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Georgia rallies to beat TCU 31-23 in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) No matter how difficult it was to find running room early on, Georgia kept trying to establish its ground attack.

That stubborn approach eventually paid off.

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined to rush for 229 yards and two touchdowns Friday as Georgia came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat TCU 31-23 in the Liberty Bowl.

''At the end of the day, we were able to run the ball when we had to run the ball and they knew we had to run the ball,'' Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. ''That's a mark of two good backs. That's the mark of some tough guys up front.''

Chubb rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while Michel ran for 87 yards and a score on 16 attempts. The two juniors already have announced that they plan to return to school for their senior seasons.

Held in check for much of the game, Chubb closed the third quarter with a 48-yard burst that set up Rodrigo Blankenship's field goal to put Georgia ahead 24-23 with 13:27 left. Chubb then rushed for 57 yards in the final period, including a 13-yard touchdown with 2:48 remaining.

''We never stopped,'' Chubb said. ''Nobody on our offense stopped. Nobody on our team stopped. We kept pounding.''

Georgia (8-5) restored some pride to the Southeastern Conference. The SEC had entered the day with a 1-4 bowl record, a major step back for a league that went 9-2 in bowl games last year to set a record for bowl victories.

The Bulldogs also sent TCU (6-7) to only its third losing year in Gary Patterson's 16 full seasons as coach. Missed opportunities proved costly for the Horned Frogs, who led 16-7 in the first half and carried a 23-21 advantage into the fourth quarter.

''It was a game that we could have easily won, but you've got to make plays,'' Patterson said. ''For us, it's kind of been the story of our season.''

Brandon Hatfield was wide right on a 47-yard field goal attempt that would have put TCU ahead with 7:57 remaining. He earlier had missed an extra point attempt as well as a 41-yard field goal.

Both of Hatfield's missed field goals came after Trenton Thompson sacked Kenny Hill in third-down situations. Thompson set a Liberty Bowl record with three sacks and was named the game's most valuable player.

After Hatfield missed his 47-yarder, Georgia went on a 70-yard touchdown drive to extend its lead to 31-23. Deandre Baker clinched the victory by breaking up Hill's fourth-and-4 pass from the Georgia 44 with 1:14 remaining.

Hill threw a pair of touchdown passes to John Diarse and also ran for a third score, but he was sacked five times and lost a fumble. Georgia's Jacob Eason was 12 of 21 for 164 yards with two touchdown passes.

THE TAKEAWAYS

Georgia: The Bulldogs established themselves as potential SEC Eastern Division favorites next season, assuming Eason improves in his sophomore year. Chubb and Michel should form one of the nation's top running back tandems next season, and Georgia figures to have a quality defense.

TCU: The Horned Frogs end up with a rare losing season, but Hill's gutty performance offers at least some cause for optimism. Hill struggled with consistency all season but kept TCU in the game Friday as he eluded pressure while playing with a bad ankle.

ENTERING THE DRAFT

Georgia wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie announced after the game that he's passing up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McKenzie had four catches for 103 yards, including a 77-yarder that set up a touchdown.

MOVING INTO SECOND

Chubb's 142-yard rushing performance increased his career total to 3,424 and made him the second-leading rusher in Georgia history. Chubb overtook Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who rushed for 3,285 yards in his college career.

The school record is held by Herschel Walker, who ran for an SEC-record 5,259 yards from 1980-82.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

Thompson had posted just two sacks in the regular season before delivering three more Friday. ... Diarse had caught just one touchdown pass in the regular season before scoring twice in the Liberty Bowl. ... The announced attendance of 51,087 was the Liberty Bowl's smallest crowd since 1997. ... Georgia's Lorenzo Carter forced two fumbles.

NEXT UP

Georgia: will open the 2017 season Sept. 2 against Camellia Bowl champion Appalachian State.

TCU: kicks off the 2017 season Sept. 2 by hosting Football Championship Subdivision program Jackson State.

