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Meet your first 2014 Heisman front-runner: Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley, Kyrin Priester

We theorized at halftime that Todd Gurley’s four first-half carries were a result of No. 12 Georgia coaches saving him for the all-important second half. Gurley rushed only 11 times in the second half. Those 11 carries, though, went for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Add it all up and you get 15 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns, a 100-yard kickoff return for a fourth touchdown, and our first bona fide Heisman Trophy front-runner performance of 2014.

Aside from his own numbers, Gurley’s battering ram effect open the floodgates for the entire Bulldog backfield. The same Georgia runners that accounted for only 14 yards on seven carries – aside from Gurley’s 44 – in the first half ended the night with cold-clocking No. 16 Clemson’s touted defensive line for a total of 328 rushing yards. Nick Chubb carried four times for 70 yards and a 47-yard score, and would have had another if not for a penalty. Sony Michel added 33 yards on six carries. Hutson Mason added 131 yards on 18-of-26 passing.

Elsewhere, Clemson’s two-quarterback system collapsed in on itself after a productive (276 yards of total offense) first half. Their longest second half possession? Four plays for 19 yards. Jeremy Pruitt’s defense got more and more suffocating as the game went on; Clemson’s final three possessions went minus-three, minus-six and minus-19 yards. In seven  second-half possessions, the Tigers produced seven punts and 15 total yards.

In a related story, after a 21-21 first half, Georgia won the second half 24-0.

In the end, the night belonged to Gurley. The talent is there – clearly. If he can stay healthy, and this is where those 15 precious carries are so crucial, and he’ll have his name booked for a flight to New York in December.

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12 Responses to “Meet your first 2014 Heisman front-runner: Todd Gurley”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:50 PM

    Wasn’t the QB from A&M the frontrunner only Friday morning?

    If recent history has taught us anything, the likely winner will come out of left field by about week 6 and then increase the lead down the stretch.

  2. inhokewetrust says: Aug 30, 2014 9:52 PM

    Um hello Devin Funches…..

  3. woebegong says: Aug 30, 2014 10:16 PM

    Well Jimbo, that means that Gurley only has about 5 more games to go then. He will not come out of left field though. He will most likely have about 800 or so yards by then.
    he should also stay pretty rested as well, considering the rotation of backs that UGA has.
    If any back has a chance at the Heisman this year it will most likely be Gurley.

  4. therealnorwegianblue says: Aug 30, 2014 10:18 PM

    Herschel Walker was recently quoted, saying Gurley is better than he was. He might be right. Glad the rest of the country is starting to take notice.

  5. thetooloftools says: Aug 30, 2014 10:26 PM

    This man ran like his hair was on fire. OUTSTANDING 2nd half !

  6. woebegong says: Aug 30, 2014 10:27 PM

    He does have a heck of a motor. It also helps that UGA has finally got a line to clear the way and once they settled in, they cleared out holes, big enough for me to run through and I am an old man, LOL.
    What also surprised me as how well, over all, the secondary did, considering the shake up that went through that position in the off season.
    It is hard to under estimate the affect that the new defensive coach has had on not just the defense but the whole team. He is the anti-thesis of Coach Richt much like Todd Grantham was except this guy knows how to coach these kids.
    Who knows how far they can go, if they can keep them healthy this year.

  7. woebegong says: Aug 30, 2014 10:33 PM

    If he can stay injury free this season which should be a lot easier, due to the stable of running backs UGA has, he is going to make some opposing teams Mamma cry for sure.

  8. CalaLesina says: Aug 30, 2014 11:20 PM

    @inhokewetrust I’m sure he appreciates your support, but you might want to spell his name correctly next time.

  9. bballnut50 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:36 PM

    I think Melvin Gordon May have something to sat bout that!#bigtenpower

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 1:36 AM

    Don’t get me wrong…. Gurley definitely had a Heismanworthy performance but Kenny Hill put up half a 1000 in a road game against a top 10 team….

    How quickly we forget….

  11. longborer69 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:44 PM

    8to80, do you really think that was a top 10 team?

    Way too early to tell if that was really a great performance or just beating up an overrated team. It did look good, I’ll give him that. But so did Mariota, and nobody thinks Marcus proved anything yesterday.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 5:18 PM

    The media and coaches THOUGHT they were….

    No offense to Mariota, but he didn’t play on the road in front of 83k angry South Carolina fans… in his first start. Hill easily had the best QB performance of the weekend. He was surgical in a very hostile environment. Sure, maybe the Cocks were severely overrated but that’s still a good SEC defense loaded with 4 and 5 star talent and he carved them up.

    Gurley was also OUTSTANDING in his performance… Reminded me of Bo Jackson. I am just saying how quickly we forget an outstanding performance for another.

    I just remember a few years ago when Geno Smith was “supposed” to win the Heisman after the first few weeks. Or Mariota last year….

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