Georgia Football

3rd & 1: The Top 3

This week’s Top 3 features a new team at #1 while another proves their worth at week 10.

No. 1 Georgia – The Bulldogs have taken the top spot over Alabama, who have been #1 since the start of season, after a stellar performance against Florida.

Georgia dominated the first half against the Gators, scoring 21 points within the first quarter. Nick Chubb started with a 6-yard run and Javon Wims followed shortly after with a 17-yard pass.

While the Gators prevented Georgia from scoring in the second, Sony Michel followed his first quarter touchdown up with another.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm went 4 for 7 in 101 yards, allowing one interception within 60 minutes.

Georgia could use some improvements on their passing game, but nothing this season has been a cause for a sense of urgency. Georgia has proven it can get by on their own and it seems to be working.

No. 2 Alabama – Alabama’s drop this week is not a surprise, but they’ve got much more room for improvements with what they showed two weeks ago against Tennessee.

Alabama doesn’t have any problems with passing or running game like other teams, however their own worst enemy always ends up being themselves. Alabama went 5 for 38 in penalties against the Volunteers 1 in 10.

No. 3 Notre Dame – Notre Dame’s solid performance against NC State gives them a six position gain and in the Top 3.

Notre Dame’s start wasn’t a good one with a blocked punt return ending in a touchdown by their opponent, but the Fighting Irish quickly turned things around.

Durham Smythe put Notre Dame on the board with a 25 yard pass. After giving up a 15 yard pass touchdown to NC State’s Kevin Harmon, Notre Dame controlled the rest of the game in scoring.

Cornerback Julian Love returned an interception for 69 yards with a touchdown, while Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards. Brandon Wimbush went 10 for 19 in 104 yards.

The Fighting Irish have consistently improved these last few weeks. Their performances against ranked teams have landed them here. How will they fair going forward? They face Wake Forest to home on November 4th to put their skills to the test.


Tennessee victorious with Hail Mary

ATHENS, GA – 2016.10.01 Football Tennessee vs. GeorigaPhoto by: Craig Bisacre

Call ‘em the comeback kids.

Tennessee fought throughout an entire 60 minutes at Sanford Stadium and came out on top with a 34-31 victory against the No. 25 ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

In an ending that resembled Georgia was set for victory, with ten seconds remaining on the play clock after Georgia’s Riley Ridley went 47-yards for a touchdown, Tennessee pulled an upset with a Hail Mary.

Joshua Dobbs threw for a 43-yard touchdown after Evan Berry went 20-yards on the return. The Tennessee Volunteers charged into the second half of the game to take control of their own fate, scoring over half of their points just within the fourth quarter.

Alvin Kamara and Josh Malone set up the play that would set the tone for the second half of the game. Kamara almost broke free, but settled for a 13-yard gain. Malone’s first down eventually led to Jalen Hurd’s 19-yard touchdown and the first, and only, of the third quarter.

It was the fumble by Georgia quarterback’s Jacob Eason that added to Tennessee’s momentum that led to their victory. Corey Vereen recovered Eason’s fumble in the end zone.

The touchdown earned Tennessee a 28-24 lead with 2:56 remaining on the clock.

Georgia answered with an unbelievable 47-yard touchdown of their own, however a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty put the game back in their opponent’s hands.

Berry returned 20-yards before the team called for a timeout with only four seconds remaining.

In the last play Dobbs threw 43-yards toward Jauan Jennings, who was surrounded by multiple Georgia players. Jennings’ remarkable catch resulted in a 34-31 Tennessee victory. It is the fourth time this season The Volunteers have came from behind and won.