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Key Players
S. Michel 1 RB
87 YDs, 1 TDs
K. Hill 7 QB
146 YDs, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:48
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
23
Touchdown 2:48
27-N.Chubb runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
70
yds
05:09
pos
30
23
Field Goal 13:32
98-R.Blankenship 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-58
yds
01:28
pos
24
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:07
27-B.Hatfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
23
Touchdown 2:07
7-K.Hill complete to 9-J.Diarse. 9-J.Diarse runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
56
yds
04:53
pos
21
22
Point After TD 7:08
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
16
Touchdown 7:08
10-J.Eason complete to 6-J.Wims. 6-J.Wims runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
52
yds
06:36
pos
20
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:13
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
16
Touchdown 1:13
10-J.Eason complete to 1-S.Michel. 1-S.Michel runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
96
yds
04:12
pos
13
16
Point After TD 9:15
27-B.Hatfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
16
Touchdown 9:15
7-K.Hill complete to 9-J.Diarse. 9-J.Diarse runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
45
yds
00:56
pos
7
15
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 0:02
27-B.Hatfield extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
7
9
Touchdown 0:02
7-K.Hill runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
21
yds
00:27
pos
7
9
Field Goal 0:48
27-B.Hatfield 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
23
yds
05:23
pos
7
3
Point After TD 9:32
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:32
1-S.Michel runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
86
yds
02:55
pos
6
0
1st Downs 17 18
Rushing 11 9
Passing 5 7
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 7-14 7-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 429 347
Total Plays 65 67
Avg Gain 6.6 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 248 175
Rush Attempts 44 39
Avg Rush Yards 5.6 4.5
Net Yards Passing 181 172
Comp. - Att. 12-21 18-28
Yards Per Pass 8.6 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-17 5-26
Penalties - Yards 7-45 2-10
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-34.8 3-40.3
Return Yards 77 149
Punts - Returns 2-1 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 5-76 5-149
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 3/6
Extra Points 4/4 2/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Georgia 8-57771031
TCU 6-7977023
181 PASS YDS 172
248 RUSH YDS 175
429 TOTAL YDS 347
Georgia
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Eason 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 164 2 0 154.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.1% 2430 16 8 120.2
J. Eason 12/21 164 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Chubb 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 142 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 142 1
N. Chubb 17 142 1 48
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 87 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 87 1
S. Michel 15 87 1 20
B. Ramsey 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
B. Ramsey 1 11 0 11
J. Eason 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 -45 1
J. Eason 6 7 0 15
I. McKenzie 16 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
I. McKenzie 1 3 0 3
B. Herrien 35 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 363 3
B. Herrien 2 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. McKenzie 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 103 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 103 0
I. McKenzie 4 103 0 77
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 39 1
S. Michel 2 39 1 33
J. Wims 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 11 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 190 1
J. Wims 3 11 1 5
I. Nauta 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 361 3
I. Nauta 2 8 0 4
T. Godwin 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
T. Godwin 1 3 0 3
C. Payne 47 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 62 1
C. Payne 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Smith 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
R. Smith 9-4 0.0 0
T. Thompson 78 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 3.0
T. Thompson 6-2 3.0 0
L. Carter 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
L. Carter 6-0 0.0 0
M. Smith 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 2 0.0
M. Smith 6-0 0.0 0
A. Davis 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 2 0.0
A. Davis 5-1 0.0 0
D. Sanders 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Sanders 5-0 0.0 0
N. Patrick 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
N. Patrick 4-0 0.0 0
Q. Mauger 20 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
Q. Mauger 2-0 0.0 0
D. Baker 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Baker 2-0 0.0 0
D. Bellamy 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Bellamy 2-0 1.0 0
J. Atkins 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Atkins 1-0 0.0 0
J. Ledbetter 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-1 0.0 0
J. Wilson 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0
T. Clark 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Clark 1-0 0.0 0
E. Holyfield 13 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Holyfield 1-0 0.0 0
D. Marshall 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Marshall 1-1 0.0 0
J. Rochester 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. Rochester 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Blankenship 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/2 4/4
