NCAAF Game Recap - Massachusetts at Georgia
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:00 PM EST

Cit
17
Ala
50
F
Duke
6
Clem
35
F
Syr
3
ND
36
F
Ind
20
Mich
31
F
UMass
27
UGA
66
F
Kans
40
Okla
55
F
WVU
41
OkSt
45
F
Ariz
28
WaSt
69
F
OHSt
52
MD
51
F OT
Rice
10
LSU
42
F
Cin
13
UCF
38
F
IASt
10
Tex
24
F
UtSt
29
ColSt
24
F
Idaho
10
Fla
63
F
PSU
20
Rut
7
F
OreSt
23
Wash
42
F
MidTN
23
KY
34
F
Utah
30
Colo
7
F
BC
21
FlaSt
22
F
Boise
45
NM
14
F
NW
24
Minn
14
F
Stan
Cal
PPD
Ark
6
MisSt
52
F
WestMI
41
Ball
42
F OT
Buff
17
Ohio
52
F
MiaOH
13
NIU
7
F
Toled
56
Kent
34
F
Tul
17
Hou
48
F
FlAtl
38
NorTx
41
F
Mem
28
SMU
18
F
MSU
6
Neb
9
F
TCU
16
Bayl
9
F
Pitt
34
Wake
13
F
SoFL
17
Temp
27
F
Colg
14
Army
28
F
NCSt
52
Lou
10
F
VMI
14
OD
77
F
FLInt
42
Char
35
F
GASt
17
App
45
F
UTSA
0
Marsh
23
F
Nev
21
SJSU
12
F
ULMon
17
ArkSt
31
F
WCU
26
UNC
49
F
TxSt
7
Troy
12
F
USC
27
UCLA
34
F
LaTec
20
SMiss
21
F
TxTch
6
K St
21
F
Iowa
63
Ill
0
F
MiaFL
38
VaTec
14
F
Mizzu
50
Tenn
17
F
Wisc
47
Purd
44
F(2OT)
Tuls
29
Navy
37
F
UVA
27
GATec
30
F OT
BGSU
21
Akr
6
F
AF
27
Wyo
35
F
Lib
0
Aub
53
F
SoAl
38
ULLaf
48
F
GaSo
41
CoCar
17
F
UAB
20
TxAM
41
F
UConn
21
ECU
55
F
UTEP
16
W Ky
40
F
Miss
29
Vand
36
F OT
Chat
9
SCar
49
F
NMSt
10
BYU
45
F
SDSU
14
Fres
23
F
AzSt
29
Oreg
31
F
UNLV
28
Hawaii
35
F

Nov 17, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Massachusetts (4-8)

7

6

7

7

27

(5) Georgia (10-1)

14

28

17

7

66

Freshmen Fields, Cook power No. 5 Georgia past UMass, 66-27
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:51 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia's playmakers feasted as if lined up at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

No worries. There was plenty of offense for everyone.

Freshman Justin Fields threw two scoring passes and ran for another touchdown, Tyler Simmons had rushing and receiving scores, and No. 5 Georgia protected its playoff hopes by overwhelming UMass 66-27 on Saturday in one of the biggest offensive games in school history.

Another freshman, James Cook ran for 76 yards on only three carries, including his first two career scoring runs, from 26 and 27 yards.

"Everybody gets equal opportunity," Simmons said.

Georgia gained 701 yards, the second-highest total in school history, including 426 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs never punted.

Coach Kirby Smart said the Bulldogs "overpowered a team that's smaller than us."

Fields led the Bulldogs with 100 yards rushing, including a career-long run of 47 yards and a 3-yard scoring run. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, making another step in shedding his reputation as a run-first quarterback.

"I'm glad Justin got a chance to show he can do more than run," said tailback Elijah Holyfield, who ran for 50 yards and had a 5-yard scoring run.

Georgia (10-1) leaned on its quick-strike offense on six scoring drives lasting no more than four plays. Starter Jake Fromm and Fields shared time at quarterback as the Bulldogs avoided looking ahead to next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech or the Dec. 1 Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

The Bulldogs led UMass (4-8) 42-13 at halftime.

"They're fast and they're big and the smallest mistake they will capitalize on and take advantage of it," said UMass linebacker Bryton Barr.

Highlights for the Minutemen were Andy Isabella's second-half touchdown catches of 75 and 45 yards from Ross Comis. Isabella, one of the nation's leading receivers, capped his career with 15 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

"I know the score got a little out of hand, but we went out there and kept fighting," Isabella said.

Isabella set school records with 102 catches for 1,698 yards this season.

Georgia scored touchdowns on seven of its first eight possessions. The one exception was Terry Godwin's lost fumble attempting to field a punt in the first quarter. Joseph Norwood recovered at the Georgia 16 to set up the lone touchdown of the half for the Minutemen, a 5-yard run by Marquis Young.

