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No. 11 Georgia blows out No. 17 Mississippi State 31-3

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) From the very first snap, the message was clear.

Georgia's back.

With a thoroughly dominating performance and plenty of trickery, the No. 11 Bulldogs re-established their presence in the national conversation with the most impressive victory of Kirby Smart's two-year coaching tenure.

Freshman Jake Fromm threw a pair of touchdown passes in another poised showing on the big stage, while the defense stifled Nick Fitzgerald in a 31-3 rout of No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday night.

''Everyone's always talking Georgia this, Georgia that,'' receiver Terry Godwin said. ''We finally came out and showed you tonight that Georgia's back. Georgia's back being that top dog and being the Georgia Bulldogs that we are.''

On the first play of the Southeastern Conference showdown, the first ever between the teams with both ranked in the Top 25, Mississippi State's Aeris Williams was thrown for a 6-yard loss, leading to a three-and-out.

Then it was Georgia's turn.

All it took was one play to reach the end zone.

Fromm handed off to Nick Chubb for what looked to be a routine run up the middle. Instead, Chubb wheeled around and tossed the ball back to the quarterback on a flea flicker. Terry Godwin broke into the clear downfield, the Mississippi State secondary having totally bought the ruse. Fromm delivered the pass in stride for a 59-yard touchdown less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game .

It was pretty much all Georgia (4-0, 1-0) from there. Fromm threw for 201 yards on just 9-of-12 passing, further solidifying his hold on the quarterback job he inherited when Jacob Eason went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener.

''He was very accurate as a passer,'' Smart said. ''I thought he made good decisions, the plays he put us in. He read the coverages well. He had a good feel of the game plan.''

Chubb rushed for 81 yards and a pair of TDs, leading a parade of Georgia runners who pounded Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1).

Georgia burned the visitors again early in the third quarter on a third and 2. Fromm went in motion to the right, Chubb took a direct snap and took off around left end on a 28-yard TD without being touched.

Georgia's final touchdown came when Fromm faked a pitch to the right, again freezing the secondary, before delivering a 41-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Nauta that made it 28-3 late in the third quarter.

The way Georgia's defense was playing, that was plenty.

''They didn't give up a touchdown and that's huge, especially against guys who can score like that,'' Nauta said. ''On offense, we did what he had to do. Ran the ball, passed the ball, made plays. There's not much more you can ask for.''

Coming off a 37-7 blowout of LSU that vaulted Mississippi State into the Top 25 , Fitzgerald faced the home-state team that didn't even recruit him out of high school. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more against the Tigers, but he couldn't duplicate that performance against a swarming Georgia defense that is starting to look a bit like the one Smart oversaw in his previous tenure as Alabama's coordinator.

Fitzgerald passed for just 83 yards and was picked off twice, while rushing for 47 yards on 10 carries.

''They've got a ridiculous amount of talent,'' Mississippi coach Dan Mullen said of Georgia.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: After the impressive showing against LSU, Mullen's team showed it's still a long way from making a run at top-ranked Alabama in the SEC West. On both sides of the line, State was thoroughly dominated.

Georgia: An inventive performance on offense and a strong showing from the defense leaves the Bulldogs looking like the class of the SEC East. Eason is on the mend from his knee injury , but it's hard to see how he's going to reclaim the starting job from Fromm, who has now led victories over Notre Dame and Mississippi State.

MILESTONES

Dominick Sanders grabbed his 13th career interception off a deflected pass, tying him for fifth in the Georgia record book with Smart and three others.

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship tied his career best with a 49-yard field goal that cleared the crossbar with plenty to spare.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Georgia should climb solidly into the Top 10 off this performance. The Bulldogs got as high as No. 9 early in Smart's debut season, but wound up struggling to an 8-5 finish. Mississippi State will surely drop a few spots but should maintain its place in the Top 25.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: Another tough SEC road test at No. 15 Auburn, the Bulldogs' third straight game against a ranked SEC opponent. The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) romped to a 38-14 victory last season in Starkville.

