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    In the nearly two years now that Kirby Smart has been Georgia’s football coach, this much has become clear: He will be bluntly honest when he analyzes his team. And that’s especially true when it comes to the secondary, where he used to play for the Bulldogs. It happened last year, when Smart downplayed an experienced secondary that had finished first in the nation the year before he arrived. It happened again at Smart’s first preseason news conference, when he essentially said that having four starters back was overrated. “We’ve got guys back, but how well do those guys play,” said Smart, Georgia’s starting safety in the late 1990s. “Do they play to the standard of what University of Georgia is? I don’t think so. I can’t sit here and say we play to the level of expectation that a secondary should play to.” That was fairly unprompted, and also seemed a bit harsh, considering the unit did finish second in the SEC in pass defense last year. But it’s also defensible when you consider that Georgia was torched by the two best quarterbacks it faced last year – Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs – and that questions remain about this experienced Georgia secondary. Is there a No. 1 cornerback? Is four-year starter Dominick Sanders a great safety or merely a good one who occasionally makes crucial mistakes? And will the team be able to replace Maurice Smith, who literally walked in two weeks into the preseason last year and started every game at nickelback? For a quick examination of the Dawgs secondary, head to our partners at Dawgnation.com
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  • WSB Sports director Jay Black blogs live from the G-Day game in Athens FIRST QUARTER 14:41 - Brian Herrien gets first carry for the black team, which is first team offense. 14:20 -- And Eason's first pass is incomplete. 12:38 -- Jake Fromm’s first pass is complete to Simmons, but for a loss of five after the fumble. 8:54 -- Holyfield, starting for the red team (2nd string offense) gets 23 yards on first 3 carries. 7:00 -- Cameron Nizialek with a nice punt inside the 5. He's a transfer from Columbia. In the Ivy League. Not South Carolina. 1:07 -- Eric Zeier: Red team defense (first stringers) with great bump and run coverage so far. END OF FIRST QUARTER: Black team (first-team offense) 0, Red team (first-team defense) 0 SECOND QUARTER 14:54 -- QBs after one quarter (running block): Eason 3-for-8 20 yards, Fromm 3-for-5 5 yards. 13:59 -- And Eason on cue with a 47 yard bomb to Wims. FIELD GOAL BLACK TEAM: Blankenship with a 20 yard field goal. Black team leads 3-0 with 12:31 left 2nd quarter. 12:31 -- Kirby Smart to the UGA radio network. “We’ve got good energy. I’m proud of the fans for turning out like they did. Little slow start for the offense, not much going on. It’s hard to run the ball out there.” 11:41 -- 17 yard pass from Fromm to Simmons. Should have been a 'sack' but Kirby Smart told refs to waive it off. TOUCHDOWN RED TEAM: Fromm to JJ Holloman (two freshman) for 42 yards. Red team leads 7-3 with 10:56 left in half. 10:56 -- Fromm's TD pass allows The Voice of the Dawgs Scott Howard to break out his 'Bomb from Fromm line he's been working on since January. 10:56 -- Blankenship booms his kickoff -- into the wind -- through the back of the end zone. 9:25-- Eason throws an interception to Aaron Davis on an overthrow to Nauta. Eason tried to force it in there and over threw it. 7:30 -- Fromm with a 16 yard out to Holloman who makes a terrific catch on the sidelines. Two freshman. 4:05 -- Mecole Hardman drops a would be TD pass from Fromm. Nice throw though. 4:00 -- TOUCHDOWN RED: Holyfield with a stiff arm and a score. Three yard TD run. Red team (2nd-string offense/1st-string D) leads 14-3. 3:55 -- Rush yards: Red: 40, Black: 9 3:51 -- Zero carries for Chubb or Michel. 1:42 -- Eason completes a 4th and 10 running for his life to Godwin for 27 yards. Down to the 15 with 1:42 left in half. 0:25 -- FIELD GOAL BLACK: Blankenship hits a 33 yarder. 