Coming into the game the UGA faithful expected a redout, but by the end of the night it was the Clemson defenders that were seeing red as the back of Todd Gurley’s jersey plowed past them time and time again.
In a revenge game to make up for last year’s heartbreaking loss the Bulldogs whipped the visiting Tigers 45-21.
It seems as if Coach Mark Richt has found the fomula for success in Athens this year; give the ball to Todd Gurley, a lot. Gurley set a UGA record with 293 all purpose yards. He had 193 yards running with 3 touchdowns and a monster 100 yard kick-off return for a score that seemed to be the play to right the collective hearts out of the Clemson team.
With that performance Gurley has cast himself into the thick of the Heisman race. Coach Richt, the king of the understatement had this to say after the game
“I think he’s the best player in America, or at least one of them.”
Yup, coach. Hit that one right on the head.
What also made yesterday’s intro incredibly promising was that it wasn’t just Gurley balling out, we have a stable of RBs that all look like world beaters; Freshmen Nick Chubb and Sony Michel great in their Athens debut combining for 10 carries, 103 yards and a touchdown. That isn’t even mentioning the play right before the end of game kneel down where Chubbs broke off a 40 yard TD run only to have it called back on a illegal shifting penalty.
This win is awesome for the UGA faithful. Coming into the year people had no clue about the ceiling of this UGA team. Was this a special collection for the Dawgs, or was this going to be another solid yet unspectacular season that seems to be par for the course for UGA these days.
A special nod to the defense who completely obliterated the Clemson offense in the second half. First year DC Jeremy Pruitt made some adjustments at the half and it was lights out from that point forward. The front 7 was especially dominant leaving Clemson with only 1 first down and 15 yards in the entire second half.
This is just one game but it looks like UGA has the players and mentality to make a serious run at one of those highly coveted 4 slots in the newly minted college football playoff.
If Gurley can stay healthy and the defense continues to play aggressively at the end of the year the whole nation will be wondering; How Bout’ Dem Dawgs? – Glass