Dawgs prove themselves as SEC elite with win over Mississippi State

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

Kickoff is scheduled for 7p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN (live stream). However, Georgia thoroughly dominated the contest the entire way, proving a point for second-year head coach Kirby Smart and the Dawgs. Fromm stepped into his throw and put the ball on the money for his target to take 59 yards to the end zone.

They share a nickname and a league.

"We don't play Georgia very often", State coach Dan Mullen said Monday. "If you're out on the road and you play a team as good as Georgia and you don't execute, you're not going to win".

"We saw (a lack of execution) in practice, having to redo a lot of plays and we were kind of messing up a lot", Fitzgerald said. "So there's some uniqueness to it".

Mississippi State: QB Nick Fitzgerald, RB Aeris Williams, NT Jeffery Simmons, CB Tolando Cleveland, OL Martinas Rankin, OL Deion Calhoun, LB Dez Harris, WR Donald Gray.

In fact, far from it. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm was pitch-perfect under center, the defense was absolutely suffocating and No. 11 Georgia beat No. 17 Mississippi State 31-3 at home in Sanford Stadium.

Just 23 times - a rather perplexing lack of familiarity, given both were charter members when the SEC was founded in 1932. Of Georgia's top-four tacklers, three - J.R. Reed, Deandre Baker and Aaron Davis - were defensive backs.

Even so, he won't have any trouble getting up for the game, given what's on the line.

"You know as long as you do your part, everything is going to fall into place", Godwin said.

"We had poor communication on the back end and didn't get in the right coverage", Mullen said.

Mississippi State (3-0) surged into the rankings with a 37-7 blowout of then-No. 12 LSU, and they left in search of answers against an opponent that was better in all phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. Murray received a slight hint of dissent from the home crowd that was too delirious to hold a grudge against the leading passer in SEC history. Alabama (4-0) has won 19 straight over the East. It sets a new career-high for Fromm in single-game passing yardage. But there did appear to be at least one angle showing Swift's knee down, although you couldn't really tell if the ball was moving or not. It's a different thing. Which means these Bulldogs are headed for a 5-0 start. Each boasted credible wins - Notre Dame and LSU, respectively - yet neither had a sample size large enough to define a true direction.

A victory this week would be even bigger. Unfortunately for MI, while it continues to win, it's mostly in spite of Speight, who is completing just 54 percent of his passes this season. "I'm not going to sit here and say we've arrived, because I don't think that's the case". Wins like this prove the SEC East still has teams that can hang with the top of the SEC West. Mississippi State's offense was never able to settle into a rhythm. Clemson and North Carolina also have been more frequent opponents. Georgia outgained Mississippi State 114-34 in the first quarter.

Mississippi State's defense easily thought a run was coming as a result. "It's not all about the one game in this league, it's the multiple games".

The Dawgs will have the stage all to themselves Saturday night between the hedges.

Chubb is more of a power runner, picking up most of his yards between the tackles, while Michel is a slashing, outside threat. He should be ready to go today.

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