Appalachian State almost matched Georgia's total offense in the first half - 207 to 190 - but got into Georgia territory just twice. But it is important to note when the Bulldogs permitted those points: in the final six minutes of the contest, with its starters already off the field. Mountaineers defensive tackle Myquon Stout was called for a personal foul in the first quarter Saturday.
It's exactly the type of performance Georgia coach Kirby Smart expected, particularly from his defensive line. "They are obviously very talented. Jacob and Jake have similar qualities", said Smart. App State will not suffer the same fate tonight as it did previous year against the Hurricanes, nor will the Mountaineers take the Bulldogs into overtime. The tandem not only did a good job of running the ball, but they made it easier for Fromm to stay upright in the pocket with key blocks on pass rushers.
Not that Georgia was flawless. A key matchup will be the ability of Georgia's running game to push the chains against a tough Appalachian State run defense.
Georgia plays an eagerly anticipated game at Notre Dame Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They return their top five tacklers from last year-linebackers Roquan Smith (junior), Natrez Patrick (junior) and Davin Bellamy (senior)-along with junior tackle Trenton Thompson and senior safety Aaron Davis. We have to keep positive and have no pointing fingers.
Both Appalachian State scores were a result of the turnovers. Chubb ranks fifth among career active rushers with 3,424 yards. He was an honorable mention all-conference performer last season.
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Our Prediction: In truth, the Mountaineers made an fantastic performance back in their Sun Belt Title run a year ago and proved they have quite a formidable team that shouldn't be underestimated.
"We got in a groove kind of in the second quarter there, but you know you have to give a testament to that defense", Lamb said. It will be somewhere in between, so we'll go with a decent first half and an eventual three-touchdown difference. Yes, freshman Richard LeCounte looks like he is a heat-seeking missile, but other than him and Reed, the secondary really didn't do a whole lot in the game.
Among the returning players that were starters or regular contributors, Smart said, Carter has improved as much or more than any of them. "When Fromm comes in, he completed two in a row and played exceptionally well for a freshman getting in the game like that". "I think he'll be well in the near future". The offensive line was thrown a curveball with Fromm having to step in and change things up early in the first quarter.
Even so, Smart was well-aware a far more imposing test looms in the coming week.
To get the pass rush the Dogs need, Georgia could send the four men up front and a few more, but then the defense is more vulnerable on the outside and deep. "Our ultimate goal is to get the victory, and I thought he did a nice job helping us do that".