14-6 Red team. HALFTIME: Red Team 14, Black Team 6 -- Instant analysis: If this is how things are going to look in the regular season, Georgia’s defense is going to be very, very good. But UGA’s offensive line might have some issues. All five offensive line positions have new players, with only two returning starters. So some growing pains are expected. Jacob Eason has been under pressure quite a bit and his numbers reflect that (8-for-21 for 133 yards and an interception), but he hasn’t exactly made the best decisions either. Still a couple off throws to Javon Wims have looked very good (3 catches, 85 yards). As for the first-string defense, even legendary coach Vince Dooley said on the UGA radio network “they aren’t holding back.” Two sacks in the first half and Reggie Carter leads with seven tackles. As for the other young QB, Jake Fromm hasn’t done anything to shut everybody. Fromm is 7-for-10 for 100 yards with some nice throws to fellow freshman JJ Holloman, including a 42-yard TD pass. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have zero carries, so there’s that. THIRD QUARTER 12:48 -- Red team's first series to open second half is 3-and-out. 11:06 -- UGA tells us the attendance is 66,133. Second largest ever for G-Day 9:50 -- Sam Vaughn now in at QB for red team. Fromm leaves 7-for-12 for 100 yards with a TD. 8:02 -- Walk-on Prather Hudson now the leading rusher in the game with 33 yards on five carries. 4:46 -- Blankenship misses a 49 yard field goal for the red team. Long enough, but wide right. 4:28 -- Sam Vaughn switches teams and now plays QB for the black team. Eason leaves 9-for-22 for 128 and an INT. There are no more QBs on team. 2:08 -- Eason comes back in to complete a third down pass to Godwin down to the red 32.  1:30 -- TOUCHDOWN BLACK: Eason with a 33 yard pass to Stanley. Red still leads 14-13 with 1:30 left in third quarter. 1:30 -- Stanley might have gotten away with a push, but SEC network analyst are actually the refs now. So that could have helped. 0:45-- Fromm back in with another nice gain to JJ Holloman. 16 yards. Holloman up to 77 yards on 3 catches. END OF THIRD QUARTER: Red team (1st-string defense, 2nd-string offense) 14, Black team 13. FOURTH QUARTER 10:44 -- Blankenship misses a 40 yard FG for the black team wide left. He's combined 2-for-4. 7:01 -- Eason in first half: 8-for-21 133 yards, INT. Second half: 5-for-5 94 yards. 6;15 -- Sony Michel with his first carry of the game, he picks up six. 4:33 -- FIELD GOAL BLACK TEAM: Blankenship hits the upright, but goes in from 34 yards. Black leads 16-14. 3:48 -- TOUCHDOWN RED: Fromm to Simmons for 70 yds. Fromm throws a floater on run that should have been an INT. 2pt good. Red leads 22-16 3:48 left 3:48 -- Eric Zeier on Fromm: I'm very impressed with how he commands the offense. 2:31 -- TOUCHDOWN BLACK: Eason to Charlie Woerner who ran over a couple of players for 36 yards. Blankenship misses XP. It's 22-22 with 2:31 in 4th 1:51 --Wonderful catch by Tyler Simmons as Fromm tries to lead a game winning drive. High drama at G-Day. 1:17 -- 598 total passing yards. Eason 302, Fromm 277 1:03 -- FIELD GOAL RED TEAM: Blankenship hits 27 yard FG. It's 25-22 Red with 1:03 left in fourth. 0:23 -- Red team has five recorded 'sacks' today. FINAL SCORE: Red Team 25, Black Team 22
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS ----- University of Georgia football fans will get their first glimpse of the 2017 edition of the Bulldogs this Saturday, when the Red team faces the Black team at the annual G-Day intrasquad game in Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. and admission to the game is free. Stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and festivities will begin at 11:30, when more than 60 Bulldog lettermen convene on the field for their annual alumni flag football game. At 1:00 the 2017 Bulldogs will continue the Dawg Walk tradition when they enter Sanford Stadium from outside the Tate Student Center. G-Day has traditionally included a canned food drive in behalf of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This year, in lieu of bringing canned goods to the game, fans are asked to consider making monetary donations to the Food Bank at the United Healthcare display from 11:00 a.m. until kickoff. Donations will be accepted at Gates 6 and 7 and outside at Gate 10 underneath the bridge.  