Finally, with 9:58 remaining in the third quarter, the Georgia offense was stopped short of the end zone when Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 40-yard field goal.

Otherwise, it was a productive half for Fields, Simmons and the Bulldogs. Simmons' 49-yard run around right end capped Georgia's three-play touchdown drive to open the game. Simmons added a 71-yard scoring catch from Jake Fromm early in the second quarter.

Fromm was 5-for-5 passing for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Third-string quarterback Matthew Downing took over for Georgia to open the fourth quarter.

Comis completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

THE TAKEAWAY

UMass: Isabella, a semifinalist to win the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top receiver, left a strong impression on the Bulldogs. Even when matched against Georgia's top cover cornerback, Deandre Baker, Isabella was difficult to defend. The UMass defense also struggled in a 55-21 loss at Boston College on Sept. 1 in its only other test against a Power Five team.

Georgia: Fields continued to emerge in a more prominent role for Georgia. Known more for his running earlier this season, Fields showed impressive touch on deep passes, including his 57-yarder for a touchdown caught in stride by Mecole Hardman . "He's getting better with his vision down the field," said Smart of Fields, who also threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Riley Ridley.

BIG OFFENSE

Georgia's 701 yards trailed only its 713 yards against Florida Atlantic in 2012 on school records. The 66 points set a high mark since a 66-0 win over Troy in 2014. The 426 yards rushing are the sixth-most in school history and the most since 454 against Vanderbilt in 1987.

PREGAME INJURY

Linebacker Monty Rice did not play and finally came on the sideline midway through the first quarter on crutches, wearing a boot on his left foot. Smart said Rice was hurt while "planting and driving" during pregame warmups, and he said the severity of the injury was not known.

Georgia was without offensive linemen Kendall Baker (left knee) and Cade Mays (shoulder). Mays had started the last six games at right guard.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Favored by 41 points, Georgia delivered the lopsided win needed to likely protect its No. 5 spot in the Top 25.

WELCOME BACK

Former Georgia tailbacks Nick Chubb, now with the Cleveland Browns, and Sony Michel, now with the New England Patriots, attended the game and earned ovations when featured during first-quarter timeouts. Chubb and Michel finished second and third, respectively, on Georgia's career yards rushing, behind Herschel Walker.

UP NEXT

UMass: The Minutemen open their 2019 season at Rutgers on Aug. 31.

Georgia: The Bulldogs close their regular season at home with their annual state rivalry game against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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Passing

UMass Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Comis 31 23 74.2 2 278 75 1 109.3
M. Curtis 1 1 100.0 0 9 9 0 104.2
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fields 8 5 62.5 2 121 57 0 145.8
J. Fromm 5 5 100.0 1 106 71 0 158.3

Rushing

UMass Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Dingle 1 42 42.0 42 0
M. Young 7 32 4.6 12 1
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Fields 7 100 14.3 47 1
J. Cook 3 76 25.3 27 2

Receiving

UMass Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Isabella 15 219 14.6 75 2
S. Emilus 2 24 12.0 13 0
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Simmons 2 81 40.5 71 1
M. Hardman 3 68 22.7 57 1

Fumbles

Returning

UMass KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Young 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0
K. Horn 1 7.0 0 7 0 - 0 0
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Hardman 2 20.5 0 21 2 5.5 0 9
T. Godwin 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Takeaways

UGA Int Yds InTD
T. Crowder 1 13 0

Team Stats Comparison

UMass UGA
Points For 27 66
Total Yards 390 701
Rushing Yards 103 426
Passing Yards 287 275
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/32 14/17
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 16 30
Penalties - Yards 7/59 2/20
Time Of Possession 49:49 11:11
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/13 4/6
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/41 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UMass UGA
UGA 1:59 TD Tyler Simmons 49 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 7
UGA 8:36 TD Elijah Holyfield 5 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 0 14
UMass 13:01 TD Marquis Young 5 yd run (Cooper Garcia kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter UMass UGA
UGA 1:05 TD Riley Ridley 11 yd pass from Justin Fields (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 21
UGA 4:33 TD Tyler Simmons 71 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 28
UMass 7:41 FG Cooper Garcia 34 yd FG 10 28
UGA 8:47 TD Justin Fields 3 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 10 35
UGA 12:38 TD Mecole Hardman 57 yd pass from Justin Fields (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 10 42
UMass 15:00 FG Cooper Garcia 32 yd FG 13 42
3rd Quarter UMass UGA
UGA 2:22 TD James Cook 26 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 13 49
UGA 5:02 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 40 yd FG 13 52
UGA 14:59 TD Brian Herrien 6 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 13 59
UMass 15:00 TD Andy Isabella 75 yd pass from Ross Comis (Cooper Garcia kick) 20 59
4th Quarter UMass UGA
UGA 4:10 TD James Cook 27 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 20 66
UMass 6:05 TD Andy Isabella 45 yd pass from Ross Comis (Theo Yongue kick) 27 66

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 92,746
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