Georgia Bulldogs, Chubb Rumble Over Vaunted Louisville Defense in Belk Bowl


The No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs and running back Nick Chubb used some old-fashioned SEC football to demolish No. 20 Louisville 37-14 in the 2014 Belk Bowl.

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It was supposed to be the big-time clash of immovable object against irresistible force, instead it just turned into another day at the office for Georgia’s Nick Chubb, who rushed for a team bowl and Belk Bowl record 269 yards and two TDs against the vaunted Cardinals run defense.

Oh, and he was named the game’s MVP.

Object, you have officially been moved.

Chubb lived up to his billing, tallying his eighth straight 100-yard game, and passed Garrison Hearst for 4th all-time in the UGA single-season rushing record book, reaching 1,548 yards.

Georgia’s defense also was up to the proposed task of stopping the fast-paced, high-scoring, zip-a-dee-doo-da Bobby Petrino offense, holding the Cardinals to 14 points, and 380 yards of offense (a chunk of which came in garbage time in the 4th quarter), and in typical 2014 Georgia fashion, won the turnover battle, 3-2.

The Jeremy Pruitt led Georgia defense managed to harass Louisville QBs all night, recording four sacks, and at least a half dozen hurries.

For Grantham’s squad, it wasn’t exactly a warm welcome from the Georgia offense, who sliced up the highly-ranked Louisville defense for 490 total yards, including 291 on the ground.

But for a couple of UGA seniors on offense it was an early night unfortunately, with quarterback Hutson Mason going out late in the first half with an “undisclosed” injury, and wide receiver Michael Bennett going down in the third quarter. Both have played their final game as Bulldogs, but performed well in the game.

Dec 30, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Hutson Mason (14) looks to pass the ball during the second quarter against the Louisville Cardinals in the Belk Bowl held at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

This was a complete team effort against a quality ranked opponent, with freshman QB Brice Ramsey stepping in and getting it done when Mason went down, as well as some great catches by senior wideout Chris Conley, including the game’s first touchdown.

Game Balls go to, Nick Chubb (surprise, surprise) who carried the offense on his broad shoulders all night, and defensive back Dominick Sanders, who picked off two passes, and broke up several more attempts.

The win brought Georgia’s record to 10-3 on the season, and what will likely be a Top 10 ranking when the final polls are released. Despite some low points in the season, this year should be considered a relative success, considering where the team started in August.

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