R. Blankenship 1/2 30 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Ramsey 12 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 34.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
20 34.7 1
B. Ramsey 5 34.8 1 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Davis 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 15.2 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 21.1 22 0
R. Davis 5 15.2 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. McKenzie 16 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 1 0
I. McKenzie 2 0.5 1 0
TCU
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Hill 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 146 2 0 136.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 3208 17 13 129.2
K. Hill 18/27 146 2 0
J. Diarse 9 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
J. Diarse 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Hicks 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 88 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
203 1042 12
K. Hicks 15 88 0 20
K. Hill 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 72 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
125 609 10
K. Hill 17 72 1 45
D. Anderson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 229 1
D. Anderson 4 12 0 9
K. Turpin 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 84 0
K. Turpin 2 3 0 2
S. Olonilua 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 122 1
S. Olonilua 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. Graham 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 68 0
I. Graham 3 37 0 17
J. Stewart 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 96 0
J. Stewart 3 29 0 15
D. White 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
D. White 2 21 0 14
K. Hicks 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 417 2
K. Hicks 5 21 0 8
J. Diarse 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 442 3
J. Diarse 2 19 2 10
T. Slanina 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 152 0
T. Slanina 1 10 0 10
T. Johnson 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
T. Johnson 1 6 0 6
D. Anderson 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 20 0
D. Anderson 1 3 0 3
J. Austin 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Austin 0 0 0 0
C. Hunt 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 61 1
C. Hunt 0 0 0 0
K. Hill 7 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Hill 0 0 0 0
T. Williams 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 702 5
T. Williams 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Small 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 2 0.0
N. Small 8-4 0.0 0
R. Texada 11 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
R. Texada 5-1 0.0 0
J. McFarland 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. McFarland 4-1 0.0 0
S. Douglas 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
S. Douglas 3-2 0.0 0
T. Howard 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
T. Howard 3-2 0.0 0
A. Curry 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Curry 3-0 0.0 0
J. Gladney 12 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Gladney 3-1 0.0 0
T. Summers 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
T. Summers 3-5 0.0 0
L. Collier 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
L. Collier 2-0 1.0 0
C. Bradley 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
C. Bradley 2-1 1.0 0
J. Carraway 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Carraway 2-0 0.0 0
T. Galeai 47 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
T. Galeai 2-0 1.0 0
M. Boesen 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Boesen 1-0 0.0 0
R. Issahaku 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Issahaku 1-0 0.0 0
J. Lewis 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
K. Hill 7 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
K. Hill 0-0 1.0 0
N. Orr 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
N. Orr 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Hatfield 27 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 2/3
SEASON FG XP
13/19 27/29
B. Hatfield 1/3 40 2/3 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Nunez 29 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 40.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
72 39.6 2
A. Nunez 3 40.3 2 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Turpin 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 31.5 50 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 28.4 50 0
K. Turpin 4 31.5 50 0
D. Gray 20 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 22.5 23 0
D. Gray 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 UGA 27 1:00 3 7 Punt
12:27 UGA 14 2:55 5 86 TD
8:20 UGA 36 2:02 3 9 Punt
0:39 UGA 24 0:00 1 55 FUMBLE
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UGA 20 1:16 4 -8 Punt
11:50 UGA 10 1:32 3 2 Punt
9:10 UGA 27 2:09 3 9 Punt
5:25 UGA 24 4:12 12 81 TD
0:30 UGA 48 0:24 5 -28 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 UGA 48 6:36 12 52 TD
2:00 UGA 31 1:35 4 62
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TCU 7 1:28 4 -58 FG
7:57 UGA 30 5:09 9 70 TD
1:14 UGA 44 0:54 4 25
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 TCU 35 1:08 3 5 Punt
9:32 TCU 25 1:10 3 1 FUMBLE
6:11 TCU 12 5:23 14 23 FG
0:29 UGA 21 0:27 2 21 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 TCU 45 1:37 3 9 Punt
10:11 UGA 45 0:56 5 45 TD
6:55 TCU 35 1:26 5 41 FG Miss
1:03 UGA 49 0:19 2 -3 FUMBLE
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 TCU 25 0:54 3 14
7:00 TCU 44 4:53 11 56 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 TCU 23 5:19 13 7 FG Miss
2:42 TCU 35 1:23 7 21