Blindsided would be the best way to describe fan emotions following the last few days of Georgia headlines. No one could have anticipated losing Todd Gurley to an NCAA investigation or the soon-to-follow Georgia (5-1, SEC 3-1) shutout 34-0 victory of No. 23 ranked Missouri on their own field.
The old saying goes, “There is no “I” in team” and this victory proved that as a combination of Georgia players came together and did their job Even without Gurley on the field, Georgia relied on a shifted defense drawn up by Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
As a true freshman, Nick Chubb shouldered the responsibility of matching the TG3 way and dominated the game with his work ethic. Chubb had more carries than any other Georgia player in ten seasons.
Nick Chubb – 38 carries
Knowshon Moreno- 33 Caries
Todd Gurley- 30 carries
Isaiah Crowell – 30 carries
Chubb continued to relentlessly proud the ball into the Missouri defense, wearing them down to the bare bone, which the Georgia Bulldogs would chew on throughout the match.
Georgia’s defense also put on one of its most impressive performances yet, giving up minimal yardage to the Tigers. At one point in the game, you would have assumed Maty Mauk thought it was his job to throw to the Dawgs. Georgia tracked down four interceptions – two picks coming from Quincy Mauger and one-a-piece for Dominick Sanders and Damian Swann.
Brendan Douglas shouldered the weight along with Chubb and displayed an impressive and forward leap into the end zone that essentially sent Missouri fans to the parking lot. Ultimately, Georgia’s strong defensive stance and dominating offense performance solidified a spot the No. 10 position in the AP Top 25 poll.
As an added bonus, Georgia Quarterback, Hutson Mason, executed extremely well without his lead running back in the back field. Mason fired the ball away 22-of-28 times. The confidence might be sinking in after the, hopefully, temporary loss of Gurley. Mason has encountered low numbers throughout the season as the main focus has been pounding the ball on the ground. Even with his exceptional day of passing, Mason still fell short of 200-yards, collecting just 156 yard. If the ground-pound is working and Georgia is walking away with the win, then life is still good for a Georgia Bulldog.
Georgia’s outstanding game play will need to continue, as no one is positive when Gurley will return to the field. With uncertainty hanging over the Bulldogs the show out at Mizzou promises that the Dawgs can overcome obstacles and proceed to fight on to Arkansas before a bye week before Florida.