Additionally, fans will also be encouraged to help continue UGA’s drive to build a handicapped-accessible home for former Southern University football player Devon Gales, who suffered a career-ending spinal injury at Sanford Stadium in 2015. Donations can be made by texting “Devon” to the following number – (706) 204-1707 – or by writing a personal check, made payable to the Devon Gales House Construction Fund, and mailing to the following address: UGAAA 1 Selig Circle Butts-Mehre Hall, Room 402 Athens, GA 30603 Attn: Bryant Gantt At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA’s incoming class of 2017 signees. Additional activities during a packed, 12-minute intermission include: the Region’s Bank Cash Catch, where two lucky fans will compete for cash and prizes by attempting to catch passes from Bulldog alumni QBs D.J. Shockley and David Greene; and the Academy Punt, Pass or Kick promotion, when one lucky fan will win up to a $500 gift card to Academy Sports & Outdoors, and additional fans could win $50 gift cards to Academy. For the first time ever, Georgia’s coaching staff will present the annual Spring Awards on the field immediately after the G-Day game’s conclusion. The G-Day game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network, with Dave Neal and UGA alumni Matt Stinchcomb (in the booth) and Maria Taylor (sideline) calling the action. G-Day will also be carried on much of the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. Scott Howard and Eric Zeier will call the action, with Chuck Dowdle providing commentary from the sideline. UGA will use G-Day to implement the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy, which will go into effect at all SEC venues beginning this fall. The policy will also be in effect, beginning in the 2017-18 competition year, at all of UGA’s ticketed sports venues: Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum (men and women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). More information on the SEC Clear Bag Policy can be found at: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy. A schedule of events for this Saturday follows: • 11:00 – Sanford Stadium gates open • 11:30 – Lettermen’s Flag Football Game kicks off • 1:00 – Dawg Walk commences outside Tate Student Center • 2:00 – G-Day intrasquad game kicks off • 6:00 – UGA baseball vs. Vanderbilt at Foley Field
  • Braves officials feel as though they blinked Friday, and tickets for the team’s opening day were gone. “We went through our allotment about a minute in,” Braves digital director Greg Mize tells Channel 2. “Opening night – that inventory’s gone. And same with Saturday, our second game.” Opening day at SunTrust Park is April 14 against the San Diego Padres. Fans can still get tickets to the game by purchasing a season-ticket 27-game pack. The team says a few of those are still available. “It’s really a mind shift for Braves fans. If you want to come to a game, [we’re] encouraging them to go online and get their tickets and get their parking early,” Mize says. Braves president of development Mike Plant echoes those sentiments. “Buy parking early,” he tells WSB. “At Turner Field we had 8,700 parking spaces. We are up to almost 15,000.” Parking tickets will have addresses on them, which will come in handy considering parking now stretches all along the radius of the stadium. Prices range from $18-23. Some parking will be around a 15-20 minute walk from the stadium, so shuttle services will be available. Private lots will also be popping up, and many existing lots do not open until 5:30 or 6 p.m. ET on weeknights. Officials at the park are now adding finishing touches to prep for opening day. “Our goal was always to make sure that by the time we played opening day, there was no Georgia red clay flowing down the streets,” Plant says. “And that goal’s been achieved.” Plant adds, “By opening day, every one of the roads and all the sidewalks will be open. “You might see some construction that is still on the facades, but you’re not going to see dumpsters and vehicles. It’s going to be a very safe place to come to.
