No Todd Gurley? No problem.
Both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators have young running backs on the roster capable of carrying their respective offenses. Kelvin Taylor‘s Gators got the best of the Nick Chubb‘s Bulldogs in the first half. The Gators lead 14-7 at the break.
The first quarter belonged to Chubb, though.
The freshman running back accumulated 100 yards in the opening frame. The highlight of his 17 first-half carries was a 39-yard touchdown romp as Chubb made a Florida defender miss in the hole and raced down the sideline for Georgia’s only score (see: below).
The run was especially important due to how stingy Florida’s run defense has been this season, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:
Chubb finished the half with 108 rushing yards.
Taylor answered with a big run of his own as the Gators’ running back owned the second quarter.
With game tied 7-7, the sophomore runner navigated his way through the middle of the Bulldogs’ defense before he burst through to the outside. Forty-four yards later, and the Gators were in the red zone. Three plays later, Taylor punched it into the end zone from the 2-yard line to take a 14-7 lead.
Taylor finished the first half with 12 carries for 93 yards.
But the difference in the game so far was a beautifully designed fake field goal.
Florida drove the ball 57 yards to the Bulldogs’ 21-yard line before the offense stalled. Gators head coach Will Muschamp decided to dip into his bag of tricks.
The Gators lined up to attempt a 38-yard field goal. Instead of kicking the ball, Muschamp called a counter run play and holder Michael McNeely saw a massive lane open in front of him and easily found his way to pay dirt (see: below).
With both teams running the ball as well as they have, neither should be forced into unfavorable passing situations during the second half. The two teams combined to throw the ball only 18 times through two quarters of play. However, one of the quarterbacks will likely be forced to step up and make a play or two to decide the outcome.