Georgia jumped on Mississippi State early and rode that lead to a dominating 31-3 win Saturday night in Athens.
Mississippi State entered the game riding high after their own dominant win against LSU last week. But, the Bulldogs from Starkville punted on their first five series by which time they were in a 14-0 hole at nearly the end of the first half.
Georgia scored touchdowns on their first two series with the first coming off a 58 yard flea flicker on Georgia’s first offensive play in which freshman quarterback Jake Fromm found Terry Godwin who had streaked past the Mississippi State defense.
FLEA FLICKER!— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 23, 2017
Fromm ➡️ Godwin.
Just like that... 7️⃣-0️⃣ @FootballUGA. pic.twitter.com/YMH0bGHmTu
The next drive for Georgia ended with a touchdown to stretch the lead to 14-0 after an eight play drive, 78 yard drive ended with a seven yard Nick Chubb touchdown run. Chubb tacked on a 28 yard second half touchdown run that extended the lead to three scores.
Jake Fromm was given a chance to show off his arm more than in the win at Notre Dame two weeks ago. Aside from the opening touchdown pass to Godwin, Fromm threw a deep touchdown pass to tight end Isaac Nauta.
#DawgsOnTop pic.twitter.com/OjoDaEzChs— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 24, 2017
Fromm only attempted 12 passes, but used those attempts efficiently with nine completions, the pair of touchdowns and 201 yards.
Mississippi State, after rushing for 285 yards against LSU, only picked up 177 rushing yards. The offense failed to keep on track in the first half as, of the five drives which ended in punts, four of them had failed third down conversions which were of five yards or longer.
The second half was not much better for Mississippi State’s offense. Interceptions on back to back drives led to ten points for Georgia which extended the lead to the final margin.
Both teams face crucial divisional games next week as Georgia travels to Knoxville next week to take on Tennessee while Mississippi State goes to Auburn.