  • SunTrust Park is almost, but not quite ready as developers add finishing touches. “Our goal was always to make sure that by the time we played opening day, there was no Georgia red clay flowing down the streets,” Mike Plant, president of development, tells WSB. “And that goal’s been achieved.” Plant adds, “By opening day, every one of the roads and all the sidewalks will be open. “You might see some construction that is still on the facades, but you’re not going to see dumpsters and vehicles. It’s going to be a very safe place to come to.” The team tells WSB majority of the stadium’s 41,000 seats are positioned in the shade. However, the star of the show is the battery development outside. “This is the key, heart and soul of the destination,” Plant says. The Athens-based beer company Terrapin is prepped to brew beer directly within the battery at SunTrust Park. “The food and beverage building – Terrapin taproom with Fox Brothers barbecue – will all be open by opening day,” Plant explains. While most of the restaurants will be ready by opening day, Plant and his team say you will no longer be able to bring your own food inside the stadium. “That’s kind of a norm, so as long as you make good quality [food] that’s affordable, I think everybody understands that,” Plant says. He adds, “Quality is going to be upgraded substantially here and we’re also very cognizant of cost. “You’re going to see some pretty good affordable offerings, understanding that you can’t create a reasonable ticket price and pick it up on the backside with the pricing of food and beverage.” Single-game Braves tickets go on sale Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. ET. Opening day is April 14.
  • HOUSTON -- 51 years is a long time. 51 years ago, my dad was nine years old. Today his hair is all white. 51 years ago, my granddaddy was only a few years older than I am now. Today, his hair is basically gone. But he still makes wooden furniture, takes care of my grandmother and chases after his great-granddaughters. 51 years ago, Tom McCracken was also a young man. But that year, he bought in to the newest show in town. Rankin Smith had paid $8.5 million for an expansion NFL franchise called the Atlanta Falcons. McCracken was in. 'I'm an original season ticket holder,' Mr. McCracken told me on Saturday in Houston. 'You can't get much more loyal than that.' Nope. Especially with this team and in this city. It takes a special skill to be a Falcons fan. Or a fan of any professional team in Atlanta. There's not much happiness and not a lot of heartbreaking pain. The teams are never good enough to cut you open. Pain comes from dramatic failure to match expectations. When you have no expectations, you're never disappointed. McCracken has only missed three seasons of Falcons football in 51 years. But he has a legit excuse. 'I was there in '66 and then spent three years in service,' the 75-year-old said. 'I came back and have been a season ticket holder ever since.' There are only a few people like Mr. McCracken. To watch bad football game after bad football game. Year after year. 'It's easy (to be a fan) now as winners,' said McCracken. 'But in the old Fulton County Stadium there were 15,000 people. It was fun. You had the whole row to yourself.' Alan Satterfield is a little younger than Mr. McCracken, but was there for those craptastic years too. 'I remember when you'd leave two tickets on your car windshield and come back and there were six,' said Satterfield. It's a commitment that's never easy. But it has brought these two men, their families, and thousands of others to Houston for history's sake. Being a Falcons fan is never easy, but when your team makes it to the Super Bowl, going with them is even harder. You can't get a ticket under $2,500. Satterfield has brought his family of five to this game. You do the math. Get a calculator, because an abacus or your fingers won't cut it. 'For everybody involved,' said Satterfield, 'it's probably north of $30,000 when it's all said and done.' Alan is a CPA. He can count that high. But if you have the money, numbers here don't matter. The Falcons are in the Super Bowl. I repeat, the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl. Satterfield has the money. He loves his family and loves his football team. He wants everyone to share. 'To be here with my family, it's a bucket list thing.' But a few million other Falcons fans will be watching the game back in Atlanta. At a bar, or at a party, or most likely by themselves or with one other loved one. This game is too serious to screw around with bean dip, appetizers and BBQ. One must be focused. The stakes are too high. Atlanta and championship don't go together. Oil and water is a more successful mix. It happens for other cities and other people and that's nice. We are polite southerners. We only wish ill-will for New Yorkers and Saints fans. We accept our fate. It's been ours for so long. Atlanta is so overlooked, it's never included in the list of most suppressed fan bases. You'd always hear people talk about Cleveland-anything fans or Cubs fans or anybody else. Never Atlanta. We aren't even good at losing. 173 seasons of professionals sports season. Baseball, basketball, football, hockey. One title. One championship parade. Thank God for the Braves. But they are also the team that has brought true pain to this city. Everything else, is just a meaningless season after another. But not now. The vibe in Atlanta these last two weeks and here in the Western Rise Up Bureau is 'this is our time.' Even the boss man agrees. 