ATHENS — Nick Chubb doesn’t think about that magic number.
If he rushes for 100 yards, that’s great.
If he doesn’t, that’s OK, too, just as long as Georgia wins.
So Chubb, as expected, downplayed his 131 yards rushing in the Bulldogs’ 48-6 victory over Southern on Saturday, a total that extended his streak of 100-yard games to 12.
He’s one away from tying Herschel Walker’s school record of 13 consecutive games with at least 100 yards, a streak that stretched across the 1980 and ’81 seasons.
Walker’s streak includes 1981 Sugar Bowl bowl, which didn’t count toward NCAA stats at the time.
“It just happens,” Chubb said. “It’s been happening for me. They made me work for it a lot today.”
Chubb had just 31 first-half yards against Southern, but surpassed that with 35 yards on his first three carries of the second half.
He was at 82 yards when he took a handoff and burst off the left side for 49-yard touchdown run with 5:44 left in the third quarter that pushed him over 100 for the game.
“We really had to go out there and challenge ourselves to be more physical than the other group across the ball,” left tackle John Theus said. “That’s what we did in the second half. We’re going to come out and run the ball. We took that first drive and ran the ball and we scored.”
Chubb also scored on a 9-yard run and turned a screen pass into a 24-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs averaged 7.6 yards a carry and finished with 261 yards on the ground.
“The running game is our bread and butter here and we kind of felt like it was disrespectful that we couldn’t run the ball like we wanted to (in the first half),” Chubb said. “So we came in (the locker room) and said we’re going to run the ball right at them. They’re going to have to stop us.”
If Chubb’s streak continues, it’ll have to happen against Alabama next Saturday.
“Nick doesn’t worry about his streak,” fellow running back Sony Michel said. “It just happens. It’s going to keep going.”