The game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs was easily the most anticipated game of Week 5. The Crimson Tide came into the game an underdog for the first time in 73 games and they played like they had a chip on their shoulder.
The Crimson Tide found a special player in freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley during the dominating win. Defensively, the first half for the Tide was absolutely perfect. They held Georgia running back Nick Chubb to just 35 yards in the first half and their special teams came up big on a few plays in the game.
The two teams traded field goals as the score was 3-3 with eight minutes left to go in the first half. That’s when the Tide decided to open the floodgates with their own Heisman candidate, running back Derrick Henry when he broke open a 30-yard run for the first touchdown of many for Nick Saban’s crew.
The Tide forced the Bulldogs to punt for the fifth time in the first half on the ensuing drive. Collin Barber had his punt blocked by freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick, who then picked up the ball and strolled into the endzone.
The Tide defense came up big again as they forced another punt on the next drive. The Tide got their passing game going as Jacob Coker found Ridley streaking up the middle of the field for a 45-yard touchdown strike to make the halftime score 24-3.
Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert struggled for most of the first half and was replaced by Brice Ramsey late in the first half. On the first drive of the second half for the Tide, Ramsey threw an interception to Eddie Jackson, who rumbled 50 yards for a touchdown.
The Tide added on another touchdown after a 2-yard sneak by Coker. That made the score 38-3 with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
With time ticking down late in the third quarter, Chubb was sitting at only 52 yards on the ground. It looked like he was going to miss breaking Herschel Walker’s streak of most consecutive games with 100 yards. Then this happened.
That 83-yard run gave the Bulldogs their only touchdown of the game and Chubb 146 yards on the ground. Georgia needed that run to come much earlier in the game, but it didn’t happen.
The Crimson Tide went on to win the game 38-10 and move to 4-1 on the season and avoiding going 0-2 in the SEC for the first time since 2007, Saban’s first year in Tuscaloosa.
Coker was 11-16 with 190 yards threw the air. Ridley was the leading receiver for the Tide as he went for 120 yards and a touchdown and Henry had 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs next play on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tide host the Arkansas Razorbacks for their next game.
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