'It does from a lot of perspectives,' said Arthur Blank. It's not just football though. Atlanta is hot. Between new stadiums, great food and an award winning TV show of the name, Atlanta has never been hipper or hotter. I'm getting too worried that we are getting too confident. This certainly feels different than 1999, the last time we saw this Super Bowl stage. Maybe it was because the Falcons got lucky that Gary Anderson missed his only kick of the season. Or maybe it was Eugene Robinson's late night urges. Maybe it was because Chris Chandler was the QB. But no one in Atlanta felt as confident than they do now. Maybe we don't know how to handle it, maybe we haven't felt enough heart break to be more guarded. Or maybe the Falcons are just that good. Maybe this is truly is Atlanta's time. Matt Ryan just won the MVP award and Morten Andersen is going in the hall of fame. And yet, there's still the four time world champion Patriots on the other side. 'I'm nervous about the game,' said Satterfield. 'I've been a Falcons fan too long.' That's the sprit. But for Falcons fans of all generations, Super Sunday will be something special. Atlanta is ready for a party. Because as popular as the Braves are, no title means more to more people than this one. The Vince Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta. Can it really happen? 'Probably tears,' is how Alan Satterfield -- a grown man -- is expecting to celebrate this title. 'That's ok. I'm comfortable.' Alan's son has never seen tears from his old man. This setting will be acceptable. 75-year-old Tom McCracken doesn't seem like the crying type. But this game has a special meaning for him too. Win or lose. 'This is my last-hurrah. I might go with my son to the new dome, but it's too hard at 75. It's time to retire.' Well Mr. McCracken a lot of stars of have walked away with titles. Hopefully you can to. We might have true heartbreak awaiting us Sunday night. Or maybe, this is truly our time.
  •   The last time the Dawgs had a season this bad, it also finished in the Liberty Bowl. At least this time, Georgia will leave Memphis ringing the bell on the Liberty Bowl trophy. If you’re going to come to this part of Tennessee you might as well go home with some hardware. This 31-23 win over TCU will also edge up what is already sky-high expectations for 2017. You know, sort of like the sky high expectations for 2016. December has probably been the best month of the 2016 season. Four of Georgia’s impact juniors said they are coming back. Recruiting is going pretty great, UGA has at least at top 5 class and maybe better. At least the Dawgs finally got a win on the actual football field to close out December. “Nobody is happy with 8-5,” Kirby Smart told the UGA radio network. “Certainly not us. We know what we have to do to get better and we have to go out and do it.” Georgia did look like a better football team today, at least in the second half. The first 28 minutes though, were a bit rough. Save a 77 yard pass from Jacob Eason to Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia’s offense looked as bad and as boring as ever. Three plays in a cloud of dust. Then a short punt. Georgia had five 3-and-outs in its first seven possessions. The other two were a TD and a turnover. Wake me up when something happens. Georgia’s defense did well to hang for the TCU no-huddle ride with its offense giving it only three plays to take a break. This game had a chance to really get out of hand, until the game’s MVP made the biggest play of this bowl. With his team already up 16-7, Kenny Hill’s 45 yard run put the Horned Frogs on the verge of a blowout. Two plays later, Trenton Thompson stuffed the quarterback for the first of his three sacks, knocking TCU out of field goal range. Next drive, Sony Michel goes in for 33 yard TD catch and Georgia goes to the half down two instead of down 16. A big 14 point swing caused by Georgia’s biggest defender. “Trenton played hard all game, so disruptive and so athletic,” said Smart. “There’s no limit to how good Trenton can be if he just buys into the system, which he has done this year.” Thompson’s three sacks ties him with Marcus Howard and David Pollack for the UGA bowl record. From there, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel did the rest, with Georgia rushing for 199 yards in the second half. That’s the Georgia formula. That’s the plan. The defense makes the stops and the running game wears you out. If it were only that easy, the Dawgs wouldn’t be spending its December in Memphis. “Those two backs wear you down,” said Smart. “You tackle them in the first quarter your fresh. The fourth quarter and that’s 220 pounds of muscle coming right at you. You get tired of hitting those guys.” And Bulldog Nation will get to watch them run one more season. Reasons number one and number two as to why Bulldog fans will be expecting something more than “Liberty Bowl Champions” in 2017. The chorus has already started, as it generally does in Athens every December. All together now “next year is going to be our year.” However, It’s pretty hard to argue that Georgia has a real shot to produce. The entire defense is basically back and all (breaking news, scratch that) almost all of the offensive skill players return (McKenzie says he’s going pro). Sprinkle a bunch of recruits with a bunch of stars and all is right with the world. One problem: This team went 7-5. It was mediocre. Is it really fair to expect so much for a group that produced so little in one year? “I’m certainly confident that they will be ready,” said Smart. “They have to not read their press clippings if they are playing. And if they aren’t, they need to work harder.” The future should be bright. There was glimpses of it today, even though it’s a 7-5 team beating a 6-6 squad. Now we see what Smart can do with his “Squad 17” recruiting call. Because the honeymoon is officially over. The mulligan season is gone. Championships will be expected very soon.
