The Georgia Bulldogs beat up on the North Carolina Tar Heels last week in their season opener at the Georgia Dome. They jumped up into the top ten of the AP polls, but on Saturday, they struggled with FCS opponent Nicholls State in their home opener.
It was a slow first half for the Bulldogs as running back Nick Chubb could not get anything going as the Colonels defense, led by East Mississippi and “Last Chance U” star Ronald Ollie, held him to just 14 yards on the ground. The defense forced a Chubb fumble and were able to cut into the Bulldogs 10-0 lead going into halftime after a four-yard run by Dontrell Taylor.
The Bulldogs added to their lead after a second field goal to open the second half. But the Colonels went right back down the field as Chase Fourcade connected with Jarrell Rogers from 20 yards out to give them their only lead of the game.
Georgia answered back quickly as Isaiah McKenzie took off on a 66-yard catch and run from Jacob Eason, giving his team a 20-14 lead.
The ensuing defensive drive saw the Bulldogs take advantage of the turnover as linebacker Lorenzo Carter scooped up a fumble and took off on a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown, making the score 26-14 after the failed two-point conversion.
The Colonels did not let the double-digit lead intimidate them however. On their next defensive drive, they stopped the Bulldogs, who looked to be adding to their lead, with a 90-yard interception return by Jeff Hall, which set up a field goal for Nicholls State.
The Colonels again made a big play on their next punt of the game. McKenzie went to field a punt, but he fumbled allowing the Colonels to recover and then score a touchdown to make the score 26-24.
The Bulldogs, however, did enough on their next drive to put the game away to move to 2-0 on the season.
But just barely.
Georgia must now regroup for next week as they look to open the SEC season against the Missouri Tigers.