Bulldogs survive against Nicholls State

 No. 9 Georgia escaped with a 26-24 win over huge underdog Nicholls State Saturday in Athens.

The Bulldogs (2-0) scored two quick-strike touchdowns — one on offense, one on defense — in a span of about two minutes after Nicholls took a third-quarter lead and held on.

Nicholls (0-1) led 14-13 midway through the third after freshman quarterback Chase Fourcade, a surprise starter, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jarrell Rogers.

Georgia freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, also making his first start, threw a 66-yard scoring pass to Isaiah McKenzie less than a minute later. The Bulldogs' rally continued on Lorenzo Carter's 24-yard fumble return for a score.

A fumbled punt return by McKenzie inside the Georgia 10 set up a late Nicholls touchdown, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 2 points.

Georgia relied on Chubb, who rushed for 80 yards, to run out the clock.

Eason completed 11 of 20 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

More on the game  at MyAJC.com:

Jeff Schultz: Georgia exposed by team it should’ve handled easily

Kirby Smart: ‘A very disappointing performance’

Instant Analysis: Bulldogs pushed to limit

Georgia’s starting quarterback job still undecided

McKenzie sparkles before near costly mistakes

Not the starting debut QB Jacob Eason hoped for