The Georgia Bulldogs and North Carolina Tar Heels engaged in a splendid affair in Atlanta on Saturday evening. After all was done and dusted, the Bulldogs emerged victorious 33-24 thanks in large part to their star running back.
Nick Chubb roared his way back into the college football scene as he amassed over 200 yards on the ground. Highly touted freshman quarterback Jacob Eason was also featured and the youngster had a solid first outing under center.
Here’s what we learned:
1. Nick Chubb is back, y’all: Chubb showed that he was healthy and more than willing to carry Georgia on his back in his first game since a gruesome knee injury in 2015. He ran for well over 100 yards in the first half and finished with 222 yards on the ground and two touchdowns including the one that stuck the dagger into the Tar Heels’ chest. If this game is any indication, he’s just getting started.
2. Jacob Eason is the guy: He’s not a good guy, he’s not a bad guy... OK, I had to. Sorry. Anyways, Eason was thrust under center early in the game and received a loud ovation from the Bulldogs faithful in the Georgia Dome. He would proceed to deliver when called upon, going 8-for-12 for 131 yards and a touchdown. A 10.9 yards per attempt is pretty dang good, all things considered. Eason will likely get plenty more reps as the season goes on, and the true freshman looks like he could be as good as advertised.
3. The Bulldogs suddenly look glimmering in the SEC East: It wasn’t the best few days for the teams in the SEC East as highly touted favorite Tennessee needed OT to vanquish Appalachian State and the host of others either struggled or took a loss (sans Florida, who is currently battling with UMass). The Bulldogs, by proxy, look rather impressive, especially so if Nick Chubb is going to be such a difference maker again.