Georgia football: Reflecting on 3 of the best Nick Chubb and Sony Michel games

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Georgia football vs. Kentucky, 2017

What hasn’t gotten said about the 2017 Georgia football season over the past few years? The next moment we want to reflect on came during that season, against a Kentucky Wildcats team that was itching to hurt Georgia’s feelings.

It was one of the most entertaining and satisfying seasons for Georgia fans, and it provided a lot of “first and first since” moments for the Dawgs:

  • First-ever No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff polls
  • First-ever CFP appearance
  • First 9-0 start since 1982
  • First, win against Florida since 2013
  • First SEC East title since 2012
  • First SEC Championship since 2005
  • First Rose Bowl since 1942
  • First National Championship appearance since 1982

A dominant defense and a ground-and-pound offense led by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were the catalysts for this historic season.

With Georgia starting true freshman Jake Fromm at quarterback, Chubb and Michel were expected to step up in a bigger way to help carry the offense, and they rose to the occasion. The dynamic duo rushed for 2,572 yards combined that season.

These two men and other players led Georgia to one last victory in Sanford Stadium against Kentucky.

Coming off their first loss of the year against Auburn, Georgia looked to rebound against their last SEC opponent of the year.

Kentucky was having a solid season as they entered the game with a 7-3 record. In the first quarter, they gave Georgia a game, but the Dawgs quickly overpowered the Wildcats en route to a 42-13 win.

Georgia outgained Kentucky with 504-262 yards of total offense, with 381 of those yards coming on the ground.

Chubb had 15 carries for 151 yards, averaging 10.1 yards a carry with two touchdowns, including a 55 yard run in the fourth quarter. Michel had 12 carries for 87 yards and three touchdowns.

Other running backs like D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, and Elijah Holyfield chipped in running the ball in the game.

These two getting to rebound after the heartbreak in Auburn was a great way to honor them as seniors.