  • FOURTH QUARTER 3:22 — FINAL SCORE: Georgia 31, TCU 23 3:18 — D’Andre Baker breaks up the pass on fourth down and UGA gets the ball back with 1:14 to go. 3:09 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Nick Chubb with a 13 yard run. Georgia leads 31-23 with 2:48 left. 3:08 — 5th 100 yard rushing game for Nick Chubb this year and 18th of his career. 3:02 — Trenton Thompson 3 sacks and 3.5 TFLs. A huge one on third down pushing TCU out of easy field goal range and Horned Frogs miss a 47 yarder. 2:43 — FIELD GOAL GEORGIA: Blankenship with a 30 yard field goal. UGA leads 24-23 with 13:27 left. 2:42–TCU sacks Eason on third down, Georgia will have to settle for a field goal attempt. THIRD QUARTER 2:36 — END OF THIRD QUARTER: TCU 23, Georgia 21. Instant analysis: Well Georgia is starting to move the ball a little bit now. The Dawgs had 119 yards in the third quarter, and finally got the run game going with a 48 yard run by Nick Chubb that has the Dawgs on the verge of taking the lead. Georgia scored a TD on its other drive of the quarter, but needed a fake field goal to do it. The Dawgs got the ball thanks to a big forced fumble by Lorenzo Carter who has two of the day. Georgia is still having trouble containing QB Kenny Hill who has rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries while throwing for 94. Third quarter was much more entertaining than the first two. 2:36 — Chubb with a 48 yard run, goal to go now for Georgia. 2:30 — Touchdown TCU: John Diarse with a terrific catch on a nine yard pass. TCU leads 23-21 with 2:07 left in the third quarter. 2:14 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Eason hits Javon Wims on a four yard pass. Wims first TD as a Bulldog. UGA leads 21-16 with 7:08 left in third. 2:11 — Brice Ramsey picks up the first down on a fake field goal with an 11 yard run. Eason is usually the holder. 2:07 — Great awareness by Eason to keep that play alive and run for the first down. 2:05 p.m. —  Dominick Sanders recovers a fumble after a long TCU run. Carter forced his second fumble. UGA ball at its 48. SECOND QUARTER 1:39– END OF FIRST HALF: TCU 16, Georgia 14: Instant analysis — Trenton Thompson and Lorenzo Carter have made two of the biggest plays so far for Georgia to keep the Dawgs in this Liberty Bowl. Following Kenny Hill’s longest run of the season, Thompson sacked Hill two plays later which derailed a drive that had to could have put the Dawgs in a 16 point hole. UGA answered with its best offensive drive of the day, ending with a Sony Michel 33 yard TD catch. On the following drive, a big kickoff return on the other side of mid field gave TCU another opportunity to get points, but Lorenzo Carter forced a fumble on a Kenny Hill scramble, keeping the score at 16-14. It feels like UGA’s defense is hanging on for dear life, but Georgia is actually out gaining the Horned Frogs 204-175. The Dawgs offense finally got something going in the second quarter, but it is still struggling to run the football. Nick Chubb has 13 yards on six carries, while Michel has 29 yards on seven carries. Eason is 9 of 16 for 155 yards. McKenzie is over 100 yards  for the first time since the Missouri game. “We have to run the ball, loosen things  up and get our play makers the ball,” Kirby Smart told the UGA radio network. TCU’s Hill is the game’s leading rusher with 55 yards on 11 carries. It’s been a feast or famine day for Georgia’s offense so far, with five 3-and-outs and a turnover. But the Dawgs are only down two and are keeping this fast-paced TCU offense in check. UGA might be fortunate to still be in the game, but it is still in the game. 1:39 — Blankenship misses a 53 yard field goal to end the half and it wasn’t even close. 