ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 SEC) beat the Troy Trojans (0-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) 66-0 on Saturday in Sanford Stadium.
True freshman running back Sony Michel had a big day against the Trojans, finishing the day with 155 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Michel’s longest run of the game was a 75-yard gain that set him up for his second touchdown of the day. Michel averaged 15.5 yards a per carry.
“It was awesome to just get a chance to come out and win again,” Michel said. “We just want to win. The stats will come but it’s the win that matters most.”
Former high school teammate and fellow freshmen, wideout Isaiah McKenzie, also had an impressive game. McKenzie returned a 52-yard punt and scored his first collegiate touchdown. McKenzie had two catches for 54 yards in Georgia’s win.
Hutson Mason connected with Michael Bennett twice in the end zone, Mason finishing 8-for-11 with 97 yards and two touchdowns and Bennett finishing the game with three catches for 34 yards with two touchdowns. Both Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta saw time, Ramsey threw his first collegiate touchdown while Bauta had two rushing touchdowns.
The Georgia defense had a stellar game, holding Troy to only 47 yards rushing and 216 yards total, while the Bulldogs helped themselves to 547 yards and nine touchdowns on offense. Junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins led the Bulldogs in tackles with five – three solo and two assisted. Jenkins also had 1.5 tackles for loss including a sack.
Some of the younger Bulldogs also contributed greatly in the turnover department. Redshirt freshman Tramel Terry intercepted Dontreal Pruitt’s pass in the end zone to secure Georgia’s shutout in the middle of the third quarter.
“I feel like we needed to correct some mistakes that we didn’t do last game [38-35 loss vs. South Carolina],” Terry said. “I felt like this game helped us a lot with the forced turnovers and being aggressive.”
Freshman corner Rico Johnson forced a fumble which was recovered and returned for 11 yards by redshirt freshman Aaron Davis. The fumble led to a Georgia touchdown as Mason found Kenneth Towns in the end zone.
Pruitt, was 16-for-27 for 158 yards with one interception.
The Georgia Bulldogs advance to 2-1 and will host the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) next Saturday, September 27 at 12p.m. E.T. The Troy Trojans fall to 0-4, and will start conference play on Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe (2-1).
- Safety J.J. Green (UGA) was ejected on the third play of the game for targeting
- Georgia RB Keith Marshall left the game on crutches after being hit in the same knee that ended his season last year, but it does not seem serious according to Mark Richt.
- Georgia’s biggest margin of victory since 1958 vs, Citadel (70-0)
- Heisman hopeful Todd Gurley had six carries for 73 yards for Georgia
- Troy QB Dontreal Pruitt started his first career game for concussed Brandon Silvers.
- Georgia snapped Troy’s 99-game scoring streak
*Section Photo credit to Scott Cunningham, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to AJ Reynolds, Athens Banner-Herald