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.