Rapid Reaction: Georgia blasts Kentucky, but big question remains. Can Dawgs do this to West?
Draw your own conclusions about the East vs. West gap, but Georgia certainly found the sledding easier Saturday in a 42-13 victory over division foe Kentucky.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, stuffed into a corner last week at Auburn, returned to form in a huge and fitting way on Senior Day. And Jake Fromm, harassed and hit repeatedly a week ago, often had time to scan the field against the Wildcats.
There were big plays — Chubb’s 55-yard touchdown and Michel’s 37-yard score — and routine plays. Fromm’s 27-yard touchdown pass to senior Javon Wims would have counted in two-hand touch.
The calendar and thermometer said mid-November, but Georgia looked like it looked from September until they boarded the plane for The Plains.
Again, draw your own conclusions as to why, but Georgia picked up where it left off, hammering another East opponent. Kentucky, trying to post a winning record in the SEC for the first time since 1977, finished SEC play 4-4.
Georgia finished the regular season 6-0 against the East, its closest call a 14-point victory against South Carolina. The Dawgs topped 40 points against the other five.
The Dawgs piled up points and broke records Saturday, firmly staying in the Playoff race. Fromm’s first touchdown pass — the strike to Wims — was his 17th this season, breaking the freshman Georgia record set last year by Jacob Eason.
But this day belonged to the seniors, who scored all six touchdowns.
Chubb celebrated his home finale with his 40th and 41st rushing touchdowns. Among Dawgs, only Herschel Walker (49) has more. Not long after Chubb’s first score, roommate and classmate Michel got it on the act too, scoring the first of his three.
Both runs were typical. Chubb’s a misdirection between the tackles, Michel’s more explosive around the edge. The type of stuff Georgia fans have seen for years.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) November 18, 2017
Neither was done.
After Kentucky opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive, Chubb and Michel went back to work.
Chubb started Georgia’s 60-yard scoring drive with a 21-yard run. Michel finished it with his second touchdown, this one from 8 yards. Together, they gained 46 of the 60 yards. Georgia didn’t throw it and didn’t need to; it faced second down just twice.
Up 28-13 midway through the third, the biggest remaining question was whether the duo would cap their storybook time in Athens by both topping 100 yards for the third time in their career.
Chubb got there first, and it was explosive. How many times have we seen him take an inside handoff, bounce outside and take off? He did it again, this time racing 55 yards for his 41st rushing score.
That run also pushed him over 1,000 for the season. It was the third time in four seasons he topped 1,000.
Michel didn’t quite get there. He finished with 87 yards, the final four coming on his third touchdown run.
The dynamic duo, both 5-stars in 2014 recruiting class, combined for five touchdowns in their final home game.
Georgia dominated the East, start to finish.
The real test awaits in two weeks. In Atlanta, against the best of the West.