senior WR Terry Godwin (75-yarder), junior WR Riley Ridley (10-yarder) and sophomore TB D’Andre Swift (35-yarder). Swift had four catches for 49 yards. His score was the second receiving touchdown of his career and the first since a 5-yard reception at Vanderbilt in 2017. Ridley finished with a team-high five catches for 57 yards while Godwin had two catches for 95 yards.
True freshman QB Justin Fields completed the game 3-for-6 for 53 yards and rushed for 18 yards on four carries. True freshman QB Matthew Downing saw action in the fourth quarter, going 1-for-2 for 12 yards
Trailing…Briefly: Vanderbilt kicked a 25-yard field goal at the 10:30 mark in the opening period to take a 3-0 lead on a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive. This marked the first time the Bulldogs had trailed all year. Following a touchback on the ensuing kickoff, Fromm connected with Terry Godwin for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive, which marked the longest passing play of the 2018 season thus far. This was a career-long catch for Godwin and the longest for the Bulldogs since Fromm connected with Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard score in the 2018 CFP National Championship versus Alabama. Georgia outscored Vanderbilt 17-0 in the third quarter and the Commodores final TD came with two seconds left in the contest.
Series History and Homecoming: With tonight’s 41-6 victory, Georgia now leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 57-20-2 including 21-4 when it’s Homecoming. Overall, Georgia is 77-18-2 in Homecoming contests.
Red Zone Stop Turns Into Points: While the Commodores made the best out of their first trip to the Red Zone, Georgia’s defense held Vanderbilt scoreless on their second trip to the Red Zone. The Bulldogs stalled a drive that started on Vanderbilt’s 5-yard line by stopping the Commodores on the Georgia 14-yard line during a 4th-and-1 situation. This was the Bulldogs’ third Red Zone stop of the year. Following that stop, Georgia marched 86 yards down the field and capped the eight-play drive with a 24-yard touchdown run from junior TB Elijah Holyfield.
Sophomore Richard LeCounte led the Bulldogs with six tackles and a forced fumble, freshman ILB Channing Tindall had a career-high five stops. Senior ILB Natrez Patrick had four stops, including a tackle for loss.
Blankenship Sets PAT Record, Connects From Deep: Junior PK Rodrigo Blankenship connected on five extra points to make him 32-for-32 on the year and to give him 121 straight. This topped Blair Walsh’s school record of 119. Blankenship also had touchbacks on seven of eight kickoffs, giving him 44 on the year and 132 in his career.
In the second half, Blankenship drilled a 53-yard field goal to put Georgia up 31-6. He is now 3-for-4 from 50+ in his career. This kick was the longest for Blankenship since he sent a career-long 55 yarder through the uprights versus Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game. He added a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is 9-for-11 on field goals.
Group Effort In The Ground Game: Georgia gained 219 yards on the ground in 34 carries for a 6.4 average. Junior Elijah Holyfield led the group with 64 yards on six carries (10.7 avg.) with one TD while freshman James Cook had seven carries for 56 yards (8.0 avg.) while sophomore D’Andre Swift had seven for 50 yards (7.1 avg.).
Penalties: Georgia had 13 penalties for 115 yards while Vanderbilt was flagged nine times for 69 yards.
Injuries: Redshirt sophomore LG Solomon Kindley went down in the first quarter with a right knee injury. True freshman Trey Hill came in for Kindley. This is the third starting offensive lineman for the Bulldogs that has gone down at some point this year (sophomore LT Andrew Thomas, redshirt sophomore RG Ben Cleveland. Thomas has returned to the lineup while Cleveland is still out.
Homecoming King & Queen: Senior Avalon Kandrac who is from Roswell, Ga., and majoring in Biological Engineering was crowned the 2018 Homecoming queen. Senior Chip Chambers who is from Watkinsville, Ga., and majoring in Biology and Economics was crowned this year’s Homecoming king.
Captains: Tonight’s captains were juniors Elijah Holyfield and David Marshall and sophomore Andrew Thomas.
Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart
Thoughts on the game…
“We played sloppy and I was disappointed with the way we played. It’s sad when you have undisciplined penalties. We’re trying to teach our team a lesson – you don’t beat good football teams having those errors. We did a few good things, too, and I don’t want to overshadow that. We ran the ball against a team that said, ‘You’re not going to run on us.’ But we’ve got to continue to improve.”
On how to fix penalties …
“It starts with discipline. It starts with tying your shoes before practice, being on time for practice, being dressed properly, following the rules and regulations. When you do those things, you don’t have penalties.”
On quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Justin Fields…
“Both kids continue to grow. For our offense, they add dimensions that we need. They’re both good players.”
On LSU …
“LSU has a great program and a physical team. They are coming off a tough loss to Florida, so they will be ready to bounce back. Their season will be at stake. We’ll have to bow our back and be ready to play a good football team. It’s always physical when you play LSU.”
On performing better in the second half …
“They were a little more tired. When you start the game, their cleats are buried in the dirt and they’re harder to move. We also didn’t execute as well, so were they stopping us or were we stopping us?”
Senior WR #5 Terry Godwin
On the offensive performance, which included his first touchdown catch of 2018, a 75-yard strike from Jake Fromm in the first quarter…
“As a receiver it felt good to get your first touchdown, especially being in Sanford Stadium. It wasn’t our best game, but we got more things to improve on.”
On offensive tempo, particularly the two-minute drill to score at the end of the first half…
“That drive was big because that was our first chance tonight that we got to work on our two-minute drill, and it paid off. We practice that every day after practice, and we finally got it tonight. Every guy was on their p’s and q’s. That helped us out.”
Senior DE #13 Jonathan Ledbetter
On the excitement for the LSU game…
“We just talked about that, too. I’m really excited. I’ve never been down there and I don’t think anybody on this team has had the opportunity to go in their stadium and play a good game of football. We’re going to go in tomorrow, break down the film, start on them and just keep putting our feet in the right direction.”
Junior WR #8 Riley Ridley
On the keys for preparing to play Vanderbilt…
“It was composure. It was discipline. It was toughness. That’s what this team is made of: those three things. We’ve got a lot of things to work on and we just look forward to doing it.”
On the emphasis on passing with 341 net yards through the air…
“As a receiver, it’s always good to have the passing game going, but you’ve got to have the run game to be balanced and beat the teams down the trail. We’ve got a lot to work on.”
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