Georgia: Heads to Rocky Top for its first SEC road game against Tennessee (3-1, 0-1), which can't afford another conference loss after falling to Florida and faced intense criticism after Saturday's lackluster 17-13 victory over winless Massachusetts. The Vols have won two straight against the Bulldogs, including last year's 34-31 triumph on a Hail Mary pass as time ran out.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:56
98-R.Blankenship 49 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
10
yds
4:38
pos
3
31
Point After TD 5:46
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 5:46
11-J.Fromm complete to 18-I.Nauta. 18-I.Nauta runs 41 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
50
yds
01:32
pos
3
27
Point After TD 12:24
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 12:24
27-N.Chubb runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
90
yds
02:36
pos
3
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:17
47-J.Christmann 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
51
yds
3:54
pos
3
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:16
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 6:16
27-N.Chubb runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
78
yds
03:58
pos
0
13
Point After TD 12:37
98-R.Blankenship extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:37
11-J.Fromm complete to 5-T.Godwin. 5-T.Godwin runs 59 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
59
yds
00:10
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 15
Rushing 10 7
Passing 5 7
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 6-16 5-11
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-1
Total Net Yards 280 404
Total Plays 70 54
Avg Gain 4.0 7.5
Net Yards Rushing 177 203
Rush Attempts 37 42
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 4.8
Net Yards Passing 103 201
Comp. - Att. 15-33 9-12
Yards Per Pass 3.1 16.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-15 1-15
Touchdowns 0 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 7-45.0 4-45.5
Return Yards 0 59
Punts - Returns 0-0 1--3
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-25
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-37
Kicking 1/1 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
24 Miss. St. 3-1 03003
7 Georgia 4-0 14017031
103 PASS YDS 201
177 RUSH YDS 203
280 TOTAL YDS 404
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.3% 83 0 2 58.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 626 7 3 128.0
N. Fitzgerald 14/29 83 0 2
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
25% 20 0 0 67.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.2% 63 1 0 112.2
K. Thompson 1/4 20 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 52 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 131 0
N. Gibson 5 52 0 39
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 287 5
N. Fitzgerald 10 47 0 14
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 360 1
Ae. Williams 11 24 0 5
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 156 1
K. Hill 7 21 0 9
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 74 0
K. Thompson 2 15 0 13
K. Mixon 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
K. Mixon 1 11 0 11
D. Lee 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 33 1
D. Lee 1 7 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 115 2
D. Thomas 2 41 0 21
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 52 0
Je. Jackson 2 15 0 12
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 108 1
D. Gray 2 13 0 7
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 41 0
Ae. Williams 5 12 0 9
K. Mixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 124 1
K. Mixon 3 12 0 5
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
K. Hill 1 10 0 10
Ju. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
Ju. Johnson 0 0 0 0
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 90 0
F. Green 0 0 0 0
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
R. Todd 0 0 0 0
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 56 1
J. Thomas 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
E. Thompson 4-2 0.0 0
G. Green 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
G. Green 4-0 0.0 0
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Gray 4-2 0.0 0
M. McLaurin 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
M. McLaurin 4-1 0.0 0
W. Gay 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
W. Gay 3-1 0.0 0
C. Dantzler 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Dantzler 3-0 0.0 0
D. Harris 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-9 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-9 0 0.0
D. Harris 3-9 0.0 0
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Simmons 3-1 0.0 0
T. Brown 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 3-0 0.0 0
T. Cleveland 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Cleveland 3-1 0.0 0
M. Spencer 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Spencer 2-0 0.0 0
L. Durr 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Durr 1-0 0.0 0
J. Peters 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Peters 1-2 0.0 0
L. Lewis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
L. Lewis 1-2 0.0 0
G. Harris 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
G. Harris 1-1 0.0 0
Ko. Jones 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
Ko. Jones 1-2 0.0 0
B. Bryant 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0
