Sony Michel scores opening touchdown of the Liberty Bowl.

Sony Michel scores opening touchdown of the Liberty Bowl.

 

Georgia and TCU went head to head in the 58th Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in the crisp Memphis air. Both teams came out pumped up and ready to face each other. Georgia was able to overcome first-half adversities and beat the Horned Frogs 31-23, ending the season on a high note and improving their record to 8-5.

 
Both the offense and the defense came ready to play. The defense played with high intensity and caused crucial turnovers. Lorenzo Carter forced two fumbles and had six solo tackles. In addition to Carter, Trenton “Big Jolly” Thompson recorded eight total tackles, six of which were solo and 3.5 were tackles for a loss. He also sacked Kenny Hill three times. As for the offense, Jacob Eason went 12-21 for 164 yards and two touchdowns today. Sony Michel rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and had two touchdowns. Nick Chubb rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries and grabbed a touchdown.

 

Trent Thompson eyes TCU QB Kenny Hill

Trent Thompson eyes TCU QB Kenny Hill.

 

However, despite the impressive numbers, Georgia had to fight back to win the game. Texas Christian came into the match confident and early on showed Georgia they didn’t plan on backing down. During the first half, Georgia struggled to stop TCU’s high-powered offense. Georgia’s offense also struggled during the first half establishing the run. The Dawgs rushed for only 49 yards. Eason struggled with accuracy in the first half and lost a fumble as result of a sack. The first half looked like Georgia’s season, sloppy and uneventful.

 

Jacob Eason (10) hands the ball off to Nick Chubb (27) during the Liberty Bowl.

Jacob Eason (10) hands the ball off to Nick Chubb (27) during the Liberty Bowl.

 

But, after the half, the Dawgs turned the game around. Georgia’s defense came out and made a stand.  Lorenzo Carter forced a fumble on the Horn Frogs opening drive flipping the momentum. The defense held TCU’s offense to just 146 total yards in the second half. The Dawgs finally established the run and rushed for 199 yards. Eason also improved and passed for 164 yards and a touchdown.

 

Georgia got punched in the mouth early on and instead of letting it affect the outcome, they made something happen. They proved to their fans and to TCU they weren’t going to lose, and they didn’t.

 

 

 

Savannah Richardson