1:36 — Carter with a big forced fumble on a Hill scramble. UGA ball at its 45 with 30 seconds left. 1:33 — Michel’s first TD catch of season. 1:32 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA: Michel with a 33 yd catch. Big juke and big hit for Sony to get into the end zone. TCU leads 16-14 with 1:13 in half. 1:21 — TCU misses a 41 yard field goal. UGA hanging around, down 16-7 with 5:25 left in half. Big stop for Dawgs D. 1:18 — Guess what, another 3 and out for Georgia. They got close though, but an Eason scramble came up a half yard short. TCU ball at its 35. 1:14 — UGA with 103 total yards. 75 percent of it on the 77 yard pass from Eason to McKenzie. 1:13– Touchdown TCU: John Diarse with a 10 yard catch from Hill. Frogs lead 16-7 with 9:15 left in 2nd quarter. 1:08 — Georgia burns its last time out challenging an incomplete pass by TCU. Dawgs thought it was a lateral. 1:04 — UGA drives: Four 3-and-outs, a lost fumble and a TD. TCU has three 3-and-outs. 1:01 — Fourth 3 and out for UGA. Short Ramsey punt gives TCU ball at the UGA 45. 1:00 — Chubb six yards on five carries. Long of 2. 12:57 — UGA’s defense steps up and forces a 3 and out. Dawgs ball at its 10. 12:49 — UGA only gets two yards on its first drive of the quarter. Another punt. TCU ball at its 45 FIRST QUARTER 12:44 — END OF FIRST QUARTER: TCU 9, Georgia 7: Instant analysis: Well that escalated pretty quickly. TCU went 3 and out on its first two drives with only six total yards. Then Georgia chose to punt on fourth and 1 at its own 45 and then the TCU offense clicked into  high gear. QB runs, short passes, option runs. UGA was fortunate to hold the Frogs to a field goal on a 14 play drive. However, TCU hit pay dirt two plays after an Eason fumble. The Dawgs need the offense to put together a long drive to get a breather. Outside of a 77 yard pass to McKenize, UGA’s offense hasn’t  done much. UGA has 17 yards on 9 carries. 12:42 — Touchdown TCU: Kenny Hill runs it in from the 10 yard line on a QB draw. XP hits the post, so it’s 9-7 TCU with 2 seconds left in first 12:40 — Call stands so TCU ball at UGA 21 12:39 — Eason is hit as he throws and loses the fumble. But its under review. 12:38 — TCU’s offense had UGA on skates but Dawgs bow up in red zone. Thompson had pressure on Hill to force grounding on third down. 12:37 — Field goal TCU: Hatfield hits a 40 yard FG. Dawgs lead 7-3 with 44 seconds left in first quarter. 12:25 — Dawgs cant do much with decent field pos and go 3-and-out. TCU ball at its 12 after punt, 12:22– TCU goes 3 and out again. UGA ball at its 35. 12:16 – Drive was set  up by 77 yard pass from Eason to McKenzie. Longest pass of the season for UGA and a career long catch by McKenzie. 12:17 — TOUCHDOWN GEORGIA. Four yard run by Michel. UGA leads 7-0 with 9:32 left in first. 12:14 — Chubb passes Todd Gurley to become the 2nd all time leading rusher in UGA history. Still a ways to go to catch you know who for No. 1 12:09 — TCU also goes 3 and out on its first drive. McKenzie hit after the punt on the UGA 13. 0-0 with 12:27 left in 1st quarter. 12:06 — Dawgs throw it on 3rd-and-1 and fails. 3-and-out for UGA. Ramsey’s punt out at TCU 35. 31 yard punt. 12:01 p.m. — TCU wins the toss and defers. Georgia ball
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