F. Adams 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Adams 1-0 0.0 0
M. Sweat 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
M. Sweat 0-3 0.0 0
B. Hoyett 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Hoyett 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
4/4 8/8
J. Christmann 1/1 26 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 45.0 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 45.5 4
L. Cooke 7 45.0 4 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Fromm 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 201 2 0 270.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 650 7 1 172.0
J. Fromm 9/12 201 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Chubb 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 81 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 371 6
N. Chubb 15 81 2 28
D. Swift 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 69 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 196 1
D. Swift 10 69 0 20
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 192 2
S. Michel 7 32 0 8
B. Herrien 35 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 77 0
B. Herrien 9 21 0 7
J. Fromm 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 4 0
J. Fromm 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Godwin 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 80 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 214 4
T. Godwin 2 80 1 59
J. Wims 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 164 1
J. Wims 2 43 0 27
I. Nauta 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 41 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 74 1
I. Nauta 1 41 1 41
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 58 1
M. Hardman 1 18 0 18
J. Harris 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 12 0
J. Harris 1 8 0 8
D. Swift 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 32 0
D. Swift 1 8 0 8
S. Michel 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 1 0
S. Michel 1 3 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Reed 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
J. Reed 7-3 0.0 0
R. Smith 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
R. Smith 6-2 0.0 0
D. Baker 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
D. Baker 5-2 0.0 1
A. Davis 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Davis 5-1 0.0 0
J. Atkins 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Atkins 4-0 0.0 0
D. Bellamy 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Bellamy 3-1 0.0 0
T. Thompson 78 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Thompson 3-0 0.0 0
N. Patrick 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
N. Patrick 3-2 0.0 0
L. Carter 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
L. Carter 2-1 0.0 0
D. Walker 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Walker 2-0 0.0 0
M. Rice 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Rice 2-0 0.0 0
T. Clark 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Clark 1-1 0.0 0
J. Ledbetter 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-2 0.0 0
I. Nauta 18 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Nauta 1-0 0.0 0
D. Hawkins-Muckle 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Hawkins-Muckle 1-0 0.0 0
R. Carter 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
J. Taylor 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Taylor 1-1 0.0 0
J. Rochester 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Rochester 1-0 0.0 0
T. McGhee 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. McGhee 1-0 0.0 0
D. Gibbs 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Gibbs 1-0 0.0 0
R. LeCounte III 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. LeCounte III 1-0 0.0 0
W. Grant 84 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
W. Grant 1-1 0.0 0
D. Marshall 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
D. Marshall 0-2 0.0 0
D. Sanders 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Sanders 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Blankenship 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
4/5 15/15
R. Blankenship 1/1 49 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Nizialek 92 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 44.5 1
C. Nizialek 4 45.5 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 28.0 25 0
M. Hardman 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hardman 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 7.5 0 0
M. Hardman 1 -3.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 2:04 4 -3 Punt
12:37 MISSST 25 2:14 6 17 Punt
6:16 MISSST 25 0:55 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:04 MISSST 10 1:44 8 38 Punt
10:39 MISSST 38 2:45 6 17 Punt
5:43 MISSST 40 4:26 11 51 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 MISSST 25 1:46 3 6 Punt
8:48 MISSST 43 1:19 4 7 INT
5:48 MISSST 25 0:07 2 0 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:52 MISSST 25 0:35 3 3 Punt
12:32 MISSST 22 4:06 12 67 Downs
3:00 UGA 48 2:58 10 46 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:47 UGA 41 0:10 1 59 TD
10:14 UGA 22 3:58 8 78 TD
5:10 UGA 20 2:56 5 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 UGA 18 2:42 6 46 Fumble
7:46 UGA 10 1:54 3 6 Punt
1:08 UGA 25 0:43 3 10 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UGA 25 2:36 7 75 TD
10:28 UGA 17 1:31 3 2 Punt
7:18 MISSST 50 1:32 3 50 TD
5:26 MISSST 41 4:30 8 10 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 UGA 15 2:05 3 9 Punt
8:20 UGA 11 5:10 8 37 Downs