The weekly post-game dive into the numbers, after Georgia opened its season with a 31-10 win over Appalachian State. Notes on Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm, Georgia’s dominating defense, resurgent kicking game, and Notre Dame:
True freshman who played on Saturday: RT Andrew Thomas (started), QB Jake Fromm, RB D’Andre Swift, WR Matt Landers, WR Trey Blount, WR Mark Webb, G Justin Shaffer, DL Malik Herring, ILB Nate McBride, ILB Monty Rice, ILB Jaden Hunter, OLB Walter Grant, CB Deangelo Gibbs, CB Ameer Speed, CB William Poole, S Richard LeCounte, S Tray Bishop.
Signees who didn’t play: OT Isaiah Wilson, OT D’Marcus Hayes (JUCO), G Netori Johnson, OLB Robert Beal, DB Latavious Brini, CB Eric Stokes.
Offensive lineman who played in the first three quarters: The starting unit was (left-to-right) Isaiah Wynn, Pat Allen, Lamont Gaillard, Dyshon Sims, Andrew Thomas. Subbing in at first left guard and then right guard was Kendall Baker.
Snaps for Riley Ridley and Elijah Holyfield. In case anyone had any doubts, yes, UGA’s drug policy for student-athletes remains in effect.
Games last year in which Georgia had 31 points entering the fourth quarter.
Georgia’s point total entering the fourth quarter on Saturday.
Games last year that Georgia scored 31 or more points: 35-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, 33-24 win over North Carolina, 31-23 win over TCU, and lost to Tennessee, 34-31.
Games it had been since Georgia beat an opponent by more than two touchdowns. The last time had been the 27-3 win over Kentucky on Nov. 7, 2015.
Georgia players who took a snap behind center on Saturday: Jacob Eason, Jake Fromm and Brice Ramsey, along with Sony Michel in a direct snap.
Total yards on the 19 plays that Jacob Eason and Brice Ramsey were in at quarterback. Eason: 9 plays for 13 yards, counting penalties. Ramsey: 10 plays for 16 yards, counting penalties, and two interceptions.
Total yards on the 43 plays that Jake Fromm was in the game.
Designed runs for Georgia players who were not tailbacks. They all went to tailbacks: Michel 16, Chubb 15, Swift 6, Herrien 4.
Catches by Georgia wide receivers. Three of them by Javon Wims, one by Mecole Hardman.
Games started by Greyson Lambert in 2015 and Jacob Eason in 2016.
Starts by Lambert in 2016 and by Eason, so far, in 2017. Both were replaced in Week 1 by a true freshman.
Passing yards by Eason in his college debut last year against a team from North Carolina. Eason was 8-for-12 with 1 touchdown and no interceptions.
Passing yards by Fromm in his college debut against a team from North Carolina. Fromm was 10-for-15 with 1 touchdown and no interceptions.
Rodrigo Blankenship’s touchback percentage last season.
Blankenship’s touchback percentage on Saturday.
Average yard on Georgia punts last year.
Cam Nizialek’s average on Saturday.
DOMINATING (FIRST-TEAM) DEFENSE
Appalachian State drives into Georgia territory against the first-team Bulldog defense.
App State drives into the red zone against the first-team Georgia defense. The furthest penetration was to the 25, on a last-ditch run to finish the first half.
Tackles-for-loss by Georgia’s defense.
Sacks by Trenton Thompson in his past two games, one on Saturday and three in the Liberty Bowl.
Tackles by Richard LeCounte in his college debut, four of them solo tackles.
Sacks by J.R. Reed in his Georgia debut, one of five tackles on the day for the Tulsa transfer who started at safety.
ON TO NOTRE DAME
Rushing yards for Notre Dame against Temple, which last year had the nation’s third-best total defense – but then lost seven starters.
Different players for Notre Dame who amassed at least 100 yards on Saturday: Junior Josh Adams Junior Josh Adams (161 on 19 carries), junior Dexter Williams (124 yards on six carries) and QB Brandon Wimpish (106 yards on 12 carries.)
Passing yards by Wimbush, who was 17-for-30 with two touchdowns and one interception.
Temple rushing yards, on 37 carries – not counting sacks, Temple had 116 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Notre Dame has struggled against the run the past four seasons, no better than 70th nationally.
Temple passing yards, though the Owls were playing from behind most of the day.
The new capacity at Notre Dame stadium, after a renovation subtracted 3,193 seats.
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