Georgia Football: Revenge Best Served Red

Athens was everything head coach Mark Richt request it to be. An early mid-week ticket issue ensured a packed Sanford Stadium against No. 16 Clemson. The University of Georgia ticket holders arrived early to claim their seat. Latecomers risked their entrance for the opener, and it was a game you wanted to watch. The season opener rematch resonated strong among the Georgia players, staff, students and fans. The 2013 season opener ended with a 38-35 Tiger victory so the men who wore the red and black were prepared for a meeting between the hedges. Richt called for a “Red Out” for the game and the crowd showed up, showed out, and showed Clemson what it means to plat between the hedges. It was 21-all as Georgia battled the Tigers for a tight first half, but they never looked back after halftime. Georgia made explosive runs and stops leading to a 45-21 victory. Some of the high points: Todd Gurley: The Heisman campaign has begun. Gurley stood out during the 2013 season, but plagued with injuries his time on the field was limited to short bursts of series. During Saturday’s game alone, I think, Gurley made up for his time spent on the sidelines. Gurley ignited the seas of red in Sanford when he returned a kick-off of 104- yards. Even with his impressive single play feat, Gurley racked up 198- yards with 15-touches and 3- touchdowns. The season is young; Gurley is fast and hungry to become the most-outstanding player in the league. Gurley gained national attention and was named the Walter Camp offensive player of the week. Keep watching. Outstanding True freshman: Nick Chubb, and Michel Sony made their Sanford Stadium debut in the highly anticipated season opening rematch. These true freshmen looked un-phased. Chubb excelled collecting 70-yards off four carries, highlighted by a 47-yard touchdown run. Chubb ran right out of his shoe during his touchdown run. Way to make a memory more memorable. Michel notched 33-yards for his first game. Georgia’s offense produced 328-yards rushing, 117 of those yards coming in the first three quarters. The jets ignited in the fourth quarter, the Dawgs added 211 yards in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Pruitt and The Defense: Jeremy Pruitt joined the Bulldogs in January after notching an impressive National Championship with the Florida State Seminoles. Pruitt’s presence was felt after Saturday’s win. Pruitt’s defense held Clemson to NO first downs in the second half. Big play makers included: Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd, Lorenzo Carter, Amarlo Herra and Damian Swann making noise and stops for the Dawgs in Saturday’s 45-21 beat down. It was an absolutely incredible display! Even sweeter was the fact the Bulldogs held Clemson to a 24-point unanswered rule in the second half. Extra Extra: Hutson Mason started his first game as a fifth year senior after the departure of Aaron Murray. Mason played in two games in the 2013 season. However, Saturday was the first time Mason was surrounded by 92,000 fans in Sanford. Mason went 18-26 for 131 yards. Not too shabby, but Mason will come into his own as the season progress. Next up: Georgia is off next week and will then travel to Columbia, South Carolina to face Spurrier and his Gamecocks on September 13!

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