The Georgia Bulldogs return to Athens after dominating the South Carolina Gamecocks 41-17 last Saturday in Columbia. In the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 21 point run and turned an early Southeastern Conference showdown into an apparently easy victory. The Bulldogs bludgeoned the Gamecocks in the second half.

Jake Fromm finished the day 15/18 for 194 yards and one touchdown. Running backs Elijah Holyfield ran for 76 yards and a touchdown. D’Andre Swift ran for 64 yards and a touchdown. Brian Herrien also ran for 45 yards and a touchdown. The ‘Dawgs ran for 271 yards on 52 carries.

Defensively, J.R. Reed and senior Deandre Baker registered an interception apiece, with sophomores Richard LeCounte and Monty Rice pacing the defense with career-highs of 10 and eight tackles respectively.

Georgia moves on to face the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State this Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Head Coach Kirby Smart has tremendous respect for MTSU’s head coach Rick Stockstill.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for their coach, a guy I’ve known for a long time in this profession,” Smart said during his Monday press conference. “He does a great job. Always had just tremendous respect for the job he’s done. He’s one of the longest tenured coaches at his school, in the country, having been there, I think, since either ’06 or ’07. And he does a tremendous job. A lot of respect for him. His son’s a quarterback. He’s a really good football player. They beat three Power 5 schools in the last six or seven years. And they’ve got really good athletes, a really good football team and our focus kind of turns to them.”

The media seized on the opportunity to discuss whether or not stud freshman quarterback Justin Fields will play against the Blue Raiders.

“I think the important thing for Justin (Fields) is that he continues to improve, Smart said. “He’s worked hard, and we want him to continue to improve as a player. And that’s what’s going to make our team better. And that’s what is important for his future to continue to do that. I would love to get him an opportunity to get into this game.”

Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC) returns to Sanford Stadium next Sat., Sept. 15 against Middle Tennessee State with kickoff at 7:15 (ESPN2​).

 

Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice

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