Rapid Reaction: Everybody gets into the act as No. 5 Georgia dominates UMass
Georgia’s game with UMass on Saturday was always meant to be a go-through-the-motions kind of easy victory, and that’s exactly what happened.
The Bulldogs came into the game as a 41-point favorite against UMass, an FCS team that’s only won four games all year, and rolled to an 66-27 win.
Georgia’s offense marched up and down the field all day, and it didn’t matter if it was the starters doing the damage or the guys on the bench. Everyone got into the act, and there were big plays galore.
Starting quarterback Jake Fromm only threw 5 passes all day, and he completed them all for 106 yards and a score.
We expected to see a lot of highly touted freshman Justin Fields, and he didn’t disappoint, throwing and running for more than 100 yards. He threw touchdown passes to Riley Ridley (11 yards) and Mecole Hardman (57 yards), and also ran for a touchdown. He got his 100 yards rushing on just seven carries, with a long for 47.
Five Georgia runners scored touchdowns, with freshman James Cook scoring twice on only three touches. He had 76 yards rushing. Tyler Simmons ran for a 49-yard touchdown and also had a 71-yard scoring receptions.
The biggest surprise of the day might have been that UMass scored 27 points. The Minutemen scored in every quarter and did their best to keep it interesting the offensive side of the ball at least. Quarterback Ross Comis threw for 278 yards against the Bulldogs. Receiver Andy Isabella had 15 catches for 219 yards and 2 TDs, one coming on a long flea-flicker.
With the win, Georgia moved to 10-1 on the season. Already winners of the SEC East thanks to a three-game run where they beat ranked teams in Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, the Bulldogs are now one game away from concluding the regular season and directing their focus to Alabama. The No. 1 Crimson Tide are the Bulldogs’ opponent in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Dec. 1.
All that’s left now is the season finale against in-state rival Georgia Tech. The game is next Saturday at noon ET (TV: SEC Network). Georgia Tech had a 3-game winning going against quality ACC foes like Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Miami before Saturday’s game with Virginia.