Georgia Bulldogs fall to Ole Miss Rebels 45-14, exposes more problems for Bulldogs


The Georgia Bulldogs winning streak has been broken after losing 45-14 to Ole Miss on the road in their largest loss ever against the Rebels.

The Georgia Bulldogs slow start to the season has finally caught up to them. On Saturday, they experienced one of the worst losses in recent program history against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Bulldogs haven’t had such a loss since the 2011 SEC Championship, when they lost 42-10 to the LSU Tigers. Saturday’s loss for the Dawgs can be attributed to three key issues: bad defense, missed field goals, and too many dropped balls.

Additionally, as if things weren’t going bad enough for the Bulldogs, star running back Nick Chubb sustained a left ankle sprain in the first half of the game. Though he didn’t appear to be in too much pain from the sidelines, Chubb did not return for the remainder of the game, ending with 12 carries for a total of 57 yards. Hopefully he will recover quickly, considering all that Chubb has been through and what a vital part he plays in the Bulldogs offense.

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Georgia Defense: Where were they?

Ole Miss dominated from the opening kickoff and the Bulldogs never really stood a chance against Chad Kelly and the momentum of the Rebels offense. Though they have recently been notorious for leading big in the first half only to give away their lead in the second, that wasn’t the case for Mississippi this time around. Ole Miss totaled 511 yards and pressure was kept off of Kelly, allowing them to run all over the Bulldogs, all the way to a big victory.

Georgia Offense: Eason can’t do it all himself.

The offensive line experienced more struggles this week, with quarterback Jacob Eason looking like a true freshman for the first time this season. In previous games, he’s been calm, cool and collected, getting the job done at the most imperative times. Saturday, Eason was overthrowing deep balls early, completing only 44 percent of his passes at 3.8 yards per attempt. But Eason wasn’t all to blame. When he did nail his targets, the Georgia receivers were the ones struggling, dropping balls left and right…many of which were more than catchable. However, the Bulldogs did find success in freshman running back Brian Herrien. With 11 carries, it was Herrien who was responsible for the Bulldogs two touchdowns.

Georgia Kicking: Holding an open tryout?

Wouldn’t be the worst idea. The Georgia Bulldogs are now 3-of-8 kicking for this season. Rodrigo Blankenship stepped in for William Ham at place kicker in this game, but didn’t have any success either. In the first half, his only attempt was a 36-yard field goal, which he missed. In short, Georgia doesn’t have a noticeable option at kicker and should put some thought into recruiting one next year. When you’re not scoring touchdowns, you can’t be consistently missing points elsewhere.

Next: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets get wrecked by Clemson, 26-7

The now 3-1 Georgia Bulldogs will take on the 4-0 Tennessee Volunteers next Saturday, Oct.1, in Athens at 3:30 PM ET. The Volunteers beat the Florida Gators on Saturday, 38-28. Get ready, Dawg Nation.