No Mercy For The Minutemen as Georgia Rolls

No Mercy For The Minutemen as Georgia Rolls

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No Mercy For The Minutemen as Georgia Rolls


“One if by land, two if by sea”…..this time the Minutemen didn’t have an answer for the Redcoats as freshman quarterback Justin Fields’ immense talents were on full display Saturday as he led No. 5 Georgia to a 66-27 win over UMass. 

The former five-star recruit and ESPN’s No. 1 prospect in 2018 connected on five of eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, carried the ball seven times for a career high 100 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

 

Freshman James Cook added 76 yards on only three carries, including his first two career scoring runs, from 26 and 27 yards. The Bulldogs gained 701 yards, including 426 yards on the ground, and never punted.

 

Georgia’s (10-1) quick-strike offense had six scoring drives lasting no more than four plays. Starter Jake Fromm completed all five of his passes for 106 yards and a score. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on seven of its first eight possessions. The only error in the first half was Terry Godwin muffing a punt at the Georgia 16 to set up the lone touchdown of the half for the Minutemen.

 

Tyler Simmons’ 49-yard run opened the scoring for Georgia. On Georgia’s second possession, Elijah Holyfield capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive from five yards out. Rodrigo Blankenship’s PAT increased the lead to 14-0.

Fields added to the scoring as he had a career-long 47-yard run to set up an 11-yard touchdown strike to Riley Ridley. Fromm re-entered the game and his 71 yard touchdown pass made the score 28-7.

After a UMass field goal, it was Fields’ turn to impress the Bulldog faithful as he connected with tight end Isaac Nauta for 54 yards. The Kennesaw, Georgia product capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, highlighted by a pretty spin move.

The Georgia defense gave the ball right back to Fields and he hit wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr.in stride on a beauty of 57 yard touchdown pass. Blankenship’s PAT extended the Dawgs lead to 42-10.

UMass added a late second quarter field goal and the teams went into the locker rooms with UGA holding a 42-13 lead.

Fromm opened the second half and promptly marched the Dawgs to a touchdown in four plays. Brian Herrien had 31 yards on two carries and Cook scored from 26 yards out for his first touchdown.

Linebacker Tae Crowder wanted to see the second half of the Justin Fields show so he intercepted the Minutemen on their second play of the half and returned the ball to the UMass 30. Georgia settled for a 40-yard Blankenship field goa and stretched the lead to 52-13.

The teams scored 14 points all within five seconds remaining on the clock in the third quarter. On Georgia’s next possession, Brian Herrien scored from six yards out with just one second left in the quarter. After Blankenship’s touchback on the ensuing kickoff, UMass displayed a little trickery. On a double pass, receiver Andy Isabella slipped behind the Georgia secondary, sidestepped two would-be tacklers near the goal line and completed a 75-yard touchdown scoring playing, closing the gap to 59-20.

Cook ended the scoring for Georgia on a 27-yard touchdown run, The Minutemen still showed some fight as Isabella struck again on a 45-yard touchdown reception, making the final score, 66-27. 

Georgia concludes the 2018 regular season next Saturday. The Bulldogs host in-state rival Georgia Tech (7-4)  at 12 p.m. ET on SEC Network. 

Takeaways

Georgia was without offensive linemen Kendall Baker and Cade Mays, but still moved the ball at will. Leading tackler Monty Rice was on crutches, wearing a boot on his left foot. The linebacker suffered an injury in pregame warmups.

 

Georgia greats Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, rookies with the Cleveland Browns and  New England Patriots, respectively, were at the game and received a huge ovation.

 

UMass receiver Andy Isabella will be playing on Sunday next year. The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, given to the nation’s top receiver, gave fits to Bulldogs’ secondary all game. The senior had a career-high 15 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns, with several catches coming against Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker, considered a top-10 pick in next year’s NFL draft.  

Georgia had a season low two penalties for 20 yards.

UMass’ 27 points were the 3rd highest point total against the Dawgs this season. Only LSU and Mizzou scored more.

 

The 66 points was the most since 2014 when the Bulldogs shutout Troy 66-0 in Athens and second-most since beating Northeast Louisiana 70-13 in 1994.

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